Retiring Adventist Health CEO on the Overall health System’s Effect, Subsequent Actions

Scott Reiner particulars his healthcare journey and how he strives to provide health and nicely-remaining…

Scott Reiner particulars his healthcare journey and how he strives to provide health and nicely-remaining to small-cash flow countries.

Previously this thirty day period, Scott Reiner, the CEO of Adventist Well being, announced his future departure from the health and fitness technique. Reiner, who has led the nonprofit, religion-based method because 2014, will go away at the stop of the year to set up a household foundation to emphasis on world wide overall health and properly-becoming.

Very well-being isn’t a new focus location for Reiner. In April 2020, Adventist Health acquired Blue Zones®, an corporation devoted to improving the health and perfectly-becoming of communities across the world and to completely transform the well being system’s solution to caring for the in general well being and nicely-currently being of the communities it serves.

In Oct 2020, the West Coastline-primarily based overall health system announced the launch of its new Properly-Staying Division as a “breakthrough go to advertise group very well-remaining.”

In a recent job interview, Reiner shared how he strives to carry overall health and well-being across the world to small-earnings countries with his family members basis and detailed what his health care vocation journey has seemed like so considerably.

This transcript has been edited for clarity and brevity.

HealthLeaders: What has your healthcare profession journey appeared like above the decades?

Scott Reiner: One particular of my initial positions was a nurse’s aide in a single of Adventist Health’s hospitals in Northern California termed Adventist Health and fitness St. Helena. I took a journey of completing my Bachelor’s in Nursing at an additional Adventist Well being healthcare facility in Glendale, California, and experienced a probability to apply nursing for a few several years.

I experienced chances shortly thereafter to progress into supervisor and manager [roles] that I experienced never ever expected that I would get into. I found it fascinating to deal with the two medical and business enterprise, and it struck a chord, so I went back to graduate school. I acquired a Master’s in Health and fitness Administration, and then took on a variety of responsibilities in for-financial gain health care [and] nonprofit. I did managed treatment contracting, ran health practitioner teams, and then re-entered back again in the medical center sector in ’94 or ’95, and grew to become a vice president of a clinic in Nashville, Tennessee.

From there, it grew with progressive responsibilities, and I landed again in 1999 at Glendale, where I started as a nurse, as the CEO, and was there for about 8 a long time. Then I was requested to appear to the process office, very little did I know at that position, as a progression for the CEO situation. I [served as] COO for about 4 years and now I am just ending my eighth yr as the CEO for Adventist Wellbeing.

HL: What are some of your beloved achievements and accomplishments you arrived at in the course of your tenure as CEO?

Reiner: A single of the greatest matters I’m proud of is the sum of impact the corporation has experienced. We proven about eight years in the past this notion that we required to double our impression, with the strategy of influence becoming men and women that we can consider care of, or new solutions we can render, or new communities that we can achieve access to. Our firm is 83% authorities payer, so we’re in some difficult marketplaces as considerably as socio economic degrees, and so we choose a great deal of care of a ton of deprived populations.

Around this program of time, we have doubled the variety of contacts we have manufactured, the number of sufferers we’ve found, and income. We’ve added six new communities to our foundation and about 100 distinct clinics and entry points to new providers.

We’ve [also] moved the business from what I simply call a “federation of hospitals” to an “functioning model.” The greatest section about that is we have achieved greatest in high quality and basic safety for a few or 4 many years in a row now, and top rated quartile in operating performance. Good quality and basic safety are crucial for the patient, and operating performance is significant in buy to sustain the earnings that we generate so we can send out it back again into our communities.

The journey we’re on now is reworking the clinic program into a health and fitness company centered on perfectly-currently being. It is this notion of expressing “how can we strengthen both of those neighborhood and particular person wellbeing?” Perfectly-getting is far more than the absence of illness, it is also tackling other parts of socioeconomic problems, accessibility to new solutions, physical, psychological, social, and even I would say religious impact.

The pandemic has set a challenge, but I’m happy of how our method has responded. It can be responded with endurance and outstanding resources, ingenuity, innovation in taking care of our communities.

HL: What goals do you hope to accomplish for the health system by the stop of the yr?

Reiner: We have to do two factors at when. We have to have the remarkable treatment of our communities and the every day treatment of our sufferers, and we have to start our approach, because I am even now below for the upcoming 6 months and we will go on to make the expertise, and the strength, and knowing that the operate towards nicely-becoming is what this region demands. It really is what our communities want. It truly is not the absence of taking treatment of patients in the clinic, it is the addition of doing the other factors that we have talked about.

HL: Immediately after you depart Adventist Overall health, your subsequent chapter will be to “establish a family foundation that is concentrated on world health and fitness and properly-currently being.” What led you to that selection and what do you hope to execute with the basis?

Reiner:  So, this has been a thing we’ve been pondering about as a family members for a although. Myself and my loved ones have been involved about deprived populations and the entry they have, particularly in reduced-earnings international locations. My son, for instance, has lived in Africa a pair distinct instances and has a Master’s in World wide Community Wellness. My wife and I have used rather a couple of situations likely abroad and hunting into lower-income nations and searching at what is actually not available for them.

You can find enough data and monetary means in this nation to repair ourselves if we required to. Now, which is a make a difference of will. I would say in some of these reduce income nations, they could have fantastic will, but they never necessarily have all the funding to do the work.

What we are enthusiastic about with our foundation is to generate a model, or work on styles that exist, to increase effectively-currently being especially in rural-primarily based communities and in reduced-income nations to this expression of living their greatest existence. That is an altruistic goal, but it is really a issue of strengthening their entry to food stuff, drinking water, simple main well being, and essential major education.

Then it can be this notion of can you make a big difference above a time period of time with a group as a new design. Now we would simply call that group-based nicely-currently being. We are interested in trying that in a couple of communities outside of this country to see if in reality a product that could be replicable and approached and then caring for people communities.

For me individually, it is really going to be fascinating to get again to getting treatment of people. When you might be operating a huge healthcare corporation, you do a great deal of amazing issues at scale, but you will not usually get to see the direct final result to the personal. We are interested in receiving to know these who we are specifically helping.

[This is] independent from Blue Zones, but you may well have an idea of a connection here. Blue Zones is a corporation that Adventist Health has acquired, and they became the framework for us to do very well-currently being do the job. It can be a established product to modify environments, alter plan, and enable individuals orient on their own towards a much healthier way of living of perfectly-getting.

It truly is not the exact firm, but it’s possible we will do some collaboration, due to the fact they’re centered on the footprint of Adventist Health and fitness and North The united states. We are going to be in a unique spot focusing on well-being in very low-money nations around the world. 

Melanie Blackman is the tactic editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro model.

Picture credit score: Adventist health and fitness Bakersfield CA October 25 2020 / Editorial credit history: Jason Taylor AG /