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Board Meetings

The HPSO Directors meet weekly to monitor the progress of HPSO strategic goals and to develop countermeasures as needed.  All HPSO Directors sit on the HPSO Board. 

The HPSO Board meets once a month to hear updates from items discussed at the weekly meetings and to ensure there is continued alignment of HPSO strategic goals. 

HPSO Director responsibilities include:

  • Owe fiduciary duty to SSH&EC
  • Define, modify and clarify mission
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Budgets and fiscal controls
  • Board education/development/improvement
  • Govern the South Shore Clinical Intergration Network strategy
  • Monitoring of Board directives to ensure implementation
  • Corporate compliance

The HPSO Chair attends all Hospital and System Board meetings and provides a monthly HPSO update to the System Board:

HPSO Monthly Update to the System Board from Dr. Luke O'Connell, Chair 

Health Provider Services Organization Report 

February 8, 2017 

 Change is in the air.  As HPSO prepares to evolve into the Provider Council this coming Spring we are pleased to announce the newest elected members of our Board that will be joining us, or re-committing, on April 1st, 2017: Dr. Ben Ryan and Dr. Chris Ducko.

 Dr. Ben Ryan, a family practice physician at South Shore Medical Center (SSMC), will provide a much needed primary care perspective within the HPSO and Council teams.  Ben joined the medical staff at South Shore Hospital in 2004 and is currently a member of the Physician Ambulatory Enterprise Board.  His goals as a HPSO physician director include 1) to work towards a well-maintained and managed patient record with Epic as he has been using Epic at SSMC for over 9 years and looks forward to being involved in its implementation across the South Shore Health System and, 2) to improve communication and coordination between hospitalists and primary care providers and foster patient care relationships between the inpatient and outpatient worlds.

 In his personal statement for the nominating committee, Ben shared the following thoughts and we couldn’t agree more:

 It is clear that the future of health care will require all of us to work together in a more integrated way.  We will be asked to better coordinate care in order to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.  I am extremely excited about what will be possible as part of an integrated health care system and I feel strongly that primary care physicians need to have a voice in the process.  

 Dr. Chris Ducko has been re-elected to his second three-year term and will continue the valuable work he has already started as a HPSO physician director.  He is a vital member of the Opioid Task Force and has engaged the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgery in developing post-procedure prescribing standards.  He has served as Chair of the Physician Advisory Committee and offers valuable insight as an experienced Epic user.  He is an influencer who initiated the highly acclaimed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Symposium where he brought together various members of the critical care team to share clinical pearls with each other.  This first symposium was so successful that we are now planning more symposia as part of a new HPSO Clinical Connections Series.

 In his personal statement, Chris shared the following:

 Patient care is the cornerstone of what we do each day and I feel that I have a great understanding of what is needed to get this critical job done in a skilled and compassionate fashion.   The ability to translate these experiences and needs into standard work and to look beyond toward future strategies as health care changes will be vital, especially as we move away from pay-for-performance and into more value-based care.

 We look forward to continuing our work with Chris Ducko and welcoming Ben Ryan to our team.


Respectfully submitted,


 Dr. Luke O’Connell               

Chair of the Board


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