Milwaukee (8/5/2009) - Ramesh Sachdeva, MD, PhD, DBA, JD, has been named corporate vice president and chief quality officer of Children's Hospital and Health System. In this newly created position, Sachdeva will lead quality improvement efforts at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and throughout the health system's 14 entities. In addition, he will represent the organization in national venues and in the national health care reform debate and implementation.
"Dr. Sachdeva is nationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in health care quality – he is the right person for this important role," said Peggy Troy, president and CEO of Children's Hospital and Health System. "This new corporate function is absolutely vital to our quality strategy and to our competitive advantage locally and nationally. We are ensuring a focus on quality at the system level that will help us succeed in this changing and highly competitive health care market."
Since joining the health system seven years ago, Sachdeva has introduced increasingly sophisticated quality improvement tools and processes throughout the hospital and health system. He also established education and training programs for physicians and employees, creating front-line expertise in quality improvement throughout Children's Hospital.
Sachdeva has led many state and national endeavors for quality improvement. He serves as medical director of Quality Initiatives for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also serves as the physician champion for Improving Performance in Practice for Wisconsin and chair of the Quality Improvement Committee of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP. Sachdeva has served as faculty for the national collaborative for Catheter-associated Blood Stream Infection Reduction, sponsored by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. This collaborative drove a significant decrease in infection rates across the U.S.
Sachdeva is a pediatrician and has been a practicing pediatric critical care physician. He also is a Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He holds two doctorates, a PhD in Epidemiology focusing on outcomes research from the University of Texas, School of Public Health, and a DBA in Business Administration from Glasgow, UK, focusing on organizational change. Additionally, he holds a law degree and serves as an adjunct professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee.
Sachdeva, his wife and two children reside in Mequon, Wis.