Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling has been named board chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
He replaces outgoing IHI chair Dr. Gary Kaplan, who is chair and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle, Washington.
The two-year term runs through May 2019.
Dowling has served on the IHI board since 2010.
"IHI is energizing and inspiring improvements in the quality of healthcare around the globe," Dowling said. "I'm honored to serve as chair of an organization committed to redesigning healthcare into a system without errors, waste, delay and unsustainable costs."
IHI in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a nonprofit focusing on health and healthcare improvement – for both individuals and entire populations.
"Since its founding more than 25 years ago, IHI has benefitted from the guidance, wisdom, and support of extraordinary board members, including the board chair," said IHI's CEO Derek Feeley. "Michael continues a long line of visionary health leaders who bring great experience with quality improvement and health system transformation to IHI, helping to ensure that IHI's expertise and support for profound change in the U.S. and around the globe, remain as relevant as ever."
Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York, has 22 hospitals, over 550 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement partners with frontline practitioners around the globe to spark inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations.