Published on January 18, 2013

Diewald Named First Genesis Chief Operating Officer

Genesis Health System President and CEO Doug Cropper has announced the promotion of Wayne Diewald to GHS Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. The health system COO is a new leadership position announced by Mr. Cropper last month that will report directly to him. Mr. Diewald had been President of GMC Davenport and a Genesis Health System Senior Vice President.  

In making the announcement, Mr. Cropper explained the organizational need for "expert and focused" leadership dedicated to achieving performance excellence across the health system. 

"This re-structuring will promote greater system integration and consistency in quality clinical care and customer service," said Cropper. "And, it will result in a more agile organization that is better able to respond to the shifting demands of a changing health care environment." 

Mr. Cropper went on to express great confidence in the ability of Mr. Diewald to help accelerate Genesis’ progress on the Journey to Excellence. 

“He brings both business savvy and a deep commitment to our mission of 'compassionate, quality health services to all those in need' to this assignment. I know Wayne will help guide us wisely forward," said Cropper.

Mr. Cropper also noted the growing demand for a greater share of his attention to more long-range strategic issues and away from operations as a contributing reason for the creation of the new COO position. 

"With system operations now in the capable hands of Wayne, I will focus on our goals for population health and strategic growth as well as our vision of national leadership in quality and safety,” Cropper said.

Divisions reporting to the new COO will include:  Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Genesis Medical Center, Illini; all critical access hospitals; Outpatient Services; Genesis Health Group; Genesis Home Health & Hospice; and, all Genesis Nursing Homes. 

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