Children’s Mercy Names K. Alex Daneshmand Executive Vice President & Chief Quality Officer
Children’s Mercy announced that K. Alex Daneshmand, DO, MBA, FAAP, has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer.
In this role, Dr. Daneshmand will be instrumental in guiding the organization toward perfecting the patient experience, with the goal of achieving top decile performance in quality, safety, and the patient/family experience by 2025.
“Elevating the leadership of quality, safety, and the patient experience to an executive level position is a common practice of best-in-class health care organizations, including independent children’s hospitals,” said Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “We now have a structure common to high-performing health care organizations, which enables us to better support our staff to care for our patients and families.”
Dr. Daneshmand is a pediatrician and critical care physician. He joins Children’s Mercy after serving as Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Lee Health System, a large health system based in Fort Myers, Florida, comprised of seven hospitals including Golisano Children’s Hospital.
During his tenure at Lee Health, Dr. Daneshmand led the advancement of quality and safety across the entire Lee Health system. He transformed its overall quality and safety program resulting in multiple awards, including Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital Award for four years through 2020.
In the past three years, all Lee Health’s hospitals earned three straight “A” report cards from the Leapfrog Group and increased their Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rating from three to four-star ratings.