A vision for further advancing the role of Family Practice at MLH


Submitted by Ernest Gillan, MD, System Chair, Family Practice


It is a privilege and honor, as System Chair of Family Practice, to represent an exceptional department in an excellent health system.


Over the coming years, as Main Line Health continues the journey to transforming health care, we’ll undertake many initiatives that will benefit our patients and our staff. Among them:

  • Engagement: I look forward to reaching out to Family Practice membership at all our campuses and to meet with the campus chiefs and physician liaisons to improve engagement and to foster the next generation of Family Practice leadership. I intend to work with our IT partners to keep Family Practice physicians engaged and updated on our PIVOT Project, powered by Epic, to foster a smooth transition to a user friendly, integrated EMR for our patients and staff. As change accelerates, it will be increasingly important that you actively participate in our Family Practice meetings.


  • Graduate Medical Education: I have a deep commitment to continuing and expanding the training of medical students and residents. With your support, we will be moving the Bryn Mawr Family Practice Residency Training Program back to the Bryn Mawr Hospital campus in Spring 2017. I’ll be partnering with leaders across our System to ensure a smooth transition so that this popular and excellent program attracts talented candidates and encourages residents to continue their careers within Main Line Health.


  • MLH Physician Partners: We’ll take our clinically integrated network, MLH Physician Partners, from its infancy to a workable, functional entity to help expand and progress primary care in Main Line Health for the benefit of our PCPs and our patients.


  • Senior Services: We’ll continue to partner with MLH Senior Services leadership to engage and enhance the health of our senior population through coordination with our skilled nursing home partners.


I fully intend to be as transparent as possible and do my best to represent you. I find it refreshing that MLH leadership is committed to continue to support both the employed and private practice model in a pluralistic fashion. It is MLH’s and my vision that both platforms can thrive and help each other as we navigate through a tremendously complex and ever changing health care environment. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone (610/999/0084) or email (GillanEr@mlhs.org) with your feedback or suggestions on how we can continue to transform the Family Practice Department of MLH and build on a truly exemplary organization.

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