Submitted by Andy Norton, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Upon the recommendation of the Medical Executive Committee, the Main Line Health Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Ernest F. Gillan as System Chair of Family Practice, which became effective July 1, 2016. The appointment as permanent System Chair comes after Ernie’s interim Chair role since October 2014.
Ernie is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and Jefferson Medical College. He completed his postgraduate training at the Bryn Mawr Family Medicine Residency Program. Ernie has served in a number of leadership positions in the Main Line Health System, including 21 years as the Chief of the Paoli Family Practice Department. Ernie has also been a member of the Medical Executive Committee. He is a senior partner of Paoli Family Medicine, which was one of the first NCQA Medical Home practices in the Main Line Health System. He was a leader of our planning process to form Main Line Health Physician Partners (MLHPP), our clinically integrated network. He now serves as Chair of the Managing Committee of MLHPP. He is knowledgeable of both the history and the many challenges and opportunities currently facing Family Medicine in the Main Line Health System.
I am delighted that Ernie has accepted the System Chair role. I will be partnering with Ernie and members of the Department of Family Practice along with colleagues in General Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and OBGYN to navigate the evolving role of Primary Care in the health care delivery environment. Main Line Health is committed to continuing to be a leading regional health system in providing state-of-the-art Primary Care aligned with a network of specialists serving patients in highly coordinated, accessible and patient centered care. We also want to build on our long legacy of graduate medical education in Family Medicine.
Please join me in congratulating Ernie on his appointment and supporting him in this important leadership role at Main Line Health.