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Ann Polich, MD is the new vice president of quality/performance improvement, having joined the Methodist Health System organization after a 10 year stint with the Nebraska Western-Iowa VA Health Care System. Since 2008 she was the associate chief of staff for patient safety.
In her new role, Dr. Polich will oversee Methodist Health System’s efforts to improve clinical quality and support patient safety. Her responsibilities include implementing Joint Commission recommendations and helping the system meet national patient safety goals.
A graduate of Rockhurst College and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Polich completed her residency training in internal medicine at Creighton University. She worked as a primary care physician in Kansas and served as SW Medical Director for the KU School of Medicine with duties including placement and education of fourth year medical students in rural settings.
A notable accomplishment for Dr. Polich while at the Omaha VA was the establishment of the chief resident for quality and safety position in 2008. The position was created to enhance their ability to care for Veterans by redesigning medical education and patient care to include the area of quality and patient safety.
While managing her duties at the VA, Dr. Polich has continued to works as an associate professor at Creighton University Medical Center as well as serving as a contributing faculty member at University of Nebraska Medical Center - teaching medical students and residents patient safety and quality.
An active member of the community, Dr. Polich has served on the Blue Cross Blue Shield quality board as well as their policy committee for several years. She has also participated for many years in the VA Stand Down.