The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) has named Craig Brammer, who leads the Cincinnati-based Health Collaborative its CEO. He will concurrently serve in both roles.
NRHI is a national network of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and state partners from across the United States that work to transform healthcare and achieve high-quality, affordable care. The Health Collaborative, an NRHI member, is a high-performing RHIC that is improving health and healthcare in its community, while also providing innovative solutions countrywide.
Brammer succeeds Ellen Gagnon, who has served as interim CEO of NRHI since April 2018. She will remain on staff with NRHI as Executive Director, Healthcare Affordability.
Brammer previously served on the leadership team at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in Washington, DC and led a $260 million federal technology innovation program. Previously, he led several Cincinnati-based initiatives, including the Humana-sponsored Physician Leadership Program and the Aligning Forces for Quality program—the signature health care improvement initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The Health Collaborative serves as the Cincinnati community’s neutral forum for all local stakeholders invested in the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower cost. It creates opportunities to collaborate, determine best practices, set community standards, and improve overall healthcare work flow and delivery in our region. Its services include a set of improvement-oriented benefits to our membership, which includes 30 hospital and health systems, 150 long-term care facilities, and more than 100 select business partners.
“The NRHI Board is thrilled that Craig has agreed to lead the organization into its next chapter,” said Marc Bennett, NRHI Board Chair and CEO of HealthInsight, in a prepared statement. “Craig’s perspective as a RHIC leader in Cincinnati, his previous experience working in federal government at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and his unique vision and leadership creativity will serve well the interests of NRHI and its members in communities across the nation.”
“I see this as an opportunity to elevate the great work happening in regions across the country while simultaneously being on the front lines of national trends and innovations that I can bring back to Greater Cincinnati,” said Brammer in a statement.