Orlando Health has named Thomas R. Kelley, MD, chief of quality and clinical transformation. His appointment became effective August 1. Dr. Kelley has served as the system’s interim chief of quality and clinical transformation since March 2014. He has also served as chief quality officer of Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital in Longwood since March 2012 and will continue in that role until a new appointment is made.
Under his leadership, in 2013 South Seminole Hospital became the first Orlando Health facility to install and activate digital quality boards in public areas to provide medical outcomes data directly to patients and families. The hospital was also the first Orlando Health facility to utilize the Xenex germ-fighting robot to keep healthcare associated infection rates low and patients safe. Results from a recently released study show the robot has resulted in nearly a 30 percent facility-wide decrease in infection rates. Both initiatives have since been introduced at all Orlando Health hospitals.
Dr. Kelley graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville. He worked as a faculty physician training residents at Atlanta Medical Center where he developed the first continuous quality improvement council for the residency program. He also started the only free clinic to serve the uninsured people of South Atlanta and was the founder of the Georgia Free Clinic Network.