Alan Whaley named chief operating officer for USA Health

Alan Whaley, D.B.A., has been named chief operating officer for USA Health. Working in a dyad relationship with Chief Medical Officer Michael Chang, M.D., Whaley will work with leadership throughout the health system to plan and develop operational budgets and strategic initiatives that support USA Health’s mission, vision and values with well-balanced clinical, academic and research programs.

Published Jul 12th, 2019

By Gary Mans
gmans@health.southalabama.edu

Alan Whaley, D.B.A., has been named chief operating officer for USA Health.

Working in a dyad relationship with Chief Medical Officer Michael Chang, M.D., Whaley will work with leadership throughout the health system to plan and develop operational budgets and strategic initiatives that support USA Health’s mission, vision and values with well-balanced clinical, academic and research programs. Whaley and Chang also will work with the management team and physician leadership to reduce costs, enhance revenues, achieve quality goals and objectives, conduct service line planning and achieve efficient and effective utilization of USA Health resources.

“Having Alan working in tandem with Dr. Chang will help all of us at USA Health continue to enhance the quality of care we provide in the most efficient and effective way possible,” said John Marymont, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at the University of South Alabama. “Alan’s vast experience in complex organizations in the region will be pivotal in this endeavor.”

Prior to joining USA Health in 2016 as chief strategy officer, Whaley spent 22 years with Infirmary Health System in Mobile, eventually serving as executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

“The duo of Alan and Mike working with system and physician leadership is a powerful mechanism as we continue to transform medicine in the Gulf Coast Region,” said Owen Bailey, chief executive officer for USA Health. “Alan’s expertise in the efficient operation of a healthcare system and Mike’s understanding of providing medical care in an academic health setting create a significant opportunity for enhancing the care we provide to our region.”

Whaley earned his bachelor of science degree from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., before earning master’s degrees in health care administration and business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He most recently earned his doctor of business administration from the University of South Alabama.

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