For Immediate Release: September 27, 2012
Magras Named Medical Director For Catholic Health Services
Physician Hospital Organization
(Rockville Centre, NY) Lawrence Magras, MD, MBA, has joined Catholic Health Services (CHS) as medical director for the new CHS Physician Hospital Organization (PHO). He will also serve as vice president and assistant medical director for clinical effectiveness, care coordination and physician integration for CHS’s Department of Care Management. With extensive experience in the health care field—including academic, acute care and private practice settings—Magras was most recently a senior physician executive at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Conn. He has held various leadership roles in care management and other key quality-related areas at several organizations along the eastern seaboard.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Magras to CHS,” said CHS Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Joel Yohai, MD. “His expertise in utilization review, case and disease management, and organizational effectiveness will further enhance our delivery of quality health care to the communities in the region.”
Prior to Saint Raphael, Magras consulted at Coliseum Medical Center in Georgia and the University of Miami Hospital, in addition to serving as regional medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. His clinical background has included work as a hospitalist and several years as an attending physician at New England Medical Center in Boston. His many accomplishments encompass service line development, research and enhancing quality.
Magras, a resident of Sea Cliff, earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Georgetown University, graduating cum laude and magna cum laude, respectively. He later received his master’s degree in business administration from the Isenberg School of Business at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has had faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University and Yale University School of Medicine. Magras is a fellow of the American Institute for Healthcare Quality, as well as a member of the American College of Physicians, Society of Hospital Medicine and American College of Physician Executives, among other associations.
Catholic Health Services (CHS) is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. With six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home health agency, hospice, a community-based agency for persons with special needs and a regional lab, CHS’s high standards have resulted in a nearly 24% market share.