NEW YORK, N.Y., July 18, 2016 – The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) is pleased to welcome Ruth Perry, MD, who will join PCDC as our first Chief Program Officer. Dr. Perry joins a leadership team and organization that is dedicated to catalyzing excellence in primary care.
“We are very excited to be joined by Dr. Perry,” said PCDC CEO Louise Cohen, MPH. “Her background, strategic vision, and management expertise make her a terrific fit with our organization, and will enhance our work to strengthen and transform primary care.”
The Chief Program Officer leads PCDC’s Performance Improvement practice, which offers consulting, training, and coaching services designed to support a high-quality primary care system which promotes population health, clinical excellence, and patient-centeredness, through clinical improvements, care coordination and care management, and health information exchange.
“I am excited to work with Louise and the talented people at the Primary Care Development Corporation,” said Dr. Perry. “This is a pivotal moment in the evolution of primary care and PCDC is focused on making sure that the outcome is improved population health and health equity.”
Dr. Perry most recently served as Executive Director at the Trenton Health Team, a non-profit health care collaborative. There she successfully led a population health program that engaged health care providers, payers, community members, and others to improve primary care delivery. Key programs included the Trenton Health Information Exchange, which provides real-time clinical data from four collaborative partner organizations, a care management team that significantly decreased utilization of, and costs associated with, emergency room and hospital visits, and a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization.
Prior to her work at the Trenton Health Team, Dr. Perry spent nearly seventeen years in a variety of leadership positions within Environmental, Health and Safety with the Rohm & Haas Company. Dr. Perry led many diverse initiatives across the company including implementing technology to meet regulatory requirements and advancing business goals, assessing the feasibility of developing a new technology platform in the health care space, and influencing and leveraging new regulations and trends to evaluate and develop new products.
Dr. Perry is board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Temple University School of Medicine, and completed an internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Philadelphia. Dr. Perry is a classical music pianist and an avid supporter of the cultural arts, especially as relates to the legacy of African Americans. She is mother of two adult daughters, Kendall and Courtney Walton.
Founded in 1993, the Primary Care Development Corporation is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that catalyzes excellence in primary care through strategic community investment, capacity building, and policy initiatives to achieve health equity. To date, PCDC has helped over 1,000 primary care practices improve delivery of care and leveraged over $750 million on projects that enhance capacity in low-income communities.