Our donor spotlight highlights an AMGA Foundation donor who has made significant contributions to support the Foundation's work.
Jim Boswell, M.B.A., serves as an EVP and managing partner of client advisory services at IKS Health, where he is responsible for managing the day-to-day business and operational relationships of their clients. He is also past chair of AMGA Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Boswell devoted over 21 years to building, optimizing, and leading large multispecialty group practices, both privately owned as well as part of a large nonprofit health system. He has expertise in medical group alignment and performance improvement, and is highly regarded for his ability to use organizational and governance structures to facilitate health system integration and physician engagement.
Why did you first get involved with the Foundation?
I became aware of the Foundation and the opportunity to become involved through Ron Kirkland, M.D., and Don Fisher, Ph.D. As I learned about the mission of the Foundation, its focus on quality, and the sharing of best practices, I knew that I wanted to be a part of growing the Foundation, providing strategic guidance and helping in its fundraising efforts in order to ensure the Foundations’ long-term focus on quality.
You have supported the Foundation for more than a decade. What is the biggest impact you have seen the Foundation make in health care during your tenure?
I think the Best Practices Collaboratives and the Chronic Care Challenges (Measure Up/Pressure Down® and Together 2 Goal®) have had the biggest impact on our nation’s healthcare delivery system and our members. I think these initiatives are, in essence, proof that no other organization in health care today can organize physicians and other providers around a common quality initiative and have the impact that AMGA and our members have had on the lives of patients across the entire country.
The Measure Up/Pressure Down® campaign was able to engage and align 67,000 physicians throughout 150 groups. The impact this initiative had on the lives of patients was significant.
How did the Foundation empower the Baptist Medical Group to improve health care while you were at the helm?
Baptist Medical Group was founded in 2010 via acquisitions of approximately 47 different medical groups, totaling 600 physicians. We were a consolidation of several different cultures, and I felt we needed to come together and focus on a quality initiative, thereby sending a clear message that Baptist Medical Group is first and foremost about improving patient care.
I was able to call upon the Foundation staff and their expertise to help me drive the Measure Up/Pressure Down® campaign throughout our 150 locations across three states.
Why would you encourage members to participate in our Foundation’s programs if they are not already?
As I said before, participating in the Foundation can help your organization learn from others and drive quality initiatives throughout your group. It also allows your physicians to get involved in national forums that enable them to influence patient care across the country.