Donor Spotlight on Kevin McDermott
Kevin McDermott has been active with both AMGA and AMGA Foundation for more
than a decade attending key meetings, participating in corporate events and
serving on the Measure Up/Pressure Down® Steering Committee. Currently he serves
on AMGA Foundation’s Board of Directors.
AMGA Foundation: You were involved when we launched our first
national campaign, Measure Up/Pressure Down®. What benefits did this first
quality initiative provide to our members?
McDermott: Measure Up/Pressure Down® demonstrated the
incredible imagination of AMGA members to tackle the tough issues with a “why
not?” attitude. It proves when you harness individual insights and share proven
best practices, great things can happen for the health of our country.
AMGA Foundation: How do you think Together 2 Goal® and future
campaigns will impact healthcare?
McDermott: These campaigns will change how we care for
chronic conditions, continuing to develop and grow even after the 3-year launch
period. The campaigns are building the “muscle memory” of organizations to make
manageable changes resulting in ongoing meaningful outcomes.
AMGA Foundation: You have been involved with AMGA and AMGA
Foundation for over ten years–including serving as a Foundation Director and
Officer for part of this time. What value do you feel AMGA Foundation has
provided to you as a corporate partner during this time?
McDermott: From a corporate perspective, to be able to sit
around a table and hear what is really getting in the way of higher quality
care—that’s where the industry needs to be. As a result of my involvement with
AMGA Foundation, the companies I’ve worked for have grown in their appreciation
of the effort it takes to achieve change on the provider side and how our
products and education need to align with the priorities of the member groups.
When you can show empathy for the challenges of the groups and modify your
approaches accordingly, it’s amazing to see the difference in receptivity.
AMGA Foundation: What do you think AMGA Foundation brings to
the table amidst our dynamically-changing healthcare environment?
McDermott: The model is powerful for tackling chronic
conditions: test out things in the collaboration phase and then tackle via a
national campaign. It’s a dynamic platform where organizations can pick and
choose approaches. The data measurement component is leading edge in today’s
AMGA Foundation: Why would you encourage others to get
involved with AMGA Foundation?
McDermott: AMGA Foundation is about patient-centricity and
innovation. I enjoy every opportunity to convene with the AMGA Foundation Board
and fellow program participants—at Corporate Roundtables and the Annual
Meeting—feeling the passion and real change happen right before my eyes.