Robert (Bob) Porter is an accomplished organizational leader with over 30 years’
experience in health system leadership. Bob has extensive experience in working
with senior leadership executives in complex organizational settings, with a proven
track record for engaging diverse stakeholders in the redesign of organizational
systems and processes to achieve breakthrough improvement in performance. His
accumulated experience and expertise allows him to create enduring improvement in
the quality of healthcare.
Bob’s career has been characterized by a deep commitment to exceptional
performance through engagement of staff, physicians and community members in a
collaborative process to design innovative solutions centered on the patient
experience. He led the development of a “hospital of the future” project for SSM and
the resulting facility which opened in 2009 has been widely recognized for its
innovative design and impact on the patient experience, patient safety and operating
performance. In recognition for his work on patient experience and facility redesign,
he was recognized as a “Master of Design” by Fast Company magazine.
Bob also led ACO development efforts for SSM St. Louis, pioneering the design of an
integrated platform to navigate the journey from traditional payment to assumption
of increasing levels of financial risk. Most recently, Bob has been in a leadership role
with Healthways, a leader in well-being improvement and disease management.
Bob’s transition to Healthways was driven by his desire to continue to work toward
the badly needed transformation of the US healthcare system, improving care and
reducing cost by focusing on improving well-being.
A frequent speaker and author on a variety of leadership topics in and out of
healthcare, Bob has been an influential player in the movement toward population
health management. He holds an MBA and JD from Stanford University, and his
proudest achievement is having had the status of “lay affiliate” bestowed on him by
the community of the Daughters of Charity in recognition of his work in Catholic
healthcare and in the broader social ministry of that Vincentian order. Bob is accredited in coaching by the prestigious Hudson Institute of Coaching.