As an XIR, Ron leverages his strategic, operational, and domain expertise to support businesses in the healthcare services, technology, payor, data analytics, and advisory industries.
Dr. Paulus is the immediate past President and CEO of Mission Health, a $2 billion integrated health system serving western North Carolina. During his tenure, Mission Health reduced inpatient mortality by more than half, achieved six-sigma medication safety results, improved patient experience to above the 90th percentile, doubled employee engagement scores to more than twice the national average, and became the only health system ever designated as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems for six of seven six years (IBM Watson Health, 2012-2018), performing in the top 2% of the United States in the most recent award period. Mission Health closed a transformative transaction with HCA Healthcare on February 1, 2019, creating the largest per capita foundation in America. The resulting Dogwood Health Trust is dedicated to impacting the social determinants of health to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of all people and communities in western North Carolina.Before joining Mission Health, Dr. Paulus was Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Innovation Officer for Geisinger Health System, where he managed Geisinger’s hospitals and its more than 800-physician member group practice and also was responsible for ensuring system-wide innovation. Prior to joining Geisinger, Dr. Paulus was co-founder, President, and later CEO of CareScience, Inc. (a NASDAQ company), later acquired by Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC;), providing an analytics platform to support health systems’ quality and efficiency improvement work used today by nearly 1,000 hospitals nationwide. He serves on numerous boards, including Mercy, Vocera, and Waystar and also serves as an advisor to HCA Healthcare (HCA), Cardinal Analytx, and Strongline. Dr. Paulus received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and his MBA, with a concentration in healthcare management, and BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous boards, has frequently published peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles (including the Annals of Internal Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs), and speaks regularly on the topics of health care quality and efficiency, innovation, physician, and health system leadership, as well as new models of care. Dr. Paulus has been named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders several times and was recently included among the Top 15 on that list.