Lawrence Kay, M.D., FAAFP, Named Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Empath Health
Dr. Kay is first named CMO to manage the nonprofit and all of its member programs
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Dec. 06, 2016 – Empath Health has named Lawrence Kay, M.D., FAAFP, chief medical officer. As CMO, Dr. Kay has become a key member of the senior executive team, overseeing medical programs throughout the organization, providing clinical strategic direction, and managing all physicians throughout Empath Health’s integrated network of care. Dr. Kay is a board-certified family physician with extensive patient care and health care management experience.
“We’re proud to name Dr. Kay to one of the most important leadership roles at Empath Health,” says Rafael Sciullo, CEO of the nonprofit integrated network of care. “We value his leadership style, stability and successful track record of improving quality and patient care; he is passionate about the delivery of compassionate and life-changing health care, which is at the heart of our organization and one of the main reasons for our existence,” Sciullo concluded.
Most recently, Dr. Kay was senior medical director for Clinical Services at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he managed Medical Policy and Quality. Prior to that, he served as CMO for Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation, a largely commercial managed care plan owned by an integrated delivery system in Madison, Wisconsin. He began his career in Baltimore where he practiced a full-spectrum of primary care, followed by a long engagement in academic family medicine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kay earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgetown University and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He then completed the UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and later on the National Institute for Program Director Development fellowship program.
About Empath Health
Empath Health is a nonprofit integrated network of care that provides expert, life-changing health care to those with chronic and advanced illnesses. Empath Health includes hospice, home health and physician services, independent living assistance and day care for seniors, HIV services and advance care planning.