J. Edward McEachern, MD
Senior Medical Director, PacificSource Health Plans
Dr. McEachern currently is the senior medical director for Medicare in PacificSource’s markets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Prior to his work at PacificSource, he was the physician Executive Director and later the CMO/CMIO of the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance, a network of over 1,677 physicians, 8 hospitals, 9 surgery centers, 24 urgent care centers, and $800,000,000 in annual net revenues. The Clinically Integrated Network serves over 120,000 at-risk lives, 500,000 annual ambulatory visits, 30,0000 annual in-patient admits, and 562 locations in Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. McEachern earned an undergraduate degree in biology at Emory University. As a Robert T. (Bobby) Jones Scholar at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland he earned a co-terminal masters degree in biological systems theory and statistics. He went to Case Western Reserve University for Medical School, a Pathology residency at the University of California in San Francisco, a second residency in General Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Health Services Research at the Cleveland Clinic, and practiced medicine in Georgia, Ohio, and Idaho.
His academic career includes faculty positions at Vanderbilt’s Center for Health Services, Emory University School of Medicine (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Case Western Reserve University, and currently at the University of Utah, where he is an associate professor of Orthopaedics in the School of Medicine, Director of the Department’s Health Services Research program, and an Assistant Professor on faculty at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.
His past experiences are broad and varied and have led to a uniquely rounded physician / administrator / entrepreneur:
As the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the Northeast Ohio Community Health Plan in Cleveland, Ohio, the 1.6 million covered life managed care plan for Blue Shield and Blue Cross of Ohio, he developed innovative approaches to working with providers, payers, and patient / members to improve health, lower costs and demonstrate better health outcomes. He developed the first Medicaid HMO in the country there.
At Daedalus Private Equity, Dr. McEachern was the physician senior partner for over ten years, and managed the firm’s strategic investments in hospitals, software and technology development firms, wholesale drug manufacturers, and re-insurers, and build and operated six academic hospitals
His pioneering approaches to improving the service delivery and outcomes of clinical services are recognized across the United States and in other countries. As the Director of Health Services Research and as an operator of hospitals, he continues to innovate through research that forges partnerships "across the continuum" of care to apply unorthodox but highly effective approaches to the design of health services and systems that provide superior value in terms of costs, outcomes, and satisfaction. His experience in operations, research, and consulting give him the opportunity to work with physicians, other clinicians, and managers in a variety of hospital and healthcare settings. In particular, he has successfully demonstrated the ability to engage collaborative multi-disciplinary teams in improving the quality of direct patient care.
Dr. McEachern lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife, Dr Harmony Schroeder, an OB/GYN, and their triplets, Bevan, William, and Jackson.