Cooper Center for Healing and Technology Innovation: From the Ground-up (Ep. 1 of 3)

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In the first episode of a three part series on developing a fully integrated leading edge medical facility; Dr. Sean Kelly, MD speaks to Dr. Kaitlan Baston, MD, MSc, DFASAM and Dustin Hufford of Cooper University Health Care about their experience developing the Cooper Center for Healing. Located in Camden, New Jersey; the facility is the gold standard for treating pain, addiction, and behavioral health care all under one roof. Truly meeting and treating patients right where they are!

Dr. Sean Kelly, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Customer Strategy, Healthcare
​FACEP, Beth Israel Lahey Health
Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine – part time, Harvard Medical School
Dustin Hufford
Senior Vice President, CIO, Cooper University Health Care
Prior to joining Cooper, Mr. Hufford served as Chief Information Officer at Memorial Health Care System, a community hospital in North Western Ohio. After Memorial Health Care was acquired by Promedica Health system, he served as Assistant Vice President of Revenue Cycle and Business Systems where he oversaw the implementation of Promedica Health’s electronic health record. He has experience leading large teams within several areas of IT including clinical, revenue cycle, business systems, and technology. In addition to his experience working with health care providers, he has a background in consulting work where he executed IT strategic planning engagements, merger and acquisition evaluations, and post-merger integrations.

Since 2015, Mr. Hufford has led IT through several large-scale implementations including telemedicine, revenue cycle and clinical optimizations, and the migration to cloud-based services. He is now leading a digital transformation initiative with the goal of providing excellent digital experiences for employees, providers, and patients.

Dr. Kaitlan Baston, MD, MSc, DFASAM
Center Head, Cooper Center for Healing
Medical Director of Government Relations at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, NJ
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Dr. Baston is dual boarded in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She obtained a master’s degree in Neuroscience from Kings College London and then graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.  She pursued full spectrum family medicine training with obstetrics in Seattle, Washington, with a concentration in maternal child health. Her work in primary care illuminated the stigma and marginalization associated with addiction, and she observed that both patients and medical professionals suffer from the lack of addiction medicine training and integration into healthcare. With the goals of community centered health care delivery, population health improvement, and hospital system quality improvement, she completed an American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) accredited fellowship She became the medical director of Cooper’s addiction medicine program in 2015, and built what is now the Cooper Center for Healing, which includes integrated pain, addiction, and behavioral health care. As of this center, Dr. Baston currently runs an inpatient addiction consult service, multiple outpatient specialty clinics, a wrap-around perinatal substance use disorder program, undergraduate and graduate medical education in addiction medicine, research, and several million dollars in grant funded programming. This work expanded to state and national level policy in the field of addiction medicine, and beyond. Currently, Dr. Baston is focused on work at a policy level to support state-funded programs for substance use disorder treatment and improvements in population health by addressing social determinants of health. In her role as Medical Director of Government Relations, she strives to ensure that all patients have access to compassionate care and evidence based medical treatments that allow them to live full and satisfying lives. Kaitlan is proud to work with an interdisciplinary team of like-minded, driven individuals at Cooper who are dedicated to making positive change in the healthcare system.

Cooper Center for Healing

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