SOURCE: The Bard Group

March 22, 2005 15:26 ET

The Bard Group Adds Steven M. Mirin, MD to Its Performance Improvement Consulting Practice

Former Hospital President and Medical Specialty Society Director Brings Expertise in Leading Large-Scale Organizational Change

NEWTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 22, 2005 -- The Bard Group, the nation's leading firm specializing in physician leadership and performance improvement, today announced that Steven M. Mirin, MD has joined its rapidly growing consulting practice. Dr. Mirin is a psychiatrist and healthcare executive with more than two decades of leadership experience in planning and implementing change in teaching hospitals, health systems, and national organizations.

"We're pleased to add Dr. Mirin's unique blend of clinical and management expertise to our firm," says Marc Bard, MD, partner and chief executive officer of The Bard Group. "Our clients often look to us for assistance with their mission-critical performance improvement efforts. Dr. Mirin's proven success at planning and implementing large-scale organizational change will add a new dimension to our performance improvement offerings. Our academic medical center and medical school clients in particular will benefit from his expertise at strategies for integrating the academic mission with business performance."

"I've been watching The Bard Group's emergence as a thought and practice leader in the performance improvement arena," says Dr. Mirin. "In today's challenging healthcare environment, healthcare organizations need to successfully adapt their strategies, structures, and operations to achieve their performance improvement goals. The Bard Group's approach -- which embodies a 'systems thinking' view of performance improvement -- is on-target and effective."

Dr. Mirin was formerly director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the nation's oldest medical specialty organization, with approximately 38,000 physician members in 75 district branches. During his tenure, he worked with the elected leadership and staff to carry out a complex corporate restructuring effort that included integrating and consolidating operations, creating a new institute for research and education, and developing and implementing a strategic plan. He also helped revitalize the American Psychiatric Foundation and enhance the organization's role in shaping public policy as it pertains to mental health care.

Prior to leading APA, Dr. Mirin served as President and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, a member of Partners Health Care System, and a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where he was Professor of Psychiatry. During his nine years at the helm of McLean, Dr. Mirin was administratively responsible for the hospital's clinical care, research, and training programs, as well as management of its operations, facilities, and budget. He led McLean through a complete reconfiguration of its service delivery system, including transitioning the organization from a traditional long-term inpatient psychiatric care facility to an integrated network of specialty-focused ambulatory, residential, partial hospital and inpatient services at geographically dispersed sites.

Dr. Mirin's areas of expertise include performance improvement in clinical service delivery, strategic planning and organizational change, medical staff leadership development, and the creation of research programs and partnerships. A well-known researcher, author, and lecturer, Dr. Mirin has received numerous awards and honors for his accomplishments in health care administration and research. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA, and a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. He chaired the Governing Council of the Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services of the American Hospital Association, and has served on the Council on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health of the Institute of Medicine. Board-certified in psychiatry, he earned his MD at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, in Syracuse, New York, and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center.

About The Bard Group

The Bard Group is a healthcare consulting firm that serves the needs of executives and Boards of academic medical centers, faculty practices, community hospitals, and physician groups with programs and tools that are uniquely designed to ensure physician engagement in the implementation of strategic initiatives, clinical programs, and performance improvement programs. Based in Newton, Massachusetts, The Bard Group's professionals are physician leaders and healthcare executives who specialize in helping organizations work closely with physicians and physician groups to achieve operational and performance goals. Visit The Bard Group at

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    Andrew L. Epstein, MD
    Company: The Bard Group
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    Phone: 617-630-1731