2004 Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Health System Constituency Section, and recognizes a federal healthcare executive (commissioned officer 0-5 level or lower/GS-14 level or lower equivalent) who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant achievements which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

The recipient of this award is CDR Mark D. Turner, USN, MC, Director for Clinical Operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC.  As Director for Clinical Operations, CDR Turner developed Navy Medicine’s clinical policy and guidelines, managed provider credentialing, risk management, patient safety, advances in medical practice, case management, health promotions, mental health and other clinical activities.  To best equip each treatment facility, CDR Turner developed the Bureau’s Business Planning Tool and education program.  This web-based tool provides a step-by-step process to develop a customized business plan based upon the characteristics of each facility’s catchment area.  The tool includes reports to analyze specific health care markets and CDR Turner is now engaged in developing a dashboard for the Bureau to monitor successful implementation of the tool across the commands.

In addition to assisting each treatment facility to improve productivity, CDR Turner worked with other members of the federal health care system to foster an evidence-based advisory board to develop clinical quality initiatives.  This multi-disciplinary group developed standardized population health metrics and promoted tool sets based on joint Department of Defense-Veterans Health Administration clinical practice guidelines.  In coordination with the Air Force Population health Division, CDR Turner also developed a web-based tool for monitoring population health metrics resulting from these clinical quality initiatives.

As chairman of the military health system information management team, CDR Turner helped to develop the Clinical Data Warehouse and has worked on the implementation of CHCS-II and a system-wide electronic medical record.  Once fully in use across the military healthcare system, these systems will provide information for population health and clinical business decisions.

CDR Turner received his Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.  He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Nephrology.  He has received several professional and academic awards.


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