About Leah Gassett

Leah works in ECG’s Academic Healthcare practice. She has a broad range of experience with GME planning and academic strategy. Leah works with large, university-based AMCs and their component organizations, as well as with community teaching hospitals and academic health systems, on issues specifically related to the hospital-based academic enterprise. She possesses deep expertise and a highly detailed knowledge of GME program accreditation requirements and Medicare reimbursement regulations. Since joining ECG in 2006, she has worked with clients to facilitate strategic planning activities specific to the clinical-academic enterprise, conduct system-level programmatic reviews, and assess the feasibility of establishing/rationalizing GME programs. Leah has master of business administration and public health degrees from Boston University and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hospital/Medical School Affiliations – Why Governance Matters

As the healthcare industry consolidates, realigns, and struggles to better steward limited resources, hospital and medical school leaders across the country are striving to optimize existing strategic partnerships and develop new ones. The potential benefits of such relationships are tremendously attractive – a productive strategic affiliation creates opportunities for hospitals/health systems and their medical school/university partners to gain access to competencies and resources that enable them to expand their individual and collective enterprises in ways that would not be possible independently. Continue reading