EMERYVILLE, CA (April 19, 2021)—Vituity CEO Imamu “Mu” Tomlinson, MD, MBA, has been selected as one of Fierce Healthcare’s Most Influential Minority Executives for 2021. This national award honors innovative leaders of color who are making a measurable impact on healthcare and inspiring others to do the same.
As Vituity’s CEO, Dr. Tomlinson is leading a paradigm shift that extends care beyond the hospital walls and into the communities that need it most. He believes that to end health disparities, health systems must find ways to deliver care on patients’ terms—regardless of physical location, time of day, or clinical acuity. This care transformation will require massive cultural shifts within the healthcare industry to meet patients where they are. Health systems will also benefit from community partnerships to help them build community trust and reach patients close to home and work.
To create a vehicle for community partnerships, Dr. Tomlinson founded the Vituity Cares Foundation in 2020 and serves as its president. In addition to improving healthcare access, the foundation also works to address the social determinants of health and nurture tomorrow’s diverse clinicians and healthcare leaders in the communities Vituity serves. “Dr. Tomlinson’s approach to care is improving patients’ lives while creating a sustainable future for Vituity,” says David Feldman, MD, MBA, chair of the Vituity board of directors. “One of our strongest organizational values is that what’s best for patients also benefits hospitals and clinicians. Dr. Tomlinson empowers front-line clinicians to lead the development of more sustainable, compassionate, and patient-centered care delivery models. And he inspires others to join him on this journey.”
Dr. Tomlinson spent much of his career as an emergency physician in California’s Central Valley—one of the most medically underserved areas of the state—which brought him face to face with the effects of health disparities. His experiences as a Jamaican Canadian, an immigrant to the U.S., and a basketball coach to underprivileged youth also inspired him to work for social and healthcare justice.
“I am proud and humbled to be recognized with this honor by Fierce Healthcare” says Dr. Tomlinson. “This is truly a testament to the amazing team I work with every day, who are as committed as I am to bring more accessible care to our communities nationwide. The hallmark of our work is putting the patient first, and it’s due to the inclusivity of our culture that we’re able to meet the needs of our patients where and when they need care.”
Dr. Tomlinson shares his vision as a prolific writer, podcast guest, and panel participant. His recent appearances include a Becker’s panel discussion on making healthcare equity a reality and a video podcast where he dives into his motivations and passions. For his latest updates, connect with him on LinkedIn.
Fierce Healthcare announced its 2021 Most Influential Minority Executives on April 19. Honorees were chosen based on professional accomplishments, community leadership, and philanthropy.
For nearly 50 years, Vituity has been a catalyst for positive change in healthcare. As a physician-led and -owned multispecialty partnership, our nearly 5,000 doctors and clinicians care for 8 million patients each year across 450 practice locations and nine acute care specialties.
Vituity’s acute focus and compassionate care are the driving forces that place us at the heart of better care. Our clinicians and practice management leaders develop front-line solutions for healthcare challenges that improve quality and have a direct positive impact on millions of lives nationwide.
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