Dr. Bryce Gart­land, 39

Vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions Emory Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, At­lanta

Modern Healthcare - - UP & COMERS - —Steven Ross John­son

Though not the ideal way to spend a birth­day week­end, a bout with ap­pen­dici­tis in the sev­enth grade spurred Dr. Bryce Gart­land’s in­ter­est in the health­care pro­fes­sion.

“I had a sur­geon who re­ally made a point of sit­ting down on my bed and spend­ing time with me while I was in the hos­pi­tal for an ex­tended pe­riod ,” the Dun­woody, Ga., na­tive said. “His bed­side care made a real im­pres­sion on me in terms of the abil­ity to help peo­ple.”

As vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions for At­lantabased Emory Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, Gart­land sees his role as a con­nect­ing link be­tween the clin­i­cal and business sides of health­care, a ca­reer path he de­cided on be­fore earn­ing his med­i­cal de­gree from Med­i­cal Col­lege of Ge­or­gia in 2001.

“I had a real pas­sion in be­ing the in­te­grat­ing con­nec­tor be­tween the clin­i­cal prac­tice and sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing and business as­pects of medicine,” Gart­land said.

Last year, Gart­land took on the ad­di­tional role of in­terim di­rec­tor for the Emory Clinic Di­vi­sion of Hos­pi­tal Medicine, where he over­sees the coun­try’s largest aca­demic hos­pi­tal medicine group with more than 100 physi­cian fac­ulty mem­bers and an an­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get of more than $30 mil­lion.

Gart­land was a part of the hos­pi­tal-care team that treated two Amer­i­can aid work­ers who con­tracted the Ebola virus while in West Africa.

Both pa­tients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Write­bol, were brought to Emory in early Au­gust, where the two re­cov­ered and were re­leased sev­eral weeks later.

“We had a phe­nom­e­nal team of in­di­vid­u­als,” Gart­land said about the ex­pe­ri­ence. “Good teams pre­pare, but great teams re­spond, and this is one of those in­stances where we demon­strated what a great team we have in terms of every­body’s abil­ity to re­spond when we re­ceived the call about car­ing for the first two pa­tients with Ebola virus on U.S. soil.”

Emory Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal CEO Robert Bachman said Gart­land’s rare abil­ity to un­der­stand the clin­i­cal and business sides of health­care made him a nat­u­ral choice for an ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship po­si­tion at the hos­pi­tal.

“Bryce is bilin­gual,” Bachman said. “He speaks the lan­guage of medicine and the lan­guage of business very flu­ently and is able to move back and forth in both worlds very eas­ily. His strate­gic-think­ing abil­i­ties are re­mark­able.”

FIRST JOB: Work­ing as a gro­cery store bag­ger. CA­REER HE WOULD HAVE PUR­SUED IF NOT FOR MEDICINE: Chef and restau­ra­teur. Loves to cook and loves to eat.

ON THE RUN: Avid run­ner—par­tic­i­pates in half-marathons.

FA­VORITE FOOD: Glut­ton for the per­fect pasta.

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