Dr. Al Gatmaitan (MHA, '85) is eight months into his new role of overseeing the clinical delivery systems, including system clinical services, supply chain, design and construction, for IU Health. In February, Dr. Gatimaitan transitioned from Chief Executive Officer for IU Health Arnett to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for IU Health.
As a healthcare administrator, Dr. Gatmaitan says he is thankful for the opportunity to create an environment where intelligent, dedicated and compassionate physicians and nurses can be their best. “While a profession in healthcare administration can be complicated and complex it is heartwarming when I hear a story of remarkable care being provided to a patient, knowing that indirectly I was able to serve the patient.”
Dr. Gatmaitan is excited to be on what he refers to as the cusp of a golden age of healthcare. He anticipates that information technology will transform healthcare by addressing long-standing frustrations and that precision medicine will allow future healthcare administrators tremendous opportunity to change and support the environment for all clinicians.
“Healthcare is more dynamic than ever,” Dr. Gatmaitan said. “The ranges of possible roles for healthcare administrators are open for innovation and change.”
Dr. Gatmaitan has a doctoral degree in health services administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton.