Cary D. Gutbezahl, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cary understands what it takes to make, “Better American Hospitals.” In addition to being a seasoned consultant, Cary has worked as interim hospital CMO in three different organizations, as well as having served as medical director for two multi-specialty medical groups and several HMOs. Cary has a solid history of leading medical staff through improvements in utilization management, changes in peer review practices, and corrective action procedures. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Cary is armed with a diverse background in hospital, medical group, and managed care settings, and has immersed himself in developing the strong knowledge base and extraordinary skill set needed to successfully improve today’s hospitals.
While serving as a member of the American College of Physician Executives, Cary has used his deep knowledge of the complex structures of the healthcare field and applied it toward implementing quality improvement initiatives and developing governance structures, strong compensation plans, productivity reporting models, and effective physician management training programs. Prior to joining Compass Clinical Consulting, Cary provided a number of successful consultant services resulting in projects that included the effective merging of medical staff of two hospitals, reducing the length of stay at hospitals, decreasing inpatient utilization for managed care organizations in several markets, the successful turnaround of the financial performance of a Medicare PHO with full capitation, mentoring Chief Medical Officers, evaluating medical group capability for managing capitation, and improving operating room utilization. Cary continues to use his compelling interpersonal skills to maintain a strong focus on improving clinical operations, developing medical staff leadership, and strengthening physician relationships.
While Cary served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, he was Head of the Quality Assurance Department of the Navy Medical Command, National Capital Region, in Bethesda, Maryland. Cary is board certified and completed a laboratory medicine residency and an immunohematology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his numerous national speaking engagements, he has authored a number of publications including, Hospital Service Recovery, Journal of Hospital Marketing and Public Relations.