FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Lee Stuart director of Organizational and Business Performance. In this position, Stuart will lead the implementation of new processes and structure, with a focus on improving the AAFP's overall business performance, providing centralized organizational oversight for the product strategist enterprise and assisting the leadership team by identifying opportunities for process improvement in key organizational and cultural issues. “Lee has an unusual blend of creative and business thinking from his experience as a corporate executive and as a consultant, where he has proven his abilities in product development, decision-making systems, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness,” said Todd C. Dicus, deputy executive vice president and chief operating officer for the AAFP. “Lee's skills will help the AAFP maintain its momentum as it moves to be a more efficient and effective organization.” Before being named director or Organizational and Business Performance, Stuart began working with the AAFP as a consultant in April 2012, overseeing a variety of new initiatives and special projects. Prior to joining the AAFP, Stuart headed Stuart Coaching & Consulting a full-service management consulting and coaching firm that specialized in strategic planning, executive coaching, learning and development, and business model analytics. His clients included health care organizations, product development and marketing companies, not-for-profit social services agencies and academic institutions.Stuart spent nearly 20 years with Hallmark Cards, Inc. For six of those years, Stuart served as director of New Product and Business Development, where he was responsible for developing, testing, launching, and transitioning new businesses for the Hallmark brand. Stuart began his career with the Kansas City Star, where he was a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning news team that covered the Hyatt Regency Hotel disaster in 1981.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).
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January 29, 2013