The Queen’s University Medical Group (QUMG), the academic medical group practice of The Queen’s Health System (“Queen’s”), will be officially launched effective July 1, 2022.
“Our vision is to be the preeminent medical group of the Pacific leading the delivery of high quality, compassionate patient care and continually advancing education and research,” said QUMG President Rick Bruno, M.D. “QUMG and the affiliation between Queen’s and the University of Hawai‘i is designed to expand our clinical enterprise, improve medical education and research in Hawai‘i, engage the next generation of health care professionals, and improve the health and well-being of the people of Hawai‘i.”
QUMG consists of nearly 600 providers, representing 17 specialties, including Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers (APRNs, PAs, Psychologists, Certified Midwives). covering our four hospitals –The Queen’s Medical Center, The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu, Molokai General Hospital, Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital — and 100 ambulatory clinical sites. QUMG will further strengthen high quality, compassionate care, innovation, research and education in Hawai‘i. It will employ and help support the faculty while Queen’s continues to serve as Hawai‘i’s largest clinical sites for training medical students and more than 100 residents and fellows from JABSOM.
The group was formed in 2021 when the majority of the University of Hawai‘i Faculty Practice physicians joined the Queen’s Medical Group (QMG). This merger was facilitated by a three-party Affiliation Agreement between Queen’s, The University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and University Health Partners of Hawai‘i (UHP).
QUMG is a separately incorporated, wholly owned subsidiary of Queen’s. This structure will be like other QHS entities: Queen’s Medical Center, North Hawaii Community Hospital, Molokai General Hospital, Queen Emma Land, and the Queen’s Development Corporation.
The medical group is incorporating to better lead and manage the Queen’s physician enterprise and the Queen’s Ambulatory Practice. A well-managed medical group will ensure the Health System is able to provide the highest quality care, frictionless access for all our patients, and ensure an outstanding patient experience.
“We believe QUMG is an important step for the physician and providers enterprise in support of strategic plans set for the health system,” said Dr. Bruno. “Specifically, around development of our Regional Network of Care Development, Population Health, Workforce planning, NHH, and Academic Health System. Our goal is to always be aligned and integrated with Queen’s Mission, Vision, and strategic direction. QUMG will allow us to better collaborate and work in multi-disciplinary teams across the health system and avoid silos. We will move further faster towards reaching Quality goals in our Ambulatory Operations. QUMG will help with workforce development and allow us to be more effective in management of practices.”
QUMG benefits will include improvements to the patient experience and access will be improved through provider-led standardization of ambulatory practice operations.
“By unifying our practices, we will strengthen the education and development of the next generation of caregivers in a culturally grounded way, infuse research and innovation into our delivery systems, and expand and improve key clinical programs.,” said Dr. Bruno. “We look forward to enhancing our already strong and longstanding partnerships with the University to achieve our shared goal of improving the health of our communities, both now and in the future.”
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to QUMGquestions@queens.org.