Dr. Stephen Morris
VP OF HEALTHCARE
Role of Medical Leadership AFH Senior Care.
Dr. Morris is an academic emergency medicine and public health specialist with a focus on health systems development.
Medical leadership is an integral part of AFH Senior Care’s model. Dr. Morris is skilled and experienced in the all aspects of this complicated role and will maximize its potential in the endeavor. Under his great medical leadership, better care for our future residents will be ensured and their wellbeing safe-guarded. The 4 key areas of Dr. Morris’s responsibilities are:
Medical leadership, by a respected clinician and specialist, will promote the image of excellence, providing assurance as to AFH Senior Care’s ability to guarantee a product that will improve people’s lives.
Dr. Morris will provide clinical and public health guidance and leadership, since in many respects adult family homes are clinical entities and must be treated as such. This requires the strong, experienced, and respected medical leadership of Dr. Morris.
Liaison- Government, Healthcare system, Insurance.
Experience working with governments, at all levels, is a useful and needed skill that Dr. Morris will provide as AFH Senior Care navigates the regulatory and licensing of its adult family homes.
AFH Senior Care, under Dr. Morris’s guidance, will be a quality institution with robust, evidence-based medical policies, and the reduction of utilization of acute healthcare services will be a blessing for our countries overburdened health care system. Medical leadership with an insider’s view of healthcare delivery will be vital to establishing trust and respect in this mutually beneficial relationship. Dr. Morris will provide enhanced communication and support for the AFH residents as they navigate the morass of the insurance system. The facilitation of this mutually advantageous relationship will be enhanced by Dr. Morris’s medical leadership’s understanding of the needs of the insurance companies.
Clinical and Policy Oversight
A critical role for the medical leadership provided by Dr. Morris will be in the form of clinical and policy oversight. Confidence that the AFH staff have the tools and training to do their job safely and to its maximum potential will provide the greatest good for our residents.
He will provide appropriate training regimens to help residents and their families understand their medical situations, at baseline and in crisis. Additionally, having an avenue to escalating medical concerns, all the way to someone knowledgeable about clinical medicine and the healthcare system will give piece of mind to staff, residents and families as well as provide needed critical support.
Confidence in leadership during a crisis is important before, during and after the event. Dr. Morris, is a leader who is trained and experienced in disaster management. He supports disaster and crisis education and has held leadership positions in national and international crisis events. Proven ability to act, make decisions and manage a crisis is critical, since training alone does not ensure success when calamity hits.
A summary of Dr. Morris’s background is:
BA, Environmental Studies: Ecology, The State University of New York at Binghamton(School for International Training, Semester Abroad, Cairns, Australia)
Post Baccalaureate Premedical Studies, University of Washington,
MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health, Boston, MA
Internship and Residency, Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine,
Fellowship, International Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative,
International Committee of the Red Cross, Health Emergencies (H.E.L.P), Geneva, Switzerland
World Vision and Bundeswehr (German Federal Defense Force): Hostile Environment Awareness Training (H.E.A.T.) and Security Risk Management Training
Washington State Medical Association and University of Washington – Physicians Leadership
Faculty Positions Held
Faculty Teaching Assistant, University of Washington Department of Biology, Physiology and Development, Seattle, WA
Visiting Professor, John F. Kennedy Hospital, Monrovia, Liberia
Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Visiting Professor, Global Emergency Care Collaborative, Nyakibale, Uganda
Affiliate Faculty Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard Humanitarian Academy,
Acting Instructor, and Acting Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle,
Medical Staff Supervisor COVID-19 Response. UW Medicine.
Hospital Positions Held
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Staff Physician, National Geographic Places of a Lifetime Expedition
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center,
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Attending Physician Emergency Medicine Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA
Attending Physician Emergency Medicine Puget Sound Veterans Administration, Seattle, WA
Dr. Morris’s experience also includes extensive writing including 38 published works including book chapters, educational materials and 25 peer reviewed publications. He has also authored countless reports, policy briefs, and white papers. Given his experience he is often involved in media and public relations including television, radio and social media with organizations as diverse as the local news to the New York Times, Associated Press, NPR and 60 Minutes.
As Medical Director Dr. Morris will be the lead of all healthcare and clinical medical aspects of AFH Senior Care. This will include public relations, clinical oversight, policy development, and acting as liaison for governments and governing bodies.