New Vice President to Help Lead Children's Health-Care Reform Efforts

August 29, 2012

An experienced pediatrician will lead Children’s Medical Center’s efforts to ensure all children have access to quality healthcare under the changing medical provider system.

Dr. Paul Hain is Children’s new vice president and medical director for Population Health and network development. Hain will provide physician leadership for a new payment system launching Sept. 1 and focus on strategies to successfully respond to the massive change in the way Medicaid and commercial insurers will pay hospitals to care for children.

Health-care reform is requiring hospitals across the nation to implement Accountable Care Organizations, which are organized provider entities that offer plans for hospitals and physicians to implement better care at reduced cost. Children’s Population Health division, under Hain’s leadership, will work on making children and families healthier.

“I am humbled to join such an elite institution as Children’s Medical Center Dallas,” Hain said. “The mission, which the folks here live every day, is to make life better for children. I really wanted to be a part of a group of people who believe so strongly in helping children.

“I’ve joined an outstanding team in Population Health. We hope to create networks that will increase the number of children for whom we are able to care, while at the same time making kids in our communities healthier so that we are able to see fewer children admitted to the hospital.”

Hain comes to Dallas from Nashville, Tenn., where he served for more than 11 years at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, most recently as associate chief of staff. He is originally from Albuquerque and is fluent in Spanish. He first embarked on an engineering career after earning his undergraduate degree in materials science and engineering from Rice University. He worked as a corrosion engineer in Alaska for three years before enrolling at Vanderbilt University Medical School. He graduated from Vanderbilt with his medical degree in 1998.

Hain then completed his pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in 2001 and joined the staff there in the Division of General Pediatrics. He rose through the ranks to eventually become associate chief of staff there. He also founded the institution’s pediatric hospitalist program.

“We’re pleased to have recruited someone of Paul’s experience and background, coupled with
his enthusiasm, high-energy level and most importantly, a real passion for making life better for
children,” said Peter Roberts, Children’s executive vice president of Population Health and network development.

“The greatest challenges facing all healthcare providers today, including Children’s, are improvement of medical care outcomes, the efficiency of care delivered and the underlying
health of the population,” Roberts said. “Achieving these three goals simultaneously will require
significant redesign and integration of current clinical care delivery processes and systems. A key ingredient of success is effective physician leadership.”    

In Nashville, Hain frequently appeared on TV newscasts discussing topics such as H1N1, vaccinations, summer trauma, heat exhaustion, tick-borne diseases, drowning and patient identification errors. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He has been board-certified in pediatrics since 2001.

Hain also is an associate professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He and his wife, who is a general pediatrician, have one child.