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Council of Medical Specialty Societies elects Ken Bertka, MD

7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM  --Mercy
Toledo, OH - Mercy is pleased to congratulate Ken Bertka, MD, chief medical officer of the Clinically Integrated Network and Mercy Medical Partners, who has been elected to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies(CMSS) Board of Directors.
Founded in 1965, CMSS is the unified voice for specialty societies established to improve the United States’ healthcare system and health of the public. CMSS provides medical specialists with cross specialty perspectives in an independent forum to collaborate and discuss issues of national interest and mutual concern that influence health policy, medical education and accreditation.
Among the organization’s critical issues are convening members around a culture of performance improvement in medical practice, professionalism, relationships with industry, workforce, clinical guidelines, medical education funding, and an emphasis on putting patients’ needs first. Today, CMSS represents 38 specialty societies with an aggregate membership of 700,000 U.S. physicians.
A respected leader in the field of Family Medicine, Dr. Bertka has been with Mercy full-time for almost 10 years. He recently completed the CHP Leadership Academy with the Center for Creative Leadership and has served in various leadership roles within Mercy and CHP. He offers a wealth of knowledge in national-level policy development, local state and national representation of physicians, close interaction with our medical staffs, and a profound understanding of health information technology and population
health management tools.
“I am honored to join the CMSS Board of Directors and contribute to the critical health and healthcare discussions that will help to advance patient care in the U.S.,” said Dr. Bertka.
In addition to his many national, state and community roles, Dr. Bertka has served on the Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and has represented his specialty to CMSS since 2007.
He was nominated by the AAFP for election to the CMSS Board this fall. However, the CMSS Board voted to appoint Dr. Bertka effective July 8 to fill an open, unexpired term on the Board through November 2014 at which time Dr. Bertka will be eligible for election to a full term.

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