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Lateefah Watford, MD, Named TSPMG Chief of Behavioral Health

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Lateefah Watford, MD, has been named Chief of Behavioral Health. In this role, she will provide strategic leadership and clinical management accountability for this highly visible department.

Dr. Watford joined TSPMG in 2012 and currently serves as the Lead for the Behavioral Health Team at the Kaiser Permanente Southwood Comprehensive Medical Center. She received her medical training at Morehouse School of Medicine, completed her residency at Indiana University School of Medicine and her fellowship at Emory University. She is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Watford worked in numerous roles where she gained extensive leadership experience. As the Chief of Behavioral Health she will be responsible for ensuring that the department is efficient, effective, appropriately staffed, and meets member and organizational expectations for high quality, accessible care.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Watford to her new role.




Stephen Sudler, MD, Named Physician Program Director, Digital Health Services

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Stephen Sudler, MD, has been named Physician Program Director, Digital Health Services. In this newly created role, he will serve as TSPMG’s physician lead for digital services innovation, strategy and development across all digital platforms (e.g. mobile, telemedicine, text, social media, and web). The role works closely with the Program Office to ensure regional alignment with KP’s strategic vision, facilitate regional implementation, and ensure operational readiness for new digital initiatives.

A practicing Ob/GYN physician, Dr. Sudler has applied his lifelong interest in using technology to improve lives to all aspects of his clinical care. He has been a member of the Informatics department since 2004, most recently as Physician Lead. He has served as our liaison with IMBills, as our Physician Champion for Meaningful Use, and on our Complex Case management and Transition of Care Committees. He has also represented the Georgia Region on several Kaiser Permanente National groups, including the Consumer Facing Technology Think Tank, Secure Text Messaging, Registration Group, Mobile App Rater Project Team (Innovation Fund), and Fetal Monitoring Device Integration projects. He also works with EPIC Developers to improve KP HealthConnect. In addition, he is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Task Force on Telemedicine/EHR, which works on issues related to Telemedicine/EHRs that may have originated from legislation, administrative rule or payer payment policy.

Dr. Sudler joined TSPMG in 1998 and currently sees patients at the Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett medical office. He received his medical training at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is Board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is also Board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Clinical Informatics, a new medical specialty with fewer than 1,000 diplomates.

Please join us in welcoming him to his new role.


TSPMG HR Changes – Pilcher Promoted to Vice President TSPMG Administrative Services; Ray Named Director of Human Resources

Angela Pilcher
Sharon Ray

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Angela Pilcher, currently Director, Human Resources, Recruitment and Retention, has been promoted to Vice President, TSPMG Administrative Services, effective December 21. She will fill the role currently held by Henrietta King, who is retiring on December 19 after more than 15 years of service to our medical group.

Since joining TSPMG in 2000, Angela has made a number of significant contributions to improve the efficiency, accuracy and professionalism of our various human resources, payroll and benefit administration functions. In recent years, she led the redesign of benefit changes in response to Health Care Reform while always considering the importance of a competitive benefit plan for TSPMG. She implemented the Wellness option to our benefit plan two years ago as a hallmark incentive for our TSPMG Wellness Program. She also led her team in the implementation of our excellent Shared Success program for clinicians and First Year Experience for administrative staff.

In her new role, Angela will maintain executive oversight of the current functions of the Human Resources department. She will also have executive leadership responsibility for the departments of Physician Compensation, Statistics and Procedural Coding, Communications & Marketing, Professional Development and CME, as well as the administrative staff of the Palliative Care/Geriatrics department.

As part of this change, Sharon Ray has been named Director of TSPMG Human Resources. She will assume many of the responsibilities and reporting relationships previously handled by Angela.

Sharon joined TSPMG in 2012 to manage our Benefits, HRIS and Payroll functions. She has made significant enhancements to the quality, service and administration of these areas, including new vendor relationships for our Flexible Spending Accounts and Supplemental Behavioral Health benefit. She also led several process improvement efforts with her team to ensure ongoing efficiencies in the payroll, compensation, benefits and HR data functions. Sharon is a collaborative leader and has worked with key sponsors to enhance training for new leaders who work both in clinical and administrative areas. In her new role, she will also have oversight of recruitment and retention, HR policy and employee relations. Prior to joining TSPMG, Sharon held progressively responsible positions with Atlanta-area companies including Coca-Cola, Georgia Tech and CHOA.

Please join us in congratulating Angela and Sharon on their new roles.





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