Fox Appoints New VPMA
June 14, 2016
Reginald Knight, MD, has been selected as the new Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA) by A.O. Fox Hospital’s president Jeff Joyner, in conjunction with executive leadership and the Fox Board of Directors. Knight will begin his appointment at Fox on July 5, 2016.
Since 2009, Knight has been an attending orthopedic surgeon for Bassett Medical Center. He also serves as director of Bassett’s spine care institute as well as president of the medical staff.
As VPMA, Knight will be responsible for supporting the strategic plan for management of the network, continued integration of clinical services through the Bassett Medical Group and ensuring the quality of medical outcomes. Part of his oversight will include recruiting physician leadership, serving as a confidant and advisor to all of the physicians within the hospital, as well as focusing on the expansion of orthopedics and other service lines through the establishment of centers of excellence at Fox.
In making the announcement Joyner said, "We are very excited to have Dr. Knight join the executive leadership team at Fox. He is well-respected by his colleagues. His wealth of surgical experience and relationship-building skills make him an excellent match for the leadership role. His commitment to organizational excellence has and will continue to make a very positive impact to the quality of care here in our community.”
In response to his new role Knight explained, “First and foremost, it is an honor to be chosen as the next Vice President of Medical Affairs at A.O. Fox Hospital. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Jeff Joyner and his administrative team as we further integrate Fox, its patients, physicians and providers into the Bassett Healthcare Network.” He also noted there will be challenges ahead as our Network continues to adapt to a dynamic healthcare environment. “A major portion of my role, as laid out by Mr. Joyner, will be to facilitate, mediate, process and lead initiatives from a clinical perspective. I welcome the challenges that we may be presented with and look forward to interacting with all of my colleagues within the Bassett Healthcare Network.”
Bassett Healthcare Network President and CEO, Dr. Vance Brown noted, “The position at Fox is a tremendous opportunity for Dr. Knight; we are pleased he has been appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs. His proven leadership skills as president of Bassett’s Medical Staff and familiarity with the Bassett Healthcare Network will serve him and Fox Hospital well in this new role. Further, he is intimately familiar with Oneonta and as an orthopedic surgeon, his area of expertise fits well with the planned expansion of the orthopedic program at Fox.”
Knight graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and completed an internship in general surgery; as well as an orthopedic residency at New York Medical College. He also completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and has a Masters of Health Administration from Capella University.
“Having spent many of my formative years as an undergraduate at SUCO, the City of Oneonta is not foreign to me. I have many fond memories of my days up on the hill. Since returning to the area, I have been involved with the SUCO Foundation Board and look forward to continuing my interactions with the Oneonta community at large,” said Knight.
Knight takes over the VPMA position of Ben Friedell, MD, who has served Fox Hospital in that role for the past six years. Friedell is stepping down to return full time to the practice of family medicine at Oneonta Family Practice.
“We very much appreciate Ben’s past leadership, and I personally appreciate his willingness to delay his return to full time practice in order to assist me during my transition period over the past several months,” noted Joyner. “The dedication that Dr. Friedell brought to this role as a physician and an administrator will not be forgotten, and we are grateful for his commitment to keeping Fox and Bassett Healthcare Network at the forefront of patient care.”