Care Alliance congratulates our medical director, Daniel L. Meges, MD for being recognized as one of this year’s Health Care Heroes by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Dr. Meges first began serving the homeless in 1992 as a volunteer at the evening outreach clinic at St. Malachi, where many Care Alliance patients were served, while he worked full time at Parma Hospital. His passion for serving the homeless and his ability to connect with Care Alliance’s patients – often very distrusting and with highly complex medical needs – was immediately evident. As a result of this newfound calling, Dr. Meges assumed the position of medical director at the St. Malachi Center. Through his experiences there, he made a commitment to serve this population full-time upon “retirement” from Parma Hospital.
It was from this selfless mission that Dr. Meges came to work at Care Alliance as a physician in January 2009, donating the vast majority of his time. Only months after joining Care Alliance, our medical director relocated and Dr. Meges selflessly stepped up to fill the role of medical director. He did so with tremendous experience and knowledge gained from having run his own private practice and as one of the founding members of INNOVA, an organization of medical professionals dedicated to providing affordable, comprehensive medical care to Cleveland residents.
As medical director, Dr. Meges oversees medical patient care to more than 7,000 individuals living in extreme poverty. Through his leadership, Dr. Meges has helped to increase efficiencies at Care Alliance. From 2010, Care Alliance increased the overall number of patients served by 2% and the number of visits provided by 10.5%. This is a tremendous feat given the medical complexities and transient lifestyles of our patient population. Additionally, from 2010 to 2011, our medical cost per medical patient decreased 2%.
During his time as medical director, he has taken on several major initiatives including strengthening chronic care management, enhancing prevention efforts with a special focus on smoking cessation and most notably, supporting the complete conversion to Electronic Medical Records in June 2011.
The personal and professional contributions of Dr. Meges over the past twenty years to serving the homeless in Cleveland are tremendous. Care Alliance is proud and grateful to have such an exemplary individual serving the needs of our patients each day.
Honorees will be profiled in Crain’s May 14 issue and recognized at an awards luncheon on May 23.