Marty Scott describes his experience with safety and quality and tells engaging stories about his journey towards high reliability in healthcare. 

Dr. Marty Scott’s Biography:

In March 2015, Marty B. Scott, M.D. was named Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for Meridian Health System. At Meridian, he will be using his expertise in high reliability to strengthen patient safety, quality, and the overall patient experience. Previously, he served at Wake Forest Baptist Health, which he joined as Vice President of Brenner Children’s Hospital in October 2010. A leader in children’s healthcare and administration, Dr. Scott served as Brenner’s Senior Administrative Executive until July of 2014. During his tenure, Brenner Children’s Hospital debuted in the US News and World Reports Top 50 Children’s Hospitals.  In addition to his responsibilities as Vice President of Brenner, Dr. Scott was named Chief Patient Safety Officer in July 2011. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating tasks and activities associated with ensuring the safety of all Wake Forest Baptist health patients. In July of 2014 he was named Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer with the added responsibilities for the quality and performance improvement of the healthcare system. He had a joint faculty appointment as a Pediatric Intensivists within the Departments of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology.

Dr. Scott completed his undergraduate work at David Lipscomb College in Nashville and earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Show Notes:

High-reliability is a journey, it isn’t necessarily an end goal because when organizations say “we’ve arrived” at high-reliability it is easy to let their guard down. 

Most employees go to work each day to do a good job, not to cause errors or failures. Unfortunately many people believe that accidents or failures are the fault of errant employees who are not trying hard enough. The reality is that even when failure occurs in the presence of people doing work, there are often underlying condtions

In many situations safety must come first. Safety, quality, empathy and respect are important for high-reliability, but in many high-reliability organizations safety must come before the other goals, and those other goals will be subordinate to safety. However, empathy and respect for others can help when leaders explain why safety must come first.

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Time-Stamped Show Notes:

·      0:35-Randy introduces Dr. Marty Scott and describes who he is, including reading his formal biography.

·      3:16- Randy asks Marty, “Okay, we’ve heard your formal bio, but tell us what makes you tick, what motivates you, what inspires you, or generally why you do what you do?”

·      4:20-Marty and Randy discuss how most employees go to work every day to do a good job, not to make mistakes or errors or cause failure.

·      8:18-Randy asks Marty to discuss his perspective on empathy and respect.

·      18:33-Randy describes Crew Resource Management training and the benefits.

·      31:07-Randy asks Marty, “If you could be granted one wish for leadership or organizational change/development what would it be?” 


Book Recommendation: Drive by Daniel Pink, Managing the Unexpected by Karl Weick and Kathleen Sutcliffe, Switch by Chip and Dan Heath, Influencer by Joseph Grenny, and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.


Web: www.meridianhealth.com

Email: mbscott@meridianhealth.com