David E. Blair, MD, to Return to Full-time Patient Care

After more than 25 years as a physician leader, David E. Blair, MD, has decided to step down as President and Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Health Physician Partners (MHPP) and return full time to his passion for patient care.

Dr. Blair began practicing Family Medicine at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in 1982. We are delighted to celebrate with him his decision to once again pursue full-time patient care at the MHPP Downtown Office, beginning January 1, 2019. Dr. Blair has served in two roles for decades as he maintained his medical practice while also serving in his leadership role.

“I’m excited about spending more time with patients,” said Blair. “I see myself as a servant to my patients. I’ve always viewed my leadership role as transient… but I became involved in leadership to help improve the system of care for all patients. I’ve always been instructed by my patients who have constantly educated me about what ‘better’ could look like.”

Since 2004, Dr. Blair has served as President and CMO of MHPP, a multi-specialty group of more than 475 providers who have partnered with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. He is widely recognized for his expertise in physician collaboration, strategy development and population health management.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Blair has:

  • led teams that developed patient registries, patient-centered medical homes with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and high-performing care management teams;
  • led health care integration, including cost management, quality improvement, service accountability, partnerships between primary care and specialty physicians;
  • fostered a sense of physician/hospital shared destiny;
  • led the creation, development and approval of the medical group’s strategic plan; and
  • initiated the development and implementation of a new physician performance-based compensation formula around patient/staff experience, electronic health record management, citizenship issues and quality performance.

Dr. Blair attributes much of his success to a collaborative approach that involves listening and paying attention to patients, colleagues on the front lines, and team members.

“I have always been focused on teamwork and learning from others. I believe strongly that sharing ideas with others allows for the maturing and improvement of ideas, making them better. I have found that conversation back and forth with a team vets an idea best, resulting in great action plans. Once team members believe in an idea, they are then able to implement that idea with commitment,” he said.

During this transition, a search is underway for a new president to lead Mercy Health Physician Partners. As we continue to align our Regional Health Ministry in West Michigan, we will be seeking a leader who can spearhead the integration of our Grand Rapids and Muskegon medical groups.

We thank Dr. Blair for his steadfast leadership and commitment to the mission of Mercy Health. We wish him well as he devotes even more of his time in providing high-quality, compassionate care to our patients.


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