Patrick Meadors
Patrick Meadors

Patrick Meadors, PhD, LMFT

Senior Consultant

Health Management Associates

Raleigh, NC

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An expert in psychological processes and systems thinking, Patrick Meadors is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 15 years of administrative and research experience within ambulatory behavioral health and integrated care settings, specifically primary care and oncology. Patrick is a skilled clinician, researcher, administrator, facilitator, and collaborator with extensive statistical and technical software knowledge, experienced in both safety net and academic medical centers.

Before joining Health Management Associates, Patrick was director of psycho-oncology at Levine Cancer Institute (LCI), assistant professor of medicine with Atrium Health and adjunct professor at Wake Forest. His responsibilities included oversight of the department’s strategic growth, associated research, academic, and quality improvement initiatives, and the provision of psychosocial and psychiatric care at all LCI locations.

Patrick drove 10 percent year over year patient volume growth during his 11-year tenure at LCI. He established billing and coding compliance while maintaining quality patient outcomes, ensured hospital and cancer service accreditation compliance, and completed multiple three-year strategic plans to ensure sustainable psychosocial services for all LCI locations. Patrick also implemented a full integrated technology solution for systematically screening 20,000 patients annually for cancer related distress across 42 practices sites in North Carolina and South Carolina. This screening process provided patient reported outcomes that interfaced with the electronic medical record, streamlined referrals for symptom management, and drove strategic growth of supportive oncology services based on aggregate data.

During his time with LCI, Patrick annually earned Tier 1 designation for high provider/staff engagement. He established, facilitated, and evaluated resilience programs for physicians, residents, and staff to avoid burnout. His sustainable manpower expansion plan resulted in a 500 percent increase in the workforce over five years, creating equitable access to mental services for cancer patients across all LCI facilities. In addition, Patrick implemented a multi-level leadership structure, integrated outpatient consultive psychiatric and psychological services, and provided regional access to care through telemedicine and regional service development. Patrick also established skill and clinical competency standards and developed recruitment and retention strategies for psycho-oncology.

Prior to LCI, Patrick was an assistant professor of marriage and family therapy at Pfeiffer University, where he developed and coordinated all components of the human relations undergraduate program, including curriculum, enrollment, faculty oversight and student advisement. Previously, Patrick was also a psychotherapist and project manager with the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute. In this role, he organized, developed, and implemented a community-based medical oncology and radiation oncology clinical trial program, the Florida Community Oncology Group, a partner of the Mayo Clinic. This collaborative initiative provided access to clinical trials in rural settings delivered by local physicians. His efforts in the community earned him the Hope Award in 2011 with the American Cancer Society.

Patrick earned his PhD in medical family therapy and his Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from East Carolina University. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.