Commonwealth Health CMO Stepping Down

March 1, 2019

Commonwealth Health is conducting a national search for a physician administrator to replace chief medical officer Dr. Douglas Coslett, according to a statement from a spokeswoman at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Coslett has opted to transition back to the role of direct patient care, according to Annmarie Poslock, vice president of marketing for Commonwealth Health.

He will continue is his role as chief medical officer in the meantime and “provide assistance and insight as we conduct a national search for a physician administrator to guide our quality initiatives and transition to value-based purchasing from fee for service,” Poslock said.

Poslock would not elaborate on the switch to value-based purchasing from fee for service, but it involves a change in a health-care reimbursement methodology.

Efforts to reach Coslett were unsuccessful.

Poslock would not elaborate about Coslett returning to patient care, but she said in the statement that he “will remain intimately involved with Wilkes-Barre General Hospital as he completes his transfer to office-based patient care.”

“Commonwealth Health would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Coslett for his tireless efforts while functioning as CMO, as well as the positive impact he has achieved,” Poslock said. “He looks forward to returning to clinical practice and is eager to establish relationships with new patients while reconnecting with those previously under his care.”

Coslet, a Harveys Lake resident, was named chief medical officer at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in 2016.

He grew up in Kingston, graduated summa cum laude from King’s College and earned a medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.

He completed a residency at Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, and practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 23 years in Berwick, Sugarloaf and Luzerne, later limiting his practice to gynecology for 15 years. He has served as an associate professor of OB/GYN at the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton.

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