Dr. Ashley Kinder
Primary Care Physician
Ascension Saint Agnes Healthcare
As both a clinician and administrator for Ascension Saint Agnes Healthcare, Dr. Ashley Kinder has a unique perspective on health care, where process, policy and care delivery intersect. Kinder believes that delivery of care can be transformed when committed to this triple aim, and this is what guides her in her work at Saint Agnes.
Ascension, a nonprofit and Catholic health system, is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all. The organization largely serves persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. As a primary care physician, Kinder regularly treats the vulnerable, underinsured and uninsured, including many refugee families living in Baltimore.
Using data to drive quality and improve care, Kinder is credited with improving readmission rates for heart failure patients, COPD patients and patients living with other chronic diseases. Her approach has also positively reduced health disparities and brought down health care costs for the health of the community.
Her work to treat the whole person, including uncovering social determinants such as housing, nutrition and education, has helped the organization redesign their approach to care.
“There are many examples of efforts that she has led in our practices, but one that stands out is her leadership in using assessment of social determinants of health to take better care of our patients,” said Dr. J. William Cook IV, an internal medicine physician the Ascension Medical Group. “Many of our patients that had home security, safety, substance abuse, and food insecurity problems were identified, and resources provided.”
Kinder’s multidisciplinary approach has been adopted across Ascension’s national network. Patients are supported by nurses, social workers and community health workers to complement the care of the physician team.
“I am humbled to receive this award and want to thank my Ascension Saint Agnes team. Ascension’s mission calls us to serve, especially our most vulnerable, and I believe that care transformation through innovation and a team-based approach can truly help us to reshape care together,” said Kinder.