Dr. Tucker Woods is the Chief Medical Officer at CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital. In his 20-year career in hospital leadership,
Dr. Woods has successfully instituted a wide variety of operational and clinical improvements that resonate across all areas of the hospital.
Dr. Woods played an instrumental role in the recent COVID pandemic. Dr. Woods developed a COVID surge plan, created a COVID core treatment team, was a lead member in the development of a COVID ECMO program, repurposed staff in response to growing volumes, provided staff COVID education, wrote numerous COVID policies, provided a daily system-wide COVID report and lead daily huddles. Dr. Woods also played a pivotal role in addressing the opioid epidemic. At CarePoint Health, he implemented an alternative to opioid program called STOP (Shifting The Opioid Program)—the second such program of its kind. In 2019, Dr. Woods graduated from the NJ Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy—working with an elite group of NJ healthcare leaders to further address pathways towards treatment for individuals addicted to opioids.
Dr. Woods has also worked closely with LGBT community leaders with the goal of expanding health services to the LGBT community. In 2018, he received “The Evolution Award” from Hudson Pride Center and The Hudson County Office for his scope of work with the LGBT Community in Hudson County. In 2018, he was also a finalist for the NJBIZ Healthcare Hero Awards for Healthcare Professional of the Year.
Prior to his role as CMO, Dr. Woods served as our system director for our emergency departments (EDs), responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for all CarePoint Health EDs. He has a proven track record in recruiting, developing and mentoring skilled, compassionate physicians and mid-level providers. Dr. Woods has also served as the system lead for CarePoint Health’s Sepsis Program—which has improved both the recognition and treatment of sepsis.
Before serving as ED system director, Dr. Woods was the Director of Emergency Medicine at Christ Hospital. During this time, Dr. Woods implemented several initiatives and process improvements centered on enhancing the patient experience including instituting an ED report card, creation of ED huddles, and rounding on staff. His work resulted in an increase in the hospital’s national peer group ranking as well as an increase in the ED’s overall score.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Woods was Interim Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Forest Hills Hospital, Chief of Operations and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at Lutheran Medical Center and Chair and Chief of Service of Emergency Medicine at Long Island College Hospital/SUNY Downstate Medical Center at LICH. While there, he also served as Acting Chief Medical Officer on several occasions from 2008 to 2011.
Dr. Woods received a bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Notre Dame, a doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University and performed his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital/Union Hospital in the Bronx. He is a Board Certified Physician in Emergency Medicine and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Osteopathic Association, and the American College of Emergency Physicians.