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NASHVILLE, Tenn. & GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Envision Healthcare Corporation (?Envision or the ?Company) (NYSE: EVHC) today announced organizational changes, including a realignment of the senior leadership structure under Christopher A. Holden, Envisions President and Chief Executive Officer, to reflect the Companys focus on its physician-centric strategic plan.
As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance its scale, physician-centric strategy and operational excellence, Envision has created the new role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will report directly to Mr. Holden, with responsibility for Envisions Physician Services and Ambulatory Surgery service lines. In addition, Envision announced the implementation of succession plans for its current Chief Financial Officer, Claire Gulmi, and President of Physician Services, Robert Coward.
As a result of these changes:
Karey Witty, a veteran healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience in various executive, financial, and operational leadership positions, has been appointed to the new role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective October�2, 2017. Kevin Eastridge, currently Chief Accounting Officer, will succeed Ms. Gulmi as Chief Financial Officer, also effective October 2, 2017. Thereafter, Ms. Gulmi will be employed as an advisor to the Company for one year to assist with the transition of her responsibilities to Mr. Eastridge. Kenneth Zongor, currently Senior Vice President – Financial Reporting, will succeed Mr. Eastridge as Chief Accounting Officer, effective October 2, 2017. Brian Jackson, currently Chief Operating Officer for the Physician Services Group, will succeed Mr. Coward as President of Physician Services, effective October 2, 2017. Mr. Cowards decision to resign is related to his desire to pursue new opportunities and not the result of a disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Companys operation, policies or practices. Mr. Coward has agreed to be available for a period of 60 days to assist with transition efforts.
?We are excited about the progress weve made since closing the transformational combination of Envision and AMSURG, a merger that has advanced our physician-centric strategy, said Christopher A. Holden, President and CEO of Envision. ?Todays announcement reflects a comprehensive evaluation of options to select the most effective management structure for our business, as well as the results of a robust search process. I am grateful for the contributions made by our leaders and team members at every level of our organization. These leadership appointments will advance the strategic evolution of the Company and ensure timely continuity of leadership. I am pleased that, as we implement this new organizational structure, we are able to draw on a deep bench of talented leaders and attract the experiences and perspectives of seasoned healthcare executives.
?On behalf of the entire Envision team, I would like to thank Claire for her tireless efforts and strong financial leadership through a period of significant growth and transformation from an operator of ambulatory surgery services to a leading diversified healthcare services organization. We wish Claire the best in her well-earned retirement, and are thankful for her continued guidance during the transition period. I would also like to thank Bob for his work to position Physician Services for continued growth and success.
Mr. Witty, 53, brings more than 25 years of healthcare expertise and leadership, and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Corizon Health, Inc., the leading provider of correctional healthcare services in the United States. At Corizon, Mr. Witty engineered an organizational turnaround that focused on achieving operational excellence. Prior to joining Corizon, Mr. Witty served as CFO for Nashville?based naviHealth, Inc., which provides services to approximately two million patients across the post?acute continuum. Mr. Witty also served as CFO of HealthSpring from 2009 until its acquisition by CIGNA in 2012, a time of significant change in its managed care offerings. He was with Centene Corporation for eight years, including six years as CFO and one year as Chief Executive Officer of its Health Plan Business unit.
Mr. Holden commented, ?We look forward to leveraging Kareys extensive leadership and management experience developed during his time as CEO of Corizon and, previously, as CFO of naviHealth. We have no doubt we will benefit immediately from his fresh perspective and extensive knowledge of payor and provider dynamics. I look forward to working with Karey and the rest of our team to enhance operational excellence, execute our unique strategy and drive value for shareholders.
Mr. Eastridge, 52, currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Envision. Prior to the merger creating todays Envision, Mr. Eastridge served as Senior Vice President of Finance at AMSURG Corp. from July 2008 through November 2016 and as Chief Accounting Officer from July 2004 through November 2016. Mr. Eastridge served in various capacities with AMSURG from March 1997 through July 2004, including Vice President of Finance and Controller. During his time with the Company, Mr. Eastridge has been a key executive in its strategic transformation into a diversified healthcare services organization, including several transactions that include the merger creating todays Envision.
Mr. Holden commented, ?Kevin is a proven leader who has been instrumental in helping develop and implement our vision of the new Envision, including important capital structure allocation to create value for our shareholders. He has been a trusted and highly effective leader throughout his 20-year tenure with the Company. He is the ideal person to step into the CFO role, as his deep experience and intimate knowledge of our company will be critical as we continue to execute on the strategic initiatives underway to solidify our position as the trusted partner for payors, providers, health systems, and their communities.
Mr. Jackson, 54, currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Physician Services, and served as Chief Operating Officer for AMSURGs Sheridan division prior to the merger with Envision. Prior to joining Sheridan in 2014, Mr. Jackson served as Division Vice President at DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. and as Senior Vice President of National Markets for Cardinal Health, Inc. Mr. Jackson also had a distinguished career as a US Army attack helicopter pilot in Germany and Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Holden commented, ?Brians balance of development and operations experience makes him ideally suited for this role as President of Physician Services. Drawing on his significant experience in developing and managing teams to drive margins and growth at DaVita and Cardinal Health, Brian has contributed to improved operational execution of the Companys largest business line during the past three years as COO of Physician Services. As COO, Brian worked closely with the executive leadership team to help drive our growth strategy and has shown a readiness and ability to successfully lead key initiatives at Envision. His expertise and insight into our business will enable us to continue our momentum in Physician Services and capitalize on the many opportunities that lie ahead.
About Envision Healthcare Corporation
Envision Healthcare Corporation is a leading provider of physician-led services and post-acute care, and ambulatory surgery services. At June 30, 2017, we delivered physician services, primarily in the areas of emergency department and hospitalist services, anesthesiology services, radiology/tele-radiology services, and childrens services to more than 1,800 clinical departments in healthcare facilities in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Post-acute care is delivered through an array of clinical professionals and integrated technologies which, when combined, contribute to efficient and effective population health management strategies. As a market leader in ambulatory surgical care, the Company owns and operates 263 surgery centers and one surgical hospital in 35 states and the District of Columbia, with medical specialties ranging from gastroenterology to ophthalmology and orthopedics. In total, the Company offers a differentiated suite of clinical solutions on a national scale, creating value for health systems, payors, providers and patients. For additional information, visit www.evhc.net.
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