Movers & Shakers: Addus’ New Board Members

Addus HomeCare Adds Two to Board of Directors

Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) has named Susan T. Weaver, M.D., and Darin J. Gordon to its board of directors.

Weaver serves at the CEO of C3Healthcare Rx, a health care services company, and formerly served as the chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest health insurer.

Gordon recently left the State of Tennessee’s Division of Health Care Finance and Administration after serving as CEO and director. He served as director of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program, under both Democratic and Republican governors, since 2006, making him the program’s longest serving director.

“We are very pleased and very fortunate to be adding Susan Weaver and Darin Gordon to the company’s board, two highly accomplished health care executives who bring important perspectives and valuable experience to Addus,” Dirk Allison, Addus president and CEO, said in a statement.

Prior to joining C3Healthcare Rx, Weaver was president of Transformation Health Partners, a health care consulting company she founded in 2015, after three years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina. She has also held various executive positions at WakeMed Health & Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, including serving as executive vice president of medical affairs and physician practices. She was a founding member and executive director of Alliance Medical Ministry, a not-for-profit organization providing medical care to the working uninsured of Wake County, North Carolina. She is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

In 2006, Gordon assumed the role of director of the division of heath care finance and administration for the state of Tennessee, an $11 billion health care enterprise providing services to nearly 1.5 million Tennesseans. In addition to Tennessee’s Medicaid and CHIP programs, he was responsbile for the state’s high-risk pool, pharmacy assistance program, e-Health strategy, all payers’ claims database as well as its multi-payer payment and delivery system reform initiative. Over his 18 years with the division, he also served as the director of managed care programs and CFO. He has been involved in health care policy nationally through consultations with states, in his leadership role in the National Association of Medicaid Directors, including serving as president, and his involvement in a variety of National Governors Associations initiatives and task forces.

“We expect Susan and Darin to be great additions to Addus’ board, as we work to leverage both the increasing shift to value-based care and growing managed care involvement in the home and community based personal care industry, and we welcome them both to Addus,” Allison said.

Hometeam Adds First-Ever Chief Marketing Officer

New York-based home care company Hometeam has hired its first-ever chief marketing officer, Andrew Chomer. Hometeam is well-known for its eye-popping investment sums and tech-forward caregiver matchmaking platform.

“Hometeam is thrilled to have Andrew join us as the chief marketing officer,” Josh Bruno, co-founder and CEO of Hometeam, said in a statement. “Our vision is simple: redefine aging in America. As Hometeam continues to grow, we recognize the need to bring in top talent to deliver our customer-centric marketing strategy. Andrew brings a passion for our mission, and we’re excited to have his energy take us to the next level.”

In his new role, Chomer will lead Hometeam’s brand and marketing strategies, and will play an integral role in the company’s strategic decisions, including how best to forge relationships with new clients, caregivers and health care partners. He will also aid in cultivating and mentoring emerging leaders in Hometeam whose expertise is in the marketing and communications arena.

Prior to joining Hometeam, Chomer was executive vice president of sales and marketing at Pager, a mobile-first, patient-facing technology helping consumers navigate health care. He oversaw all aspects of revenue and marketing for Pager—establishing the brand and building the marketing engine with consumer efforts as well as leading their enterprise solutions. Prior to that, he co-founded a brand and marketing consultancy that worked with a range of Fortune 500 companies, publishers and startups. He served as chief revenue officer for a social analytics company called The EchoSystem (now 4C Insights). He was also the chief digital officer for PHD at Omnicom Media Group.

“I’m very excited to join such a talented and passionate team that have experienced exponential organic growth since its inception,” Chomer said in a statement. “Hometeam’s method for enhancing the experience of aging at home is unmatched in this industry and vital for the future. The health care industry is rapidly evolving and I’m grateful to assume a role where I can affect sweeping positive change.”

Symbria Names New COO and Chief Human Resources Officer

Janet Viane and Debra Bragg have been named Symbria’s new chief operating officer and chief human resources officer, respectively. Both positions are newly-creetaed roles for Symbria, an ESOP company and national developer and provider of clinical and business services in post-acute care and senior living.

Viane previously served as Symbria’s chief marketing and sales officer. As COO, she will direct the company’s rehab, pharmacy, IT, sales and marketing divisions, refine the company’s positioning, and improve the cohesiveness of the Symbria brand.

“Since Janet joined Symbria earlier this year, she has demonstrated a talent for strategic and creative thinking as well as outstanding leadership skills,” Symbria President and CEO Jill Krueger said in a statement. “I am confident that she is the best choice to grow the company by developing new products and services that align with our clinical and business services structure, overseeing market testing/development, and taking on leadership of internal operations to best serve Symbria’s current clients.”

As chief human resources officer, Bragg will oversee human resources strategy, leadership and organization development, benefit and compensation planning, internal communications, executive recruiting, succession planning, employee engagement, legal compliance and corporate citizenship.

“Debra has more than 20 years of experience and has proven herself to be a highly dedicated and results-oriented senior human resources executive,” Krueger said. “I am looking forward to her assessment of our strengths and opportunities in human resources and the engagement insight she can apply to nurturing our ESPO culture.”

Symbria is based in Warrenville, Illinois, and conducts business in 33 states.

Forcura Appoints Jim Ventimiglia as Chief Technology Officer 

Jacksonville, Florida-based Forcura, LLC, a provider of document workflow and secure communication for the health care industry, has named James F. Ventimiglia III as its new chief technology officer.

In his new role, Ventimiglia will direct the company’s strategy, product development and future growth. He will also educate clients and the industry about Forcura’s solutions.

“I’ve known Jim for a while and I’m very excited to see him join the Forcura team,” Forcura CEO and Founder Craig Mandeville said. “His unique ability to strategically develop the information technology roadmap is needed more than ever. I’m confident he will continue to foster the core values that this company was founded on.”

Ventimiglia’s experience in IT and product development started as a software engineer at IBM. Since then, he has worked at EverBank, Deutsche Bank, PNC and, most recently, CMC, where he built the IT department that had been outsourced for eight years prior.

Amedisys CIO to Leave Company

Martin B. Howard, chief information officer at Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), one of the nation’s largest home health care provider, will leave the company, effective Oct. 31, 2016.

“We are grateful to Marty for his contributions to Amedisys, and thank him for lending his considerable talents,” Amedisys CEO Paul Kusserow said in a statement. “His commitment to excellence and knowledge of health information technology has helped Amedisys optimize the IT elements of our transformative strategy.”

Michael North, Amedisys senior vice president of operations, will serve as interim CIO.

Written by Amy Baxter