Addus Brings On New COO

Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has hired a new executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective January 16, 2017.

The new hire, W. Bradley Bickham, has a robust background in the health care sector. Most recently he was the senior vice president and chief legal officer for one of the largest ambulatory surgery center operators in the country, United Surgical Partners International (USPI), according to a press release issued Wednesday.

“Brad Bickham is a highly experienced health care executive, having worked in senior management positions in a number of public and private health care services growth companies,” Dirk Allison, president and CEO of Addus, said in the press release. “I have worked closely with Brad at three such companies and have witnessed firsthand both his strategic planning expertise and his ability to enact meaningful improvements across a range of business functions, including operations, finance, development and human resources.”

Prior to his time at USPI, Bickham was the senior vice president and chief legal officer for Correctional Healthcare Companies and CCS Medical, as well as senior vice president and general counsel for Odyssey Healthcare from June 2003 until August 2010, which included the company’s acquisition of Gentiva Health Services.

Bickham holds a J.D. and B.S. in accounting from Louisiana State University.

“His experience as a chief legal officer will also be very additive to our legal, compliance, governance and lobbying functions,” Allison added. “I am confident that Brad will enhance our ability to leverage both Addus’ organic growth and acquisition opportunities.”

The hire of Bickham comes after the company, which has 121 locations throughout 24 states, did some major restructuring last year.

Bickham will be taking over the chief operating officer role from Maxine Hochhauser.

Written by Alana Stramowski