Movers & Shakers: Cornerstone Healthcare Group Names New CEO

Cornerstone Healthcare Group Hires New CEO

Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding, Inc. named Steve Jakubcanin as president and CEO.

Cornerstone Healthcare is a health care company based in Dallas that is comprised of three business segments: long-term acute care, behavioral health and senior living. It is owned by funds managed by Highland Capital Management, L.P.


Jakubcanin has more than 15 years of health care leadership experience, specializing in long-term acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home health care, personal care services, hospice and medical home care.

Jakubcanin will report to James Dondero, co-founder and president of Highland and chairman of the Cornerstone board of directors. He joins Cornerstone from Accentcare, where he served as chief operations officer. Prior to that, he served as the senior vice president of Kindred Healthcare’s central region.

ConnectDoc Names New Vice President of Strategic Partnerships


ConnectDoc, a provider of in-home medical alert monitoring, appointed Matthew Forman as vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships.

In this role, Forman will be responsible for creating and managing health system partnerships providing acute care transfer and population management solutions.

Forman most recently served as a regional director at St. Joseph’s Health, where he managed the referral service line to create and maintain referral channels for the Northern California region. He has also served as a physician liaison for Sutter Health and as a business development manager for Maxim Healthcare Services.

Varsity Healthcare Partners Adds Operating Partner

Varsity Healthcare Partners (VHP), a healthcare-focused private equity firm, named Steven Boyd as an operating partner. Boyd is the former CEO of Evolution Health and Ascension Health at Home, subsidiaries of Envision Healthcare Holdings (NYSE: EVHC).

Boyd will assist Varsity with investments from its recently closed $300 million second fund. Prior to his time with Envision, Boyd was the CEO of Guardian Healthcare before it was sold to Envision.

Varsity also announced the hiring of Michael Fisher, Aaron Habra and Ayush Singhania as principals of the firm.

Fisher has spent the majority of his career analyzing, advising and investing in healthcare services companies. Prior to joining Varsity, Fisher was a vice president with Enhanced Equity Funds.

Before coming to Varsity, Habriga was an associate at A&M Capital Opportunities. Ahead of that, he was an associate at Silver Oak Services Partners.

Singhania was a principal at Aurora Capital Group before joining Varsity. He also served as an associate at Fortress investment Group.

Principium Health Appoints Chief Medical Officer

Principium Health, a provider of home-based primary care services for health plans and health systems, appointed Steven R. Counsell, M.D. as chief medical officer.

Counsel brings more than 25 years of experience in geriatric medicine to his new role. Prior to joining Principium Health, he served as the Mary Elizabeth Mitchell professor and chair in geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and as founding director of the IU Geriatrics program.

He was a 2009-2010 health and aging policy fellow and is chairman of the board of directors and past president of the American Geriatrics Society.

Counsell pioneered the GRACE (Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders) Team Care model, which was initially funded as a National Institutes of Health trial and was later commercialized and implemented across multiple provider organizations.

Written by Amy Baxter

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