BrightSpring Adds to Executive Team, Encompass HR Chief Retiring

BrightSpring adds new clinical, compliance execs

BrightSpring Health Services, one of the country’s largest home and community-based health services providers for high-need populations, has hired a new chief clinical officer and a new chief compliance officer.

Susan Sender will take the reigns as the company’s chief clinical officer, while Rachael Kurzer Givens has been named BrightSpring’s chief compliance officer.

Most recently, Sender served as a senior vice president at Amedisys Inc. Before that, she held the same title at Kindred at Home. In her new role at BrightSpring — formerly known as ResCare — Sender will outline and streamline care guidelines throughout the organization. Additionally, she will oversee outcomes and services.


Meanwhile, Given will oversee compliance practices and manage investigations into regulatory and compliance issues. She has been part of BrightSpring’s quality and regulatory compliance team for more than 20 years.

The leadership changes come during a time of transition. In August, the Louisville, Kentucky-based company formerly known as ResCare rebranded as BrightSpring Health Services. The new name was chosen to better represent the company and its goals, President and CEO Jon Rousseau previously told Home Health Care News.

More recently, BrightSpring announced plans to merge with Louisville, Kentucky-based pharmacy company PharMerica in December under private equity ownership of KKR, with an affiliate of Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) holding a minority stake.


“We really believe that pharmacy is essential and, in many ways, is the front lines in keeping patients out of the emergency room and out of the hospital,” Rousseau said. “One of the top reasons people go to an emergency room or hospital, particularly after they’re discharged, is because something is amiss or wrong with their medication compliance.”

Expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, the combined company is expected to serve more than 300,000 individuals daily. Branding for the merged combined company is still under wraps.

Encompass HR chief retiring

Encompass Health Corporation’s (NYSE: EHC) chief human resources officer is retiring.

Cheryl Levy will step down at the end of March and will help Encompass Health search internally and externally for a candidate to fill her place until her departure.

Encompass Health is the country’s largest owner and operator of in-patient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and the fourth-largest provider of Medicare-certified home health services. While the overall company is based in Birmingham, its home health and hospice segment is headquartered in Dallas.

The company added 23 home health locations and 22 hospice locations in 2018 and aims to spend $50 to $100 million to grow and acquire new home health and hospice locations in 2019.

In Levy’s 12 years at the company, she managed several departments and helped develop company values that were unveiled as part of Encompass Health’s rebranding. Before January 1, 2018, the company was known as HealthSouth Corporation.

“In addition to being a strategic HR professional for Encompass Health, Cheryl has been a strong voice for our more than 40,000 employees across the country,” Encompass Health President and CEO Mark Tarr said in a statement. “The initiatives and programs she has established will continue moving our company forward and position us as an employer of choice.”

NY health care system adds new chief development officer

The New Jewish Home, a nonprofit New York-based health care system, has a new chief development officer.

Alyssa Herman, who stepped into the role this month, will be responsible for leading the development team and all aspects of fundraising and donor engagement.

The New Jewish Home serves about 10,000 seniors in their homes every year. The system offers short-term rehabilitation, long term care, adult day services and a wide range of home health programs, along with other services.

Herman brings more than 18 years of nonprofit fundraising experience to the position. Previously she served as vice president of institutional advancement at Yeshiva University after working for Autism Speaks, the Food Bank for New York City and Doctors Without Borders.

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