Movers & Shakers: LHC Group Names New CMO, Senior Helpers Adds to Board

LHC Group names new chief medical officer

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has appointed Dr. Tricia Nguyen as its new executive vice president and chief medical officer.

Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group and its 32,000 employees deliver home health, hospice, personal care and facility-based services to patients throughout 36 states.

In her new role, Dr. Nguyen will serve as a medical expert and the company’s primary clinical advisor. Additionally, she will advise on strategic direction and overall revenue and earnings growth.

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“Recruiting Dr. Nguyen to our team is in keeping with our clinical tradition, and a big win for our organization,” Keith G. Myers, LHC Group’s chairman and CEO, said in a recent statement announcing the news. “She will be instrumental in working with us to accelerate the creation of clinically integrated networks, support our ongoing managed care initiatives, and ensure that our clinical quality and patient satisfaction measures continue leading the industry.”

Before joining LHC Group, Dr. Nguyen served as managing partner with Perla Health. Previously, she served as CEO of Commonwealth Health Network. Nguyen has also held senior leadership roles at Texas Health Resources and at Banner Health Network.

Going back further, Nguyen served as vice president and CMO for BCBS of Kansas City, as a senior medical director for BCBS of Florida (Jacksonville), and as a market medical officer and vice president for Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). 

Dr. Benjamin Doga, who had previously served part-time in the LHC Group CMO role, will transition to the position of lead medical director.

Senior Helpers appoints new board member

Maryland-based Senior Helpers is expanding its board of directors with the addition of Dr. Alan Abrams. 

Senior Helpers is an international home care franchise with more than 300 locations worldwide, serving roughly 25,000 clients.

Dr. Alan Abrams, who specializes in geriatric medicine, has more than a decade of experience helping organizations provide care to older adults. As a member of Senior Helpers’ board of directors, Dr. Abrams will play an important role in refining programming and franchise initiatives.

“We are dedicated to helping transform senior care nationwide, and as such, we’re constantly looking to improve the service we offer our elderly clients as well as their families,” Peter Ross, CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers, said in a statement. “Tapping into Dr. Abrams’ industry knowledge will give us some critical tools and insights that will help keep Senior Helpers at the forefront of improving the health and well-being of our clients, and ultimately driving high-quality care for our seniors.”

Previously, Dr. Abrams was the CMO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Boston-based hospital and part of Harvard Medical School. 

American Health Partners taps New COO

Robin Bradley is joining American Health Partners, a Franklin, Tennessee-based post-acute health care services provider, as its new chief operating officer. 

American Health Partners owns eight home health agencies, along with 29 senior living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers. The provider also operates five psychiatric hospitals, five hospice offices and a long-term care pharmacy. 

Bradley brings over 20 years of experience in the health care industry to her new role, where she will be responsible for maintaining operational controls and spearheading the company’s financial performance. 

Previously, Bradley served as vice president of administration for Unity Physician Partners Inc. and as vice president of administration for Windsor Health Plan. She joined American Health Partners in 2016 as COO of its American Health Plans division, which owns and manages institutional special needs plans for seniors living in long-term care facilities.

HCA of New York State Expands Board of Directors

The Home Care Association (HCA) of New York State has announced that Nancy Helenek, R.N., is joining its board of directors. Helenek currently serves as administrative director of Care Continuum at South Nassau Communities Hospital in New York.

HCA is a home-based care industry advocacy organization.

Baldwin, New York-based South Nassau Home Care provides a short term, acute care program which includes home health aide services, as well as skilled nursing and rehabilitation services plus medical social services and nutritional counseling.

Helenek has been with South Nassau since 1999. 

“I am eager to work with my colleagues on the board as well as the nearly 400 members of the HCA to promote cost-effective, high-quality home and community-based services to the people of New York State,” Helenek said in a statement. 

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