Cogent HMG Announces Executive Leadership Team, Company Name to Be Cogent
-Changes strengthen organization; position it for continued success, growth-
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- July 22, 2013
Cogent Healthcare Inc., one of the nation’s leading hospital and critical care
medicine companies, has hired veteran healthcare executive Dean Weiland as
President and CEO. In addition, the company has been renamed from Cogent HMG
to Cogent Healthcare, Inc.
“I’m thrilled to join the Cogent team as we are remarkably well positioned for
the changes brought on by healthcare reform,” Weiland said. “We have a company
that consistently demonstrates how you drive superior quality metrics by
appropriately managing care while reducing costs.”
Cogent Healthcare has a national network of hospital partnerships led by very
experienced clinical and business leaders supported by over 1,000 outstanding
physicians and other medical professionals. Mr. Weiland joins the
well-established existing leadership team at Cogent.
“Cogent is very fortunate to add Dean to our already outstanding management
team and board of directors,” said Executive Chairman Randy Thurman. “I am
confident his leadership will further position Cogent to grow and succeed in
today’s healthcare environment. Dean is a proven leader and brings an
exceptional track record leading healthcare service companies.”
Prior to Cogent, Weiland was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Renal
Advantage Inc., the third largest dialysis company in the U.S. that operated
over 150 centers throughout the country. He led the merger of Renal Advantage
with Liberty Dialysis. He then led the merger of Renal Advantage with
Fresenius Medical Care where he has continued to participate with the merger,
transition and strategic direction. Previously, Mr. Weiland held executive
leadership roles including Chief Executive Officer of The Work Institute,
Chief Operating Officer of CLEARTRACK Information Network and Executive Vice
President of MedStat Inc. He began his career with Baxter Healthcare where he
ultimately became Vice President of New Business Initiatives for Caremark.
Leadership Team: Future Opportunities
At Cogent Healthcare, Weiland joins a strong leadership team with the combined
ability to capture tremendous growth opportunities for the organization.
That team includes: Bob LaGalia, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer and Dr. Ron Greeno, a Cogent founder and Chief Medical Officer. Mr.
LaGalia oversees all financial operations and information technology and as
EVP will work with Mr. Weiland on all company operations. Dr. Greeno, a
well-known industry icon, develops and maintains the highest standards of
hospital medicine and works with our business unit presidents on proactively
sustaining the highest quality standards with the more than 100 hospitals who
partner with Cogent.
In addition, the team includes: Cogent Business Unit Presidents, Michael
Friedlander, MD, Rachel George, MD, and Joanne Loeper, RN, MSN, MBA; Beth
Hawley, Chief Partnership and Innovation Officer; Cheryl Slack, Chief Human
Resource and Physician Services Officer; Doug Mefford, Chief Legal Officer;
Jay Cowen, MD, President and Steve Matchett, MD, Chief Medical Officer, will
continue to lead The Intensivist Group, a wholly owned affiliate of Cogent.
"I am extremely pleased to join this long standing team which I believe is
among the best in health care. Together, we can do great things for healthcare
and for this organization,” Weiland said.
New Name: Same Vision
Since the merger of Cogent and HMG in 2011, the company has been known as
Cogent HMG. Having completed the merger, the company will transition its name
to Cogent Healthcare Inc. The Cogent name is well recognized for its
excellence in hospital and critical care medicine and its partnership with
over 100 hospitals in the U.S.
Mr. Thurman added: “Our strategy remains unchanged – to be the leading
provider of hospital and critical care medicine in the U.S. by providing our
patients with exceptional care and our hospital clients with outstanding value
and a seamless partnership. Cogent is a pioneer in the rapidly evolving
healthcare industry allowing hospitals to control costs while delivering
superior patient outcomes. The physicians who provide hospital medicine are
rapidly emerging as one of the most important decision-makers in both acute
and post acute care. Our pipeline of new business is very robust and, with the
addition of Mr. Weiland, Cogent will continue to strengthen its position as a
leader in the evolving hospital market place.”
In addition, Mr. Weiland joins the Cogent Healthcare Board of Directors which
includes Governor Michael Leavitt, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human
Services; Gary Chartrand, Executive Chairman of Acosta Sales & Marketing; Mark
Neaman, CEO, Northshore University Health Systems; Thomas Pryma, Partner of
AEA Investors; Martin Eltrich, Partner of AEA Investors; David Neighbours,
Partner of Waud Capital Partners and Randy Thurman, Operating Executive of AEA
Investors and Executive Chairman of Cogent Healthcare, Inc.
About Cogent HMG
Cogent HMG Hospitalists and Intensivists are the most critical physicians in
the health care system today. Located at the center of the health care
delivery system where the majority of health care spending takes place, Cogent
HMG Hospitalists and Intensivists are empowered to positively affect the key
decision points around the quality of care and its associated cost. As
America’s health care environment continues to shift toward pay for
performance and population health management, Cogent HMG and our hospitalists
and intensivists will be responsible for driving our partners to succeed. For
more information, visit www.cogenthmg.com.
Rebecca Ayer, 615-254-0575
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