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December 01, 2015 4:05 PM ET

Healthcare Providers and Services

Company Overview of Adventist Health System, Inc.

Company Overview

Adventist Health System, Inc. operates hospital campuses, urgent care centers, home health and hospice agencies, and skilled nursing facilities in the Southern and Southwestern regions of the United States. It provides behavioral health, cardiovascular, diabetes, digestive health, emergency, eye care, family practice, home health/home care, imaging, mammography/breast center/breast care, minimally invasive/robotic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, NICU, OB/birth care, oncology/cancer, orthopedics, outpatient surgery, pain medicine, pediatrics, psychology, rehabilitation, senior care, sleep center, stroke care/stroke center, surgery, therapy, urology, wellness center, wound care, and women's ...

900 Hope Way

Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

United States

Founded in 1973





Key Executives for Adventist Health System, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President, Member of Executive Board and Director
Age: 70
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Executive Vice President, Member of Executive Board and Director
Age: 53
Executive Vice President, Member of Executive Board, Director, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Division, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Hospital, President of Florida Division and President of Florida Hospital
Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer of The Multi-State Division and President of The Multi-State Division
Age: 48
Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Adventist Health System, Inc. Key Developments

Adventist Health System's $118.7 Million Settlement Starts with Whistleblower Lawsuit by 3 Former Hospital Employees

Three former employees of a North Carolina hospital were the first to expose an alleged scheme by Adventist Health System to pay doctors excessive compensation to lock in their patient referrals to Adventist-owned hospitals, clinics and other outpatient services in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The US Justice Department announced that Adventist will pay a total of $118.7 million to the federal government and four states to settle a whistleblower (qui tam) lawsuit filed in December 2012 by those former employees, who are represented by whistleblower law firm Phillips & Cohen LLP. The settlement agreement also covers a separate qui tam lawsuit filed in 2013 that made the same allegations as some of those made earlier in Phillips & Cohen's qui tam lawsuit. The Adventist settlement is the larger healthcare fraud settlement ever made involving physician referrals to hospitals, according to Peter Chatfield, a whistleblower attorney with Phillips & Cohen. It is nearly twice the previous larger settlement involving hospital kickback allegations, which was North Broward Hospital District's recent $69.5 million settlement. A substantial portion of the settlement amount is based on allegations involving Florida Hospital Medical Group. Those hospitals include Florida Hospital Altamonte, Florida Hospital Apopka, Florida Hospital Celebration Health, Florida Hospital Kissimmee, Florida Hospital Orlando, Florida Hospital Waterman (Tavares, Fla.), Florida Hospital for Children (Orlando, Fla.) and Winter Park Memorial Hospital. The three whistleblowers were longtime employees at Adventist's Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville, NC, where they became aware of the alleged system-wide kickback scheme. Michael Payne was a risk manager and Melissa Church was the executive director of physician services at Park Ridge. Gloria Pryor was a compliance officer for physician offices at Park Ridge. In addition to the charges related to the money-for-referrals scheme, Adventist settled a number of Medicare billing fraud allegations made in Phillips & Cohen's whistleblower lawsuit and supported by the government. Those allegations included "upcoding" Medicare claims and "unbundling" services to submit them as separate Medicare claims. The government joined Phillips & Cohen's whistleblower lawsuit – which was not publicly known until because it was under seal – after investigating the whistleblowers' allegations. Attorney James Wyatt of Wyatt & Blake LLP, in Charlotte, N.C., served as whistleblowers' local counsel on the case. Payne, Church, Pryor and their attorneys expressed their appreciation for the work by the government's lawyers and investigators to stop the alleged schemes and recover millions for the government.

Adventist Health System Names Christine Stewart as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations

Christine Stewart has been named vice president of corporate communications and community relations for Adventist Health System effective June 1, 2015. She has been serving as the executive director of communications and public relations strategy since 2013. As vice president of corporate communications and community relations, Stewart will oversee internal and external communication strategies to advance Adventist Health System's reputation and broaden awareness of its programs and priorities. She will also lead the development and implementation of the organization headquarters' social responsibility strategy, including local charitable giving, volunteerism and community outreach programs.

Adventist Health System Appoints Herb Keller as Chief Information Officer for AHS Information Services

Herb Keller named Chief Information Officer for AHS Information Services. Keller will lead the IT department that provides technology systems and services for 31 of Adventist Health System's 45 campuses. After an extensive search of internal and external candidates, Herb Keller has been named senior vice president of Adventist Health System and chief information officer of AHS Information Services (AHS-IS). Keller has spent 16 years at Adventist Health System, including the last few months as interim CIO for AHS-IS. He has served as the corporate chief technology officer for the last two years, and prior to that was vice president and chief technology officer for Florida Hospital, Adventist Health System's large facility.

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