Mountain States Health Alliance taps HMA exec for CEO [The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.]
(Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 19--Mountain States Health Alliance has tapped a veteran health care executive to serve as president and CEO of the Johnson City-based hospital system.
Alan Levine will succeed longtime CEO Dennis Vonderfecht effective Jan. 6, 2014. Vonderfecht announced in February his plans to retire at the end of 2013.
Levine, 46, will head to upper East Tennessee from Florida, where he is a Health Management Associates senior vice president and the president of the Florida Group, responsible for operations of 23 hospitals, several surgery centers, physician practices and other support functions across the state, according to Health Management's website.
Levine said Monday he was attracted to the role primarily because of the people.
"They have an exceptional governing board. They know where they want to take the system. It was a very inclusive process. I really felt inspired by the people I met. As difficult as the health care environment is, the real difference maker is its people," he said.
Before joining Health Management, Levine served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and senior health policy adviser to Gov. Bobby Jindal. He previously served in two roles under Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, as well as CEO of Florida's Broward Health and various executive roles within HCA.
"I think the board was looking for someone with good knowledge of operations but also how the landscape is evolving," he said. "It's important people not only are aware of policy changes but how the provider community responds to those changes. Hopefully, I can draw on that experience as we deal with changes of national health care reform."
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