In line with its strategy of acquiring HMOs from provider systems, Health Systems International has named Arthur M. Southam, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Health Net, its HMO subsidiary based in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Southam, 39, has been president and CEO of CareAmerica, the HMO subsidiary of Burbank, Calif.-based UniHealth, an integrated system including seven hospitals and eight physician organizations. In a written statement, Southam said he looks forward to strengthening partnerships between Health Net and physicians.
HSI also named Michael Pugh, 43, president and CEO of QualMed, its HMO subsidiary based in Pueblo, Colo. Pugh was president and CEO of Medical City Dallas Hospital, one of the largest hospitals owned by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.
Pugh, who joined Columbia one year ago as head of 491-bed Medical City, described the move as a "quantum leap" for his career. He'll have responsibility for HMOs in eight states with more than 500,000 enrollees.
Before joining Columbia, Pugh was president and CEO of Parkview Health Systems, Pueblo. Pugh's 17 years of healthcare experience have been in hospitals, he said.
However, he said he was "looking forward to bringing some `provider perspective' to the systems and practices of my new organization."