RehabCare Group, St. Louis, has named Richard Dick Escue as its new chief information officer. Escue, 47, succeeds Natasha Hawkins, who left the company earlier this year to pursue other interests, according to a company spokesman.
Most recently, Escue served as vice president, chief information officer at the St. Louis-based Sisters of Mercy Health System since December 2003; before that, he served as CIO at Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp. in Memphis. A graduate of Memphis State University, Escue has a bachelors degree in management information systems and a masters degree in marketing.
At RehabCare Group, Escue will oversee a group of about 40 information technology professionals. Information technology is at the forefront of many healthcare initiatives today, Jay Shreiner, RehabCare Groups chief financial officer, said in a news release. To that end, the company plans to roll out its patient care point-of-service technology platform to about 4,000 new users in the companys nearly 500 RehabWorks programs.
In July, RehabCare Group acquired RehabWorks, a provider of rehabilitation services for long-term care facilities, and its parent company, Symphony Health Services, for about $101.5 million. RehabCare Group provides rehabilitation program management services together with more than 1,400 hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities in 42 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. -- Jessica Zigmond / HITS staff writer
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