Home-health provider Gentiva Health Services, Melville, N.Y., named Tony Strange as president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Strange, 45, has served as executive vice president and president of Gentiva Home Healthwhich provides skilled-nursing, disease-management and physical-, occupational- and speech-therapy services in 36 statessince March 2006, after Gentiva acquired regional provider the Healthfield Group in February of that year.
Before the acquisition, Strange had served as Healthfields president and COO. He also held other leadership positions at Healthfield since he started as the companys general manager in 1990. Ron Malone, Gentivas chairman and chief executive officer, said in a news release that Strange has played a pivotal role in Gentivas transformation during the last 21 months.
As Gentivas COO, Strange succeeds Al Perry, who retired in January 2006, according to David Fluhrer, a company spokesman. The COO position has been open since Perrys departure, Fluhrer said. -- by Jessica Zigmond