The National Alliance for Health Information Technology named two prominent healthcare executives to co-chair the struggling Chicago not-for-profit. The alliance has operated with an interim chief executive officer since late March when Scott Wallace resigned as president and CEO.
George Lynn, former president and CEO of AtlantiCare Health System, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and past chairman of the American Hospital Association, and John Glaser, vice president and chief information officer of Partners HealthCare System, Boston, were named co-chairmen, effective immediately, succeeding Curt Selquist, retired chairman of Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems. Selquist also stepped down as the alliances interim CEO, a job he assumed after Wallaces exit.
Jane Horowitz, formerly NAHIT vice president and chief marketing officer, was named chief operating officer, effective immediately. Horowitz will be the organization's lone employee. The organization will operate without a CEO, spokeswoman Lois Padovani said.
Wallaces departure was one of several, leaving the financially struggling organization with a skeletal staff of five earlier this year.
NAHIT will shift its focus to healthcare ITs strategic issues for executives, the association said in a written statement announcing the appointments. The AHA and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives have agreed to provide staff, office support, member services and Web site support, according to the statement, which described the arrangement as formal alliances. -- by Melanie Evans