Alan Puzarne has been hired as the new chief operating officer for the Nautilus Healthcare Management Group as well as Greater Newport Physicians, an independent practice association with more than 500 doctors. Both are based in Newport Beach, Calif. Nautilus is a management services and electronic health-record provider for Greater Newport Physicians and other medical groups and independent physicians in Orange County.
Puzarne, who replaces James Agronick, most recently worked as the COO of Physician Associates of the Greater San Gabriel Valley, a Pasadena-based network of 800 private practice doctors. Before that, he was the chief executive officer of Cogent Healthcare, a Brentwood, Tenn.-based hospitalist program provider.
Puzarne, who chose not to disclose his age, has also held senior positions at Blue Shield of California and is on the board of directors of Sekure Healthcare, a Chula Vista, Calif.-based health benefits company.