The March 13 announcement that Charlotte, N.C.-based group purchasing organization Premier selected Susan DeVore, 50, to succeed retiring President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Norling was well-received by the GPOs membership and board.
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Supporters of the appointment said DeVore, currently Premiers chief operating officer, has a strong grasp of supply-chain, healthcare-policy and quality issues and is a smart leadership choice as hospitals grapple with emerging healthcare reform issues.
Michael Tarwater, CEO of 12-hospital Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C., expressed excitement over the appointment. Ive known Susan for years and was just very pleased with the choice, said Tarwater, whose system became a Premier member in February. One of the reasons we joined (Premier) is because of her work over the last five years on quality issues.
DeVore will take over the helm of Premier on July 1 after Norlings retirement, said company officials. I have a long-term view and Ive been thinking and planning in terms of the next 10 years, DeVore said of her plans for leading the company. Our view is that Premier needs to help shape where transformation goes and that we need to help hospitals adjust to the changes. We really think we can help the Obama administration and legislators shape those changes and we have sort of a laundry list of different initiatives and ideas.
DeVore said there are no plans to fill the COO position that will be left vacant by her promotion, nor is she planning any significant shuffling among management.
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