Former Johnson & Johnson executive Nicholas Valeriani has been named CEO of West Health and CEO of the West Health Institute, formerly the West Wireless Health Institute, the San Diego-based healthcare innovation research organization has announced.
J&J veteran joins West Health as CEO
Valeriani comes to the posts following a 34-year career with J & J, where he served as VP of human resources; worldwide chairman of medical devices and diagnostics; and as VP of the office of strategy and growth, according to a news release. Valeriani's age was unavailable.
West Health, based in La Jolla., Calif., with a restructuring announced along with Valeriani's appointment, consists to two not-for-profit organizations: the institute and the West Health Policy Center, and two for-profit organizations, the West Health Investment Fund and the West Health Incubator. “The creation of West Health and appointment of a new leader is an exciting milestone in our evolution to drive the critical changes needed to lower costs in healthcare delivery,” said Gary West, founder and chairman of West Health.
The West Wireless Health Institute was founded in 2009 with a $45 million grant from the Gary and Mary West Foundation. The aim of the institute was to leverage technology to improve care and lower its cost.
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