VOL. 129 | NO. 128 | Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services
By Kate Simone
Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.
Experience: I spent almost 20 years working in large corporations managing medical and disability benefits plans, care management programs and wellness initiatives. This includes working for PepsiCo as the manager of health and welfare benefits and wellness and for General Electric as wellness manager.
Family: Husband, Kurt; 3 wonderful kids, Jason, Dan and Adria, still in New York and sorely missed.
Favorite quote: “Remember yesterday, enjoy today and trust tomorrow,” a quote from my dad.
Favorite movie: “Friendly Persuasion”
The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis teams, of course
What’s playing on your stereo right now? “Everyone Says Don’t”
What talent do you wish you had? I always wished I could sing.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mom for her very “can do” attitude, which rubbed off on all three of her kids. No matter what the challenge, just look at what you can do, and get to it!
What attracted you to Health Choice? The opportunity to work for a local organization where I can have a real impact. Working with multiple stakeholders, physicians, patients, payers and the community that all need to act in concert is very exciting and, of course, challenging.
What are your goals in your new role? Overall, the goal is to increase the quality of care, improve the health and satisfaction of the patient, which will lead to managing cost. To achieve this, we look to engage patients to improve their own health status, empower them to advocate for themselves, to increase communications among providers, coordinate patient care and to ensure that patients have the right resources at the right time.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Balance – my family, my career, myself.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Hands down, the people.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? To play to their strengths and recognize but minimize weaknesses.
Ralph Moore has been appointed executive director of the Memphis Area Association of Governments. Moore, who served as mayor of Union City, Ga., for 20 years, has worked as an urban planner for several communities and is currently the planner for Leavenworth, Kan.
Dr. Raul J. Cardenas and Dr. Vinodh T. Doss have joined Semmes-Murphey Clinic. Cardenas is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with a fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery. Doss is a neurologist who is fellowship-trained in stroke and neurointerventional surgery. Doss also became stroke medical director at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis effective July 1.
Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, has been elected secretary/treasurer for the American Association of Airport Executives, the world’s largest professional organization representing those who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports.
Gina Alexander has joined UT Medical Group Inc. as chief financial officer. Alexander most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for a privately held company that owns psychiatric hospitals across four states, and also served as vice president and CFO for Meridian Behavioral Health and vice president of finance for Healthways Inc.
George T. “Buck” Lewis, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has been appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service. The committee fosters the development of pro bono programs and activities, analyzes the scope and function of pro bono programs, and proposes and reviews policy that affect lawyers’ ability to provide pro bono legal services.
O.B. Harris Jr. has joined Renaissance Group Inc. as an intern architect. Harris assists in schematic design phases with digital massing model studies, construction documents, all phases of project development and design development.
Jackson Lewis PC’s Memphis office and attorney James R. Mulroy II, the office’s managing shareholder and litigation manager, have been recognized in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Crye-Leike Realtors has been ranked as the nation’s fifth-largest residential real estate brokerage on REAL Trends Inc.’s REAL Trends 500 list based on the number of properties it sold in 2013. Crye-Leike attained a sales volume of $5.2 billion for the year.
Kelley & Associates Advertising Inc. has won an award of distinction at the Communicator Awards for the design of AOC’s trade publication ad and a Bronze Award at the Summit Awards for the design of the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival 2014 poster.