NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Board of Directors of Envision Healthcare – one of the nation’s largest facility-based care provider groups and ambulatory surgery center operators – today announced the appointment of James “Jim” Rechtin as President and Chief Executive Officer. Rechtin joins Envision from the healthcare services company OptumCare where he served as President. He was previously regional President of DaVita Medical Group. He will also join Envision’s Board of Directors.
“Jim is an accomplished healthcare leader with a passion for improving our healthcare system. He has a proven track record of transforming provider organizations by improving clinical outcomes, partnering effectively with physicians and promoting innovative value-based care models. We are confident that Jim brings the strategic vision and operational focus needed to accelerate our transformation efforts,” said Pete Stavros, Co-Head of Americas Private Equity at KKR and a member of Envision’s Board of Directors.
“We are excited to welcome Jim to Envision. We believe his extensive healthcare experience and impressive leadership capabilities make him an ideal fit for Envision. We look forward to partnering with Jim and the team to continue delivering the highest quality of care to patients in communities across the nation,” said Max Lin, KKR Partner and a member of Envision’s Board of Directors.
“In partnership with the entire management team and the thousands of dedicated Envision team members nationwide, I am excited about the opportunity to lead this business in its next phase. I am honored to be part of an organization that plays such a critical role in the U.S. healthcare system through the treatment of more than 35 million patients a year and the development of innovative care approaches that improve clinical quality and the patient experience. The vital role that our clinicians play in treating the most acute and pressing needs of patients cannot be overstated. It is incumbent upon us to continue delivering increasing value to our patients, hospital and health plan partners every year,” Rechtin said.
About Jim Rechtin
Rechtin has 22 years of experience in healthcare, with much of that experience focused on value-based care delivered in various medical group settings. Most recently, Rechtin served as President of OptumCare, overseeing Optum’s multispecialty medical group operations in the western half of the United States. He joined OptumCare as part of its acquisition of DaVita Medical Group where Rechtin served as Regional President and had oversight of 4,000 clinicians and nearly 11,000 employees.
At DaVita, Rechtin played an instrumental role in bringing together dozens of regional medical groups around the United States to operate as a single operating entity with a unified culture and shared sense of purpose. Under his leadership, DaVita Medical Group demonstrated significantly improved operational performance with enhanced clinical quality, increased physician retention and accelerated growth. Before DaVita, Rechtin was a partner in the healthcare practice of the global consulting firm Bain & Company where he worked for nearly 14 years. At Bain, he focused on supporting hospital systems and other providers in the shift to value and in their development of physician network strategies.
Early in his career, Rechtin managed a nonprofit that provided healthcare services to the homeless in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. He did this after spending two and a half years directing a public health project as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Congo. Rechtin has a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
About Envision Healthcare Corporation
Envision Healthcare Corporation is a leading provider of physician-led services and post-acute care, and ambulatory surgery services. The Company delivers physician services, primarily in the areas of emergency department and hospitalist services, anesthesiology services, radiology/tele-radiology services, and children’s services to more than 1,800 clinical departments in healthcare facilities in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Post-acute care is delivered through an array of clinical professionals and integrated technologies which, when combined, contribute to efficient and effective population health management strategies. As a market leader in ambulatory surgical care, the Company owns and operates 257 surgery centers and one surgical hospital in 35 states and the District of Columbia, with medical specialties ranging from gastroenterology to ophthalmology and orthopedics. In total, the Company offers a differentiated suite of clinical solutions on a national scale, creating value for health systems, payers, providers and patients. For additional information, visit www.envisionhealth.com.