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New Executive Further Strengthens Cogent HMG's Commitment to Physician Alignment


Cogent HMG, a national leader in the field of hospital medicine and critical care medicine, today announced the hiring of Kent McMackin as Senior Vice President of Physician Services.

Employing more than 1,000 affiliated physicians and mid-level providers, Cogent HMG provides comprehensive hospitalist and intensivist programs to more than 100 hospitals across 28 states. The elevation of this senior-level position emphasizes Cogent HMG's commitment to providing its hospital partners with highly skilled hospitalists and intensivists to help them meet cost and quality requirements under today's reimbursement guidelines.

“Due in large part to our ability to recruit and retain high quality physicians, Cogent HMG has gained a reputation for delivering improvements in clinical quality, cost efficiency and patient satisfaction at each of the hospitals we serve,” said Steve Houff, Chief Executive Officer of Cogent HMG.

“Given the shortage and increasing demand for physicians in our industry, this area of our business has never been more complex. We are delighted to welcome a seasoned executive like Kent to lead our physician services.”

McMackin joins Cogent HMG with more than 20 years of healthcare experience. Prior to Cogent HMG, McMackin served as Vice President of HCA Physician Services, Hospital Based Programs and Physician Strategic Sourcing. Before taking that position, McMackin served as Associate Vice President of Physician Recruitment for HCA's West Florida Division.

In his new position, McMackin will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of physicians who serve the company's hospital clients locally across the nation. Cogent HMG plans to recruit 400 new physicians in 2012.

“I am excited to be joining Cogent HMG's progressive and visionary leadership team,” said McMackin. “From refining its System of CareTM model to making key investments in resources such as Cogent HMG Academy, the company's training and education program, Cogent HMG is clearly focused on providing recruited physicians with leadership, technology and operations support – all key drivers of physician satisfaction and clinical success.”

McMackin earned a master's degree in human resource management development from Chapman University, as well as a bachelor's degree in health care administration from Southern Illinois University.

This leadership announcement comes on the heels of acquiring The Intensivist Group in August 2011, which created the largest critical care services provider in the nation with programs in nearly 20 hospitals across the United States. In April 2011, Cogent Healthcare and Hospitalists Management Group (HMG) merged to form Cogent HMG. All three companies were originally founded by physicians.

About Cogent HMG

Cogent HMG is the nation's largest private hospitalist company, partnering with more than 100 hospitals across the country to build and manage high-performing hospitalist and intensivist programs. To improve efficiency and care in partner systems, Cogent HMG offers a comprehensive System of Care™ that supports hospitalists and intensivists with structure, a coordinated care team, data driven processes, rigorous ongoing training and experienced leadership. With more than 1,000 affiliated physicians and mid-level providers, Cogent HMG is dedicated to the advancement of the field by setting best practices for hospital medicine and through its established national mentoring program. Cogent HMG was formed in 2011 from the merger of Cogent Healthcare and Hospitalist Management Group, LLC, two pioneers of the hospital medicine industry. For more information on the newly merged company, click here.

For Cogent HMG
Anne Hancock Toomey, 615-254-0575

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