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December 08, 2015

MedStream Announces Two Appointments to Executive Leadership Team

MedStream is pleased to announce two appointments to the executive leadership team.

Richard Jacobs, MD, has been named Chief Medical Officer.  In this role, Dr. Jacobs will be the primary medical liaison for MedStream providers and will focus on efficient, high quality anesthesia delivery.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Jacobs led clinical programs at multiple MedStream practice sites, working with medical directors to facilitate performance improvement.  Dr. Jacobs has 30 years’ experience helping hospitals achieve success through leading quality assessment initiatives, peer review programs and medical committee leadership.  Dr. Ken Ellington, owner of MedStream, stated, “Rick brings a specific skill set that will enrich our overall performance.  His expertise at service integration and departmental management will offer a new level of accountability to our administrative partners as well as a dedicated support base to our providers.  We are excited to have Rick on board and know our partners will be, too.”

Lance Player, MBA, has been appointed VP, Finance & Operations.  Mr. Player is responsible for operational reporting for each MedStream practice, monitoring the financial performance and operational efficiency of services, as well as long-term strategic planning for optimum service.  Before joining MedStream, Mr. Player cultivated an extensive background in corporate finance, risk management and market planning through managing institutional clients for TD Bank.  Doug Ellington, co-owner of MedStream, said, “Lance will offer a highly focused, in-depth perspective on the health and productivity of our practices.  In this role, he will identify new opportunities for innovative and effective operational change.  Lance is a key addition to our team who will support our efforts to deliver superior service to our clients.”

About MedStream

MedStream is a family-owned, rapidly growing anesthesia practice management group based in Asheville, NC, now providing services at over 30 healthcare facilities across the southeast.  MedStream offers best-in-class capabilities to meet every clinical, operational and financial challenge associated with anesthesia in order to deliver quality patient care while remaining a responsible financial partner.  Our fully outsourced solutions include staffing and recruitment, billing, credentialing, quality assessment and management, strategic planning and operational consulting.

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