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Encore Health Resources Names Joe Boyd Its New Chairman

October 29, 2011

 Ivo Nelson to maintain active role on Encore’s Board of Directors

HOUSTONEncore Health Resources, a leading provider of advanced healthcare information technology (HIT) consulting services, announced today that it has named Joe Boyd as its new Chairman.  In this position, he succeeds Ivo Nelson, who will retain a strategic role with the company as a member of its Board of Directors.  For the past 18 months, Boyd has actively engaged with Encore in a senior advisory capacity.

“From Encore’s earliest days, Joe has played a defining role in our company’s recognized trajectory of growth and success that would be hard to overstate.  He has devoted his astute perspectives and recognized industry vision to help us build an enterprise able to compete and win at a time of unprecedented industry transformation and competitiveness,” said Nelson.  “Today, given Joe’s proven executive strengths, it is an honor to pass the Chairman’s reins to him as I concentrate my own focus on our solutions and expanding Encore’s national and global footprint – maximizing our mutual strengths and industry relationships. In passing the baton, I wish Joe my heartiest congratulations, and I look forward to continuing our close association – a chemistry that’s proven highly productive for decades.”

Boyd joins Encore with nearly 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and in information technology.  He began his IT career with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in the State and Local Government Healthcare Group.  After leaving EDS, he worked in the healthcare practices of KPMG Peat Marwick and GTE before joining Perot Systems in 1990. 

At Perot Systems, Joe progressed through a variety of positions and was named Vice President and General Manager for the Healthcare Industry practice in 1994, soon growing the Healthcare business from $22M to more than $100M in annual revenues.  In 1997, Boyd was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager for Perot Systems North American sales and operations, directing over 4,000 employees in a $600M business that included seven industry verticals.  After retiring from Perot Systems in 2001 he has maintained an active profile in the industry, providing management consulting and executive coaching services through his own firm, Boyd Consulting. 

Said Encore’s President and CEO, Dana Sellers, of the transition, “Encore has flourished under Ivo’s visionary leadership.  His reputation and industry relationships have propelled Encore’s growth and allowed us to solidify our position in this market faster than we ever imagined.  As a founder, board member and investor, Ivo will continue to provide his guidance to Encore.”  Sellers continued, “Now, as our new Chairman, Joe will give Encore a new dimension of experience and leadership that we need now as we grow and mature.  He will help us build on our strong foundation so that Encore can successfully support our continued growth.”

Boyd has worked closely with both Sellers and Nelson in other successful ventures.  From 2003 until it was sold to IBM in 2005, he served as Chairman of Healthlink, where Sellers was president and chief operating officer and Nelson was CEO.  Before its acquisition, Healthlink had grown to become the largest privately held specialized HIT consulting services company in the nation.  Today, Boyd serves as a director at OnFocus|Healthcare, MediSend International and is the current Chairman of MedSynergies Inc. – a fast-growing Physician Alignment and RCM company based in Irving, TX.  Boyd holds a B.A. in History and an M.B.A. from Mississippi State University.

“I am extremely enthusiastic about working with Dana, Ivo, and the Encore team in this new capacity.  Encore is positioned in the right market at the right time with the right team,” said Boyd.  ”Additionally, Dana, Ivo and I have extensive experience working with each other, particularly in times of high growth in fluid markets.  I am confident that we can position Encore to be the provider and employer of choice by bringing world-class clinical consulting and solutions to our clients.” 

Encore Health Resources has enjoyed remarkable growth since Sellers and Nelson launched the company less than three years ago.  It has grown its employee base some 215% in the last 12 months and increased its revenues by more than 500% between 2009 and 2010.  For two years running, Encore has earned recognition as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.  This spring, KLAS® Research named Encore one of the top two best overall health information technology advisory services companies in the nation.  The company recently announced an expanded solutions and services set as well as a new partnership with the Premier healthcare alliance to help health systems define the technology requirements, priorities and resources needed as they move toward clinically integrated, coordinated care delivery. In addition, earlier this month, the Houston Business Journal named Encore one of its Fast Tech 50 finalists, an award recognizing Houston’s fastest-growing, high-tech businesses.

About Encore Health Resources: Encore Health Resources, founded by healthcare veterans Ivo Nelson and Dana Sellers, provides information technology consulting services to the provider segment of the healthcare market. For more information about Encore, please visit www.encorehealthresources.com.

Gina Jesberg
Public Relations
Encore Health Resources
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