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Encore Health Resources Expands Regional Leadership Teams As Client Base Grows Nationwide

December 7, 2011


HOUSTONEncore Health Resources, a recognized provider of advanced information technology services for the global healthcare industry, announced today that it has appointed four new executives to its Client Services leadership team as the company continues to experience a rapid expansion of its nationwide customer base.  These accomplished healthcare-industry professionals will help Encore sustain its current growth trajectory across the United States while maintaining the highest quality of services delivery to clients that include many of the world’s most forward-thinking health systems.

Greg Bluth is a seasoned business development executive who joins Encore to lead and expand an East-Region territory including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.  With 25 years of experience in healthcare, e-commerce, and workforce scheduling, Bluth most recently served as an Advisory Client Executive for Cerner Corporation.  An accomplished market analyst and training professional, he has established a proven track record for increasing top-line revenue, profit, and value for his customers. 

Ken Frantz is a healthcare and technology executive who brings more than 20 years of experience to his new leadership role, in which he will direct an East-Region territory including Delaware, Maryland, Washington (DC), Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and portions of Pennsylvania.  Joining Encore from his latest position as founding partner of EHR Associates, LLC, and previous executive positions at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Ernst and Young, Frantz is noted for transforming traditional technology departments into high-performing, effective, and accountable business units.  Additionally, he has broad expertise in strategic planning, system development, problem diagnostics and resolution, crisis management, IT security, and regulatory compliance.

Jason Griffin joins Encore with more than 20 years of technology planning, IT leadership, and health information technology experience to direct, develop, and grow Encore’s client base in the West Region, leading an interior territory that includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Louisiana, and Texas.  Griffin, who most recently held executive healthcare provider service-delivery and business-development roles at IBM and Logicalis, Inc., brings extensive background in IT analytics with a deep understanding of the unique technology needs of healthcare provider organizations.  Throughout his career, he has proven his expertise in IT strategy planning and deployment, information security strategy, regulatory compliance for healthcare organizations, information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) based service delivery, and IT process redesign.

Jim Kearns joins Encore as a seasoned healthcare technology and hospital operations executive with more than 20 years of industry experience. He will focus on growing Encore’s client base in the Midwest region, including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Kearns, who was most recently  Vice President of Operations and CIO with Delnor Community Health System and Vice President of IT Operations and Associate CIO at Rush University Medical Center, brings substantial, proven expertise in driving operational excellence in hospitals, leading organizational change, and reengineering and aligning hospital workflows.  His background includes IT strategic planning and deployment, large HIT implementations, systems development, and optimizing hospital resources by applying and integrating “lean” thinking.

“Encore is committed to offering our experience, solutions, tools, business insights, and people – all focused on a value-based future for our industry -- to help guide an ever-larger number of health systems as they travel along the road to healthcare reform,” said Dana Sellers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Encore Health Resources.  “With the broad base of leadership skills that Greg, Ken, Jason, and Jim will bring to their territories, we are confident that our goals for increased growth and success for our customers and our company will continue to result from the excellence of the services we are positioned to deliver.”

Encore Health Resources has enjoyed remarkable growth since Sellers and Nelson launched the company less than three years ago.  It has expanded 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 three Fast Tech 50 Enterprise Champions, 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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