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Encore Health Resources Names Tom Luce to Board Of Directors

April 2, 2012


HOUSTON Encore Health Resources announced today that Tom Luce, founding partner of one of Texas’ most prestigious law firms and a nationally recognized business leader, educator, philanthropist, and author, will become the newest member of its Board of Directors.  Encore, a leading provider of advanced healthcare information technology consulting services, welcomes Mr. Luce as the company’s expanding solutions suite, world-class talent pool, and broadening national sales and services teams continue to drive rapid growth. 

“Today’s emerging, value-based reimbursement systems will pose greater risks and responsibilities for health entities across the care continuum, creating more clinically integrated networks and driving new and broader kinds of cooperation,” said Dana Sellers, Chief Executive Officer of Encore Health Resources.  “Tom’s rich insights and experience in multiple industries will help Encore apply analytics-based approaches to healthcare reform in ways that most benefit our clients, their patients, and their communities.”

Mr. Luce brings to Encore a rich tapestry of accomplishments that earned him a 2005 Presidential appointment to the position of Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education.  In his home state of Texas, Mr. Luce was also appointed five times by Texas governors to posts that included Chairman of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission, Chief Justice Pro Tempore of the Texas Supreme Court, delegate to the Education Commission of the States, and Chief of Staff of the Texas Select Committee of Public Education.  This last position drove one of the first major reform efforts in the State’s public schools.

Mr. Luce earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University and was a founding and managing partner of the law firm Hughes and Luce, LLP.  He is currently serving a second term on Dell’s Board of Directors, making him that board’s longest serving outside member.  In addition, he has served on the boards of multiple community healthcare, educational, and charitable organizations, including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the Texas Education Reform Caucus, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, Advanced Placement Strategies, Education is Freedom, and the Foundation for Community Empowerment.  He has served on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Citizens’ Council, an organization comprising CEOs of Dallas' largest businesses.  The United States Senate also appointed Mr. Luce a member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board.  

As a strong proponent of both healthcare and educational reform, Mr. Luce served as CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, Inc., from 2007 to 2011.  He was also a co-founder of the National Center for Educational Accountability (NCEA), sponsor of the Just for the Kids School Improvement Model, and served as chairman of the board for NCEA and Just for the Kids from their inceptions until 2005. He also founded Communities Just for the Kids. In 1995, Luce wrote Now or Never — How We Can Save Our Public Schools, a book that defined his education philosophy and outlined a preliminary plan for education reform that called for broader support for public education.  A later book on public education, Do What Works: How Proven Practices Can Improve America's Public Schools, was published in December 2004.

Mr. Luce has served on the boards or as a guest lecturer at several universities, including the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  He is the recipient of the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award, the Center for Non-Profit Management Social Entrepreneur Award, the Dallas Historical Society Excellence in Community Service Award, and the CASA Award for Service to Children.

“Encore’s strategy to improve the quality of healthcare through information-based analytics is built on an understanding that the world’s greatest challenges can be met with education, especially when combined with a culture that celebrates people, teamwork, clients, and accountability,” said Mr. Luce. “This blending of knowledge and values creates a proven chemistry for transformation -- one that I will be honored to support as Encore leverages its solutions and services to drive better care-delivery in a growing number of forward-thinking health systems and physician practices around the world.”

About Encore Health Resources:  Since its founding in January 2009, Encore Health Resources has expanded its employee base nearly 200% in 2010 and another 95% in 2011.  Encore increased its revenues by more than 400% between 2009 and 2010 and another 115% over the course of 2011.  For two years running, Encore earned recognition as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.  Last December, KLAS® Research honored Encore with a prestigious Best in KLAS Award for excellence in Information Technology Planning and Assessment in a first place tie for the category.  Previously, in July, KLAS named Encore one of the top two best overall health information technology advisory services companies in the nation.  In late November, the Houston Business Journal named Encore as a Fast Tech 50 finalist -- an award recognizing Houston’s fastest-growing, high-tech businesses – and as one of just three firms awarded its Enterprise Champions award.  The award is conferred on companies that stand out in areas of community, innovation, corporate culture, and overcoming challenges.  For more information about Encore, please visit http://www.encorehealthresources.com/.

Gina Jesberg
Encore Health Resources
Public Relations
(203) 545-3186

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