BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cogent Healthcare Inc., one of the nation's leading hospital and critical care medicine companies, has hired veteran healthcare executive Dean Weiland as President and CEO.
In addition, the company has been renamed from Cogent HMG to Cogent Healthcare, Inc.
"I'm thrilled to join the Cogent
team as we are remarkably well positioned for the changes brought on by healthcare reform," Weiland
"We have a company that consistently demonstrates how you drive superior quality metrics by appropriately managing care while reducing costs."
has a national network of hospital partnerships led by very experienced clinical and business leaders supported by over 1,000 outstanding physicians and other medical professionals.
Mr. Weiland joins the well-established existing leadership team at Cogent.
"Cogent is very fortunate to add Dean to our already outstanding management team and board of directors," said Executive Chairman Randy Thurman.
is a proven leader and brings an exceptional track record leading healthcare service companies."
Prior to Cogent, Weiland was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Renal Advantage Inc., the third largest dialysis company in the U.S. that operated over 150 centers throughout the country.
led the merger of Renal Advantage
with Liberty Dialysis.
then led the merger of Renal Advantage
with Fresenius Medical Care where he
has continued to participate with the merger, transition and strategic direction.
Previously, Mr. Weiland held executive leadership roles including Chief Executive Officer of The Work Institute, Chief Operating Officer of CLEARTRACK Information Network and Executive Vice President of MedStat Inc.
He began his career with Baxter Healthcare where he ultimately became Vice President of New Business Initiatives for Caremark.
Leadership Team: Future Opportunities
At Cogent Healthcare, Weiland joins a strong leadership team with the combined ability to capture tremendous growth opportunities for the organization.
Mr. LaGalia oversees all financial operations and information technology and as EVP will work with Mr. Weiland on all company operations.
Together, we can do great things for healthcare and for this organization," Weiland
Our pipeline of new business is very robust and, with the addition of Mr. Weiland
will continue to strengthen its position as a leader in the evolving hospital market place."
In addition, Mr. Weiland joins the Cogent Healthcare Board of Directors which includes Governor Michael Leavitt, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Gary Chartrand, Executive Chairman of Acosta Sales & Marketing; Mark Neaman, CEO, Northshore University Health Systems; Thomas Pryma, Partner of AEA Investors; Martin Eltrich, Partner of AEA Investors; David Neighbours, Partner of Waud Capital Partners and Randy Thurman, Operating Executive of AEA Investors and Executive Chairman of Cogent Healthcare, Inc.