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Dr. Walter Janke H. MD

Member, Medical Staff

St. Joseph Hospital

St. Joseph Hospital

Background Information

Employment History

President and Chief Executive Officer

America's Health Choice Medical Plans , Inc.

Cardiovascular Surgeon

America's Health Choice Medical Plans , Inc.

Executive Roles

America's Health Choice Medical Plans , Inc.

Affiliations

Founder
Heart Institute of Michigan

Board Member
Heart Institute of Michigan

Education

M.D.

M.D. FACC

MD

M.D

Web References (41 Total References)


John Fries - Writing

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Dr. Walter Janke: Another Chapter in This Innovator's History John Fries - Writing

October 2004
Dr. Walter Janke - America's Health Choice is the Most Recent
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Dr. Walter Janke is a true innovator. HeÕs a physician, inventor, open-heart pioneer, and Ð most recently Ð founder of AmericaÕs Health Choice Medical Plans, Inc., a Medicare+Choice HMO based in Vero Beach, Florida and serving Medicare eligible through out South Florida.
Janke, the son of a German father and Italian mother, was born in Peru, where his father had relocated to open a brewery. The younger Janke had an entrepreneurial spirit as well, but he found his calling in another field. He went to medical school, earned a medical degree with a specialty in cardiovascular thoracic surgery, and joined the medical staff at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint Michigan.
ThatÕs an accomplishment in itself, but for Janke, it was only the beginning of the road. While at St. Joseph, he founded the Heart Institute of Michigan and served as its first director. He also performed the first coronary artery bypass procedure in Michigan. Then, he changed the course of medicine.
In 1973, Janke was asked to identify problematic areas associated with heart surgery. Janke provided several concepts that were built as prototypes. One of them, the Janke-Barron Heart Support, was first used in coronary bypass surgery in 1974. The device was patented in 1976.
"The Janke-Barron Heart Support is used in coronary bypass surgery," said Janke.
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In 1974, Janke moved to Fort Lauderdale. "I wanted to develop a cardiovascular program in a region where none had existed," said Janke. "I even brought my own equipment. Soon, he had opened not one, but two such programs, first at Florida Medical Center and, later, at Holy Cross Hospital.
In 1988, Janke retired from medicine. He and his wife, Lalita, a retired financial planner, were living in Fort Lauderdale and operating a chain of flower shops and a plant leasing company. Then, Dr. and Mrs. Janke decided to buy a boat, a 42-foot trawler, and went on a five-year, non-stop cruise through out the Bahamas, during which they visited every island.
"We went conch fishing and spear fishing, and planted mango and apple seeds on the islands we visited," recalled Mrs. Janke.
In 1993, after returning to Fort Lauderdale they opened a primary care center in Boca Raton, and by 1998 they had expanded into 5 medical centers in the Treasure Coast of Florida. In 1998, a turning point occurred when Humana left the area, leaving more than 30,000 seniors without access to managed care," said Janke.
In the absence of a Humana center, Dr. and Mrs. Janke then made another major decision Ð to open South FloridaÕs first primary care center to serve patients who belonged to Humana as well as other HMOs.
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According to Janke, the application process was complicated, to say the least.
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However, thereÕs another important component that guides the Jankes: "Our philosophy of patient care, as well as work, is very mind-body-spirit focused," said Mrs. Janke. "We treat the whole person. Before we hire a new employee, we talk extensively with him or her to ensure a strong comfort level with our approach."
Things continue to grow and thrive. As in 2000, Dr. Walter Janke serves as chairman and chief executive officer and Lalita serves as chief operating officer. Today, though, that staff of 12 has grown to nearly 500 employees with a medical staff of about 50 primary care physicians and specialists serving more than 15,000 members. The HMOÕs network includes 32 well equipped and fully staffed medical centers in Broward, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, and Palm Beach counties, along with a large number of hospitals, specialists, and ancillary health care providers.
"WeÕre opening centers every month," said Janke.


Dr. Janke is a retired ...

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Dr. Janke is a retired cardiovascular surgeon who is now the President and Chief Executive officer of America's Health Choice Medical Plans, Inc., a Medicare + Choice HMO.


Dr. Walter Janke and his wife, ...

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Dr. Walter Janke and his wife, Lalita, owners of former Vero Beach-based primary care provider Medical Resources LLC, have agreed to a $22.6 million settlement resolving fraud allegations that they submitted false diagnoses that led Medicare to overpay them.

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Dr. Walter Janke, 70, is a retired cardiovascular surgeon.
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Dr. Walter Janke and his wife stepped down from their executive roles with America's Health Choice in 2007 before the company was shut down.


South Florida Hospital News - Archives

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Dr. Walter Janke is a true innovator.He's a physician, inventor, open-heart pioneer, and - most recently - founder of America's Health Choice Medical Plans, Inc., a Medicare+Choice HMO based in Vero Beach, Florida and serving Medicare eligible through out South Florida.

Janke, the son of a German father and Italian mother, was born in Peru, where his father had relocated to open a brewery.The younger Janke had an entrepreneurial spirit as well, but he found his calling in another field.He went to medical school, earned a medical degree with a specialty in cardiovascular thoracic surgery, and joined the medical staff at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint Michigan.
That's an accomplishment in itself, but for Janke, it was only the beginning of the road.While at St. Joseph, he founded the Heart Institute of Michigan and served as its first director.He also performed the first coronary artery bypass procedure in Michigan.Then, he changed the course of medicine.
In 1973, Janke was asked to identify problematic areas associated with heart surgery.Janke provided several concepts that were built as prototypes.One of them, the Janke-Barron Heart Support, was first used in coronary bypass surgery in 1974.The device was patented in 1976.
Walter Janke, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer, and Lalita Janke, chief operating officer of America's Health Choice Medical Plans, Inc.
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As in 2000, Dr. Walter Janke serves as chairman and chief executive officer and Lalita serves as chief operating officer.


VERO BEACH - Dr. Walter Janke ...

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VERO BEACH - Dr. Walter Janke and his wife, Lalita, owners of former Vero Beach-based primary care provider Medical Resources LLC, have agreed to a $22.6 million settlement resolving fraud allegations that they submitted false diagnoses that led Medicare to overpay them.

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Dr. Walter Janke, 70, is a retired cardiovascular surgeon.
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Dr. Walter Janke and his wife stepped down from their executive roles with America's Health Choice in 2007 before the company was shut down.

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