Healthcare

CEO Atul Gawande Takes New Role At Haven Heathcare Joint Venture

healthcare

Dr. Atul Gawande will resign as Haven’s CEO to serve as chairman of its board of directors, the Boston-based organization announced on Wednesday (May 13).

Founded by executives of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase two years ago, Haven’s mission was to create an independent healthcare company that would help fix the nation’s broken healthcare system.

The founders pledged to focus on how to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction by using data analysis and said they were committed to being a part of the solution.

Gawande, a Brigham and Women's Hospital surgeon and author, was hired as CEO last summer.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to advance Haven’s mission in a new role as chairman,” he said in a statement. “This will elevate my focus from daily management to supporting Haven’s strategy, board, and leadership. It will also enable me to devote time to policy and activities addressing the immediate and long-term threats to health and health systems from COVID-19.”

At the time of his appointment, Gawande said Haven will be an advocate for the patient and an ally to clinicians, industry leaders, innovators, policymakers and others who improve patient care and lower costs. The organization promised to be “relentless” in creating solutions and work to change systems, technologies, contracts and policy that stands in the way of better healthcare.

Bloomberg News reported there’s little public evidence of the ambitious ideas the initial rollout seemed to promise.

The news service said Gawande’s move from the CEO role is the latest top management change at the startup. Former COO Jack Stoddard resigned in 2019 after less than a year in that role. Another executive hire was involved with litigation with UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s Optum unit.

A search for a new CEO is underway while Mitch Betses, chief operating officer, manages day to day operations.

——————————

LIVE PYMNTS TV OCTOBER SERIES: POWERING THE DIGITAL SHIFT – B2B PAYMENTS 2021 

Banks, corporates and even regulators now recognize the imperative to modernize — not just digitize —the infrastructures and workflows that move money and data between businesses domestically and cross-border.

Together with Visa, PYMNTS invites you to a month-long series of livestreamed programs on these issues as they reshape B2B payments. Masters of modernization share insights and answer questions during a mix of intimate fireside chats and vibrant virtual roundtables.

TRENDING RIGHT NOW