January 5, 2022 – Executive recruitment firm Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, has assisted Providence, one of the largest health systems in the nation, in the recruitment of Ruth Krystopolski as president of Ayin Health Solutions, a population health company created to share expertise and solutions with other health systems. “We are officially setting the stage for the continuing success of Ayin Health Solutions, our population health management company and wholly owned subsidiary serving external and internal clients,” Providence said. “Ayin provides much needed services for providers, payers, government programs, and employers – especially organizations actively transitioning to value based care.”
“Ruth has the ideal skill set to take Ayin to exciting new places,” said Rhonda Medows, Providence president of population health. “Her entire career has centered around ensuring health care is affordable and accessible to all, and she is passionately driven to bring value to the communities we serve and in engaging provider and community partners to accomplish this great task.”
According to Providence, “Ms. Krystopolski will focus on shifting the attention of an entire industry away from costly ways of treating patients, towards a vibrant, comprehensive approach, one that places value on the full experience, on every level, at every moment. She will lead Ayin in empowering leaders with a vision to bring the best care to all, not just a fortunate few.”
Ms. Krystopolski most recently served as senior vice president of population health at Atrium. She was responsible for the development and implementation of value-based care models across the organization. She also led the system-level care management, employer solutions and other value-based programs and provided oversight of the Poison Control Center in Charlotte, NC in partnership with the State of North Carolina. Ms. Krystopolski led the coordination of the Population Health work across the broader organization which includes key stakeholder such as information and analytic services, community health, post-acute care and others to align strategic goals with the overall mission and vision of the organization.
“Leveraging 160 years of Providence delivering compassionate quality care, Ayin Health Solutions is able to equip organizations with the expertise and services to help them reduce costs, improve care, and keep pace with the shifting health care landscape,” said Ms. Krystopolski. “I am excited to use my expertise to help organizations transform, reach farther in influencing their communities, and provide more impact to those they serve, on every level at every moment.”
Providence is a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system comprising a diverse family of organizations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 52 hospitals, over 1,000 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing, and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 120,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
Furst Group, which is headquartered in Rockford, IL, partners with many of the premier healthcare organizations in the world, from providers and payers to life-science companies and private equity/venture capital firms. While Furst Group’s roots are in managed care, the firm continues to be one of the nation’s leading executive search partners to health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, post-acute, and hospice and palliative care facilities. Its work with insurers stretches back to the HMO era, yet the firm also teams with life science, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
Furst Group also has offices in Phoenix, AZ; Radnor, PA; San Francisco; Brentwood, TN; Chicago; Irving, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Seattle; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.
Furst Group Recruits CFO for Baystate Health
Furst Group assisted Baystate Health in Springfield, MA, in the hiring of Raymond McCarthy as treasurer and CFO. Mr. McCarthy has served as interim CFO since March. “Ray has worked tirelessly and skillfully to keep our health system financially stable during the pandemic and the accompanying recession, ensuring that Baystate Health got its fair share of state and federal relief dollars and deployed its resources flexibly and effectively,” said Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health.
Earlier this year, Furst Group assisted City of Hope, located in Duarte, CA, in the placement of Angela L. Talton as its first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. She will provide leadership for the biomedical research and treatment center’s holistic and integrated efforts to continue its efforts to build a diverse and inclusive culture at all levels of the enterprise. “At City of Hope, we are committed to deepening our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion both in the workplace and through our continued efforts to bridge gaps in cancer research, access, treatment and outcomes in diverse populations across our country,” said Debra Fields, executive vice president and chief transformation officer at City of Hope. “Angela is an accomplished, proven leader who will help further our vision.”
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