Access MediQuip, the nation’s largest and leading innovator in surgical and implant management solutions, today announced that it has appointed Executive Vice President Jon Buffa as interim president and chief growth officer. In addition, the company has promoted Jorge Amaro to chief operating officer.
The appointments are part of a leadership transition that allows Prakash Patel, M.D. to step down as CEO on December 31, 2014 and begin his new role as chief operating officer of GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, which includes Florida Blue, and president of GuideWell Health. Access MediQuip’s board of directors has commenced a national search for a CEO.
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Prakash for his service to Access MediQuip. He has led the organization through a period of rapid growth and strategic investments that have positioned Access MediQuip as a leader in surgical and implant management solutions,” said Steve Shulman, chairman of the board, Access MediQuip. “Jon and Jorge have been instrumental in working with Prakash to expand the company’s customer base and extend its capabilities. They will continue to lead this charge, as the Board focuses on identifying a new CEO who can build on Access MediQuip’s positive momentum in the marketplace.”
Since joining Access MediQuip’s management team four years ago, Mr. Buffa has partnered with Dr. Patel and others on the Access team to help drive the company’s growth with the nation’s largest health insurers. Previously, he held senior positions focused on strategic partnerships and product development with specialty benefits management companies including National Imaging Associates and CareCore National. Mr. Amaro has spearheaded Access MediQuip’s initiative to develop and introduce technology-driven products. Prior to joining the company as chief information officer in 2010, he led business process and IT management for organizations such as DaVita and Genentech.
Dr. Patel, who will continue to serve as a member of Access MediQuip’s board of directors, commented, “It was a difficult personal decision to leave Access MediQuip and one that was driven by an extraordinary professional opportunity. I am very proud of our team and the innovative services that Access MediQuip provides to customers. I look forward to staying involved with Access MediQuip as it continues to deliver leading analytics, cost savings and quality enhancements around surgical and implant procedures to make a measurable difference for patients, surgeons, facilities and payers.”
About Access MediQuip
Access MediQuip is the only company in the country that provides an integrated, comprehensive surgical and implant management solution (SIMS) program. With more than 17 years of experience, Access MediQuip provides payers, facilities, physicians and accountable care organizations with analytics to understand their implant spend, manage and control the high costs of implants and surgeries, and improve the quality and safety of surgical procedures, while maintaining full access and choice of implants for facilities, surgeons and, ultimately, patients. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida. Access MediQuip is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. For more information, visit www.accessmediquip.com.