Anthelio Adds Industry Veterans John McConnell, M.D., and Kevin Hickey to Healthcare Innovation Council

Council Member Jack Lord, M.D., Steps Down to Fill New Position as COO, University of Miami Health System

DALLAS--()--Anthelio, the leading independent provider of comprehensive healthcare information technology services and business process solutions for hospitals and other healthcare providers, today announced the addition of John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Kevin Hickey, principal, HES Advisors, to its Healthcare Innovation Council.

Dr. McConnell has overall responsibility for research, commercialization, education and patient care programs at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He also serves as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Wake Forest University; and Professor of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine.

A urologist and translational researcher by training, Dr. McConnell has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 10 books about his research. He has received the Barringer Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, and the Fuller Award from the American Urological Association in recognition of his contributions to the field of prostate disease. Dr. McConnell has also served on the Advisory Board of NIH-NIDDK, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.

Mr. Hickey is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. health insurance, health services and health information technology sectors. He is co-founder and continues as a principal of HES Advisors, a consultancy advising growing healthcare companies on strategy, product development and performance improvement, with a focus on information systems and operations.

He has recent direct experience as director/advisor with several Medicaid MCOs and hospital-owned MCOs, assisting with growth plans, financial enhancement, mergers, acquisitions and turnarounds. Mr. Hickey is part of the founding team and currently serves as the lead outside director for WellCare Health Plans Inc. (NYSE: WCG), which has over $6 billion in revenue and over 2.5 million Medicare and Medicaid members. He also played key leadership roles with IntelliClaim, Inc., a privately-held claims processing application service provider that was sold to McKesson; Oxford Health Plans, a $4 billion health plan, where he was responsible for managing systems and operations in a turnaround setting; Aetna Health Plans, where he was responsible for all transaction processing, claims payment and IT; Lincoln National Life, where he served as General Counsel/ Vice President of Development; and MetLife Health Care, where he held roles as Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits and General Counsel.

“We are delighted to welcome these two highly accomplished healthcare executives to our Healthcare Innovation Council,” said Richard Kneipper, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Anthelio. “John and Kevin each bring a wealth of professional experience and a deep knowledge of the unique medical and business challenges within the healthcare industry. They will be instrumental to the Innovation Council in helping us rethink the fundamental economics, structures and processes that drive healthcare today, and to devise and put into action newer, more innovative approaches to improving healthcare quality and costs. We welcome them to the Innovation Council and look forward to their contributions.”

Anthelio also announced that Jack Lord, M.D., Chief Innovation Officer and Professor of Pathology at University of Miami, will step down from the Innovation Council to take a new position as Chief Operating Officer of the University of Miami Health System.

“We thank Jack for his outstanding contributions to the Innovation Council and for his passion to drive higher standards in healthcare today. We wish him well in his new role,” added Mr. Kneipper.

About The Healthcare Innovation Council

As an important part of Anthelio’s “A higher aim. A newer standard.” objective, Anthelio has established an independent group of outstanding healthcare experts who have become members of its Healthcare Innovation Council, which generates innovative ideas about how U.S. hospitals can meet their escalating quality and financial pressures. The Healthcare Innovation Council develops innovative ideas that can enable healthcare providers to improve their delivery of high quality, safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable healthcare services, and improve their top-line and bottom-line financial results.

About Anthelio

Anthelio is the largest independent provider of information technology and business process services to hospitals, physician practice groups and other healthcare providers. By provisioning hospitals with comprehensive, high-quality, flexible and secure IT and BP services, Anthelio improves provider healthcare services while reducing costs and streamlining processes. It leverages knowledge and expertise built over a decade of operations about clinical and administrative IT and BP processes and best practices to provide improved IT and BP services at lower costs to its customers. Anthelio is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For additional information, visit the company’s website at


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Release Summary

Anthelio, adds industry veterans John McConnell, M.D., CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Kevin Hickey, principal, HES Advisors, to Healthcare Innovation Council


Gutenberg Communications
Michael Gallo, 212-239-8594