Cogent Healthcare Announces New Chief Medical Officer

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--()--Cogent Healthcare is pleased to announce Dr. Lakshmi Halasyamani as the chief medical officer, effective February 1.

As CMO, Dr. Halasyamani, a long-time hospital medicine leader, is filling the medical management role made available when Dr. Ron Greeno moved to his new position as executive vice president of strategy and innovation for Cogent.

“After a national search that included several outstanding candidates, Lakshmi’s extensive leadership experience in hospital medicine made her the clear choice for our CMO position,” said Dean Weiland, president and chief executive officer of Cogent Healthcare. “Lakshmi’s shares our vision to address the rigors of healthcare reform through strong client partnerships and patient focused care, and I am certain she will be a significant contributor to our success as we pursue this strategic direction.”

Dr. Halasyamani joins Cogent from St. Joseph Mercy Health System, where she has been an attending physician since 2000. She also has served as Chief Medical Officer of Saint Joseph Mercy Hospitals since 2011. Under Dr. Halasyamani’s leadership, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor was one of only 17 hospitals nationwide to receive both the Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades in 2012.

Dr. Halasyamani earned her undergraduate degree at Saint Louis University, graduating summa cum laude with honors in chemistry and English. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, graduating cum laude. She is an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, serving as a board member from 2007–2013. Dr. Halasyamani is also a former Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School as well as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Halasyamani will be based at the Cogent corporate office in Brentwood, Tenn., and can be reached at Halasyamani.Mahalakshmi@cogenthealthcare.com.

About Cogent Healthcare

Cogent Hospitalists and Intensivists are the most critical physicians in the health care system today. Located at the center of the health care delivery system where the majority of health care spending takes place, Cogent Hospitalists and Intensivists are empowered to positively affect the key decision points around the quality of care, and its associated cost. As America’s health care environment continues to shift toward pay for performance and population health management, Cogent hospitalists and intensivists will be responsible for driving our partners to succeed. For more information, visit www.cogenthealthcare.com.

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Rebecca Ayer, 615-254-0575

Dr. Lakshmi Halasyamani, Chief Medical Officer for Cogent Healthcare (Photo: Business Wire)

Dr. Lakshmi Halasyamani, Chief Medical Officer for Cogent Healthcare (Photo: Business Wire)

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Rebecca Ayer, 615-254-0575