SOURCE: ECG Management Consultants, Inc.

ECG Management Consultants, Inc.

May 20, 2011 14:27 ET

ECG Management Consultants, Inc. Welcomes Ms. Christine M. Stead to Its Academic Healthcare Practice

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2011) - ECG Management Consultants, Inc., one of the nation's premier healthcare management consulting firms, welcomes Ms. Christine M. Stead as a Principal within the company's Academic Healthcare practice. Based in Michigan, the addition of Ms. Stead further enhances ECG's expertise in addressing a broad spectrum of strategic planning and operational challenges within the academic healthcare setting.

Commenting on this hire, the leader of ECG's Academic Healthcare - West practice, Mr. Earl J. Brigham, Principal, said, "Christine brings an ability to assist institutions with care delivery innovation and adaptable business models in preparation for healthcare reform. She is a skilled facilitator and will be working on an array of projects related to strategy development and business planning; assessing affiliation arrangements, especially in the context of ACO development planning; as well as lending her expertise in enterprise informatics requirements to support health reform planning, such as care coordination enablers. We are excited about the new skills that Christine brings to our firm and look forward to being better able to assist our clients with their challenging issues."

Ms. Stead joined ECG from a large consultancy, where she led the national Health Reform and ACO Planning Practice. With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) legislation, she has been working with clients to assess how to prepare for improving outcomes and quality with declining resources. Additionally, she has deep expertise in evaluating different reimbursement models from multiple payors and assessing ACO organizational development, affiliations, physician alignment, and governance, as well as determining the necessary IT infrastructure and analytic capability for ACO development.

Ms. Stead has a master of health services administration degree and a bachelor of science degree in cellular and molecular biology, both from the University of Michigan.

About ECG Management Consultants, Inc.
ECG offers a broad range of strategic, financial, operational, and technology-related consulting services to healthcare providers. As a leader in the industry, ECG provides specialized expertise in developing and implementing innovative and customized solutions that effectively address hospital/physician relationships, strategic and business planning, specialty program development, information technology, and the complexities of the academic healthcare enterprise. ECG has offices in Boston, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.ecgmc.com.

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