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National, Non-Profit Patient Advocate Foundation Welcomes Five New Health Care Experts to Executive Board of Directors

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 General News J E 4
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Distinguished Leadership Dedicated to Finding the Most Effective Means to Provide Health Care Access to Millions of Patients Who Seek Assistance Nationwide



NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) -- a national non-profit organization that helps to protect access to care for tens of thousands of patients every year who are unable to obtain care due to financial or insurance denials -- announced this month the addition of five new Executive Board members -- Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, Meg Gaines, Dr. Reed Tuckson, Dr. Lovell A. Jones and Dr. Deborah Parham Hobson. All newly appointed members join PAF with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the health care field and will each offer a unique and fresh perspective on dealing with the current policy landscape and the difficulties patients face today in accessing care.



"We are pleased to welcome such a distinguished group of individuals who will enhance our Foundation's ability to be front and center on issues that directly impact millions of Americans' access to care," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President and CEO of the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF). "We are dedicated to finding the most effective means to provide health care access assistance to all patients who seek our help. Each year, we are able to help more Americans gain access to the healthcare services they need. Last year alone, PAF received 6.9 million contacts from patients, family members and care professionals requesting information and assistance. PAF's professional case managers successfully managed 44,812 cases for patients that required direct, sustained mediation and arbitration services."



John B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, joins the PAF Executive Board of Directors from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, where he is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President-Quality and is responsible for clinical strategy and continually improving performance at HCA's approximately 180 hospitals and 80 outpatient centers. Before joining HCA in 2006, Dr. Perlin was under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Dr. Perlin led the nation's largest integrated health system. While at VHA, he also served as Chief Quality and Performance Officer, Acting Chief Research and Development Officer and Deputy under Secretary for Health. Prior to joining the VHA, he was Medical Director for Quality Improvement at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals -- Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. Dr. Perlin has served on numerous Boards and Commissions including the National Quality Forum and American Health Information Community and is broadly published in healthcare quality and transformation.



Martha (Meg) Gaines, a law school graduate and current professor at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison, began her patient advocacy work after her own struggle with ovarian cancer in 1994. In September 2000, Gaines and several colleagues founded The Center for Patient Partnerships, training future professionals from the schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work in patient advocacy. Clients with serious chronic or life-threatening diagnoses seek advocacy services through the Center. Gaines was the Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs at Law School's Remington Center. She was the 1995 recipient of the campus-wide Chancellor's Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia and the New York State Defender's Association in Albany, New York.



Reed Tuckson, M.D., currently the Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, is responsible for working with all of the company's business units to improve the quality and efficiency of health services. Prior to this, Dr. Tuckson served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association (AMA). He is former President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles; has served as Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and is a former Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society. Dr. Tuckson has also held other federal appointments, including cabinet level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, children's health, violence, and radiation testing. Most recently, Dr. Tuckson was named one of Modern Healthcare's "Top 25 Minority Executives" in Healthcare for 2008 and one of Ebony magazine's "2008 Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks in America".



Dr. Lovell A. Jones is the Director of the Center for Research on Minority Health within the Department of Health Disparities Research and the Reproductive Biology Program within the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas in Houston. Dr. Jones is the founding co-chair of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the nation's largest multicultural health policy group focused on minorities, the medically underserved and cancer. In 2002, Dr. Jones, along with Dr. Armin Weinberg, the other cofounder of the Intercultural Cancer Council, received the Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Society. He has served on the board of directors of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Prostate Health Council of the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases. A co-author of the congressional resolution that designated the third week in April as "National Minority Cancer Awareness Week," Dr. Jones was honored in May 2000 on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for his work in addressing health disparities among the underserved.



Deborah Parham Hopson, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., R.N., has been an Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2002. HRSA works to fill in the health care gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream. The agency works to expand access to quality health care for all Americans through grants to state and local governments, health care providers and health professions' training programs. As associate administrator for HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Parham Hopson managed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006, which is a $2 billion program that funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals. Parham Hopson is the assistant surgeon general and rear admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the USPHS Meritorious Service Medal and Chief Nurse Officer Award, the Black Commissioned Officers' Hildrus A. Poindexter Award, the DHHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Exceptional Service Medal.



For more information about Patient Advocate Foundation, please visit www.patientadvocate.org or call toll free (800) 532-5274.



Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.











SOURCE Patient Advocate Foundation
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