MECHANICSBURG, Pa., May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Select Medical Holdings Corporation (the "Company") (NYSE: SEM), theparent of Select Medical Corporation, today announced the appointment of former Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D., as a new independent director to serve on the Company's Board of Directors, effective today.
"We are delighted and honored to have Sen. Frist join our Board of Directors," said Robert A. Ortenzio, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. "Health care is one of the most important issues in our country today, and we are fortunate to add Dr. Frist's extensive medical and health care experience and insights to our Board."
"This is an exciting time to join Select Medical's Board of Directors," said Dr. Frist. "Given the Company's tremendous reputation in specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation, it's in a strong position for robust growth, and I'm looking forward to becoming a part of this ongoing success story."
Dr. Frist is a board certified heart and lung transplant surgeon, and is consistently recognized among the most influential leaders in American health care. He leads annual medical mission trips to low income countries around the world. Earlier this year, he traveled to Haiti immediately following the tragic earthquake to perform emergency surgery and assist with the medical needs of those injured from the devastating earthquake. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. In addition, he has worked as a physician in other areas struck by natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and the Pacific Ocean tsunami. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Save the Children and as Chairman of the Nashville-based global health organization, Hope Through Healing Hands.
Domestically, Dr. Frist is Vice-chair of First Lady Michelle Obama's task force on obesity, the Partnership for a Healthier America.
He is currently a partner at Cressey & Company, L.P., a private investment firm focused on health care. He also serves on the boards for such companies as Aegis Sciences Corporation, URS Corporation and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as well as several other organizations, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Africare.
Since leaving the U.S. Senate, Dr. Frist served as the 2007-2008 Distinguished Schultz Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has presented on a variety of topics to national health care organizations and has written and contributed to numerous op-eds and articles highlighting such issues as health care reform and the global health crisis. He is currently serving as a Professor of Business and Medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Dr. Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007, where he served on both committees responsible for writing health legislation (Health and Finance). He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history. His leadership was instrumental in passage of prescription drug legislation and funding to fight HIV at home and globally.
Dr. Frist earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was director of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's heart and lung transplant program and later founded and became Director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center.
Select Medical Corporation is a leading operator of specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the United States. As of March 31, 2010, Select Medical Corporation operated 89 long term acute care hospitals and six acute medical rehabilitation hospitals in 25 states, and 959 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical Corporation also provides medical rehabilitation services on a contracted basis to nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living and senior care centers, schools and work sites. Information about Select Medical Corporation is available at http://www.selectmedicalcorp.com.
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