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SpineMark Appoints Wendy L. Wilts as EVP of Operations

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 General News J E 4
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SAN DIEGO, May 12 SpineMark Corporation, a spine careservices organization that partners with hospitals and physicians to developspine centers, has hired Wendy L. Wilts as executive vice president ofoperations. She will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations ofthe company and its subsidiaries.

"Wendy is an important addition to the SpineMark executive team and comesat a key time for us," said Marcy T. Rogers, M.Ed., president and CEO ofSpineMark. "We have hit many 'firsts' with our SpineMark CRO Management andthe launching of our first two regional SRO's in Denver and Los Angeles.Wendy's deep experience in practice management, physician recruitment andprogram development allows her to effectively translate our vision and help uscontinue to grow our unique model of providing hospital and physician partnerswith infrastructure and resources that improve the quality of life of patientswith spine disorders and injuries."

Wilts brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare operations toher role at SpineMark. Most recently, she was vice president of operations forSanford Health System's neurosciences and hospital-based services division,where she worked with SpineMark to develop a Spine Center of Excellence. Shewas also charged with building a transplant program and expanding thefacility's hospitalist and intensivist programs.

"The concept of Centers of Excellence is revolutionary for the industry,and SpineMark's dedication to ensuring that patients can receive quality carefor their health issues through this effort made the decision to join thecompany a very simple one," Wilts said. "My experience working with SpineMarkto build a Spine Center of Excellence within Sanford Health System allowed meto see the ins and outs of such an undertaking and how well equipped thiscompany is to continue this paradigm shift in the healthcare industry."

In her 14 years with Sanford Health System, Wilts served in a number ofroles, including vice president of operations for the surgical andcardiovascular departments, director of cardiovascular services, director ofpractice development and regional director of operations for the primary caredivision.

Wilts began her career with the Central Plains Clinic where, as clinicmanager, she was responsible for the day-to-day management of three primarycare sites and after-hours services.

Wilts is affiliated with numerous groups, including the Medical GroupManagement Association (national and South Dakota chapter), the AmericanCollege of Medical Practice Executives, Institute of Healthcare Improvementand the National HealthCare Advisory Board. Wilts studied biology at AugustanaCollege before transferring to the University of South Dakota and earning abachelor's degree in business administration. She also received LeanHealthCare Certification through the University of Michigan.

About SpineMark

SpineMark Corporation is an innovative service organization dedicated totransforming the delivery of spine care. The company partners with hospitalsand physicians across the United States and abroad to develop and operatecomprehensive, evidence-based spine centers of excellence. By building aglobal network of spine centers, spine research organizations andstate-of-the-art medical conference facilities, SpineMark is improving theoverall quality of life of patients afflicted with spine disorders andinjuries.

Driven by the specialized experience and expertise of its leadership teamand medical advisory board, SpineMark's goal is to create a global network,based on clinically validated best practices for spine care that streamlinediagnosis and treatment, simplify referrals and accelerate the recoveryprocess.

SOURCE SpineMark Corporation
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