Baton Rouge-based home nursing and hospice firm Amedisys Inc. continued its management overhaul Tuesday.
The company announced the addition of a new board member, the retirement of its interim chief financial officer, the appointment of five new executives and the departure of two others.
Amedisys provides home health and hospice care to about 380,000 patients each year and is a post-acute care partner to more than 2,233 hospitals and 61,900 physicians across the country.
Bruce D. Perkins, former president of Humana’s Healthcare Services segment, will become an Amedisys board member effective April 22. Perkins led the $20 billion division, which provided services to Medicare and businesses. Perkins is now strategic executive for MCCI Group Holdings, a physician services company based in Miami.
Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, Vice Chairman Ronnie LaBorde, who had served as interim chief executive officer, returned to his previous job as CFO. Interim CFO Dale Redman will retire for the second time. Redman had retired in 2012 but returned to the firm in March, with the company embroiled in financial difficulties and just a month after then-CEO William Borne resigned. Amedisys said it expects to sign a consulting contract with Redman.
Current CEO Paul Kusserow said LaBorde provided great leadership as interim CEO, and Redman helped stabilize the company during this transition.
The other executive additions include Dan McCoy, chief operating officer; Martin Howard, chief information officer; Larry Pernosky, chief human resources officer; Stephen Seim, chief strategy officer; and David Kemmerly, senior vice president of government affairs.
McCoy will oversee home health and hospice operations. He has more than 20 years of experience at major health plans and most recently served as senior vice president of operations at Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health benefits organization with 27 million members.
Howard has 30 years of health care experience, including 20 years in the industry from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He previously served as chief information officer for Patient Care Inc., Erickson Retirement Communities and United Health Group’s Ingenix (now Optum) global pharmaceutical services division.
Pernosky has more than 30 years of experience in human resources, most recently as vice president of human capital consulting at Humana.
Martha Williams will move from chief human resources officer to a new position as chief administrative officer, reporting to Pernosky.
Seim spent 18 years at Humana, where he led the Corporate Strategy Team.
Kemmerly has more than 25 years of government relations experience, with more than 17 years specializing in health care law and public policy. Most recently, he served as special counsel at Adams and Reese, LLP.
David Bucey, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary will leave Amedisys as of May 11, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Fleming as of April 15.
Kemmerly will serve as interim general counsel. Amedisys said it expects to sign consulting contracts with Kemmerly and Fleming to ensure a smooth transition after their departures.
Amedisys stock dipped 37 cents, or 1.4 percent, Tuesday to $26.43.