MARLTON, N.J., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuum Health Alliance ("Continuum") and its Chairman and CEO, Dr. John M. Tedeschi, announced that Christopher T. Olivia, MD, MBA, has recently been hired as President of the Company. In this newly created position, Dr. Olivia will help lead Continuum into the future as the organization develops its ambulatory service model. Dr. Tedeschi will continue in his role as CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Olivia has nearly 20 years of experience and diversified accomplishments in health insurance, healthcare services and health information technology. Dr. Olivia most recently served as Managing Director of Philadelphia-based Navigant where he was responsible for the Company's health information technology and in charge of HealthAware, Navigant's technology subsidiary business. Previously he was Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and New Venture Development at Highmark/West Penn Allegheny in Pittsburgh where he helped complete the West Penn Allegheny Health System merger with Highmark, the largest payer-provider merger in the U.S. to date. Dr. Olivia initiated the merger with Highmark as President and CEO of West Penn Allegheny Health System. Prior, he led the turnaround and growth of the Cooper Health System in Camden, New Jersey as President and CEO.
"We are extremely excited at Continuum to attract a healthcare leader of Dr. Olivia's caliber. His vast experience and vision have already molded significant healthcare initiatives nationally. We are looking forward to embracing the strategic initiatives Dr. Olivia will bring to our company," said Dr. Tedeschi.
In addition to leading the turnaround and growth of Cooper Health System, Dr. Olivia helped conceive and plan its medical school, The Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, which initiated its charter class in 2012.
For his accomplishments, Dr. Olivia was recognized as one of the nation's 50 most powerful physician executives in 2010 by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazines. In addition, he received Drexel University College of Medicine's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005, and was recognized in 2003 and 2004 as a "Top Doc" in New Jersey by South Jersey Magazine.
Dr. Olivia has extensive experience working with venture-backed healthcare IT start-ups having served on the board of nine such entities. Presently he is a board member of the Teleradiology company, Foundation Radiology Group and eviti, a cancer care management company.
"I am excited to contribute to the leadership of Continuum. The organization has an opportunity to build upon the physician-centered services model pioneered by Dr. Tedeschi and to become this nation's leading ambulatory service company. We see a future built around a patient-centric, population health model that helps improve quality and reduce costs for all," said Dr. Olivia.
Dr. Olivia practiced medicine as a board-certified ophthalmologist. He earned his MD at Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Dr. Olivia later earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
About Continuum Health Alliance
Continuum Health Alliance, LLC ("Continuum") is a regional healthcare management company founded in 1998 by nationally-renowned pediatrician John M. Tedeschi, MD. Continuum offers operational oversight and optimizes business processes, enabling physician groups and hospitals to better serve their patients. The Company's comprehensive service portfolio is built on five pillars. Continuum offers administrative solutions, financial services, revenue cycle management, information technology, and population management services, which addresses new governmental guidelines and healthcare initiatives. Continuum also collaborates with hospitals to create and manage medical group networks, hospitalist programs, and innovative hospital-based programs; and helps medical providers navigate and respond to the regulatory requirements mandated by America's health care reform legislation. The Company presently oversees an aggregate client workforce of more than 4,000 employees located in approximately 200 medical offices and hospital settings. Learn more at www.challc.net.
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