OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of HFS Consultants (HFS), announces that Trahan Whitten was elected to CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
HFS is a healthcare consulting company providing healthcare management, financial consulting, operations and strategic planning services to hospitals and healthcare facilities.
"Trahan has exceptional management qualities and deep industry knowledge, making him uniquely qualified to lead HFS successfully into the future," says Steven Rousso, chairman of the HFS board of directors. "He has distinguished himself with his results-driven leadership style. We are pleased that he has accepted the CEO position."
"I am honored for the opportunity to lead this outstanding organization of professionals who have exemplary credentials," says Whitten. "We will continue to make a positive impact on the business performance of our hospital and healthcare organization clients, and I welcome the opportunity to work with the board and the entire HFS team to build on our history of success."
Richard Gianello will continue in the role of president of HFS, heading up the firm's accounting functions and administrative team. Gianello co-founded the company in 1991 with Steven Rousso.
"Electing Trahan Whitten to the CEO role is in line with the company's future plans," says Gianello. "HFS is experiencing significant growth and the appointment of Trahan is a testimony to our success and strategic direction."
Whitten joined HFS in 2008 as director of the government programs and reimbursement services practice area. He is an industry leader in reimbursement strategy validation and implementation, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic financial management.
Prior to joining HFS, Whitten was the national managing partner of Ernst & Young's government programs, reimbursement and compliance service lines in the United States. He was a three-time recipient of the National Outstanding Practice Leadership award, and in 2004 received both the National Innovation and Distinguished Mentor awards.
Whitten has a master's degree in business administration from Colorado State University and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Utah.
About HFS Consultants
HFS Consultants, now in its 22nd year in business, offers a broad range of services focused on the needs of hospitals and other healthcare facilities for financial, strategic, clinical and management operations. It specializes in assisting healthcare facilities position themselves for organizational and competitive change and growth. Clients include: Adventist Health, Alameda County Hospital, Dignity Health, Hospital Association of Southern California, Natividad Medical Center, Oakland Children's Hospital, Scottsdale (AZ) Healthcare, and St. Joe's Health System.
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