DALLAS, June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Steward Health Care System LLC (Steward.org), the largest private, for-profit hospital operator in the United States, today announced that it has appointed Ruben Jose King-Shaw, Jr. to the position of Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Mr. King-Shaw will be in charge of public policy, directing government relations, and oversight of Steward's insurance company, TRACO. Ruben will also lead the expansion of Steward's integrated accountable care model into new markets in Latin America.
"Ruben is a nationally respected health care policy thought leader and has helped shape local and national health care delivery over the last two decades. He has been integral to Steward's success, serving on our board as well as on key committees. Now he will help guide Steward in a more direct fashion within the C-Suite," said Ralph de la Torre, CEO of Steward Health Care.
"I am excited to join the Steward executive team at this time of accelerated change in the health care industry. My work in government, insurance and health care investments combined with my knowledge of Steward has convinced me that Steward is a transformational force that is shaping the future of health care. I am eager to be part of that mission," said King-Shaw.
King-Shaw has spent considerable time in public service leading both state and federal government health programs. He has played key roles in health care in the past three presidential administrations. At the state level, under Florida Governor Jeb Bush, he was the Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
During the administration of President George W. Bush, he served as the Chief Operating Officer and deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, administering a federal budget of $600 billion. He was also senior advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for health care tax policies and a member of Medicare's Program Advisory and Oversight Commission. In 2011, he was appointed to the Obama Administration's Program Advisory and Oversight Committee to monitor and provide guidance to Medicare's Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program. Over the past year, he has provided advice on areas of health care policy to the Trump Administration, including CMS and the National Economic Council. Prior to his government work Mr. King-Shaw also worked extensively in the insurance community as Executive Director of Jackson Memorial Hospital and as the Chief Operating Officer of the neighborhood health partnership in Florida.
King-Shaw currently serves on the board of Atlanta-based Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. and Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems of Pensacola, FL. Past board service includes Lead Director of Athenahealth; Independent Living Systems, of Miami, FL; and WellCare Health Plans, Inc. of Tampa, FL. He will step down from the Steward Health Care System board of directors. Over the course of his career, Ruben has been an advisor in the area of health care delivery system design and development in the mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Turkey, China and South Africa.
King-Shaw serves on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, and he and his wife are sponsors of the Fund for Diversity Initiatives at Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He also is a trustee of Meharry Medical College. The King-Shaws are dual citizens of the United States and the Republic of Panama.
King-Shaw's appointment is effective June 18.
About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care, the largest private, for-profit hospital operator in the United States, is a physician-led health care services organization committed to providing the highest quality of care in the communities where patients live. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 38 community hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 40,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes more than 25 urgent care centers, 42 preferred skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,300 beds under management, and approximately 1.5 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services. The total number of paneled lives within Steward's integrated care network is projected to reach 3 million in 2018.
Steward's unique health care service delivery model leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to keep patients healthier. With a culture that prioritizes agility, resourcefulness, and continuous improvement, Steward is recognized as one of the world's leading accountable care organizations. The Steward Health Care Network includes thousands of physicians who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than 4 million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.
Additional information is available at www.steward.org.
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