THE BUSINESS OF MEDICINE: Sheila Schweitzer Joins First Choice Healthcare Solutions Board of Directors
By Space Coast Daily // March 9, 2018
Schweitzer has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – First Choice Healthcare Solutions, Inc. announced Friday the appointment of Sheila Schweitzer to its Board of Directors.
“We are honored to have an accomplished healthcare professional such as Sheila join our Board of Directors,” said Chris Romandetti, President and CEO of First Choice.
“Sheila’s wealth of experience with patients and providers will be instrumental at this critical juncture in our company history. Her involvement and advisement will allow us to continue with the growth of our business organically as well as continuing to evaluate M&A and strategic opportunities.”
First Choice Healthcare Solutions is one of the nation’s only non-physician-owned, publicly traded healthcare services companies focused on the delivery of total musculoskeletal solutions with an emphasis on Orthopaedics and spine care.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, First Choice Healthcare Solutions is implementing a defined growth strategy aimed at expanding its network of non-physician-owned medical centers of excellence.
Schweitzer has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry bringing a tremendous depth of experience and success as a C-level executive, investor and advisor.
She is also the founder and serves on the Board of PatientMatters Holding LLC, a technology and patient engagement firm helping healthcare providers manage patient financial obligations.
Previously, she was Chairman and CEO of CareMedic, a HCIT revenue cycle management company; COO of MedUnite, a consortium of insurance/managed care companies that created a health data exchange; CEO of Presideo, a biometric security platform for HCIT systems; and SVP Operations of Envoy, the nation’s largest healthcare clearinghouse.
Schweitzer is a recognized expert in the healthcare industry and has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Ministers of Health of the European Union on the topic of electronic transaction and claim processing.
As an investor and executive, she has been involved in more than 40 deals totaling $3 billion.
She served on the boards of Aventura, the leading provider of awareness computing, Recondo Health and National Electronic Attachment and led its sale to KKR.
Schweitzer was a founding member of WEDI, Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, and served on the ANSI X12 committee and participated in the development of the HIPAA legislation.
She was Chairperson of AFEHCT, Association for Electronic Healthcare Transactions, and The Medical Banking Project and led the mergers of both with HIMSS. She has also held advisory roles with Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and NDC Health. Sheila holds a BS in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University.
“Being based locally in Florida near First Choice’s facilities and intimately involved in the healthcare system of the state, I have watched closely with admiration the successful company Chris and his team have built,” said Schweitzer.
“I look forward to working closely with the team, providing strategic insight and guidance through this transformative period.”
In conjunction with the appointment of Schweitzer, the First Choice also announced the retirement of Donald Bittar as a director of the company effective March 6, 2018.
“We want to thank Donald for his service and contributions to the First Choice board and wish him the best in his retirement,” said Chris Romandetti.
As previously announced, Steward, the Company’s strategic partner, is in the process of nominating two directors to the First Choice Healthcare Solutions board. The company is in the final stages of seating the fifth candidate for its proposed Board of Directors.
First Choice Healthcare Solutions is implementing a defined growth strategy aimed at expanding its network of non-physician-owned medical centers of excellence, which concentrate on treating patients in the following specialties: Orthopaedics, Spine Surgery, Interventional Pain Management, Physical Therapy and other ancillary and diagnostic services in key expansion markets throughout the Southeastern U.S. Serving Florida’s Space Coast, the Company’s flagship integrated platform currently administers over 100,000 patient visits each year and is comprised of First Choice Medical Group, The B.A.C.K. Center and Crane Creek Surgery Center.
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