JOHNSON CITY -- Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) officials announced today that Alan Levine has been named by the Board of Directors to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 6.
Levine will succeed Dennis Vonderfecht upon his retirement at the end of this year.
"I am truly excited about the future of Mountain States under Alan's leadership," said Clem Wilkes, chairman of the MSHA board of directors.
"Alan embodies the MSHA culture of bringing loving care to health care, and the board is certain he'll do very well in this environment," Wilkes said.
"This was a very deliberative process, with a large number of people participating, and Alan will arrive with the strong support of the board and those who got to know him in the process," he added.
Levine, 46, will join MSHA after more than 20 years in hospital operations and public service.
Prior to his current role as group president overseeing the operations of more than 40 hospitals and their affiliated services for Health Management Associates, Levine served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and Senior Health Policy Advisor to Gov. Bobby Jindal, where he oversaw the state's Medicaid program and led the state's health care system through two major hurricanes, the pandemic flu, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, major health care reform and the restructuring of the state's charity hospital system.
In partnership with the Attorney General of Louisiana, Levine also led a major and successful effort to crack down on fraud in the Medicaid program.
Prior to his service in Louisiana, and prior to his service as president of one of the nation's largest not-for-profit public hospital systems, Levine served as deputy chief of staff and senior health policy advisor to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush before being appointed by Gov. Bush to serve as secretary of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, the state's regulatory and Health Policy agency with a budget of more than $17 billion.
"Alan's understanding of all the complex moving parts of the health care system, combined with his intricate knowledge of multi-hospital operations, positions him well to navigate the challenges of health care reform," said Wilkes.