Manatt Health hires former Memorial Hermann CEO


Manatt Health hires former Memorial Hermann CEO

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Manatt Health has appointed Benjamin Chu as a managing director in its New York office. He brings over 30 years of healthcare experience to the company's national health team.

Ben Chu will work on advancing transformational change with integrated health systems, academic medical centers and health policy leaders, Manatt said.

Prior to joining Manatt Health, Chu worked as Memorial Hermann Health System’s president and chief executive officer, where he led an administrative reorganization to integrate high-end medical service lines into a systemwide approach as the company’s first-ever physician CEO. As president of the New York City Health and Hospitals, the largest public hospital system in the nation, he achieved financial stability in the aftermath of 9/11 and adopted a systemwide quality agenda that significantly improved patient care.

Previously, as executive vice president for Kaiser Foundation and Health Plan, and group president of Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California and Georgia regions, he managed the health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and 237 offices. Serving more than 4.5 million members, Dr. Chu implemented fully integrated electronic health records and managed a plan to achieve a double-digit price advantage.

Chu has also served as the board of trustees chair for the American Hospital Association. Currently, he chairs the board of directors for the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward an accessible, efficient and high-performance health system.

“Ben has had an impressive career as both a physician and a leader of several of the largest and most complex health systems in the country,” said William Bernstein, chair of Manatt Health.

“Highly respected by his peers, Ben is known for his understanding of how to achieve integrated healthcare and deliver on the promise of population health. Ben’s deep commitment to achieving the highest standards of quality for our healthcare system has had a lasting impact on the institutions he has led. The insights he brings on transforming healthcare systems will be of immediate value to our clients.”

Chu said: “Manatt Health is deeply committed to improving our healthcare system. Its unique blend of policy, law and strategic consulting makes this move into consulting a very exciting one for me. I intend to focus my work on helping health systems throughout the country achieve the potential of integrated healthcare, and the opportunity to do so with this highly experienced team is one I am greatly looking forward to.”

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