Carilion Clinic Announces Leadership Changes

John Commins, March 23, 2011

Carilion Clinic President and CEO, Edward Murphy, MD, announced Wednesday that on June 30 he will leave the health system he has led for 10 years. Carilion Clinic COO Nancy Howell Agee was named Murphy's replacement by the board of the Roanoke, VA-based not-for-profit health system, effective July 1.

Murphy has taken a job with TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., a New York- and London-based investment firm, where he will help develop and acquire businesses that deal with physician management and alignment, care coordination, and the development of accountable care organizations.

Murphy will also chair the board of Sound Physicians, a Tacoma, WA-based hospitalist staffing company. He will continue to serve on the board at Carilion and remain on the faculty of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, which he helped create.

Since becoming president and CEO of Carilion in 2001, Murphy led Carilion through its transition from a hospital-based system to a multi-specialty clinic, which now includes more than 600 physicians, hospitals, and outpatient centers serving one million people in Virginia. He joined Carilion in 1998 as COO.

Murphy's work on the reorganization is credited with laying the foundation for Carilion's collaboration with Aetna -- announced March 10 -- to build an accountable care organization in southwest Virginia that will feature co-branded insurance plans for individuals and businesses.

"The decision to leave Carilion was difficult, but the time is right," Murphy said. "At Carilion, the building blocks for successful transformation are in place, especially in light of our new relationship with Aetna. The organization is in good position to move forward with excellent, stable leadership. This opportunity with TowerBrook and Sound Physicians will allow me to work on hospital/physician integration and ACO development, nationally."

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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