Dallas-based anesthesia-focused physician services organization U.S. Anesthesia Partners Inc. announced the appointment of USAP physician J. Scott Holliday D.O., MBA, as chairman of its board of directors and Len Wright, current USAP president, as chief executive officer.
Wright succeeds Robert Coward, who will become vice chairman of the USAP board. The changes go into effect on Jan. 1.
“Scott has been an impressive leader, both locally at his practice in North Texas, and at the USAP enterprise level,” Dr. Derek Schoppa, USAP board member and chair of USAP’s Clinical Operations Committee, said in a statement. “He will become the first USAP physician to chair the board of directors — further evidence of USAP’s unique ‘physician-owned, physician-led’ model.”
USAP physicians comprise the largest group of shareholders represented on the board, and Holliday has been a board member for 10 years.
Holliday also serves as chair of the North Texas Clinical Governance Board and is a member of the USAP Clinical Operations Committee.
Coward’s move to vice chairman of the board, and Wright’s appointment to CEO, are a result of the company’s planned evolution, USAP said.
‘A natural fit for CEO’
“When Robert took on the CEO role in 2021, he agreed to provide guidance for a short period as we emerged from the challenges of the pandemic. He’s helped lead us during a turbulent time in health care and is one of the reasons we’ve continued to strengthen our organization and build on our track record of delivering high-quality anesthesia care to our patients,” Dr. Joanne Ramjohn, member of the USAP board and the USAP Clinical Operations Committee, said in a statement.
“Len knows our business inside and out and is a natural fit for CEO. He is a compelling leader who has strong relationships with physicians and business leaders across all USAP locations, and he is known and respected by our hospital and facility customers,” she said.
Ramjohn said the three leadership changes will position USAP well for the future “while ensuring business continuity.”
USAP is a single-specialty anesthesia practice, dedicated to providing high-quality anesthesia services to more than 2 million patients across the nation each year.
It has more than 4,500 clinicians and expertise in many anesthesia subspecialties, including pediatric, cardiac and OB anesthesia.
The company’s clinicians serve healthcare communities in Texas, Florida, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
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