Ventra Health, a Dallas-based technology-enabled leader in revenue cycle management, practice management, and advisory services for hospital-based physician specialties, has appointed Steven Huddleston as CEO following the retirement of Mike O’Boyle.
Huddleston comes to Ventra after more than 20 years of leading healthcare organizations that have been at the intersection of transformational change in the RCM market, Ventra said.
“The company has focused on integrating the operations and structure following the mergers of DuvaSawko, Gottlieb, and abeo, and we’re now poised for significant growth. Steven’s prior experience and accomplishments are second to none in the industry,” Dave Alpern, Chairman of the Board for Ventra Health and Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Varsity Healthcare Partners, said in a statement.
An entrepreneurial healthcare veteran
Most recently, Huddleston was president and CEO at Pelitas, where he transformed an entrepreneurial healthcare technology organization into a market-leading patient access software company that FinThrive acquired in 2022.
Before Pelitas, he was involved in developing and executing the thesis that would become nThrive, where he later served as nThrive’s president and chief client officer. There, he was responsible for the growth and service delivery of the company’s 3,500 hospital and physician providers.
Huddleston also held leadership roles at Tenet, HCA, Parallon, and Accenture, where he successfully operated and scaled some of the industry’s largest and most complex healthcare operating models.
He has a proven track record of success in accelerating growth, cultivating high-performing teams, developing strong company culture, and delivering excellence through differentiated outcomes for clients and stakeholders, Ventra said.
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