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Atrium Health appoints new chief strategy officer

Dr. Rasu Shrestha will be Atrium Health’s new chief strategy officer and executive vice president, the Charlotte-based health system formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System announced Tuesday.

Shrestha will officially join the system in February from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was chief innovation officer. The radiologist will replace Carol Lovin, who was promoted to Atrium’s system chief of staff and executive vice president.

“As Atrium Health looks ahead to how we can reimagine a brighter and bolder future for care, Dr. Shrestha will help us develop the strategy and innovation to bring health, hope and healing to more people,” said Atrium Health president and CEO Eugene Woods, who Shrestha will report to.

Demand is rising for physician leaders who can optimize clinical care and align performance goals, experts said. Providers need to be innovative to keep up with new competitors who demand better, lower-cost care.

At UPMC, Shrestha was executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises, which aims to support commercially viable healthcare startups that address areas like data integration, consumer engagement and population health.

Shrestha received his medical degree from CCS University in India, completed his fellowship in informatics from the University of London and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

“I look forward to working with this incredibly talented team to forge ahead with meaningful strategies, partnerships and opportunities,” he said in a statement.

Atrium reported operating income of $227.2 million on operating revenue of $5.96 billion in 2017, up from operating income of $202.4 million on operating revenue of $5.65 billion in 2016, according to Modern Healthcare Metrics.