ABL Organization Grows With a Record Number of New Healthcare Members

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Just six months into the year, the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization (ABL) has announced a record number of new members in its Healthcare Executives Round Table Program. Twenty-nine executives from healthcare-related companies throughout Southern and Northern California have joined ABL's ranks since January 1, 2009.

After 20 years, the majority of our Members are still introduced to us by our current Members; of course, launching a New Round Table, as we have in Silicon Valley; and last, but certainly not least, the excitement over Healthcare Reform legislation - and being a great place to get seasoned and leveraged input on the impact it will have on each healthcare sector.

Just six months into the year, the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization (ABL Organization) has announced a record number of new members in its Healthcare Executives Round Table Program. Twenty-nine executives from healthcare-related companies throughout Southern and Northern California have joined ABL's ranks since January 1, 2009.

As part of California's leading vertical-industry Chief Executives' Organization, ABL Members provide one another with executive leadership coaching through ABL's confidential, professionally-facilitated, peer-CEO Advisory Board Round Tables, executive learning workshops, network of CEO peers, and expert resources. ABL Healthcare offers five monthly Round Tables, one each in Los Angeles, Orange County, Silicon Valley and San Francisco, and one that is comprised of chief executives from companies in healthcare device/healthcare technology industries.

ABL's President Mimi Grant attributes the record half-year growth to three factors: "After 20 years, the majority of our Members are still introduced to us by our current Members; of course, launching a New Round Table, as we have in Silicon Valley; and last, but certainly not least, the excitement over Healthcare Reform legislation - and being a great place to get seasoned and leveraged input on the impact it will have on each healthcare sector."

Listed by Round Table, the 29 new ABL Members are:

Los Angeles Healthcare Executives Round Table:
Pamela Kehaly, President of National Accounts at Aetna Health Plans
Edward Kim, President of Molina Medical Group
Paul Richart, President of Aegis Ambulance Service, Inc.
Stanley Sharma, Ph.D., Executive Director of American Health Services, El Dorado Community Service Centers
Traci Shelton, Senior VP of Kindred Hospitals West, LLC

Orange County Healthcare Executives Round Table:
Jim Ashby, President and CEO of CareMeridian, LLC
Tom Bang, President and CEO of A-Life Medical, Inc.
Gregory Buchert, MD, COO of CalOptima
Kim Esquerre, Executive Director of U.S. Colleges of Health & Human Services
George Stickel, President of NextWave Medical Corp.

Silicon Valley Healthcare Executives Round Table:
Sally Adelus, CEO of Hospice of the Valley
Terry Austen, Senior VP and San Jose Area Manager of Kaiser Permanente
Rose Crane, CEO of Epocrates
Cecile Currier, CEO of CONCERN: EAP
Marcy Feit, CEO of Valley Care Health System
Brent Lang, President and COO of Vocera, Inc.
C.M. Mallipeddi, CEO of MedPlexus, Inc.
Jane Ogle, COO of Santa Clara Family Health Plan
Debra Reisenthel, President and CEO of Novasys Medical Inc.
Raymond Scott, CEO of Axolotl Corporation
Euan Thomson, Ph.D., CEO of Accuray, Inc.

San Francisco Healthcare Executives Round Table:
Marcia Augsburger, JD, Healthcare Practice Leader at McDonough Holland & Allen PC
Lisa Cooper, President of El Camino Surgery Center
Walter Kopp, President and CEO of Medical Management Services
Robin Raff, General Manager of ECI Healthcare
Martin Watson, CEO of SeeChange Health, a division of Triveris, LLC

Healthcare Device/Technology Executives Round Table:
Nancy Fisher, President and CEO of Data Distributing LLC
Kevin Hoffman, VP and GM of Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corp.
Shawn McGuan, Founder and CEO of LifeModeler, Inc.

These 29 new ABL Members joined 78 fellow chief executives, for a total of 108 ABL Healthcare Round Table Members. Together with ABL's Technology Executives, who convene in three separate Round Tables in Los Angeles and Orange Country, the overall Organization is now approaching 150 Members.

About the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization:
ABL supports the needs of its Member CEOs by providing a place for top-level executives to draw on the experience, knowledge and skill sets of their peers in a vertical industry, personal advisory board - "multi-coach approach" - setting.

The core component of the CEO Membership experience is the group Round Table meeting. Members meet once a month for a half-day with a group of peer CEOs, Presidents, COOs and Division General Managers from non-competing companies, all from the same industry (healthcare, technology or device/tech), in a trusted and confidential board room-like setting, which allows ABL Members to tackle topics and enhance their decision making and business performance. Topics include: developing and honing new business strategies and best practices, new lines of business, "A-players" on the management team, and an effective board of directors, as well as understanding trends in new markets, mergers and acquisitions, compensation, and other "hot" topics brought to the Round Tables by the Members themselves.

ABL Members also gather several times a year at workshops and conferences to exchange ideas and connect with other chief executives beyond their own CEO peer groups. In effect, ABL Members serve as one another's business coaches within the Round Tables and are encouraged to connect and leverage their co-Member peers' particular skills and expertise for additional leadership coaching, one-on-one, outside of their monthly group meeting. In addition, each Round Table's facilitator also serves as an objective business advisor, offering executive and industry insights and advice.

ABL's Chief Executive Leadership Development Round Table program is currently offered in California's Greater Los Angeles, Orange and San Francisco and Santa Clara County areas. More information about the ABL Organization can be found at http://www.abl.org.

CONTACT: Mimi Grant, 714-245-1425

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