Swope Health Services Hires New CMO

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After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Swope Health Services in Kansas City, Mo., has hired Dr. Naranath Chintala as chief medical officer. A seasoned physician executive, Dr. Chintala will assume his new duties at Swope Health Services on September 23.

Dr. Naranath Chintala, CMO, Swope Health Services
Dr. Chintala has a proven track record of building strong relationships and developing high-performing teams with a dedicated focus on driving quality through improved clinical and operational outcomes.

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Swope Health Services in Kansas City, Mo., has hired Dr. Naranath Chintala as chief medical officer. A seasoned physician executive, Dr. Chintala will assume his new duties at Swope Health Services on September 23.

“Naranath has a proven track record of building strong relationships and developing high-performing teams with a dedicated focus on driving quality through improved clinical and operational outcomes,” said Dave Barber, president and chief executive officer for Swope Health Services. “His strong operations and business acumen, leadership style and passion for serving the community align closely with the mission and values of our organization.”

Prior to joining Swope Health Services, Dr. Chintala held the role of chief medical officer and medical director for North Texas Area Community Health Center, a nonprofit organization in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Chintala provided physician leadership for three clinic sites and more than 65 employees including 10 providers.

“Swope Health Services was seeking an experienced physician executive to strategically lead medical operations for its eight clinics and mobile site consisting of more than 30 providers,” said Teresa Collins, vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide CMO search for Swope Health Services. “Naranath’s community healthcare experience and business acumen was a perfect fit. His leadership will effectively take the organization to the next level.”

Dr. Chintala, 33, earned a master’s degree in health services administration from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark., and a master’s degree in public health from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. Dr. Chintala completed his family medicine residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is board certified by the American Family Medicine Board and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

About Swope Health Services:
Swope Health Services is a system of federally qualified clinics providing primary healthcare, dental and behavioral health services. Annually, more than 40,000 patients are served at Swope’s 11 medical, dental, and behavioral health/residential treatment centers located throughout the greater metropolitan area including Kansas City, Independence, Kansas City North, South Kansas City and Wyandotte County, Kan. For more information, visit http://www.swopehealth.org.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare executive search firm and one of the top-ranked providers of senior-level leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Management Consulting. Veteran healthcare recruiters and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smith’s proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 900 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques, association partnerships, social networking and one of the largest databases of skilled physician healthcare executives in the industry to deliver immediate results in today’s complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit BESmith.com or call 855-254-8261.

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