Healthcare Executive Helen Chang Joins Integrated Project Management Company: IPM Continues to Expand its Healthcare Team

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Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM), a management consulting firm with a focus on project management, today announced that Helen Chang has joined its team as Healthcare Market Executive. Most recently, Ms. Chang held the position of vice president, System-wide Quality Management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a $5 billion organization comprised of 19 hospitals, including a major academic institution. In her new role, Ms. Chang will act as lead consultant to IPM's healthcare practice on operational efficiency, process improvement, and quality in the healthcare setting. She will also support business development. IPM is rapidly expanding its healthcare capability, having engaged Carol Schneider, former president of Advocate Health Care's Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital, in January to accelerate the growth of its healthcare business.

We're excited to have a professional of Helen's caliber on board

    "We're excited to have a professional of Helen's caliber on board," said IPM president and CEO, C. Richard Panico. "Her in-depth, on-the-ground experience in hospital administration will enhance our ability to provide clients the highest quality service as we continue to grow our healthcare presence." IPM helps organizations become more efficient and effective, including improving processes to reduce costs and increase operational quality.

In her 10 years at UPMC, Ms. Chang held a range of positions where she led strategic and operational direction for an organization in the throes of dramatic growth. As vice president, System-wide Quality Management, she launched initiatives that raised the quality of patient treatment across 11 acute-care hospitals. As executive director, Institute for Performance Improvement (held briefly in tandem with her vice president role), Ms. Chang also led efforts to define and improve the results of care management in all UPMC acute-care hospitals. Previously, she served as vice president of operations, UPMC Health Plan, where she provided strategic re-direction and drove improvements in claims processing, information systems and customer services. Early in her career, Ms. Chang was a senior planning analyst at Stanford University Medical Center, her first position in healthcare, which ultimately became her passion.

Ms. Chang earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Harvard University, and subsequently achieved an M.B.A. and master's degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa.

About IPM

Founded in 1988, Integrated Project Management Company provides management consulting and project management services to organizations ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune-100 companies. Working side by side with client teams from planning through project completion, IPM helps companies increase their efficiency and effectiveness. In the patient setting, IPM can ensure on-budget capital projects, improve processes to reduce redundancies and rework, and help merging organizations integrate smoothly. In 2007, Inc. magazine named IPM one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. In 2005, the company was awarded the Better Business Bureaus' top ethics award, the International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. IPM is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Boston, San Francisco, and St. Louis. For more information, visit http://www.ipmcinc.com.

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