VillageMD names new president and COO as it shrinks to 620 locations

Jim Murray retires from Centene to take the role of VillageMD’s president and chief operating officer. The appointment was effective on 1 April. He will be responsible for leading operations of Village Medical, Summit Medical, and CityMD.  Last October, VillageMD named new divisional heads: Rishi Sikka, MD as president of Village Medical, Dan Frogel, MD as president and chief clinical officer of CityMD, and Becky Levy, JD as president of Summit Health and Starling PhysiciansVillageMD release, Crain’s Chicago Business

As noted previously, VillageMD has been retreating quickly from its aggressive plans circa 2022 for expansion into Walgreens locations to closure of the co-locations and already established free-standing offices. The planned 140 closures are well above the originally estimated 50, then 85 locations, including all in Florida and six in its home state of Illinois. Majority owner Walgreens has already taken a $5.8 billion writedown of its estimated $9-10 billion investment. Industry analyst Brian Tanquilut, a health care services equity research analyst at Jefferies, estimated to Crain’s that VillageMD lost $800 million in 2023.

Jim Murray retired as Centene’s chief transformation officer on 29 March, just in time to move to VillageMD.  His planned retirement was announced by Centene last May. Previously, he had been president and chief operating officer at Magellan Health from January 2020 to its acquisition by Centene in January 2022. Subsequently, Centene sold parts of Magellan such as Specialty Health and Rx. His experience crosses both provider and payer, at Dallas-based PrimeWest Health, the Dallas-based hospital system LifeCare Health Partners, and prior to that, 28 years at Humana, departing as chief operating officer. It does show one how close the circles are at the C-level. St. Louis Today

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