George Sauter Joins John Muir Health as Chief Strategy Officer

Walnut Creek, Calif. (February 25, 2014) – George Sauter recently joined John Muir Health as the health care organization's Chief Strategy Officer. He comes to John Muir Health after serving as a Director with the Chartis Group, a health care consulting firm based in San Francisco. He led the group's work in the West Region for the past ten years and also co-led Chartis' national Clinical Transformation Practice.

"After conducting a nationwide search, George's experience working with health care organizations across the country, track record of success in developing and executing strategic plans and his leadership abilities made him the right fit in this position," said Cal Knight, president and CEO of John Muir Health. "As a longtime local resident and consultant to many local health care organizations, he also brings an in depth knowledge of the complex Bay Area and Northern California health care environments to our health system."

Mr. Sauter worked previously with John Muir Health, having consulted on the health system's strategic planning and ongoing performance improvement efforts. During his consulting career, some of his other clients included: Kaiser Permanente, University of California Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, HealthPartners Medical Group, Providence Health & Services and Franciscan Health System/Catholic Health Initiatives.

"It is a privilege to join the John Muir Health team," said Sauter. "John Muir Health is one of the premier health systems in the country, and I look forward to helping the organization grow and navigate a dynamic health care environment."

Mr. Sauter has more than 20 years of experience delivering strategic and financial improvements for health care providers, health plans, suppliers and investors. During his career, he directed engagements in the areas of financial and strategic planning, network development, clinical transformation, overall health system performance improvement, organizational alignment, managed care strategy, medical group management, and merger and acquisition support. His most recent work was focused on helping health systems plan for the rapid adoption of various accountable care models and health management-based operating systems.

Mr. Sauter replaces Marti Tarnowski, who retired at the end of 2013.

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