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U.S. HealthWorks appoints two new executives

Posted: September 24, 2013 5:33 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2013 5:33 p.m.

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U.S. HealthWorks of Santa Clarita announced that it has made two more executive appointments.


The national occupational healthcare group, headquartered in Valencia, named Dr. Mark Pucek as Chief Medical Officer for the organization.


It also announced that Dr. Bernyce Peplowski has been promoted to Senior Vice President for National Medical Policy and Innovation, a new position at the Company.


“Dr. Pucek and Dr. Peplowski are stepping forward to help lead this organization as we continue to build on our vision to be the leading outpatient occupational healthcare company in the nation with a sterling reputation for both quality and service,” said Daniel D. Crowley, CEO for U.S. HealthWorks.


Previously, Pucek served as the Regional Medical Director for the Southeast and Southwest. He has been a member of the group’s Medical Executive Committee since 1998.


During his tenure on the committee, Pucek played a large role in the development of national and regional policies and procedures related to medical professional conduct, best medical practices, medical formulary decisions, and quality of care, the company in a press release.


“Dr. Pucek has strong ideas about how to run our centers with a focus on quality and service,” Crowley said.


Originally, Pucek was the founder and owner of an occupational medicine center in Houston, Texas. His center was later acquired by U.S. HealthWorks in 1996.


In her new role, Peplowski will develop national medical initiatives to create the benchmark for how medicine is practiced in the occupational medical clinic setting.


Joining U.S. HealthWorks in September 2012 as vice president and chief medical officer for California, Peplowski was previously the medical director for the California State Compensation Insurance Fund.


She also served as chief medical officer and executive vice president for Zenith Insurance Company. And Peplowski worked for the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group from 1994 to 2006, including seven years as regional chief and physician director for occupational medicine and disability management.


“Dr. Peplowski is well known in our industry and regarded as one of the key thought leaders,” Crowley said. “She has earned tremendous respect in our industry for her expertise and knowledge. This new position will be a challenging one. But Dr. Peplowski has great ideas and the energy to make them reality.”


At the start of 2010, the company had 155 clinics in 15 states and 2,000 employees - including approximately 350 affiliated doctors.


During that year, U.S. HealthWorks secured a $175 million financing package from investors that allowed U.S. HealthWorks to continue supporting its growth and acquisition strategy.


Since 2010, the company has been on a buying spree acquiring occupational medical care centers around the country.


Today, the Valencia-based U.S. HealthWorks is one of the country’s largest operators of occupational healthcare centers with 208 centers in 19 states.


It employs more than 2,700 people nationwide – including 800 medical providers.


Collectively, the centers serve more than 12,000 patients daily, said a spokesman.


In 2012, Catholic healthcare organization Dignity Health acquired U.S. HealthWorks, leaving it to operate as a separate entity.


The group has made a few executive level appointments in the past year to guide and manage its expanding operation.

 

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