Kindred Healthcare appoints chief medical officer

Dr. Kim Perry

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kindred Healthcare announced Monday the appointment of Dr. Kim Perry as senior vice president and chief medical officer, effective immediately.

Perry will help drive Kindred’s value proposition with managed care payor partners as well as lead Kindred’s physician strategy and executive physician team.  Perry will report to Benjamin A. Breier, Kindred’s president and CEO.

Perry previously served as a multi-state chief medical officer with UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health and well-being company, since 2017. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing initiatives focused on clinical affordability, quality, population health and growth, among others.

She also led UnitedHealthcare’s market-level Continuum of Care, ensuring integration of all UnitedHealthcare clinical functions to drive reductions in readmissions, and led the company’s efforts to transform the healthcare system, including through transparency initiatives, creative care management programs, high-performance networks, consumer engagement, and value-based contracting and benefit designs.

Prior to UnitedHealthcare, Perry spent nearly a decade with BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, where she held a number of leadership roles, including chief of emergency medicine.

Perry received a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from A.T. Still University – Kirksville’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Salve Regina University. Perry has served as a board member for the American Heart Association in the St. Louis metropolitan area and was previously awarded the District Leadership Award by the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.

“With nearly 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Kim is uniquely qualified for this important leadership role with Kindred,” Breier said. “Kim’s impressive background, extensive knowledge of all aspects of the healthcare industry, and passion for patient care will strengthen our legacy of strong, compassionate clinical and physician leadership.”

Perry stated, “I have long respected Kindred’s culture with its focus on harnessing innovation and technology to improve quality outcomes and the patient experience for our country’s most vulnerable populations. I look forward to working closely with Ben, the rest of Kindred’s leadership team, and the company’s talented employees to build on Kindred’s legacy of providing the highest quality integrated care.”

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