Respected Physician and Business Leader Becomes CORHIO’s CEODate: August 8th, 2012Category: CORHIO e-NewsletterTopics: CORHIO Governance & Leadership
As CORHIO's New CEO, Dr. Larry Wolk Sees Opportunities for HIE to Better Meet the Needs of Colorado Providers and Consumers
CORHIO’s new Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Larry Wolk, is a passionate and respected Colorado physician whose values align closely with CORHIO’s mission of improving health care for all Coloradans. Well known for his role as the founder and executive director of Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, the first non-profit organization of its kind in the country to provide medical and nursing services to uninsured and at-risk children and teens. Dr. Wolk has held deep ties to Colorado’s health care community for nearly 20 years.
In addition to his role at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, Dr. Wolk is a clinical professor in the department of pediatrics with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He also served close to five years as president and chief operating officer at Correctional Healthcare Companies, which provides services to corrections agencies in 27 states and employs more than 2,500 staff.
Dr. Wolk has valuable experience in the managed care industry, serving as the senior medical director of both Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado and Prudential Healthcare of Colorado, and as the regional and national role as senior health care executive at CIGNA HealthCare. He was also the medical director of ambulatory pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center for five years.
“Dr. Wolk is not just a respected physician who has worked tirelessly to ensure individuals get access to high-quality health care, he is also an entrepreneur with a deep understanding of why health information exchanges like CORHIO are critical to improving the quality of care that is delivered,” said CORHIO Board Chair James Shmerling, president and chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital Denver.
“Working for CORHIO presents an exciting opportunity for me, advocating for and implementing health information exchange for health care providers and patients alike. I look forward to the day when CORHIO includes every health care entity in the state and gives the opportunity to every Colorado citizen to experience better health.”
With his unique and varied expertise in the health care field, Dr. Wolk will help to expand the adoption of HIE among providers in Colorado. To date, 23 hospitals, 73 office-based providers, 18 long-term and post-acute care facilities and a large, regional clinical laboratory have connected to CORHIO’s network. There are also six hospitals, over 900 office-based providers, five behavioral health centers and four long-term and post-acute care facilities that are under agreement and in the process of being connected to the HIE.
- View press release announcing Dr. Wolk as CORHIO's new CEO (PDF)
Dr. Wolk recognized by COPIC Medical Foundation with 2006 Harold E. Williamson Award for volunteer medical service and contributions to the community