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PHI Welcomes New Board Members

January 12, 2009

The Public Health Institute has elected three new members to its board of directors: Frederick A. Hessler, John G. O'Brien and Kimberlydawn Wisdom. They joined the board on January 1, 2009.

Hessler is the managing director of Citigroup's health care group overseeing strategic advisory, mergers and acquisition, and banking services to health systems, managed care plans, freestanding hospitals and ancillary businesses. Before joining Citigroup, Hessler served as partner and regional director for healthcare at Ernst & Young, where he was responsible for conducting feasibility, corporate reorganization and strategic planning studies for healthcare clients. He sits on several boards, including those of the Health Research Educational Trust and Health Insights Foundation.

O'Brien is president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc., central New England's largest not-for-profit health care system. He began his career at the Cambridge Hospital as a financial manager and worked his way through the ranks to become its chief executive officer in 1986. O'Brien also served as the commissioner of health for the City of Cambridge from 1995 through 2002. Since joining UMass Memorial Health Care in 2002, he has led a significant turnaround and strategic planning effort that has led UMass Memorial to become one of the leading academic health science centers in the Northeast. He also has served or is serving on several boards, including those of the American Hospital Association, National Association of Public Hospitals and Massachusetts Hospital Association.

Wisdom is Michigan's first surgeon general. Since her 2003 appointment as the state's highest-ranking public health officer, Wisdom has focused on the state's leading health concerns, establishing strategic priorities and recommendations for ways to preserve, protect and promote Michigan's health. Prior to taking this leadership role, Wisdom practiced medicine for 20 years at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician. In 2007, she returned to Henry Ford Health System as vice president of community health education and wellness, and has retained her post as surgeon general.