John M. Cruickshank, DO, MBA, CPE, Named Chief Medical Officer for Lovelace Health System


Lovelace
Health System has named John M. Cruickshank, D.O., as its new Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Cruickshank will oversee the medical directors of Lovelace Health Plan,
Lovelace hospitals and physicians group administrators.

Dr.
Cruickshank has had a diverse and distinguished career in health care that
spans nearly 30 years. Among his achievements, Dr. Cruickshank has helped lead
physicians, hospitals and health plans in innovative efforts to improve
quality. Most recently, he served as Chief Medical Officer for Lovelace Health
Plan. Since joining Lovelace in 2010, Dr. Cruickshank has played an
instrumental role in the development of quality improvement efforts. In
addition to a focus on quality measures and improvement across the health plan,
he developed a five-touch approach for eliminating gaps in care for medically
fragile members and has enhanced partnerships with providers to ensure quality
care.

Before
joining Lovelace, he served as Vice President and Market Medical Officer for
Humana Healthcare in Phoenix, where he was responsible for medical operations
in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Prior to that, Dr. Cruickshank was
Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at IASIS Healthcare in
Franklin, Tenn. He also served at CIGNA Healthcare in Phoenix, where he
directed operations for a 22-state region as its Western Region Chief Medical
Officer.

Dr.
Cruickshank is board certified in Family Medicine. He completed post-graduate
training at the Chicago Osteopathic Medical Center, earning his Doctor of
Osteopathic Medicine. He earned his Master of Business Administration from
Arizona State University. Dr. Cruickshank is also board certified in medical
management (CPE) through the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr.
Cruickshank has been a recipient of two prestigious awards from the United
States Air Force for his distinguished service: the USAF Systems Command Flight
Surgeon of the Year Award and the Meritorious Service Medal. He has honored his
profession through participation and leadership in various medical
associations, including the American Osteopathic Association and the Arizona
Osteopathic Association.

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