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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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