Health Management Associates' CEO Douglas Elwell retiring; COO Charles (Chuck) Milligan to lead firm

LANSING, Mich., April 17, 2024 ~ In a recent announcement, Jay Rosen, founder, president, and chairman of Health Management Associates (HMA), revealed that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Douglas L. Elwell will be retiring. The retirement will be effective as of May 17, with Chief Operating Officer (COO) Charles (Chuck) Milligan taking over as the new CEO.

Elwell first joined HMA in February 2020 as the COO and was later promoted to CEO in November of the same year. Prior to his time at HMA, Elwell served as the Illinois Medicaid director and had previously worked at HMA from 2003 to 2014 as a principal and managing principal in the Indianapolis office. With a strong background in hospital systems, Elwell's career has been dedicated to leadership roles such as CEO, COO, and CFO.

According to Rosen, Elwell has been an exceptional leader during his time at HMA. He has played a crucial role in expanding the company's expertise and ensuring that clients' needs are met and exceeded. Rosen also praised Elwell's passion for serving clients, supporting colleagues, and making a positive impact on communities across the country.

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While Elwell may be retiring from his role as CEO, he will continue to provide consulting services as Senior Advisor to the firm. This will allow him to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with HMA even after his retirement.

Taking over as CEO is Chuck Milligan who joined HMA in November 2020 as the COO. With an extensive background in healthcare leadership and consulting, Milligan has worked with health plans, states, and policy organizations in both the public and private sectors. He was appointed by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a commissioner for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) in 2015.

Rosen expressed confidence in Milligan's ability to lead HMA, stating that he has played a crucial role in the company's growth and development. With his expertise and leadership, Milligan is expected to drive innovation and strengthen partnerships to tackle the toughest challenges in healthcare and human services.

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In addition to Milligan's promotion, Meggan Christman Schilkie will be assuming the role of COO at HMA. Currently serving as the senior vice president of HMA's Practice Groups, Schilkie has been with the company since 2014 and has held leadership roles in the Northeast Region and New York office.

During her time at HMA, Schilkie has worked with various clients across the country, including providers, associations, state and local governments, payers, and large delivery systems. She has a particular focus on developing new and innovative models of behavioral healthcare to improve access and quality of care.

Prior to joining HMA, Schilkie served as the chief program officer for Mental Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She also has experience as an interim CEO for three health homes in New York and was the founding executive director of the Coalition of New York State Health Homes.

With these changes in leadership at HMA, Rosen is confident that the company will continue to thrive and provide exceptional services to its clients. The transition is set to take place on May 17 when Milligan officially takes over as CEO.
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