Huron Consulting Group Expands Huron Healthcare with Seasoned Performance Improvement Experts

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of business consulting services, today announced that and have joined the Company as managing directors in its Huron Healthcare practice.

“In a climate of competitively driven consolidation and reductions in reimbursement, healthcare providers are increasingly being held accountable to enhance quality and reduce costs. Todd and Joe bring a unique blend of operations and information technology expertise to meet an increasing demand from our clients to optimize their workforce costs and improve outcomes,” said , executive vice president, . “We are pleased to welcome them to the Huron Healthcare team.”

has more than 25 years of healthcare delivery and consulting experience with hospitals, academic medical centers, integrated healthcare delivery systems and payer organizations. He joins the Company from IBM Global Business Services where he served as a partner responsible for leading and delivering IBM’s healthcare analytics solutions for the provider industry. At , Christiansen will provide executive leadership on complex enterprise-wide performance improvement projects and use his deep expertise in data analytics to help clients develop new care delivery models including population health management, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and comprehensive care management and coordination.

has more than 25 years of healthcare experience encompassing large-scale, enterprise-wide performance improvement initiatives, redesigning healthcare processes and workflows, and leveraging technology to gain efficiencies and ensure sustainable improvements. Previously, Gaetano served as the national vice president for Business Development and Professional Services at Siemens Medical. At , he will help clients identify labor performance shortfalls and develop solutions to achieve higher levels of productivity, patient satisfaction and quality. In addition, Gaetano will provide solutions and services to help clients achieve increased returns on investments in information technology.

is the premier provider of performance improvement and clinical transformation solutions for hospitals and health systems. By partnering with clients, Huron delivers strategy and solutions that improve quality, increase revenue, reduce expenses, and enhance physician, patient, and employee satisfaction across the healthcare enterprise. Clients include leading national and regional integrated healthcare systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals and physician practices. ranked Huron Healthcare third on its 2012 list of the largest healthcare management consulting firms. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter: .

Huron Consulting Group helps clients in diverse industries improve performance, comply with complex regulations, reduce costs, recover from distress, leverage technology, and stimulate growth. The Company teams with its clients to deliver sustainable and measurable results. Huron provides services to a wide variety of both financially sound and distressed organizations, including healthcare organizations, Fortune 500 companies, leading academic institutions, medium-sized businesses, and the law firms that represent these various organizations. Learn more at .