First new MGMA CEO in over a decade, Susan Turney, to take helm

For the first time in 12 years, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and its credentialing and standard-setting body, the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), in October will introduce a new president and CEO, just in time for the organization's annual conference taking place this year in Las Vegas. Susan Turney, eight-year CEO and executive vice president of the Wisconsin Medical Society and co-founder of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, among other achievements, will succeed William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE, who announced his retirement plans in March 2010.

Turney, an internist, also served as the 2005-06 MGMA Board chair and in 2005 earned the status of Fellow in ACMPE, the highest level of board certification one can earn in the medical practice management profession. In her new role, Turney will oversee the strategy and operations of MGMA, ACMPE, and their affiliated organizations.

"At a time when so much is changing for our members, Dr. Turney is a trusted and familiar face who has the ability to bring fresh perspective from the different experiences she has gained throughout her career and particularly in recent years when she has been active in other associations and volunteer initiatives," said MGMA Board Chair Shena Scott, MBA, FACMPE, executive director, Brevard Anesthesia Services, PA, Melbourne, Fla., in a statement. "At a time when we are seeing rapid integration in the marketplace among medical practices and hospitals, her experience working with a large clinic and with the medical society in a state that has been ahead of the integration curve will bring invaluable experience and insight as we prepare for the future of healthcare," she added.

With 22,500 members, MGMA, headquartered in Englewood, Colo., is the largest national professional association representing medical practice managers and executives.

To learn more:
- read the press release
- see Dr. Turney's biography