NextGen looking for a new CEO

By | June 24, 2021

The board of directors of NextGen Healthcare has created new executive leadership and board oversight committees as the ambulatory health IT developer starts looking for a new CEO.

NextGen announced Monday afternoon that Rusty Frantz, who served as president and CEO of the company for more than six years, has “agreed to a mutual separation” and would step down from those roles, as well as from the NextGen board, effective immediately.

“I’m incredibly proud of all we have accomplished over the past six years,” said Frantz in a statement. “With the talent and dedication I have seen firsthand across the organization, I am equally confident in NextGen Healthcare’s continued success.” He added: “This transition enables me to put 100% of my focus on my most important priority – my family.”

An executive leadership committee will lead NextGen Healthcare on an interim basis as the company enlists executive search firm Spencer Stuart to find a new CEO.

The committee will include:

  • Chief Financial Officer James Arnold, Jr.
  • EVP of human resources Donna Greene.
  • Chief Technology Officer David Metcalfe.
  • Newly-hired Chief Growth and Strategy Officer Sri Velamoor (once he joins the company next month).

The ELC will work with a new board oversight committee, comprising independent directors Jeff Margolis and Craig Barbarosh, non-executive chairman and vice chairman of the board, respectively.

“On behalf of the board, we thank Rusty for leading NextGen Healthcare through a successful operational reinvention,” said Margolis. “Today the company benefits from the highest-quality solution offerings in ambulatory healthcare, best-in-class customer service and satisfaction levels, and an exceptionally engaged team of executives and employees who daily live a culture that believes in better. We wish Rusty the best.”

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NextGen Healthcare isn’t the only major health IT player to opt for new leadership in recent months, of course. Cerner announced in May that it would part ways with CEO Brent Shafer three years after he’d succeeded the EHR giant’s late founder, Neal Patterson, and launch a search for a new chief executive. (Cerner has since eliminated some 500 jobs from its workforce.)

Earlier this month, Healthcare IT News features editor wrote a case study describing how one health system boosted patient and provider experience with help from NextGen’s Otto telehealth platform.

In announcing Frantz’s departure, NextGen (NXGN) affirmed its financial outlook for FY 2022, predicting revenue between $ 574 and $ 584 million and non-GAAP earnings per share range between $ 0.89 and $ 0.95.

“Our confidence is founded in the Company’s remarkable operational capabilities, rich history of delivering strong and innovative ambulatory health solutions, solid baseline of organic growth, new customer wins, ongoing profitability and strong balance sheet,” said Margolis.

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