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Changing of the Guard at Press Ganey
Date:2/25/2009

Hall to be Board Chairman; Siegrist Takes on Executive Post

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Melvin F. Hall, Ph.D., today announced his decision to transition from president and chief executive officer to chairman of the board of Press Ganey Associates, Inc., effective March 16. Rick Siegrist, M.B.A., president of a Press Ganey subsidiary, PatientFlow Technology, Inc., and a member of the Press Ganey Board of Directors, will take on the top executive post.

"After nine years as CEO, and more than 15 years overall with Press Ganey, I decided it was time to refocus my energies on being chairman of this great company," Hall said. "I informed the Board of Directors of my decision six months ago, and we immediately started a search for my replacement. I leave the day-to-day operations of Press Ganey in the best of hands with Rick Siegrist, who shares my passion for patient-centered care and my commitment to being partners in quality with our clients across the United States."

Siegrist, 53, co-founded PatientFlow in 2006. The Boston-based company specializes in improving hospital operations by offering strategic solutions for patient flow issues such as emergency room overcrowding, long wait times, delayed surgeries and lack of available hospital beds.

Prior to PatientFlow, Siegrist co-founded and served as president and CEO of HealthShare Technology, which provided information on quality and cost to hospitals and health plans though decision-support software and consulting services. That company was sold to WebMD in March 2005. He was also a founder of Transition Systems, Inc., a decision-support software company that was acquired by Eclipsys.

An adjunct lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health, Siegrist has been teaching financial management and cost accounting in the school's graduate, physician and executive education programs for more than 20
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