Mr. Pitts currently is Vice Chairman of Vanguard Health Systems. Vanguard is aprivately held company founded by senior healthcare executives in 1997 and owned byThe Blackstone Group, management and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. Currently,Vanguard owns and operates 15 acute-care hospitals and related outpatient businessesin five primary markets. Keith Pitts has over 25 years of health care experience, withvarying responsibilities across multiple industry sectors. Mr. Pitts has significant experience in the acute care and managed care sectors of the health care industry. Inaddition, he has experience in the long-term care, physician practice management andspecialty services sectors. Mr. Pitts' experience covers the functional areas of mergersand acquisitions, development, strategic planning, organizational development,operations, finance and information systems. Prior to joining Vanguard, Keith was theChairman and CEO of Mariner Post-Acute Network and its predecessor, ParagonHealth Network. His career includes serving as OrNda HealthCorp's Executive VicePresident and Chief Financial Officer as well as over 15 years as a consultant to healthcare organizations, most recently as a Partner in Ernst & Young's HealthcareConsulting practice. Mr. Pitts has served on the Boards of Directors of several publicand private companies. More recently he has served as the Chairman of the Federationof American Hospitals (FAH), a post he held for two years.
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