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For Immediate Release:
October 15, 2012

Cynthia Cunningham Wicks named President of Southcoast Physicians Network

Cynthia Cunningham Wicks
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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast™ Health System has named Cynthia Cunningham Wicks as President of Southcoast Physicians Network. Southcoast Physicians Network, a corporation with Southcoast Health System as its sole corporate member, is a community-based physician network of primary care and specialty care private physician practices and Southcoast affiliated practices.

In her role new role, Wicks will provide leadership and oversight of all financial and operational aspects of Southcoast Physicians Network. She will also play a key role in the ongoing growth and development of Southcoast's accountable care organization.

"Cynthia brings exceptional expertise, years of experience and strategic vision to lead Southcoast Physicians Network as Southcoast continues to invest in building the region's broadest integrated care network to care for the health of our communities," said Keith A. Hovan, President and CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group.

Before joining Southcoast, Wicks was Vice President of Healthcare Network Strategy for Capital District Physicians' Health Plan in Albany, N.Y., where she was responsible for establishing and executing provider network strategy, developing new payment models, and leading staff directly engaged in provider contract negotiations, credentialing, system set up and day-to-day relationship management. Prior to that, Wicks previously held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations for One Call Medical Inc., Parsippany, N.J.

Wicks received a Master in Finance from Rensselaer Hartford Graduate Center in Hartford, Conn., a Master in Health Administration from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

Wicks resides in Marion with her husband, Kurt, and their two children.

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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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