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American Osteopathic Association Taps Health Care Executives Catherine A. Galligan and Stephanie H. Drake to Lead Organizational Development and Talent Management

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April 14, 2014

(CHICAGO) — The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, welcomes Catherine A. Galligan, RN, CPA, MM, as its new chief operating officer and Stephanie H. Drake, MBA, CHHR, as its new chief talent officer and associate executive director of human resources.

Galligan comes to the AOA with an extensive background in health care and more than 20 years of experience in operational restructuring and integration of business systems. As chief operating officer, she will help the AOA achieve its strategic goals including increasing awareness of DOs and enhancing customer service to members.

A senior association executive with 15 years of experience in health care and information technology fields, Drake will lead the AOA’s strategic human resources activities including creating more professional development opportunities for AOA staff and pushing forward a culture of excellence within the association.

“Both Cathy and Stephanie bring to the AOA the ideal blend of association and corporate experience,” says AOA Executive Director and CEO Adrienne E. White-Faines, MPA, FACHE. “Cathy’s proven leadership in business development and operations coupled with Stephanie’s expertise in the areas of employee relations and organizational culture will be essential assets as the AOA enhances its customer service and staff development programs to better serve our members.”

Currently, the AOA represents one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation as the number of DOs has grown more than 200% over the past 25 years. Today, more than half of DOs are under the age of 45 and more than a third are women. With more than 50% of DOs in active practice specializing in one of the primary care areas of medicine, the osteopathic medical profession has a strong tradition of serving in rural and medically underserved areas.

Health Care Leader

Prior to joining the AOA, Galligan served as vice president of health initiatives at the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division. In this role, she managed research, patient services and education activities, and administered the society’s colorectal screening initiative.

She also held leadership roles with Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Naperville, Ill., and Northwestern Memorial Hospital and served as a health care consultant for Renwal Consulting, both in Chicago. Galligan began her career as a registered nurse.

“I look forward to assisting DOs as they navigate all the challenges and changes in the health care industry so they can focus their attention and their expertise on serving their patients,” says Galligan.

Galligan, who resides in Chicago, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois in Chicago and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University in Chicago. She received her nursing diploma from the former St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Evanston, Ill.

Human Resources Expert

Before her role at the AOA, Drake, who is certified in health care human resources, served as senior executive director of professional services and personal membership groups for the American Hospital Association in Chicago. In this position, she oversaw six associations with a focus on education, professional development, and advocacy in health care. She also simultaneously served as executive director for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, the leading national voice for human resources professionals in health care. In this dual role she also provided expert advice and insight to executive leaders in respect to organizational matters, workforce and labor issues, legislative issues, and wide-ranging human resource topics.

A member of the Health Forum’s Speakers Express, Drake has spoken at a variety of conferences, including the American Society of Association Executives’ Healthcare Conferences, the American Health Information Management Association including its regional events, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and a variety of other settings addressing the future of the health care workforce.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the AOA’s human resources team to enhance the professional experience of the AOA staff and to create a culture of excellence emphasizing quality customer service to our members and other constituents,” says Drake.

Drake, who resides in Chicago, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Dayton in Ohio and a master of business administration from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.  

What is a DO?

DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.

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