Compass Clinical Consulting Names Cary D. Gutbezahl, M.D., as CEO

Physician's Background Helps New CEO Provide Unique, Forward-Looking Leadership Amidst Change and Expanding Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - February 14, 2011) -  Compass Clinical Consulting ( announced today that Cary D. Gutbezahl, M.D., has been named President and CEO. Former CEO, Kate Fenner, has assumed the role of Managing Director.

"Cary's unique background as a physician, seasoned consultant and hospital leader brought him to Compass and the COO position three years ago. His intellect, ethics and sense of purpose in serving our clients convinced us that he was the one person capable of leading Compass Clinical Consulting through a time of expanded opportunity and change. I'm delighted at his assumption of the CEO role," said Compass Clinical's Managing Director, Kate Fenner.

Dr. Gutbezahl has worked as interim hospital CMO in three different organizations, as well as having served as medical director for two multi-specialty medical groups and several HMOs. Gutbezahl has a solid history of leading medical staff through improvements in utilization management, changes in peer review practices and corrective action procedures. As Chief Executive Officer, Gutbezahl brings with him a diverse background in hospital, medical group, and managed care settings, and has immersed himself in developing the strong knowledge base and skill set needed to successfully improve the operations of today's hospitals.

While on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Gutbezahl was Head of the Quality Assurance Department of the Navy Medical Command, National Capital Region in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Gutbezahl is board certified and completed a laboratory medicine residency and an immunohematology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In addition to his numerous national speaking engagements, he has authored a number of publications including, Hospital Service Recovery, Journal of Hospital Marketing and Public Relations, Hospital & Health Networks, and is a frequent contributor to the Better Hospitals and Hospital Accreditation Journals.

About Compass Clinical Consulting
Compass Clinical Consulting helps hospitals reduce the cost of providing safe, quality patient care. Founded in 1979, Cincinnati, OH-based Compass Clinical Consulting has helped hundreds of hospitals and health systems prepare for accreditation, optimize labor cost management, manage clinical resources, improve patient throughput and physician relations.

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