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SANUS HEALTH CORP. SYSTEMS APPOINTS PRESIDENT TO HOUSTON'S LARGEST HMO

SANUS HEALTH CORP. SYSTEMS APPOINTS PRESIDENT TO HOUSTON'S LARGEST HMO
 /ADVANCE/ HOUSTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanus Corp. Health Systems today announced the appointment of Thomas S. Lucksinger as president of its Houston health maintenance organization, Sanus/New York Life Health Plan, one of the largest HMOs in the United States.
 Lucksinger has more than 20 years of experience in the health care field working with hospitals, doctors and related health care providers. Currently a partner at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, Lucksinger specializes in health care management issues. Previously, Lucksinger helped found Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein, the largest law firm in the U.S. specializing in health care. Devoting much of his time to health industry matters, Lucksinger is a frequent speaker on health care and services on numerous boards and organizations in the Houston Community.
 "Mr. Lucksinger is well respected in the health care industry, both on the local and national level," said Joseph Lynaugh, president of Sanus Corp. Health Systems, based in Fort Lee, N.J. "As a native of Texas and an expert in the field, he will contribute significantly to our ongoing efforts to serve the Houston community and reinforce our commitment to provide the best health care available to Sanus/New York Life Health Plan members. Both Sanus Corp. Health Systems and New York Life, our parent company, view our Houston plan as the cornerstone of our national network and Mr. Lucksinger's appointment will strengthen this network.
 "Mr. Lucksinger has the vision required to deal with the complexities of bringing the best possible health care service to our members, insuring that excellence is pursued while containing soaring health care costs," added Lynaugh.
 According to Lynaugh, Lucksinger's charter will be to continue Sanus' commitment to quality care and service delivery in the Houston area. "Lucksinger will work to enhance the strong relationships Sanus has with such health care providers as St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Memorial Hospital System, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, University Medical Group and several other medical group practices. He will also closely monitor the quality of health care provided to Sanus/New York Life Health Plan members," he said. The claims processing and telephone systems, which have recently been upgraded to provide increased efficiency, will be further improved under Lucksinger's leadership, Lynaugh stated.
 "Managed care is the direction the provision of health care is headed today and into the future," Lucksinger said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to address the challenges in managed care in Houston while providing the best possible health care to each and ever member."
 "Health maintenance plans are closely scrutinized and evaluated by many organizations seeking to determine satisfaction levels, strengths and weaknesses. The problem with comparing plans is that each HMO has dramatically different characteristics," Lucksinger continued. "The road to member satisfaction in such a complex arena is a true commitment to high quality care and service responsiveness. My goal is to take Sanus to the next level of member satisfaction."
 Don Triano, who had served as executive director of Sanus/New York Life Health Plan has announced his retirement.
 Sanus Corp. Health Systems was founded in 1983 and acquired by New York Life in 1987. Sanus has rapidly become a leader in the managed health care field. Sanus provides quality health care, while controlling costs, to more than one million Americans. Sanus serves more than 200,000 members in the Houston area. In 1989, Sanus Corp. Health Systems acquired Maxicare Texas, Inc., and more than tripled its Houston membership in a year's time, creating one of the largest managed care programs in the United States.
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