Names Healthcare Compliance Officer
6, 1999 -- A healthcare compliance specialist and
former administrator of hospitals in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois
and Louisiana has been named the University of Virginias first
compliance officer for healthcare services.
L. Frank, 51, will join the U.Va. administration June 14, reporting
to executive vice president and chief financial officer Leonard
position was authorized by the Universitys Board of Visitors
18 months ago, as part of a new corporate compliance program "designed
to prevent and detect potential violations of law and/or risky practices
in the conduct of their business affairs" by physicians, employees
and agents of the Medical Center.
some circumstances, the interpretation and application of the law
is highly specialized and technical," Sandridge said. "Individuals
who believe they are conducting themselves properly may, indeed,
be risking unwitting violation of applicable laws."
Robert W. Cantrell, U.Va.'s vice president and provost for health
sciences, said the compliance program is "a preventive element in
the Universitys continuing effort to improve quality and performance
and to be responsive to the increasing complexity of delivering
health services. We welcome Mr. Frank's arrival and expect to benefit
from his expertise in many areas."
Franks responsibilities will be monitoring and training for
compliance, recommending new or amended standards and procedures,
arranging for the investigation of perceived noncompliance, and
recommending appropriate actions when the risk of noncompliance
will coordinate closely with the Universitys director of audits,
the general counsels office, and senior staff in the Health
Sciences Center, Sandridge said.
a full-time consultant with the Childrens Health System of
Wisconsin, Frank last year headed the creation of a system-wide
compliance program for its 3,000-employee hospital and physician
groups serving the region.
the past 15 years he has advised more than 100 hospitals and managed
care organizations in the areas of mergers, quality improvement,
governance, accreditation, compliance, risk management assessment
and strategic planning.
fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Frank has
served as chief executive officer at Douglas County (IL) Hospital,
vice president for medical and professional services at Milwaukees
Columbia Hospital, administrator for several Brim Healthcare hospitals
in Wisconsin and Michigan, and director of managed care development
for the Mutual Group in Milwaukee.
is an economics graduate of Lafayette College and earned a masters
degree in health care administration in 1973 at the University of
Iowa. He is a candidate for a masters of divinity at Bethel
Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Louise Dudley, (804) 924-1400