MGMA and ACMPE name Susan Turney, MD, FACMPE as president and CEO

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 11, 2011 – Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and its credentialing and standard-setting body, American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), today named Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE as their new president and chief executive officer. Turney, an internist, will take the helm at the Associations in early October. She succeeds William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE, who will retire in September after 12 years. The Boards of Directors selected and confirmed Turney after a year-long national search conducted by a professional search firm under the guidance of member leaders.

Turney, who has earned the status of Fellow in ACMPE, the highest level of board certification one can earn in the medical practice management profession, will oversee the strategy and operations of MGMA, ACMPE and their affiliated organizations. With 22,500 members, MGMA is the largest national professional association representing medical practice managers and executives.

Turney has broad experience with both practice management and association management. Turney has served as the CEO and executive vice president of the Wisconsin Medical Society since 2004. Among other achievements, she founded and chaired the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN) to improve individual and community health, promote patient-centered healthcare, and advance the use of information technology to improve health care quality and efficiency.

Turney also co-founded the Wisconsin Health Information Organization and spearheaded the vision, strategy and execution of initiatives to optimize healthcare delivery and to help ensure accessible, efficient, patient-centered quality care for Wisconsin citizens. Along with her clinical practice, Turney also served as the medical director for patient financial services at Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic.

Turney served as the 2005-06 MGMA Board chair as well as in other Board and committee positions and has been an ACMPE Fellow since 2005.

“At a time when so much is changing for our members, Dr. Turney is a trusted and familiar face who has the ability to bring fresh perspective from the different experiences she has gained throughout her career and particularly in recent years when she has been active in other associations and volunteer initiatives,” said MGMA Board Chair Shena Scott, MBA, FACMPE, executive director, Brevard Anesthesia Services, PA, Melbourne, Fla. “At a time when we are seeing rapid integration in the marketplace among medical practices and hospitals, her experience working with a large clinic and with the medical society in a state that has been ahead of the integration curve will bring invaluable experience and insight as we prepare for the future of healthcare.”

“As a long-standing member of both MGMA and ACMPE, Dr. Turney understands first-hand what we need as members in terms of value, resources, and a voice in advocacy and regulatory issues,” said ACMPE Board Chair Alan Winkler, MHSA, FACMPE vice president, Clinic Operations, St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock, Ark. “As a volunteer leader and former chair of MGMA, she knows how best to tap into the talent within our associations and mobilize it to affect a bright future. As a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives, she already has demonstrated a life-long commitment to professional development and learning, having demonstrated proficiency in managing both small and large medical practices while functioning in the larger realm of healthcare reform. It’s a unique opportunity for which she is perfectly suited.”

Turney has served on state and national health care committees, including committees of the National Quality Forum, and fulfilled many other appointments from the Wisconsin governor and the secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services. Turney holds a medical degree and a master’s of science degree in administrative medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She served her internal medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph’s Hospital.

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About MGMA 

MGMA is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Since 1926, MGMA has delivered networking, professional education and resources, and political advocacy for medical practice management.  Today, MGMA’s 22,500 members lead 13,600 organizations nationwide in which some 280,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of the health care services delivered in the United States.

MGMA’s mission is to continually improve the performance of medical group practice professionals and the organizations they represent. MGMA promotes the group practice model as the optimal framework for health care delivery, assisting group practices in providing efficient, safe, patient-focused and affordable care. The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) is the standard-setting and certification body of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and promotes the professional growth of leaders. By developing the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management, ACMPE provides a central framework for MGMA resources. MGMA is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and maintains a government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Please visit 


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