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Society CEO Turney takes national position

Release Date: July 11, 2011
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (July 11, 2011) – Susan L. Turney, MD, announced today that she has accepted the position of chief executive officer (CEO) of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), which is based in Englewood, Colo. Doctor Turney, who has served as the Wisconsin Medical Society’s CEO and Executive Vice President for seven years, will replace William Jessee, MD, who retires in September.

Society Board Chair Kevin Jessen, MD, said Dr. Turney has been a tireless advocate on behalf of physicians and patients in Wisconsin, and she leaves the Society well-positioned to continue its highly respected leadership role at the local, state and national levels.

In a message to the Society’s Board of Directors, Dr. Jessen noted some of the Society’s significant achievements under Dr. Turney’s leadership.

  • Protecting patients through the Society’s successful lawsuit to restore $200 million to the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund


  • Achieving and maintaining more than 12,000 members


  • Ensuring the voice of physicians is heard and incorporated on key issues such as quality, efficiency, public health and payment reform


  • Sharpening the Society’s clinical focus on performance excellence


  • A solid, profitable Holdings Corp., providing risk management services for members and financial support to help advance the Society’s mission


  • Positioning the Society with a strong financial future


“An opportunity like this for (Dr. Turney) can hardly be considered a surprise,” said Dr. Jessen.“Personally, I am heartened that she will be speaking for medicine at the national level, as I can think of no one better.”

An internal medicine physician, Dr. Turney has served on state and national health care committees, including committees of the National Quality Forum. She was instrumental in the development of the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN) and serves as the organization’s chair.

“I am very proud of the Society’s achievements the past seven years,” said Dr. Turney, the first woman and first physician to lead the organization during its 170-year history. “Wisconsin is consistently ranked among the top states for high quality health care, and I am excited to bring the great work of our state’s physicians and other health care professionals to the national level.”

The Society’s Executive Committee will meet to review the Society’s already developed CEO succession plan and determine next steps. Watch future issues of Medigram for more information as it becomes available.

The Medical Group Management Association is the largest national professional association representing medical practice managers and executives. Doctor Turney will begin her new role overseeing the strategy and operations of the 22,500-member MGMA and its credentialing and standard-setting body, American College of Medical Practice Executives, in October.

With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.