Donna Payne Joins TransforMED as Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222

LEAWOOD, Kan. – TransforMED, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, today announced Donna Payne, FACHE, will serve as the company’s chief operating officer. As COO, Payne will be responsible for ensuring TransforMED is positioned for continued growth and success as a national leader in patient-centered medical home transformation. Payne’s efforts will be focused on business development and strategic partnerships.

Throughout her career, Payne has specialized in leading health care teams. Prior to joining TransforMED, Payne was senior vice president for Shawnee Mission, Kan.-based Child Health Corporation of America, a business alliance of the nation’s largest children’s hospital. At Child’s Health Corporation, Payne was responsible for starting and leading programs and national partnerships aimed at improving children’s hospitals’ performance in managed care, health informatics, quality and patient safety. She previously served as president of Kansas City, Mo.-based Innovative Health Consultants and as Midwest regional manager for Upjohn Healthcare Services.

“We are delighted to have Ms. Payne as a member of TransforMED’s leadership team,” said Terry McGeeney, M.D., president and CEO of TransforMED. “Her expertise in identifying strategic partnerships will be especially beneficial as we look to enhance our product and service offerings to the many primary care practices that are working to implement the patient-centered medical home model of care.”

“We have an exceptional team in place here at TransforMED,” said Donna Payne, COO of TransforMED. “My goal is to keep the focus on helping physicians achieve higher levels of effectiveness and efficiency while also forming strategic partnerships that will position primary care practices at the center of the health care delivery,” said Payne.

Payne holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Avila University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas. She recently earned her coaching certification from The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and has completed post-graduate work in business and health services administration. Payne is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives with the earned degree of Fellow. She also is a member of Women Business Leaders of the Health Care Industry Foundation and Women’s Capital Connection.

About TransforMED
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2008, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians looking to transform their practices to a new model of care that is based on the concept of a patient-centered personal medical home. TransforMED is an active member of primary care communities and recognizes and supports the unique value that primary care offers to patients and the health care system. TransforMED shares and supports the idealism and altruism of primary care physicians and the strong commitment to their communities and patients through continuing patient relationships and independent decision making. TransforMED offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the new model. To learn more about TransforMED, visit

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