Theodore Chien

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ted Chien is the President and CEO of SullivanCotter. With more than 25 years of health care management and consulting experience, he has a deep, 360-degree understanding of the industry and its stakeholders – providers, payers, employers and the government. This helps him advise health care leaders in the board room and the C-suite, where business and human capital strategies evolve and transform.

Ted personally consults large health systems, academic medical centers and community hospitals so he can keep a pulse on today’s innovative strategies and performance metrics. He brings together resources to help design total rewards programs that drive value, as well as achieve provider satisfaction, quality care, cost efficiency and patient access and satisfaction.

Ted’s experience includes:

  • Working with health care leaders to align performance and rewards for the whole workforce – executives, physicians, advanced practice providers and other clinicians, as well as health care operations.
  • Providing counsel to organizations going through complex M&As, facilitating discussions about creative business models and future strategies, as well as key leader retention, severance and transition.
  • Helping organizations visualize and strategize population health initiatives, leveraging his work in the National Health Service in the UK and his deep industry knowledge.
  • Listening to clients to advance his understanding of industry strategies, public policy and the changing health care market so he can better guide SullivanCotter’s future services, research and innovations.

Prior to joining SullivanCotter, Ted was senior vice president of corporate client relationships at UnitedHealth Group. He was directly involved with network contracting, product development, developing health data exchange strategies and selecting administrative technology solutions.

Ted also previously was executive vice president of Ingenix (now OptumInsight), CEO of Ingenix Consulting and the global health care practice director for a global human resources consulting firm.

Ted supports Presbyterian Homes & Services as a board member and chair of its health care reform committee. He also is a board member and chair of the finance committee for The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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