Cogent hires chief payor development officer
Cogent HMG announced today the addition of veteran health care executive Dr. John Little Jr.  as chief payor development officer.
Previously, Little served as vice president of health care services and chief medical officer for BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina.
At Cogent, Little will be responsible for developing the company’s payor partnerships nationwide, to enhance the revenue and profitability for its hospital clients. He will also represent Cogent HMG on hospital joint operating committees and assist leadership in developing and executing innovative relationships to move Cogent into the post acute and integrated health industries.
“We are excited to start the year with such a strong addition to our leadership team,” said CEO John Donahue. “As we move in to the integrated health arena, John’s extensive performance track record, experience and strategic vision will be vital to our organization’s future success.”
Little earned his doctoral degree in medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and his master’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Clemson University.
Brentwood-based Cogent provides hospitalist and intensivist services for hospitals and post-acute care facilities.
CMT hires senior VP
CMT has hired Katie Buchanan  as senior vice president of program planning and scheduling, the Viacom-owned network announced Thursday.
A nearly 10-year veteran of The Style Network, Buchanan will relocate from Los Angeles to Nashville, where she will report to CMT president Brian Philips. In her new position she will control program scheduling and acquisitions and be responsible for their distribution on CMT's television, online, mobile and on-demand platforms.
At Style, Buchanan was most recently senior vice president of programming and acquisitions. Prior to that, she was part of VH1's West Coast original movies and series group after serving in on-air promotions in the network's New York office.
"Katie is a top strategist and fast-rising star,” Phillips said in a release. “She joins CMT as our slate of originals grows exponentially."
Jumpstart Foundry adds COO
Tech accelerator Jumpstart Foundry has hired start-up veteran David Ledgerwood  as COO.
Ledgerwood joins Jumpstart Foundry from RANDA Solutions. He previously led several Nashville-based startups and has worked as a management and technology consultant since 2007.
"Having steadily matured over the last three years, Jumpstart Foundry has positioned itself as the leading tech accelerator in the Southeast," Jumpstart Foundry Managing Director Marcus Whitney said in a release. "We’re thrilled to advance that tradition by bringing in David Ledgerwood to run day-to-day operations. David is a true entrepreneur with a passion for founders and products; he will improve the experience for founders and mentors and the results of the JSF companies significantly."
Amplion adds Stephenson as COO, president
Tom Stephenson  has been named president and chief operating officer of Amplion Clinical Communications.
Stephenson, a veteran health care technology executive, began his career more than two decades ago at Healthcare Management Systems (HMC). He began as a programmer and ended his tenure there as CEO prior to joining Amplion.
Stephenson’s track record will help Amplion continue the early momentum the company has built since launching its new brand in November 2012, said chairman and CEO David Condra.
Amplion was formerly Dalcon, founded in 1979. Last year, launching under the Amplion name, company leaders refocused efforts on in-room patient-to-nurse communications with their Amplion Alert technology.
“Tom comes to Amplion at a great time,” Condra said. “We are moving quickly to advance patient safety and satisfaction at health care facilities across the country. Tom’s experience and relationships are a huge asset for us.”
Stephenson, a Vanderbilt University graduate, has also served on the boards of the Nashville Health Care Council and the Nashville Technology Council.