Thomas to lead ed­i­to­rial team

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - —Fawn Lopez, pub­lisher

Iam pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of John D. Thomas to the newly cre­ated po­si­tion of chief of ed­i­to­rial op­er­a­tions at Mod­ern Health­care. David Burda will continue in his role as ed­i­tor, di­rect­ing our print and on­line news op­er­a­tions, pro­duc­ing our weekly is­sue and daily prod­ucts, and manag­ing story place­ment, lay­out and head­lines.

Over the past 16 years, the num­ber of ways we de­liver the news has grown vastly to in­clude au­dio, video, the In­ter­net, mo­bile de­vices, dig­i­tal repli­cas, e-read­ers, tablets, so­cial net­work­ing sites and RSS feeds. The pace of change in pub­lish­ing is expected to ac­cel­er­ate as tech­nol­ogy cre­ates more new ways for our read­ers to get the news they need right now.

As the new head of our over­all ed­i­to­rial port­fo­lio, John’s role will be to fo­cus on the dual goals of growth and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion. His pri­mary fo­cus will be to help Mod­ern Health­care keep pace with our read­ers—driv­ing ini­tia­tives that will al­low our high-qual­ity, unique con­tent to be avail­able in new ways, wher­ever read­ers are look­ing for it. John will serve as the brand’s chief con­tent of­fi­cer, di­rect­ing the long-term strate­gic di­rec­tion for print and on­line ef­forts, pro­vid­ing the health­care community with es­sen­tial knowl­edge and con­nec­tions through our com­pre­hen­sive, timely and cred­i­ble news and anal­y­sis. He will be re­spon­si­ble for set­ting the high­est stan­dards for the ex­ist­ing print and dig­i­tal prod­ucts, as well as in­tro­duc­ing new and in­no­va­tive dig­i­tal of­fer­ings, events and data/re­search tools.

John is new to Mod­ern Health­care but not new to Crain Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Since Au­gust 2011, he has served as as­sis­tant manag­ing ed­i­tor for our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion, Busi­ness In­sur­ance. Prior to join­ing Crain, John was the long-time ed­i­tor of Play­boy.com, as well as Play­boy’s vice pres­i­dent of dig­i­tal con­tent and a con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor at Play­boy mag­a­zine. In ad­di­tion to his work in the dig­i­tal space, he is a vet­eran print jour­nal­ist, hav­ing con­trib­uted fre­quently to the New York Times, the Vil­lage Voice and the Chicago Tri­bune. John earned his Bach­e­lor of Arts in English and French and a Mas­ter of Arts in film stud­ies from Emory Univer­sity. Since 2009, he has been an ad­junct pro­fes­sor in the English depart­ment at Columbia Col­lege Chicago and is also a fre­quent con­tribut­ing es­say­ist at Loy­ola Univer­sity’s Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Ethics and Pol­icy. John and his wife, De­bra, a lawyer turned Chicago Pub­lic Schools teacher, live in Chicago with their son.

John’s ex­pe­ri­ence and tal­ent will be a great as­set to Mod­ern Health­care’s fu­ture growth as he works closely with David Burda. I am con­fi­dent he will help Mod­ern Health­care’s al­ready suc­cess­ful ed­i­to­rial team be­come an even stronger force in the fu­ture. More im­por­tantly, John will play a cen­tral role in ad­vanc­ing Mod­ern Health­care’s mis­sion of help­ing ex­ec­u­tives, our val­ued read­ers and mar­keters nav­i­gate the con­stantly evolv­ing health­care en­vi­ron­ment so they can make in­formed busi­ness de­ci­sions and im­prove the fi­nan­cial and clin­i­cal per­for­mance of their or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Please join us in wel­com­ing John to Mod­ern Health­care.

Lopez

Thomas

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