Chief Executive Officer
Health Management Associates
A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare delivery organizations, Douglas (Doug) L. Elwell is a skilled collaborator with extensive operational and financial expertise.
Doug previously served as Illinois Medicaid director in the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. In this position he played a key role leading the Medical Division’s work on an ambitious agenda within a new administration. Under his leadership, the division continued to look at opportunities to improve services, particularly ways to keep people in less restrictive environments. Programs like PACE, HCBS services, and health homes started a review process for enhancement.
Prior to serving the state of Illinois, Doug was deputy chief executive officer (CEO) for finance and strategy for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. He was responsible for strategic planning, all aspects of finance and accounting, information technology, human resources, project management, and the system’s managed care plan. During this time he assisted in growing the Medicaid managed care entity and creating and/or enhancing relationships with outpatient mental health providers and FQHCs.
Doug previously supported HMA clients as a managing principal and principal in the firm’s Indianapolis office. He devoted his efforts to a multi-year, wide-ranging engagement with the State of Indiana, as well as serving in interim roles as chief financial officer (CFO) and working with large, public providers, especially in the areas of operations, finance, and Medicaid special financing.
Prior to joining HMA in 2003, he led hospital systems in an array of roles including CEO, chief operating officer, and CFO. He served as the president and executive director of Health and Hospital Corporation in Indianapolis, a municipal corporation consisting of a public hospital, public health department, community mental health center, and specialty and primary care physician offices.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science degree in administration from the University of Notre Dame. He has been licensed as both a certified public accountant and nursing home administrator.