LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Laboratory Supply Company (LABSCO), the largest privately held supplier of diagnostic instrumentation and clinical laboratory products to hospitals, physician office laboratories, reference labs and other non-acute care settings in the United States, has appointed healthcare industry veteran Rod Wolford to its board of directors.
"Rod joins our board during an incredible time of growth and opportunity, and we are honored to have him," says Steve Nielsen, LABSCO chairman and chief executive officer. "Rod is a seasoned healthcare leader with more than 40 years of wide-ranging experience in the industry, and we look forward to his contributions to Company strategy and growth plans."
Over the span of his career, Wolford served in leadership roles with healthcare providers, suppliers, consulting firms, associations and insurers. Most recently he served as chief executive officer (CEO) of Gordian Health Solutions (now OnLife Health), a wellness company based in Nashville, Tenn., and president of the personal advocacy business unit of Blue Cross Tennessee. Previously, Wolford served as chairman and CEO at ForHealth Technologies, Daytona Beach, Fla., a healthcare company that develops automation technology for intravenous drug preparation.
In addition, Wolford has served as CEO of three major hospital systems: Healthlink (now Legacy Healthcare) in Portland, Ore.; Alliant (now Norton Healthcare System) in Louisville, Ky.; and California Healthcare System in San Francisco. He also served as chairman and CEO of Sterling Diagnostic Imaging, Greenville, SC, a worldwide manufacturer of X-ray film and imaging systems, and executive chairman of Provation Medical in Minneapolis.
"I'm pleased to be named a LABSCO director. LABSCO offers a unique and exceptional service that is valued in a changing healthcare landscape," Wolford says. "LABSCO has made a name for itself with its world-class distribution and logistics operations and technology offerings, and has garnered incredible customer loyalty through its customer service and product quality. I look forward to helping the LABSCO team capitalize on its momentum and continue to differentiate LABSCO offerings in a crowded marketplace."
Wolford has served on numerous boards of directors for both corporations and professional associations. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Essent Healthcare and Haven Behavioral, both in Nashville, Tenn., VetCor, Hingham, Mass., and the Institute of Safe Medication Practices. Other board positions in the past include serving as chairman of the Healthcare Forum and Health Insights, and director of Image Guided Neurologics, Melbourne, Fla., and Bellarmine College, Louisville, Ky. Wolford was also a founding member of American HealthCare Systems (now Premier, Inc.).
Starting his career as a certified public accountant, Wolford received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and a master's of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Laboratory Supply Company was founded by Charles (Charlie) Davis in Louisville, Kentucky in 1972. LABSCO has nine distribution centers and has grown to be the largest privately held distributor of clinical laboratory products in the United States. LABSCO is known for its expertise in the clinical laboratory, but is also a full line distributor of diagnostic systems and laboratory supplies to the physician office laboratory (POL) and other alternate care settings. For additional information, please visit the company's website at www.labsco.com