September 23, 2007
After a national search for a new Administrator on the Montefiore side, the Einstein Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Karen Eschenbach has agreed to accept the position. Karen served as second in command to Jonathan Tamir, who left earlier in the summer to take a position at Yale University.
In Tamir's absence, Karen has been functioning as the interim administrator. In this capacity, she has done an outstanding job in every respect, bringing to the table a number of creative ideas for our practice. Karen has great depth of experience in the areas that are vital to the Department's practice; an impressive ability to get things done on our behalf; and a warm, calm interpersonal style.
In 2005 and 2006, immediately prior to joining us, Karen was Manager of the Physician Relations Department of Brown & Toland Independent Practice Association of San Francisco, an integrated Independent Physician Association (IPA) with 1,500 physicians and over 250,000 members with contracts for Medicare managed care.
From 2003–2005, she was the executive Director of Shasta Medical Associates, Inc., in Redding, California. This is a multi-specialty group practice that includes primary and specialty physicians, an urgent care center, and several ancillary services including a clinical laboratory, osteoporosis testing, radiology, infusion services, a coagulation clinic and colonoscopy services.
From 1997–2003, she was Director of Clinical Practice Operations of the Lehigh Valley Physician Group in Pennsylvania. This is a 185 member multispecialty physician group with annual net revenues in excess of $60 million, 600+ FTEs, and 500,000 visits.
From 1990–1997, she was the Administrative Director of the Clinical Laboratories of the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Karen has a B.A. in biology from the University of Chicago, and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Washington University, St. Louis. She has also completed a "Creating Healthier Communities" fellowship in San Francisco.