Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of business consulting services, today announced that Kathleen T. O’Connell has joined its Huron Healthcare practice as a managing director focused on strategic and cost repositioning planning at academic medical centers and large integrated delivery networks. “Hospital and health systems continue to bridge the transition from a volume- to a value-based system of healthcare through strategic expense reduction and revenue-enhancement approaches, as well as aggressively exploring additional revenue streams to transform the enterprise,” said Gordon Mountford, executive vice president, Huron Healthcare. “Kathleen’s wide-ranging strategic, operational and clinical expertise will help our clients prioritize the right restructuring and innovative growth plans for their organizations.” O’Connell has more than 25 years of experience helping hospitals and health systems with mergers and acquisitions, planning, supply chain management and operational improvement. Most recently she founded KTO Healthcare Consulting LLC, providing professional services to a large Integrated Delivery Network (IDN). Prior to that, she served as group vice president at Premier Healthcare Alliance leading clients through the transformation to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare. At Huron Healthcare, O’Connell will help providers manage through the multitude of changes that the shift in payments models has caused. She is a registered nurse. About Huron HealthcareHuron Healthcare is the premier provider of performance improvement and clinical transformation solutions for hospitals and health systems. By partnering with clients, Huron delivers solutions that improve quality, increase revenue, reduce expenses, and enhance physician, patient, and employee satisfaction across the healthcare enterprise. Clients include leading national and regional integrated healthcare systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals and physician practices. Modern Healthcare ranked Huron Healthcare third on its 2013 list of the largest healthcare management consulting firms. Learn more at www.huronconsultinggroup.com/healthcare or follow us on Twitter: @Huron. About Huron Consulting Group Huron Consulting Group helps clients in diverse industries improve performance, transform the enterprise, reduce costs, leverage technology, process and review large amounts of complex data, address regulatory changes, recover from distress and stimulate growth. Our professionals employ their expertise in finance, operations, strategy and technology to provide our clients with specialized analyses and customized advice and solutions that are tailored to address each client's particular challenges and opportunities to deliver sustainable and measurable results. The Company provides consulting services to a wide variety of both financially sound and distressed organizations, including healthcare organizations, leading academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities and law firms. Huron has worked with more than 425 health systems, hospitals, and academic medical centers; more than 400 corporate general counsel; and more than 350 universities and research institutions. Learn more at www.huronconsultinggroup.com.