Passport Health Plan, the Louisville-based Medicaid managed care organization, has named a new board of director and a new Partnership Council chairman.

• Venkat Sharma, 58, founder and CEO of iMedX, Inc. has been appointed to the board.

iMedX is a health care software and services company currently servicing about 2,000 medical practices and more than 50 hospitals nationwide. Prior to founding iMedX in 2002, Sharma was the founder of Acorn Information Services, Inc., a company that provided database marketing, analytics, and technology solutions, primarily to the pharmaceutical industry.

He sold Acorn Information Services to a larger company, Digital Lighthouse, and helped manage the combined entity through the IPO process. Prior to his entrepreneurial experience, Sharma worked for IBM as a consultant developing operating system software, and for 3M as a manager of online services for one of 3M’s subsidiaries in Connecticut. He also serves on the Board of The JJ Metta Foundation, a charitable organization for children in need. He received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, and a Master’s degree in Management from Clemson University in South Carolina.

• Howard F. Bracco, former president and CEO of Seven Counties Services, has been elected chairman of the Partnership Council. Bracco is replaces outgoing chairman, Gerald Deom, who resigned to devote more time to other business interests.

“We appreciate Dr. Bracco’s 14 years of experience serving on the Partnership Council in his role as the representative for behavioral health providers,” stated William B. Wagner, chairman of Passport’s Board of Directors in a news release. “As a seasoned champion for the mentally disadvantaged and a long-time supporter of Passport Health Plan, his leadership will be very much appreciated.”

The Partnership Council is a broad coalition of local consumers and providers, including consumer representatives, physicians, nurses, hospitals, health departments and ancillary providers. The Partnership Council oversees many aspects of Passport’s operations including quality, member and patient satisfaction, and the primary care incentive program.

“Jerry Deom was one of a handful of people who can be described as a driving force behind Passport during its earliest stages of development, stated Mark Carter, Passport CEO.

About Passport Health Plan: Passport is a provider-sponsored, non-profit, community based, Medicaid health care plan that has operated in 16 Kentucky counties since 1997. The counties of service include Breckinridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington. Passport is sponsored by the University of Louisville Medical School Practice Association, University Medical Center, Inc., Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, Norton Healthcare, and the Louisville Primary Care Association, which includes the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Welfare and Louisville’s two federally qualified health centers, Family Health Centers and Park DuValle.

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