Apria Healthcare names new chief

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

LAKE FOREST, Calif.-- Apria Healthcare, a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group, named Dr. Norman Payson CEO in December. Since October, when Blackstone acquired Apria, Payson has served as Apria’s executive chairman and interim CEO. He has been a member of the provider’s board of directors for the past two years.

Previously, Payson served as CEO of two multi-million member publicly traded health plans: Healthsource, a physician-sponsored health plan now part of Cigna; and Oxford Health Plans, New York City’s largest health plan.