HCA Healthcare's Gulf Coast Division has named Jason Star its new vice president of provider relations, effective March 9. Star will support the relationship between HCA Healthcare's Gulf Coast Division, one of HCA Healthcare's largest entities, and its physician healthcare providers, as well as develop, manage and motivate physician and provider relations staff to accomplish growth strategies and objectives.

"Jason has an impressive background in the healthcare industry, with experience working for some of the biggest names in health care business development," said Chris Osentowski, chief development officer with HCA Healthcare's Gulf Coast Division. "We are looking forward to what he will accomplish with us, as he has proven himself to be a strategic thinker and an experienced leader."

Star joins the division after serving as district sales manager at Cynosure, a Halogic Company. Before that, he worked in sales at Linet Americas, Olympus America, Intuitive Surgical, and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. As an Area Sales manager with Intuitive Surgical, he was responsible for starting some of the earliest robotic surgery programs in the Houston area and supporting their adoption across multiple surgical specialties.

From 1996-2004, Star served in the United States Marine Corps, where he was assigned a high-profile appointment as Congressional Liaison Officer and attained the rank of infantry company commander. He helped drive advocacy of Marine Corps programs and initiatives and supported congressional travel.

Star attended Macalester College in Minnesota, where he played football and earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He is an industry member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Healthcare Finance Management Association, and the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management. He also holds a certificate in healthcare finance and is a certified coach and public speaker.

Dedicated to his community, Star volunteers at the Houston Food Bank and serves as a court-appointed special advocate for Child Advocates in Houston, providing critical advocacy for child victims of life-threatening abuse, neglect or abandonment.