Leadership Team

Rick Griffin, JD

R Griffin 220x300Rick Griffin, JD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of US CareNet. He is responsible for overall management for the organization including all its divisions, partnerships and joint ventures.

Rick became President and CEO of the company, then known as CareSouth Health System, Inc., in 2000. Under his leadership, the company grew to hold the position of 12th largest privately owned home health company in the country. It was also under Rick’s careful navigation that CareSouth’s traditional agency assets were divested in 2015 and US CareNet was formed to further its broader post acute care and chronic care management strategy.

He has been instrumental in leading the charge to diversify the company’s service lines to include robust chronic care management and transitional care management services, and adding care navigation as a critical component to all of its services.

In addition, Rick oversees growth and development of Health at Home, a joint venture with LCS in which US CareNet is the major partner.

Rick received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia in 1977. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, with honors, in 1980. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of the Vistage International CEO Organization.

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Jon Wilder, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

J Wilder 220x300Jon Wilder, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, is Chief Operations Officer for US CareNet. Jon joined the company in 2012 with more than 20 years experience in health care and post-acute care settings. He is responsible for the company’s overall clinical care delivery, operations, and sales for US CareNet and all its divisions, including Health at Home, CarePartners at Home and NavCare.

Jon served as Chief Operations Officer for CareSouth Health System from 2013-2015. During this time, he was instrumental in the enhancement of the company’s Care Center. Since the company’s diversification and name change from CareSouth to US CareNet in November 2015, Jon has driven the expansion of the Care Center even further with a focus beyond support for home care to include Chronic Care Management (CCM), Transitional Care Management (TCM), and Population Health Management (PHM). The Care Center has become the classic exemplar of clinically managed care coordination under Jon’s direction.

Jon received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Jon is board-certified in Gerontological nursing as well as a Nurse Executive.

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Gwendolyn Oglesby-Odom, EdD, MSN, BSN

Gwendolyn Oglesby-OdomGwendolyn Oglesby-Odom, Ed. D., MSN, RN, is vice president of NavCare, a US CareNet division. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the chronic care management and transitional care management programs for the division.

Gwen has more than 20 years of professional and executive leadership experience in home health and managed care, including Medicare and Medicaid post-acute administration and direct patient care services.

Prior to joining the company, Gwen served as the vice president of clinical operations for a start-up care coordination company in Chicago, IL where she oversaw both the clinical and administrative operations to ensure the effective implementation and cost effective delivery of care coordination services to Medicaid recipients.

Gwen received her Baccalaureate and Master of Science in nursing degrees from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois and her Doctorate in Education, with a focus on Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.

She participates in several professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Jim Barlar

Jim BarlarJim Barlar is Vice President of Business Development for NavCare and is responsible for overall sales and development activity for the company. Jim’s extensive background in healthcare sales management, mergers and acquisitions began in the 1990s and included a term from 1998 to 2005 with CareSouth as Vice President of Sales. During that time, Jim grew the sales team from just a few reps to more than 50, acquired several large managed services agreements, and launched the company’s direct sales department. In late 2005, Jim started his own mergers and acquisitions company. He joined the NavCare team in 2017.

Jim has extensive experience working with hospital systems and physician practices as they prepare for value based care.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Robert (Bob) Brunson

Robert (Bob) Brunson is Vice President of Sales for NavCare, a division of US CareNet and provider of chronic care and transitional care management. He is responsible for oversight and development of the NavCare line of business.

Bob join the Company in 2015 with more than 30 years experience in the healthcare industry.  Prior to this he served as Regional Vice President of Sales for Gentiva and has served in various positions with Durr Medical, Baxter International and Hospital Corporation of America.

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