McKesson names Blake as VP for IT unit

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McKesson has promoted Patrick Blake to executive vice president and group president of McKesson Technology Solutions (MTS), effective June 16.

MTS is the company's IT, automation and connectivity division, which provides software, automation, services and consulting for hospitals, physician offices, imaging centers, home healthcare agencies and payors.

Blake will report to John H. Hammergren, McKesson's chairman and CEO, and will serve on its executive committee. He will have overall responsibility for all of the businesses within MTS, including McKesson Provider Technologies, McKesson Health Solutions, RelayHealth and McKesson's International Operations Group. Blake succeeds Pamela J. Pure, who left the company in March.

Most recently, Blake served as president of McKesson Specialty Care Solutions, a business unit that delivers services to manufacturers and providers for specialty pharmaceutical products, coordinated reimbursement and clinical services are available to patients with complex diseases. In this role, he led the acquisition and integration of Oncology Therapeutics Network, which included the Lynx technology platform and redefined McKesson's offerings for oncology, other specialty practices and specialty pharmaceutical manufacturer customers.

Blake joined McKesson in 1996 as senior vice president for McKesson Health Systems. In 1999, he was named president of McKesson Health Systems, and in 2001 he was elevated to president of customer operations for McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. Prior to joining McKesson, Blake held positions at Baxter International and American Hospital Supply.