Norman C. Payson, M.D.
Executive Chairman and Chief Operating Officer
Apria Healthcare Group, Inc.
Dr. Payson has had a thirty year career as Chief Executive Officer of
multiple healthcare organizations including two S & P 500 publicly
traded companies, and has worked closely with private equity firms in
the transformation of underperforming healthcare companies.
Dr. Payson has been Chairman and CEO of Apria Healthcare Group since
Blackstone’s purchase of the company on October 28, 2008. Apria is the
nation’s largest home healthcare provider with 14,000 employees and over
$2.1 billion in annual revenue.
From November 2005 through 2008 Dr. Payson was chairman of Viant
Holdings and its predecessor company, Concentra, Inc. overseeing its
strategic restructuring. Concentra is the nation’s largest occupational
health care provider and was majority owned by Welsh Carson and
acquired by Humana.
From 1998 through 2002 aligned with TPG, Dr. Payson was Chief
Executive Officer of Oxford Health Plans. Dr. Payson led the
dramatically successful turnaround of this $5 billion health plan.
From 1985 to 1997 Dr. Payson was co-founder and Chief Executive
Officer of Healthsource, Inc., a 3 million member health plan located in
From 1980 through 1984 Dr. Payson was CEO of a 120 physician multispecialty group practice.
Dr. Payson is a graduate student lecturer at the Tuck School at
Dartmouth, the Columbia University School of Public Health and the
University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Payson is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his MD at Dartmouth Medical School.