Patrick Sargent, a government health services veteran and retired Army major general, has joined Cerner (Nasdaq: CERN) as senior vice president and general manager of the company’s federal business, according to a LinkedIn post.
The retired Army major general joins Cerner Government Services from OptumServe, where he most recently served as SVP and led the strategic development of new business opportunities focused on the Department of Defense health market.
Sargent previously served as president of OptumServe’s emergency preparedness and response and as chief of staff for the federal health services provider.
He oversaw multiple medical commands during his 35 years of Army service, which included assignments as commanding general at the Army Medical Center of Excellence and commander of the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.
FedHealthIT reports Sargent previously supported electronic health records system deployment work at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state.
Cerner is part of an industry team that won DOD’s multiyear, multibillion-dollar contract in July 2015 to integrate a commercial EHR platform across the Military Health System.