MADISON, Wis. -

Agrace announced Monday that Dr. Michael Ostrov has been hired as chief medical officer effective Sept. 16.

Agrace is a local, nonprofit palliative care and hospice agency that has provided end-of-life care and related services to people in southern Wisconsin communities for 35 years, according to a release.

Ostrov joins Agrace from Group Health Cooperative, where he served in a series of clinical leadership roles since 1985, according to the release.

Most recently, Ostrov spent 15 years as GHC’s medical director and was responsible for oversight of physician and practitioner staff, according to the release. He directed all medically-related insurance functions, including quality management, care management, provider relations/contracting and credentialing.

“Agrace is excited to have such an esteemed member of the area medical community join our team,” CEO Lynne Myers said in the release. “With our organization’s continued focus on clinical improvements and quality enhancement, Dr. Ostrov’s expertise in these areas makes him the perfect choice to lead Agrace’s medical team.”

Ostrov spent two decades practicing family medicine, according to the release. He has a Master of Science degree in administrative medicine from the University of Wisconsin/American College of Physician Executives. He received his medical degrees from the St. Louis University School Medicine and conducted his residency with the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.