Group Health’s Scott Armstrong Appointed 2011-2012 ACHP Board of Directors Chair

Washington, D.C. (January 24, 2011) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) today announced that Scott Armstrong, President and CEO of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, has been elected by his colleagues as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

“Scott becomes Chair at a crucial time as the health care reform law gets implemented,” said ACHP President and CEO Patricia Smith. “His leadership and commitment to better health and health care in his community and nationwide will help to showcase how ACHP plans already are building healthier communities through innovation and by improving the delivery of affordable, high-quality care.”

Armstrong has been with Group Health since 1986 in positions ranging from assistant hospital administrator to chief operating officer, before assuming his current position in January 2005. Previously, he was the assistant vice president for hospital operations at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Armstrong succeeds John Hogan of Capital Health Plan in Tallahassee, who served as chair of ACHP’s Board of Directors over the last two years.

“Together, ACHP members have the answers to the national challenge of providing high-quality care affordably,” said Armstrong. “We have an opportunity in this environment to define who we are and create excitement about our members’ innovations in care. We can offer hope to those working to implement health care reform; at the same time, we can offer on-the-ground operational expertise on what works, and what doesn’t.”

One recent example of how ACHP plans are building healthier communities was highlighted in a Jan. 11, ACHP report, Pediatric Obesity: Addressing a National Challenge at a Local Level. The report highlighted 20 community-based pediatric wellness initiatives, including Group Health’s Health Trek, for their ability to engage their communities, members and providers in combating this public health epidemic. A hands-on experiential program, Health Trek educates middle school students and their teachers about nutrition and physical activities in order to adopt healthier attitudes and behaviors.

“I’m pleased Scott Armstrong will head the Alliance for Community Health Plan board,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said. “Scott knows how important national health care reform is – and Washington state is a proven leader in improving access and reducing costs. Group Health’s patient-centered medical home is just one example of cost-saving innovations from our state. I look forward to Scott’s leadership, and ensuring Washington’s success stories help drive the national reform discussion. At the same time, I look forward to the innovations he will bring here from other high-quality health care organizations belonging to ACHP.”

Armstrong received a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in New York and a master’s degree in business with a concentration in hospital administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Armstrong was named one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” in 2010 by Modern Healthcare magazine. He is a board member of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Pacific Science Center, and a member of the Community Development Roundtable in Seattle. He is also a commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

Alliance of Community Health Plans

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. The community based and regional health plans and provider organizations from across the country that make up ACHP’s membership provide coverage and care for approximately 16 million Americans. These 22 organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and the quality of care, including patient-centered medical homes, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more about ACHP, visit www.achp.org.

 

Group Health Cooperative

Marking its 64th year, Group Health Cooperative is an innovative, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that integrates care and coverage. Along with its subsidiary carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, Group Health works to improve the health of more than 659,000 plan members in Washington and Idaho. Group Health Cooperative is ranked “Highest in Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Northwest Region” by  J.D. Power and Associates.

More than 9,000 staff employed by Group Health and Group Health Physicians, its contracted, multispecialty group practice, provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to members and the broader community through medical centers, a charitable foundation and a nationally recognized research center.

 

CONTACT: Rachel Schwartz, Alliance of Community Health Plans

rschwartz@achp.org, 202-785-2247 (w), 202-251-8881 (c)

 

Michael G. Foley APR, Group Health Cooperative

foley.m@ghc.org, 206-448-4148 (w), 206-391-0211 (c)