Patricia Richards of SelectHealth Appointed 2015-2017 ACHP Board of Directors Chair

Rachel Schwartz
Alliance of Community Health Plans

Jamee Wright


For immediate release January 26, 2015
Washington, D.C. – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) announced today that Patricia R. Richards, president and CEO of SelectHealth in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been elected by her colleagues as the new chair of the organization’s board of directors.

“Pat Richards brings superb experience in running one of the nation’s finest health plans to her role as chair of the ACHP board,” said ACHP President and CEO Patricia Smith. “Pat understands delivery systems and what it takes to make health plans and their provider partners into a strong team that truly serves their patients and customers.”

Ms. Richards succeeds Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO of Independent Health of Buffalo, N.Y., who served as chair of the ACHP Board of Directors for the last two years.

“I am deeply honored to serve as the chair of ACHP at a time of such tremendous opportunity to address some of the most pressing issues facing our country,” said Ms. Richards. “It’s a privilege to be a part of a national leadership organization that provides a forum for shared learning and innovation that supports effective delivery of high-quality, affordable health care services. My fellow board members are leaders in their own organizations, representing not-for-profit, community-focused, high-performing health plans and systems. It is my sincere pleasure to work alongside them and with the highly capable leadership and staff of ACHP.”

Ms. Richards is a registered nurse who began her career at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications, and also completed graduate studies in public health care administration at the University of Toledo. Prior to joining SelectHealth, Ms. Richards served as executive vice president and CEO of Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, an affiliate of the Henry Ford Health System. Previously, she held senior leadership positions at Anthem Health Plan of Maine, Paramount Health Care in Ohio and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio, respectively.

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. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 18 million Americans. These 23 organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reforms, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more, visit

SelectHealth is consistently rated as Utah’s top HMO plan by state and national organizations, receiving top scores in both member satisfaction and clinical performance. In addition, SelectHealth ranked “Highest Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Mountain Region, Five Years in a Row,” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2014 Member Health Plan StudySM. As a not-for-profit health plan, SelectHealth serves more than 700,000 members in Utah and Idaho. The plan is recognized for its dedication to community service, improving health status and serving all market segments. SelectHealth offers a wide range of commercial plan options in the large, small and individual market, and the Federal Employee Health Plan program. SelectHealth is a carrier for the Utah Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and managed Medicaid plans and serves Medicare beneficiaries through their Medicare Advantage plan. It is a subsidiary of Intermountain Healthcare — one of the nation’s top-ranked integrated health systems. For more information, visit