Press Release

Brenda Bruns Appointed Executive Medical Director at Group Health Cooperative

Washington — Dr. Brenda Bruns has been named Executive Medical Director for the health plan division of Group Health Cooperative (Seattle). 

Dr. Bruns will play a pivotal role in our drive toward growth and affordability,” said Group Health CEO Scott Armstrong. “Her diverse background will serve her well as she helps enhance our provider relations and works closely with our group practice to promote and sustain best-in-market performance.” 

Dr. Bruns most recently served as chief medical officer for Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, a division of one of the nation’s largest publicly traded managed care companies. She also served as medical director for Blue Cross of Idaho, Providence Everett Medical Center and Health First Medical Group in Portland. 

A native of Eastern Washington, Dr. Bruns completed her undergraduate work at Stanford Universityand received her M.D. from the University of Washington Medical School. She is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, and she was a clinical professor at StanfordUniversity and San Francisco General Hospital. 

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About Group Health Cooperative 

Marking its 60th 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 576,000 members in Washington and Idaho. Nearly 10,000 staff employed by Group Health and Group Health Permanente, its contracted, multispecialty group practice, provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to members and the broader community through medical and specialty centers, hospitals, a charitable foundation, and a nationally recognized research center. For more information, visit