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Rhonda Medows, M.D., named new executive VP of population health

Published April 6, 2015

Message from Mike Butler

As we work to serve more people through ACO models of care and the Providence Health Plan, which recently surpassed more than 500,000 members, we have recognized a need to develop more prominent, robust and system-wide approaches to improving the health of the diverse populations we serve. We created a new role to lead this strategic imperative and have been searching for just the right candidate for nearly six months.

I am pleased to announce that one of the nation’s most respected experts in this field will be joining Providence as the new executive VP of population health. Rhonda Medows, M.D., comes to us by way of UnitedHealth Group, one of the largest health insurance and population health management organizations in the country. She served as executive VP and chief medical officer for United for the last five years.

Rhonda has a strong background in government with a deep understanding of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid. Her previous experience includes serving under Gov. Jeb Bush as the secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). She also served as the chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Southeast Region, as well as the commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community of Health, where she oversaw Georgia’s Medicaid and SCHIP programs and ran the state employee benefit plan, public health emergency preparedness and rural health information technology.

Rhonda was drawn to Providence because of our Mission-driven culture and believes that our scale, strategies and talent position us well for success. She believes we have all the components needed to drive significant change in health care and feels this role provides an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference in the way health care is delivered and paid for in our country.

Rhonda is originally from New York City. She is board certified in family medicine and received her medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine, where she continues to serve as a member of the school’s board of trustees. Before becoming an administrator, she practiced at Kaiser Permanente in Georgia and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rhonda and her family plan to relocate to the Seattle area from Washington, D.C. She will start in her new role on May 4. I look forward to introducing you to her and talking with you more about how her role will serve Providence. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming her to our organization.