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TRUST Past President Patsy Riley Named to Lead Minnesota Council of Health Plans

Thursday, March 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Patsy Riley

Minnesota Council of Health Plans has announced that Patsy Riley will serve as the organization’s interim president and chief executive officer. Riley steps in for Jim Schowalter, who left the Council in late February after four years as its leader.

“We’re excited to bring on board a respected industry leader to help guide the Council through this important transition,” said Council Board Chair Mark Traynor, UCare’s president and chief executive officer. “Patsy has the relationships, expertise and experience to work with our board, staff, regulators and community partners to ensure our work continues as the search for a permanent leader moves forward.”

Traynor said the Council has already begun the search process. Riley will remain with the Council until a new leader is in place.

Riley, who assumed the Council leadership position March 4, said, “I’ve long admired the work of the Council and the people who do that work. As a former Council board member, I am passionate about the organization and look forward to helping to guide the work.”

In 2018, Riley received the Pinnacle Award from the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST in recognition of her lifetime achievements in health care in Minnesota. Her experiences include executive roles at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Stratis Health and Medica. Early in her career, Riley worked with the Minnesota Coalition on Health, Altcare, Ebenezer Society and the Minnesota Board on Aging. She was honored by the Business Journal as a Women in Business Award Winner in 2016. She has a Master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, and lives in Wayzata, Minn.

Established in 1985, the Minnesota Council of Health Plans is an association of licensed nonprofit health insurers covering more than 4.89 million people. Its members are all regional—accountable to the community, not shareholders.

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