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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Pam Kehaly was appointed to the Geisinger Health Board of Directors in March 2017. She is a member of the Geisinger Family Committee and became a Director of Geisinger Health Plan in June 2017.

Ms. Kehaly became President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in November 2017.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster and stay healthier longer. With a focus on connecting people with the care they need, BCBSAZ offers health insurance and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers. 

She was previously president of Anthem’s west region (which includes California, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Nevada and Wisconsin) and their specialty business (which includes dental, vision, life, disability, workers’ compensation and voluntary business areas) with profit and loss responsibilities for both west region (approximately 16 million members) and the specialty business (approximately 17 million members).

Prior to that, Ms. Kehaly was president of national accounts at Aetna, where she was responsible for 9 million members and the associated profit and loss performance. She started her career with Blue Cross of California in 1986, where she worked in a variety of roles from operations to profit and loss management. 

Ms. Kehaly was a driving force behind Vivity, a first-in-the-nation joint venture between an insurer and seven hospital systems to align financial incentives behind better outcomes. Vivity is unique in that its financing system reaches across hospital systems. In its first year alone, Vivity has attracted 15,000 members, with much more growth expected as the system matures.

She was also a leader in Patient Safety First (PSF), a collaborative between Anthem, the National Health Foundation and California’s regional hospital associations. In the first three years in existence, PSF’s work helped reduce early elective deliveries and hospital-acquired infections, leading to 3,576 fewer deaths and more than $63 million in otherwise unnecessary hospital costs. In recognition of the collaborative work, PSF won the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission.

She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Stanislaus. She is on the board of trustees of the Southern California and Nevada National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, is on the board of directors of HealthCorps, and is an active member of the Los Angeles division of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California and has served on Gov. Jerry Brown’s Let’s Get Healthy task force to develop a vision and framework to improve the health of all Californians. 

Ms. Kehaly lives in Arizona with her family.

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