Health insurance professional joins SVHC board

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BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Health Care has announced the appointment of Brian O'Grady to its board of trustees.



"Brian is a highly skilled leader, and we are grateful for the experience he will bring to our organization," said Tommy A. Harmon, Jr., the board chair. "I look forward to his contributions to this dedicated and accomplished group."



With more than 20 years of health insurance leadership experience, Brian O'Grady serves as executive vice president of commercial and Medicare business and chief marketing officer for Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc. He is responsible for initiating, developing and successfully executing CDPHP's overall marketing and sales objectives and is accountable for the business performance of the commercial and Medicare business segments. He joined CDPHP in March 2014.



Prior to joining CDPHP, O'Grady held various leadership positions at HealthNow New York, Inc., known as BlueShield of Northeastern New York, where he worked for 15 years from 1995 to 2006 and again from 2010 to 2014. Most recently he served as vice president of commercial group accounts. From 2006 to 2010, he was regional vice president of sales for Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield of New Hampshire.



O'Grady earned an MBA in health care administration from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as a bachelor of science in chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany. He serves on the board of directors of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region.



"We rely on our trustees to guide this important and complex organization toward its mission of exceptional care and comfort for our community," said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC's president and CEO. "Brian's involvement will be an asset to SVHC, and I am happy to have him join us in this effort."



Board members are nominated by the board's nominating committee and voted on by the entire board. In selecting new SVHC board members, the nominating committee looks for candidates who exemplify SVHC's values, can be counted on to actively participate in board work, and have leadership capabilities. SVHC looks for candidates who represent the communities the health system serves and have special expertise in fulfilling board duties.




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