CHPW Welcomes New CEO, Leanne Berge

Community Health Plan of Washington and the Community Health Network of Washington are extremely pleased to announce that Leanne Berge, a leader in public health with significant safety net health plan experience, assumed the role as the organizations’ new Chief Executive Officer at the start of this month. Berge was selected by the Board of Directors earlier this fall after an extensive search.

“After a thorough nationwide search, the board is pleased to have found a health care leader dedicated to the mission of Community Health Plan of Washington and Community Health Network of Washington and the affiliated community health centers to take the helm of these important organizations,” said Sheila Chilson, Board Chair. “Leanne’s long record of service in the world of health care and her commitment to the values of Community Health Plan of Washington and Community Health Network of Washington make her an ideal candidate to succeed Lance Hunsinger as the organizations’ new CEO. We are delighted that Leanne has accepted this position.”

Berge has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving health outcomes for underserved populations for many years. Berge devoted 18 years to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, where she oversaw several different departments including Network Service and Operations, Provider Contracting and Reimbursement and Network Development. Berge left Harvard Pilgrim to join Network Health, a Medicaid health plan owned by a safety net health system. At Network Health, Berge was responsible for strategy, business development, government relations, public policy and advocacy, and served as Chief Legal Counsel. Berge later joined Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), an innovative not-for-profit health plan for Medicaid/Medicare beneficiaries, to build a Duals Demonstration program for persons with disabilities. She subsequently held the senior executive role overseeing strategy and performance for all CCA’s business. Most recently, Berge served as the Chief Operating Officer for Mount Auburn Cambridge IPA in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she focused on evaluating the Medicare ACO options and improving their Medicare Advantage product.

“I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead Community Health Plan of Washington and Community Health Network of Washington at this critical time as Medicaid faces new challenges. Our members are counting on us and our community health centers to ensure they have access to quality health care.” Berge stated.

Berge received her undergraduate degree with honors from Brandeis University, and her Juris Doctorate with honors from Georgetown University Law Center where she also served as an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.  As a longtime resident of Massachusetts, Berge is excited about exploring the natural beauty and unique culture of the Pacific Northwest.

About Community Health Plan of Washington

Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) is a not-for-profit organization serving approximately 300,000 members through Medicare, Medicaid, and other state-sponsored programs. As the only health plan in the state founded by local community health centers, CHPW’s delivery system includes more than 2,600 primary care providers, 14,000 specialists, and over 100 hospitals.

About Community Health Network of Washington
Founded by community health centers in Washington State, Community Health Network of Washington (CHNW) is a community-health-center-based delivery network whose mission is to improve the health status of our communities through the provision of high-quality, affordable health care to underserved individuals and families, and through sustaining the network of community health centers and affiliated busines

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Contact: Jackie Micucci