Community Health Plan of Washington Announces Two New Executive Hires

SEATTLE – Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) today announced its hires of Dr. Keith Brown as Chief Medical Officer and Patty Jones, R.N., as Senior Vice President of Health Services. Dr. Brown and Ms. Jones are highly respected in their fields and bring critical expertise to the company as CHPW advances its integrated care model throughout the state.

“Dr. Brown and Patty Jones bring invaluable experience in addressing the needs of our most vulnerable populations,” says Leanne Berge, CHPW’s chief executive officer. “These two clinical leaders provide critical expertise as we integrate mental and behavioral health and social support services with traditional medical services in order to treat the whole person more effectively. Their experience and commitment to improving health outcomes through integrated care fits perfectly into our vision for the future of health care in Washington.”

Dr. Brown has more than 30 years of experience in clinical psychiatry and is an authority on the whole person care model. At CHPW, Dr. Brown will be responsible for all medical policies and programs, pharmacy, quality improvement and support for its clinical teams. He has held leadership positions at various managed care companies and hospitals and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where he trained primary care teams regarding PTSD and suicide prevention. Dr. Brown has extensive experience in bringing together primary care physicians and behavioral health providers, as former Chair of the Committee for Community Medical Directors.

As the newly hired SVP of Health Services, Patty Jones will be partnering with Dr. Brown to optimize the health plan’s care management and utilization management functions. She is a RN-MBA with over 30 years of experience, including over 10 years as a national consultant advising health plans across the company on best practices in medical management and integrated care. Ms. Jones also has 15 years of experience as a Quality Improvement professional as a National Committee for Quality Improvement (NCQA) surveyor.

Founded in 1992 by a network of community and migrant health centers in Washington State, Community Health Plan of Washington is a not-for-profit health plan. The mission of CHPW is to deliver accessible managed care services that meet the needs and improve the health of our communities and to make managed care participation beneficial for community-responsive providers.