WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced today that Richard C. Breon, president and CEO, Spectrum Health System, Grand Rapids, Mich., has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.
“We are pleased to welcome Richard to our board,” said Dave Gallitano, WellCare’s chairman. “His experience with the effective integration of health systems will be beneficial to WellCare as the company continues its mission to provide quality health care to its members and cost-effective solutions to its government customers.”
“I am looking forward to joining WellCare’s board and helping the company work toward its vision of being the leader in government-sponsored health care programs,” Breon said.
As president and CEO of Spectrum Health, Breon oversees an integrated health system comprised of Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which includes nine hospitals and more than 140 service sites; Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart physician groups; and Priority Health, its health plan. Serving in this role since 2000, Breon previously was president and CEO of Mission Health System Inc., a member of Ascension Health, and St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Evansville, Ind. He also served as president and CEO of Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, and held senior management positions at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, and Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
The former chair of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Breon is a current board member for The Right Place, Inc., and the Regional Air Alliance. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and his master’s degree from The University of Iowa.