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Jeanne O’Brien Named CEO of Value Care Alliance

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Photo of Jeanne O'Brien, CEOThe Value Care Alliance (VCA) has named Jeanne O’Brien, an expert in health care provider network development, management and advanced payment model contracting, as its first Chief Executive Officer.

As CEO, Ms. O’Brien will further the mission of the VCA and its member hospitals and health systems to deliver high-­‐quality, low-­‐cost care to the Connecticut market. She brings a wealth of experience in strategy development, tactical implementation, and population health management infrastructure establishment which she will leverage to bring the VCA to the forefront of the value-­‐based care delivery.

Founded in 2013, the VCA is the largest collaboration of independent healthcare providers in the state. It is comprised of: Griffin Hospital in Derby; Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London; Middlesex Hospital in Middletown; St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport; and the Western Connecticut Health Network which contains Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital.

Since its inception, the VCA has been changing the healthcare delivery landscape in Connecticut and just announced a new accountable care agreement with Aetna that is designed to improve the coordination and delivery of patient care to Aetna members in Connecticut.

"It is the Value Care Alliance’s goal to become the health care network of choice for consumers, employers and providers by establishing the quality, care management and total cost of care performance benchmark in Connecticut" says Ms. O’Brien. “Her experience and strong record of accomplishment make Jeanne ideally suited to lead the VCA’s effort to achieve this ambitious goal,” said Value Care Alliance Chairman and Griffin Hospital CEO Patrick Charmel.

Ms. O’Brien has been a C-­‐level executive for over 20+ years with significant accomplishments in the healthcare industry. She has had unique success guiding providers from diverse, competitive settings to come together to forge new organizational entities. Her vision, persistence, and grace in the face of ambiguity and a challenging environment have consistently helped organizations find pathways to clinical and economic sustainability.

Prior to the VCA, Ms. O’Brien was the Vice President of River Health ACO, the largest ACO in Central Pennsylvania. Previously she held significant positions at Boston Medical Center and BMC HealthNet Plan, was the Vice President of Network Development for a multi-­‐hospital system, and was the Chief Operating Officer of two Independent Practice Associations.

Ms. O’Brien obtained her bachelor’s degree from Curry College, a Masters in Management from Lesley University, and executive training from Harvard Business School.

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