SWSCHP ’s Mission is to promote good health for all its members and to provide quality health care benefits in the most effective, competitive and fiscally responsible manner, through responsive services, on-going communications, and local control.
After over six years as the Executive Director of SWSCHP, it is with a dash of regret and an ever increasing tinge of excitement that I am letting you know that I am leaving my position. After 42 years as a special education teacher, principal, executive director and superintendent in addition to the six past years serving SWSCHP’s 24,000 members I am ready and eager to begin a new and as yet unscripted next chapter of my life. It has been a pleasure working with the members, districts and vendors who comprise the multi-faceted aspects of SWSCHP. I am also appreciative of the support given to me over the years by the SWSCHP Board and Union leaders. The SWSCHP Board is in the process of determining the third executive director in SWSCHP’s 30+ years and you will be informed as soon as that process is concluded. In the meantime, I will work on that transition for the next several months.
I am very proud to be leaving SWSCHP in such good shape. We have been able to maintain our quality benefits at a platinum level (over 92% of our members’ medical bills are covered by SWSCHP) while increasing our reserves to a level that all concerned agree contribute strongly to SWSCHP being sustainable for the long term. Our rate increases for the past four years have been amongst the lowest in the industry nationwide averaging less than 4% thereby saving districts and members millions of dollars. Our overall membership has risen to over 24,000 members ranging in age from newborns to 14 members over 100 years of age.
I wish SWSCHP and each of you a long healthy and prosperous life.