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Sutter Health, Aetna Joint Venture Announces New CEO

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   December 02, 2020

Jeb Dunkelberger will be responsible for overseeing the management and expansion of the health plan.

California-based health system Sutter Health, and Aetna, a CVS Health company, announced the appointment of a new CEO of the joint venture Sutter Health | Aetna on Wednesday.

Jeb Dunkelberger will lead the company by overseeing the management of the jointly owned healthcare company, and by helping expand the company and welcome new members into the plan. According to a press release, he will also be responsible for "building upon the joint venture's innovative model, increasing access points to high-quality care."

Currently, Sutter Health | Aetna provides member and patient services to employers in Northern California in the form of "an integrated health plan and care management solution.”

"Jeb has an extensive depth and breadth of experience in the health care sector, and a proven record of success developing innovative partnerships among providers, payers, and health management," Kristen Miranda, vice president of Aetna West/South Central Territory, said in a statement. “His skills align with our joint venture model, and will no doubt strengthen our efforts to provide quality, affordable health care plans to Northern Californians."

Dunkelberger has prior experience leading national sales and strategy for two Silicon Valley companies: Notable Health and Cricket Health.

"We are excited for Jeb to lead Sutter Health | Aetna into the next phase of innovation and growth as more employers see the value the joint venture can bring to them and their workforce in terms of affordability and access to high-quality care," Phil Jackson, CEO of Health Plan Partnerships and Products at Sutter Health and a member of the joint venture's board of directors, said in a statement.

Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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