|WSHEF Fellow Spotlight: Anna Reach|
Anna Reach is a recent American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Fellow and current Director of Strategy and Business Development for Providence Health Care. Anna grew up in Colorado, but made the move to Washington to attend Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman studying Business and Political Science. Her family has a long history with WSU as her parents met on a blind date at the Apple Cup.
In 2009, Anna made the transition to the healthcare industry after she graduated with a Masters in Health Policy and Administration from WSU in Spokane. While there, Anna learned about the importance of ACHE and their professional development opportunities.
Before becoming the Director of Strategy and Business Development in 2013, Anna was first a Project Manager and then a Strategy Consultant for Providence Health Care. She has been an asset in the development of the joint Accountable Care Organization (ACO) between Providence Health Care and Group Health Cooperative, recently named CareUnity. She also currently serves as the Co-Director in tandem with a Group Health partner to help drive business development and growth opportunities for CareUnity.
In 2012, Group Health Cooperative and Providence Health Care came together to launch CareUnity, an integrated care delivery system that functions as an accountable care organization (ACO) and draws upon the best of what each parent system has to offer. CareUnity brings together more than 600 providers from Group Health Physicians, Providence Medical Group, and Columbia Medical Associates to work together in innovative ways to deliver care in the best interests of the community. CareUnity is developing new payment models and risk arrangements to achieve their goals of enhanced patient health and improved patient care experience while striving to reduce the overall cost of care. Through rigorous population health management, agreed-upon preventive care practices, and consistent, evidence-based treatments, much of the fragmentation, variation, and unnecessary care that drive costs up are eliminated.
Anna also played a major part in the development and approval of Providence Sacred Heart Children's Level IV Nursery proposal submitted earlier in her career. Overall, Eastern Washington is blessed to have such an outstanding individual working to bring down barriers to care and make Eastern Washington healthier.
Written by Nick Malos and Valerie Kurbis Washington State University - Spokane Master of Health Policy and Administration 2015 Candidates