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National Business Coalition on Health Elects New Board Officers

The Alliance's Cheryl DeMars named Chair

WASHINGTON – July 14, 2014 –The 
National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), a non-profit organization of employer-based health coalitions, representing over 4,000 employers and approximately 35 million employees and dependents across the United States, selected its slate of new officers for the Board of Governors. Cheryl DeMars, president and CEO of The Alliance will serve as Chair. Officers are elected by their board peers based on proven leadership and commitment to NBCH, as well as their efforts to advance and strengthen the tenets of value-based purchasing.


“We’re at a decisive point in the health benefits community and NBCH has a renewed focus on helping employers control costs, improve quality and engage individuals in their health,” said Brian Klepper, PhD, NBCH CEO. “Fixing America’s health care cost and quality problems requires knowledgeable and highly-regarded leaders to mobilize the business community to bring health care back into balance so that we can remain competitive in a global economy.”


Other newly elected are Karen van Caulil, president/CEO, Florida Health Care Coalition, Vice Chair and Anne Ladd, CEO, Wyoming Business Coalition on Health, At Large Representative. Don Creveling, executive director, Montana Association of Health Care Purchasers, was reappointed as Secretary/Treasurer, and Beverly Rossmiller, executive director, Tri-State Health Care Coalition, as At Large Representative to the Executive Committee. Other elected At Large board members include Larry Boress, president and CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health; Gaye Fortner president and CEO, HealthCare 21 Business Coalition; and Cristie Travis, CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health.


Continuing board members include: Marianne Fazen, executive director, Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health; John Miller, executive director, MidAtlantic Business Group on Health; Laurel Pickering,  president and CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health; and Cheryl Tolbert, executive director, Louisiana Business Group on Health.


“Driving better health outcomes at lower costs requires a forward-thinking collaborative approach,” said Chery DeMars. “It’s an honor to serve as the board chair of NBCH, particularly at this moment in time.  The work of regional coalitions to transform health care, community by community, is as important as ever. Working together, we can make a real difference.”


About the National Business Coalition on Health

National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) is a national nonprofit membership organization of purchaser-led health care coalitions, representing more than 4,000 employers and about 35 million employees and dependents. NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. NBCH seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality health care and the improved health status of the American population. www.nbch.org

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