SPRINGFIELD, Hours.–(COMMERCIAL THREAD)–PacificSource is pleased to announce Dr. John “Espi” Espinola as the new president and CEO of the organization, effective April 3, 2023. In this role, Espinola will provide leadership, strategic guidance and direction for PacificSource’s overall operations and will hold primary responsibility for profit and loss and fulfilling the organization’s commitment to its mission, vision and values.
Espinola comes to PacificSource with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry. He most recently served in dual roles as executive vice president, chief strategy and product officer at Premera Blue Cross and as CEO of Kinwell Physician Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Premera. Prior to his 12 years with Premera, he served as national medical director for Essence Healthcare and prior to that as executive director and medical director of Evercare, a division of UnitedHealth Group.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Espi to the PacificSource family,” said Jack Friedman, chairman of the board of PacificSource. “His outstanding leadership experience and lifelong dedication to improving healthcare outcomes fit perfectly with PacificSource’s ongoing mission to be a lifelong trusted partner to our members and our communities, now and in the future.” future”.
“PacificSource was founded by a small group of physicians 90 years ago and as a physician, it’s a great honor to carry on their legacy,” said Dr. Espinola. “I look forward to working with the outstanding group of people who make up PacificSource and being a part of their incredible teamwork and dedication to helping others.”
Espinola received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), his M.D. and master’s degree in public health from Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA), and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington (Seattle).
Espinola will replace Ken Provencher, who was president and chief executive officer of PacificSource for 21 years. Provencher announced his retirement in late 2022 after a total of 28 years dedicated to PacificSource. During his tenure, he was consistently recognized for providing exemplary leadership and significantly expanded health plan membership to more than 600,000 members in four states. He will continue to serve as chairman and chief executive officer until March 31, 2023.
About PacificSource Health Plans:
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, non-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has field offices in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1,700 people and serves more than 600,000 people throughout the Greater Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource. com.