For Immediate Release
September 1, 2011
West Virginia United Health System selects Geisinger Health Plan to administer employee health benefits in Morgantown
MORGANTOWN, WV/DANVILLE, PA West Virginia United Health System (WVUHS) and Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) have announced the organizations are partnering for the administration of health benefits for Morgantown-based WVU Healthcare employees and their dependents for 2012.
"We have committed significant resources and effort over the past few years toward enhancing the health and wellness of our employees and their dependents," said WVUHS President and CEO Tom Jones. "We are partnering with GHP to capitalize on the health plan’s proven success and experience with improving employees’ health."
GHP is the insurance component of Geisinger Health System, a Pennsylvania-based integrated health services organization. GHP will establish an office in Morgantown and have staff on-site to administer the program. According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Health Insurance Rankings 2010-11, GHP is the top-ranked private health plan in Pennsylvania and number five in the United States.
"Geisinger is helping to develop new models of care that are raising the bar for both quality and cost effectiveness," said Glenn D. Steele Jr., M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System. "We are developing strategic relationships outside our traditional service area with health systems interested in implementing Geisinger’s healthcare model and are very pleased to partner with WVUHS."
About West Virginia University Health System
The West Virginia United Health System was created in 1996 to help hospitals and healthcare professionals continue to provide accessible, quality services in a constantly changing environment. It has grown into the largest healthcare system based in West Virginia, with member hospitals in north central West Virginia, the Parkersburg area and the Eastern Panhandle.
About Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pa. The plan serves 270,000 members in 43 Pennsylvania counties. As part of the Geisinger Health System, GHP has been recognized nationally as a model for healthcare reform with documented success in innovative programs such as the patient-centered medical home. Benefits administration for self-funded employers is provided through "Geisinger Health Options," a program of GHP’s affiliate, Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company. For more information, please visit www.thehealthplan.com.
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