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Leadership Team - Takashi Wada, MD, MPH
021. He is responsible for providing clinical and strategic leadership through accountable, collaborative processes to improve the quality-of-care delivery as evidenced by improved external quality metrics. Dr. Wada leads and drives innovative solutions for program development and implementation to improve access, satisfaction and care outcomes that are sustainable and scalable. Dr. Wada joined IEHP in 2019 as Vice President of Population Health. In this capacity, he oversaw the internal departments of Behavioral Health & Care Management, Community & Family Health, Health Education, and Practice Transformation. He also played a key role in various statewide and regional population health initiatives. Prior to his role at IEHP, Dr. Wada served as Chief Medical Officer/ Deputy Chief Medical Officer for CenCal Health and Director/Health Officer for Santa Barbara County’s Health Department. Dr. Wada holds an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from University of California, Riverside and a master’s degree in public health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After receiving his medical degree at UCLA, he completed his graduate medical education at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.
Leadership Team - Michelle Rai, MS
2020. She oversees IEHP’s communications and marketing programs and guides the development of long-term communication and marketing strategies. In addition, Ms. Rai oversees the strategic execution of IEHP’s community relations, media relations, internal communications, digital and social media. Ms. Rai has over 20 years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, and media relations. Prior to joining IEHP, Ms. Rai served as Chair of the Communication Department at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, Calif. Before her role as Chair, Ms. Rai acted as the College’s Public Relations Director and Public Information Officer. Ms. Rai holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Golden Gate University. She earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications from Pacific Union College, where she received the prestigious Educator of the Year award in 2016. Ms. Rai’s leadership enables IEHP to increase its brand reach and social media presence, while enhancing perception of the organization and strengthening its place as an industry thought leader.
Leadership Team - Keenan Freeman, MBA
executive role, Mr. Freeman is responsible for the overall financial management of IEHP, its financial reporting and transparency, and for multiple plan financial functions including accounting, purchasing, capitation, cost recovery, risk management, and the coordination of fiscal and other operational audits. Mr. Freeman brings over 28 years of professional finance experience to IEHP which includes 16 years of strategic leadership in multiple functions including financial, operational and strategy development in a provider-owned health plan and a multi-specialty medical group with over 4,000 providers. Mr. Freeman served as Chief Financial Officer for Providence Medical Group in Oregon where he spent 5 years providing operational and financial leadership for over 1,200 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. In addition, he served for eight years as Chief Financial Officer and two years as Chief Operational Officer for First Care Health Plans in Austin Texas. Mr. Freeman understands the importance of developing external relationships with key physicians, health systems, and governmental entities. He enjoys building cross-functional teams to achieve short and long-term objectives and values the importance of developing external relationships with key physicians, health systems, and governmental entities. Mr. Freeman’s leadership in these areas, and in the annual budget process, keeps IEHP financially stable amid healthcare changes and economic volatility. Mr. Freeman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and Accounting and a MBA from Texas Tech University.
Governing Board - Andrew Williams
Healthcare Scholarship Fund - About the Healthcare Scholarship Fund
p Fund is the health plan’s partnership with local academic institutions to help remove the barrier of debt for medical students and develop a growing workforce for healthcare professionals to care for the Inland Empire’s growing Medi-Cal population. Why is the Healthcare Scholarship Fund needed? According to the California Healthcare Foundation, the Inland Empire has one of the lowest ratios of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and specialty physicians per 100,000 people in California. In addition, the Inland Empire lacks adequate Specialty and Behavioral Health practitioner capacity to serve the current growing population. With the average cost of a four-year medical degree standing firm at $276,800, pursuing a career in the medical field is out of reach for more and more each year. The HSF will aid students by helping to remove the financial burden of medical school that often restricts the choices of many aspiring healthcare professionals and allow recipients to immediately pursue careers in healthcare. I am a student and am interested in becoming a Doctor, what should I do? Students interested in the IEHP Healthcare Scholarship Fund are encouraged to contact the academic institutions below for more information on how apply. While each institution may have differing eligibility requirements, all Healthcare Scholarship Fund scholarships require students commit to practicing in the Inland Empire for 5 years after graduation. Participating schools and programs include: Loma Linda University Medical School University of California Riverside California University of Science and Medicine
Leadership Team - Jarrod McNaughton, MBA, FACHE
e, he works collaboratively with the IEHP Governing Board to set the strategic vision and provide executive leadership for one of the 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid Plan in the U.S. He cultivates IEHP’s strong partnership with Providers, hospitals and hundreds of community partners to deliver quality whole-person care to more than 1.5 million Members. He ensures financial stewardship and stability for IEHP’s more than $5.4 billion operational budget. A visionary health care leader, Mr. McNaughton joined IEHP in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for the operations, claims, provider contracts, enrollment and eligibility, performance improvement and Member services departments, supporting IEHP’s organizational directives, advancing IEHP’s LEAN transformation, and ensuring IEHP’s mission to deliver quality service to our Members and Providers effectively and efficiently. Prior to IEHP, Mr. McNaughton served in several roles of increasing responsibility in hospitals and large hospital systems. For nearly 20 years, he has led multi-tiered operational strategies and innovation that consistently generated superior results. He has a well-established reputation for building dynamic teams, developing leaders and fostering key relationships in the community. His ability to remove obstacles and empower everyone, from frontline Team Members to Physicians, will help support IEHP’s position of strength in the ever-changing health care environment. Mr. McNaughton’s roles as President of Kettering Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Kettering Health Network demonstrated his strategic business acumen, empathy and visionary leadership. He developed a coordinated and detailed strategy for the entire network and spearheaded many forward-looking changes in services and delivery of care to patients at those facilities. The Kettering Health Network in Southwest Ohio includes eight hospitals, nine emergency departments, many outpatient clinics and over 11,000 employees. Prior to his role at Kettering Medical Center, Mr. McNaughton was Vice President at San Joaquin Community Hospital. Among his many achievements there, he developed and implemented a new mission and service department that helped increase patient satisfaction scores from the 40th percentile to the 85th percentile in less than a year. Mr. McNaughton’s strong commitment to the community fits well with IEHP’s mission and company culture. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University and a board member for several educational and non-profit agencies. A volunteer with Global Medical Missions, an international aid organization, he has led short-term mission teams to Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, India, Nepal, Honduras and Mexico. Away from work, he enjoys singing, musical theater and flying single-engine planes. Mr. McNaughton pursued an undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, Graduate School of Business. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Leadership Team - Susie White, MBA
ds the plan’s overall day-to-day operations and is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives and policies which support the Mission, Vision and Core Values of IEHP and the delivery of cost-effective and efficient care to its more than 1.5 million Members. Her areas of accountability include: Member Services, Provider Services, facilities management, security, business systems configuration and support, and delegation oversight. Ms. White has more than 20 years of experience at all levels of health plan operations. She has demonstrated progressive leadership with a focus on innovation, efficiency and transparency from a collaborative, process-based perspective. She is highly regarded for her commitment to driving IEHP’s team culture, developing new leaders and fostering key relationships across the organization and the community. Her vast knowledge of complex regulations covering Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) membership, especially network administration and oversight, are integral to the operations and strategic direction of IEHP. Ms. White embodies the IEHP team culture and is committed to its Vision and Mission, having joined IEHP in 1998 and having served in various roles of increasing responsibility in the Provider Services department. In her position as Executive Director of Health & Provider Services, she directed multiple diverse teams in the integrated delivery of company wide strategic objectives, seamless medical (health care) service operations, process and system improvement and support of IEHP’s LEAN transformational journey. Ms. White was instrumental in the development of the organization’s Provider Call Center, which centralized calls into one location with an emphasis on improving customer service and increasing Provider satisfaction survey scores. She also spearheaded the innovative $45 million Network Expansion Fund (NEF), which resulted in the addition of more than 300 board-certified Primary Care Physicians (PCPs), Specialists and mid-level Providers to the Inland Empire. Ms. White earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management and her MBA in Management and Leadership from the University of La Verne.
Governing Board - Daniel P. Anderson
ofit sector. He has spent the last fifteen years advocating health care access for the low-income and uninsured population. In April 2008 he was appointed to the IEHP Governing Board and served as the Vice-Chair from January 2018 - December 2020. Dr. Anderson has addressed the health needs of the underserved and uninsured populations in his many lectures and presentations to the community. Currently, he is the President/CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation. Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and holds a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctor of Ministry Degree.
Leadership Team - Vinil Devabhaktuni, MBA
n this role, Vinil will provide leadership for the overall information technology architecture, as well as the design, development, implementation, and support of IEHP’s systems. Vinil joins IEHP most recently from Health New England, where he served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer and was responsible for managing a unique portfolio and elevating the role of technology from a supportive function to a strategic partner that played a major part in the growth of the organization. Vinil also developed and executed an end-to-end operational roadmap for sales, underwriting and accounting. In addition, he rearchitected and streamlined production support and application development operations to bring stability, predictability, and optimizations to the organization. Prior to his role at Health New England, Vinil served as vice president, digital transformation officer at AIG in New York. While in this role, he led a $50M global digital transformation initiative, which included migration and consolidation of digital properties from 140 countries around the world. Vinil holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bay Path University in Longmeadow.
Latest News - Dr. Takashi Wada Named IEHP Chief Medical Officer
a will oversee IEHP’s Health Services department and collaboratively lead the implementation of initiatives such as CalAIM, Home and Community-Based Services, the organization’s Strategic Plan, and more. In addition, Dr. Wada will provide clinical and strategic leadership through accountable processes to improve the quality-of-care delivery with improved external quality metrics. “With innovative healthcare initiatives rolling out at state and federal levels, I’m eager to lead and support our team’s work, so that we may contribute in new and meaningful ways that will positively impact the wellness of our own members and communities,” he said. Dr. Wada joined IEHP in 2019 as Vice President of Population Health. In this capacity, he oversaw the internal departments of Behavioral Health & Care Management, Community & Family Health, Health Education, and Practice Transformation. He also played a key role in various statewide and regional population health initiatives. Prior to his role at IEHP, Dr. Wada served as Chief Medical Officer/ Deputy Chief Medical Officer for CenCal Health and Director/Health Officer for Santa Barbara County’s Health Department. Dr. Wada received an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from University of California, Riverside, and a master’s degree in public health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed his medical degree from UCLA and his graduate medical education at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. “Dr. Wada truly has a passion for this work,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is joining our Executive Team. We are absolutely looking forward to working with Dr. Wada in his new role and continuing our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit.”
Latest News - IEHP Leaders Honored with LLU Alumnus of the Year Awards
ommunity Behavioral Health Amrita Rai were each named Alumnus of the Year by their respective departments at Loma Linda University (LLU) for their promotion of the vision and purposes of their alma mater along with their contributions to the community. Pham earned his master’s degree with an emphasis in healthcare administration from LLU’s School of Public Health. At IEHP, Pham develops and executes IEHP’s strategy system to advance the health plan’s mission and achieve its bold 2030 vision: we will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. In this work, Pham constantly seeks new ways for IEHP to better serve the community and its most vulnerable residents. “We were pleased to honor Mr. Thomas Pham with the SPH Alumnus of the Year Award at our 2022 commencement ceremony. His notable contributions as part of IEHP to the health and well-being of the Inland Empire communities reflect our vision for healthy people living in resilient communities supported by equitable systems of health,” said Dr. Helen Hopp Marshak, LLU Dean, School of Public Health. Honored by LLU’s School of Behavioral Health, Rai graduated with a master’s degree in social work. In her current role at IEHP, Rai actively leads both community and statewide initiatives in improving access to mental health services, including the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program. “Amrita Rai received the 2022 Alumni of the Year award at the graduation services of the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health for her unwavering commitment to servant leadership and the delivery of equitable behavioral health services for the most vulnerable populations throughout the Inland Empire,” said Dr. Beverly Buckles, LLU Dean, School of Behavioral Health. Rai also shares her expertise and passion at various speaking engagements throughout the year, inspiring awareness and continued improvement of the development and delivery of behavioral health services. “The transformational work Thomas and Amrita have done in their respective areas is a true testament to their love for the Inland Empire community. Active contributions and engagement from team members like Thomas and Amrita make IEHP’s commitment to heal and inspire the human spirit possible, and we are grateful for their service,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer.
Latest News - IEHP Sponsors Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative Scholarships and Awards
nsorship to Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC) that will be distributed to 10 students who applied for IEDC scholarships. Scholarships were distributed June 16 at San Bernardino Valley College, where IEDC Member Denise Booker was also honored for her dedication to bring awareness of Juneteenth to the Riverside community. “Providing opportunities, aid and continuing to advocate and honor individuals who stand for equity is critical to our mission to obtain optimal care and vibrant health in our region,” said IEHP Director of Community Health and IEDC Board President, Dr. Gabriel Uribe. “Since 2019, IEDC has distributed 33 scholarships to Inland Empire students with disabilities who are pursing undergraduate, graduate, vocational or technical degrees. It’s a tradition we hope to continue through our partnerships and community support.” Established in 2006, IEDC is powered by a partnership between IEHP, Community Access Center and PossAbilities of Loma Linda University Health. Today the organization brings together more than 900 service providers from several organizations across the Inland Empire who serve seniors and people with disabilities. “It's imperative we do what we can to level the playing field and advocate for underserved and marginalized communities. That’s what’s so inspiring about Mrs. Booker. She stood up, she spoke up and she sparked positive change in her community,” added Uribe. Booker has been an IEDC member since 2017 and has been active in advocating for the Black community. Through her organization, The Black Collaborative, Booker has led advocacy efforts to inform local politicians and leaders about Juneteenth and why the day is important in our nation’s history. “The collaboration I have with IEDC provides me the opportunity to help a section of my community that I otherwise would not be able to,” said Booker. “My relationship with IEDC brings true the African proverb, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.’”
Latest News - IEHP Welcomes New Chief Information Officer
ion Officer. In this role, Vinil will provide leadership for the overall information technology architecture, as well as the design, development, implementation, and support of IEHP’s systems. Vinil joins IEHP most recently from Health New England, where he served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer and was responsible for managing a unique portfolio and elevating the role of technology from a supportive function to a strategic partner that played a major part in the growth of the organization. Vinil also developed and executed an end-to-end operational roadmap for sales, underwriting and accounting. In addition, he rearchitected and streamlined production support and application development operations to bring stability, predictability, and optimizations to the organization. Prior to his role at Health New England, Vinil served as vice president, digital transformation officer at AIG in New York. While in this role, he led a $50M global digital transformation initiative, which included migration and consolidation of digital properties from 140 countries around the world. Vinil holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and is eager to join IEHP, “I look forward to joining the team and helping fulfill the IEHP mission through collaboration, innovation, and strategic support. There are no limits to what we can achieve for the members, providers, employees, and community when we work together”. “Vinil will make an excellent addition to the team and we are so excited to bring him on board,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “Vinil’s experience and expertise in the field will support our efforts to enhance the effectiveness of the remarkable work IEHP does every day in an effort to heal and inspire the human spirit.”