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Geisinger Health Plan names Youso CEO

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Steven R. Youso is CEO of Geisinger Health Plan.
Steven R. Youso is CEO of Geisinger Health Plan. - (Photo / )

Danville-based insurer Geisinger Health Plan has named Steven R. Youso its new CEO, effective Aug. 4.

He will succeed Dr. Duane E. Davis. Davis announced his retirement earlier this year but will continue in a consulting role with xG Health Solutions, "helping health care provider organizations become high-performing population health management systems," according to a news release.

Youso also will serve as CEO of Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Co. and Geisinger Quality Options Inc. and as executive vice president of insurance operations for Geisinger Health System.

Started in 1985, GHP serves about 471,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and West Virginia.

“We are fortunate to have Steven Youso join Geisinger,” said Geisinger Health System President and CEO Dr. Glenn Steele Jr. “He understands the unique value proposition of an integrated health system through his own experience at Security Health Plan and the Marshfield Clinic. We look forward to his leadership and commitment to improving quality.”

Youso has more than 35 years in health care and managed care organizations management. Since 2005, he served as the chief administrative officer at Security Health Plan, a 225,0000-member health plan in Wisconsin. Prior to that, Youso was vice president of sales and community accounts at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Youso has a bachelor's degree in business and health care administration from Concordia College, and he is an active board member and treasurer of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. 

"I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to lead Geisinger Health Plan,” said Youso. “Both Geisinger Health System and Geisinger Health Plan are known and respected nationally as leaders in providing high quality clinical care and value to members and patients. I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to build on Geisinger Health Plan’s successes.”

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