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Metropolitan Health Plan Announces Senior Management Appointments

June 16, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, June 16 /PRNewswire/ — Metropolitan Health Plan (MHP(R)), the HMO of Hennepin County, announced staffing changes related to the retirement of David Edwards, Chief Financial Officer and David R. Johnson, Executive Director.

David Johnson served MHP for 23 years and Hennepin County for over 35 years. During his tenure at MHP, the plan has grown from serving members of Minnesota Prepaid Medical Assistance, to a plan that offers 10 government sponsored plans to over 20,000 enrollees.

Sue Zuidema has been appointed the interim Executive Director of MHP. Ms. Zuidema has served in Hennepin County for 30 years in a variety of positions, including Director of the Community Health Department and most recently an Area Director in the Human Services and Public Health Department. She has a Master’s Degree from the Humphrey Institute in health policy.

Cynthia MacDonald has been appointed as the MHP Chief Operating Officer. Prior to her promotion, Ms. MacDonald was the MHP Director of Government Programs. Ms. MacDonald has 25 years of experience in health care and an extensive background in Medicaid and Medicare as the Director of Government Programs with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and as the managed care contracting division manager at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She also worked for several years at the American Association of Retired Persons in Washington, D.C. Ms. MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

Tim Schulz has been appointed interim Chief Financial Offer. Mr. Schulz has over 20 years experience working in the healthcare industry. Most recently he was the Vice President of Finance for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Treasurer for Blue Plus. Mr. Schulz is a CPA and has a Bachelors degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of North Dakota and a Masters of Business Taxation degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Metropolitan Health Plan (MHP(R)) is a not-for-profit, state-certified Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and an enterprise initiative of Hennepin County. MHP serves people enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (Medical Assistance, General Assistance Medical Care, Minnesota Senior Health Options, Minnesota Senior Care Plus, and MinnesotaCare) in Anoka, Carver, Hennepin, Mower, Polk, and Scott counties. It also serves Medicare Advantage members in 22 Minnesota counties through four plan choices. MHP provides services to members through a network of providers and community clinics.

Metropolitan Health Plan

CONTACT: Bonnie Hays, +1-612-543-3338, fax, +1-612-904-4264,bonnie.hays@co.hennepin.mn.us, for Metropolitan Health Plan

Web site: http://www.mhp4life.org/




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