NEW YORK, NY (May 15, 2013) — EmblemHealth Chairman and CEO Anthony L. Watson today announced his retirement, effective May 31, 2013, after a combined 28 years with EmblemHealth and HIP Health Plan of New York. In 2006, Mr. Watson agreed with Frank Branchini, President and CEO of GHI, to merge HIP and GHI forming EmblemHealth. Mr. Watson has been Chairman and CEO of EmblemHealth and Mr. Branchini serves as President and COO of EmblemHealth.
Mr. Watson has been an influential leader in shaping the landscape of health care in New York for the past forty years. He retires with the company in a strong financial and operating position, prepared for the changes that will result from health care reform. The company has also been an innovator in care delivery through the resurgence of the medical groups and the creation of AdvantageCare Physicians. Mr. Watson emphasized the strong, long-term partnership with EmblemHealth President & COO Frank J. Branchini and their joint commitment to improve access to quality care for the people of New York.
The election of Mr. Branchini as Chairman and CEO and Mr. Dan Finke as President and COO will be confirmed at the EmblemHealth annual board meeting on May 22, 2013.
EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.4 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of PPO, EPO and HMO plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs and dental and vision care. EmblemHealth offers a choice of networks, including quality doctors and other health care professionals throughout the region, leading acute care hospitals across the tristate area, and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states. For more information, visit www.emblemhealth.com.