Dr. John D. Bennett Jr., chairman of the board of directors of the Capital District Physicians Health Plan, has been selected to replace Dr. William J. Cromie as the health plan's president and chief executive officer, the company announced in a statement this morning.
Bennett will take over July 1 for Cromie, who announced in March he would step down for health reasons.
"Our board of directors has made a great selection," Cromie said. "Dr. Bennett's experience as our board chairman, management in his own medical practice and more than two decades as a local cardiologist allow him to understand the needs of the plan and those of the local physician community."
A practicing cardiologist in the Albany area since 1983, Bennett currently practices with Albany Associates in Cardiology, a division of Prime Care Physicians, and was named interim CEO of Prime Care in November. Bennett is chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital and has been a member of the CDPHP board since 1996 and its chairman since September 2003.
"I have worked closely with Dr. Cromie for the past seven years to help transform CDPHP from a traditional health insurance company into a health value company that focuses on improving care while reducing costs. I look forward to the exciting challenges that this position will offer while continuing to pursue this mission," Bennett said.