NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amerigroup Tennessee has appointed Edna Willingham to serve as president of the Medicaid health plan. Ms. Willingham previously served as Chief Operating Officer at the plan and succeeds Al King, who recently assumed another leadership role in the organization.
In her new role, Ms. Willingham is responsible for all aspects of Amerigroup Medicaid health plan operations in Tennessee, ensuring its 400,000 members receive access to high quality care and strengthening relationships in the community, with the state and among health care providers.
“Edna is a trusted and highly respected senior leader who has extensive knowledge of Amerigroup’s business, the Tennessee market and our state customer,” said Brian Shipp, South Region Medicaid President for Amerigroup. “Under Edna’s leadership, our Amerigroup Tennessee team will continue to focus on providing the highest quality service and support to consumers and our state customer as we work to make healthcare accessible, affordable and simpler for all Tennesseans.”
Ms. Willingham brings strong health care management experience and a deep knowledge of complex population health programs to her new role. Prior to her service as COO at Amerigroup Tennessee, Ms. Willingham held numerous leadership positions since joining the health plan in 1994. Before joining Amerigroup, she served as a practicing nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis before spending 10 years in various management roles at the Mid-South Foundation for Medical Care.
“TennCare is one of the most progressive, innovative and established Medicaid programs in the country,” said Ms. Willingham. “Like all of us here at Amerigroup, I’m humbled to support the program and be able to work every day to improve the lives of my fellow Tennesseans.”
Amerigroup Tennessee also announced that Robert Garnett will replace Ms. Willingham as the organization’s chief operating officer.
About Amerigroup Tennessee
Amerigroup Tennessee helps improve health care access and quality for approximately 400,000 Tennessee residents who participate in the state’s various Medicaid programs. Amerigroup serves Tennesseans by developing and delivering innovative care management programs and services. Amerigroup Tennessee members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. It provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care. For more information about Amerigroup, please visit our website at www.myamerigroup.com/tn.