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January 27, 2023
PacificSource Health Plans appointed John Espinola as the organization's new president and CEO, effective April 3, 2023. In this role, Espinola will provide leadership, strategic guidance, and direction for PacificSource's overall operations and will hold primary responsibility for profit and loss and fulfilling the organization's commitment to its mission, vision and values. Espinola comes to PacificSource with more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare. He most recently served in a dual role as executive vice president, chief strategy and product officer with Premera Blue Cross and as CEO of Kinwell Physician Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Premera. Prior to his 12 years spent with Premera, he served as the national medical director for Essence Healthcare and before that as executive director and medical director of Evercare, a division of UnitedHealth Group. Espinola received his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross, his medical degree and master of public health from Tufts University School of Medicine, and his master of business administration from the University of Washington. Espinola will replace Ken Provencher, who has served as PacificSource's president and CEO for 21 years. Provencher announced his retirement in late 2022 after a total of 28 years dedicated to PacificSource. He will continue to serve as president and CEO until March 31, 2023. PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington.