The board of directors for HMO Partners, Inc. (doing business as Health Advantage) elected John Glassford as the company’s new president and chief executive officer.
Glassford replaces David Bridges, who served as president and CEO for 17 years. Bridges has been promoted to chief administrative officer for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and will remain on the HMO Partners board of directors.
As regional executive for Arkansas Blue Cross’ central office, John Glassford oversees group sales and marketing, medical management, risk management and provider services. Prior to joining the company in 2007 as an internal business consultant, Glassford served as a financial analyst/plan manager for Burgett & Dietrich, regional director of Managed Care for Tenet Healthcare Corporation and president and chief executive officer of NovaSys Health.
A native of Hot Springs, Glassford received his bachelor’s degree in 1990 from Hendrix College. Glassford and his wife, Kim, now reside in Little Rock and have two sons.
Health Advantage, an affiliate of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is the oldest health maintenance organization (HMO) in Arkansas. Health Advantage is both state- certified and federally qualified and serves more than 225,000 members. Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,500 employees. Health Advantage and Arkansas Blue Cross are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is comprised of 37 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that collectively provide health care coverage for 100 million — nearly one in three — Americans.