Management change at CareOregon


Patrick Curran has announced his decision to step down from his position as CareOregon’s Chief Executive Officer. Since September, Curran has been on intermittent leave to support a family member with an ongoing health issue and has determined to make that his priority.

The board of directors has named Chief Network Officer Scott Clement as interim CEO while it conducts a national search for a permanent replacement. Clement becomes CEO November 19, 2015. Curran will remain with CareOregon to assist the transition until a new CEO is named.

“It has been a privilege to work at CareOregon,” said Curran. “My top priorities right now are to support my family and ensure a seamless transition for CareOregon. Since CareOregon will continue to have its existing and outstanding management team, staff and board in place, I know it will continue to thrive.”

“Patrick has led CareOregon to a strong and sustainable position, said board chair Vickie Gates. “Although we understand and support his decision, we will miss his leadership, vision and commitment to CareOregon’s mission. He has been with CareOregon for 12 years, the last three as CEO, and has provided invaluable service to members, providers, staff, partners and community. Patrick is a creative and collaborative leader who has a gift for bringing a variety of people and perspectives together for shared success. We know he will continue to be a valuable resource in this transition and appreciate his willingness to work with us.”

During his tenure as CEO, Curran led CareOregon through implementation and growth of several Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) throughout the state, while continuing to grow its Medicare Advantage and dental plans. According to Curran, his focus has been on developing innovative programs and partnerships designed to address the social determinants of health. Prior to his role as CEO, Curran held several leadership positions at CareOregon, including director of Business Integration, director of Medicare Programs and director of Provider Relations.

CareOregon now supports almost 250,000 Oregonians through partner CCOs, 12,000 mainly low-income Oregonians through its CareOregon Advantage Medicare plans, and 50,000 Tri-county area Medicaid members through CareOregon Dental.

“We are reviewing several national recruiting firms and know we have a strong leader in Scott during the interim,” said Gates. “While Scott has shared that he won’t be seeking the position permanently, his already demonstrated leadership skills will keep us on target and on track during this transition.

For information, contact Jeanie Lunsford, 503-416-3626, [email protected]. 

About CareOregon
CareOregon is a nonprofit community benefits company that’s been involved in health plan services, reforms and innovations since 1994, serving Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) and Medicare members and their communities. Our mission is cultivating individual well-being and community health through shared learning and innovation. Our vision is healthy communities for all individuals, regardless of income or social circumstances. We focus on the total health of our members, not just traditional health care. In teaming up with members, their families and their communities, we help Oregonians live better lives, prevent illness and respond effectively to health issues.

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