Willamette Valley Community Health Loses CEO

It’s unknown what led William Guest to leave his job.

William Guest is no longer the CEO of Willamette Valley Community Health, a coordinated care organization based in Salem that serves Marion and Polk counties. It’s unknown whether Guest left this position voluntarily since he could not be reached for comment at press time.

Guest joined the CCO barely two years ago, in August 2014, after spending the previous 18 years as CEO of Cascade Comprehensive Care, also a CCO located in Klamath Falls.

After assuming his new role at Willamette Valley, Guest told The Lund Report, “This is a great opportunity for me and my family.”

Last year Guest was paid $391,082, and, as such, was the third highest paid CCO executive in Oregon.

Willamette Valley, with more than 104,000 members, ended 2015 with $12.7 million in net income and received $6.06 million in quality incentive pool payments from the Oregon Health Authority. The health plan reported an operating margin of 3.0 percent at year’s end compared to a total margin of 2.9 percent and had $22 million in cash and investments.

MidValley IPA is a stand-alone FP LLC and is the only partner of the CCO with an equity share.

Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson chairs its board of directors. She was elected in November 2002, then re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Carlson, who also could not be reached for comment, is past president of the Association of Oregon Counties and previously was a budget analyst for the state of Oregon and served as its budget director.

She succeeded Scott Tiffany as board chair. 


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