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Susan Knapp Pinnas Named AvMed Health Plans' New Senior Vice President of Network

Friday, January 9, 2009 General News J E 4
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MIAMI, Jan. 8 Susan Knapp Pinnas, a leader of providernetwork operations in the Southeast with extensive diversified healthcareexperience, has been named AvMed's new Senior Vice President of Network, thecompany announced today.

As a member of AvMed's senior executive team, Knapp Pinnas will beresponsible for advancing AvMed's overall provider network strategy around thekey principles of strong relationships and service excellence. Pinnas'appointment is effective immediately.

"I am confident the breadth and depth of Susan's provider networkexperience will take AvMed's network and provider relations to the nextlevel," said Michael Gallagher, AvMed's CEO. "While leading provider networkoperations in the Southeast, Susan developed strong relationships anddelivered exemplary value through service excellence. AvMed is poised forrobust growth and Susan's skills in developing and strengthening providernetworks will serve those goals well."

"It is a privilege to be able to contribute to AvMed's proud legacy ofpersonalized service," said Susan Knapp Pinnas. "I look forward to enhancingAvMed's provider network operations and helping to strengthen its position asa high performance health plan across all of its business activities."

Knapp Pinnas has over 30 years of experience in provider networkoperations, business development and managed care contracting. Most recently,she served as Cigna's President and General Manager for South Florida and theCaribbean. Previously, she was Cigna's Vice-President for Network Management,Southeast Region.

AvMed is one of Florida's oldest and largest not-for-profit health plans,and is solely focused on providing health coverage to Florida citizens andbusinesses. AvMed is one of only a few health plans in the United States thatenjoys dual "Excellent" accreditation status for both its commercial andMedicare health plans from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Inaddition, AvMed has received an "A," or "Excellent" rating by TheStreet.comRatings, placing it among the top nine percent of all health plans in theUnited States in terms of financial strength.

SOURCE AvMed Health Plans
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