The board of the Midwest Business Group on Health, a nonprofit employer coalition of 130 employers, announced that vice president Cheryl Larson will take over the role of CEO and president in 2018. She will replace Larry Boress, who has been with MBGH for 26 years including 12 years as president and CEO.
Larson has worked for MBGH for a total of 24 years. In her current position she leads the organization’s educational and networking activities, according to an MBGH press release. She also oversees many major research projects, including the National Employer Initiative on Specialty Drugs and the Employer Communications Initiative on Benefits Literacy and Consumerism, according to her LinkedIn profile.
“Cheryl has been Vice President of MBGH and my friend and partner these years that I’ve been MBGH’s coalition leader,” said Boress in an email statement. “Most of you know her and will recognize her passion for MBGH and employers, as well as her ability to speak out in new directions to enhance quality, cost, and safety in our health system.”
Larson looks forward to working with the MBGH board and MBGH members to inspire employers to be more effective purchasers of health care, she said in an email statement. She plans on working to find “innovative health care solutions focused on quality, safety, supplier accountability and lower costs.”
“I am honored to continue our legacy as one of the most highly respected and active coalitions in the country,” she said. “The time is ripe for change and coalitions like ours can support employers in driving that change.”
Larson will take the role of CEO on Jan. 1. Boress will continue to work part-time as executive director of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers, a Chicago-based nonprofit that represents the interests of employer, union and government sponsors of onsite health, fitness, wellness and pharmacy centers and worksite clinics.
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