Meridian of Michigan Appoints New CMO

A Michigan insurance agency has recently announced a change in their c-suite with the appointment of a new Chief Medical Officer.

Meridian Michigan, which provides government-sponsored health plans including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Health Insurance Marketplace, has announced the appointment of Dr. Kay Judge as its new Chief Medical Officer. With more than two decades of experience from large health systems in both Michigan and California, Dr. Judge will bring years of expertise to the role which will oversee several projects, policies and functional operations.

Dr. Judge has served as Regional Medical Director of Health Net LLC, Central Valley, a Centene Corporation subsidiary in Northern California. There, she focused on reducing longstanding disparities in healthcare and incorporating technology to help improve engagement and health outcomes. She served in this role for three years.

A native of Detroit, Dr. Judge will return to her roots to take on the new role and serve the community. A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, she received her Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California. Before joining Health Net, Dr. Judge served as a senior staff physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She later served as an executive in the Sutter Health System in Sacramento, California for more than 15 years in various capacities including serving on the board of directors.

Dr. Judge will now join Sean Kendall, President and CEO of Meridian Michigan, as well as the rest of the leadership team to impact not only the medical professionals she will supervise, but also members of the healthcare system.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Judge back to Michigan and to add an executive with her experience and accomplishments to the Meridian leadership team,” says Kendall. “In her new role, she will lead our team of highly qualified medical professionals to ensure that our members continue to receive affordable, high-quality healthcare throughout the state.”

Making the official announcement to return home, Dr. Judge’s appointment will begin April 10.

“It is gratifying to come back and serve the community I grew up in,” Dr. Judge said. “Meridian has an excellent national reputation in the managed care industry as a high-quality health plan, and to have the opportunity to work with Meridian CEO Sean Kendall and his leadership team was a huge draw for me.”

Dr. Judge’s expertise includes experience coordinating digital therapeutics and remote technologies in population health and care management in the post-COVID-19 era. She is a nationally recognized public speaker with a passion for health equity and innovation.

Meridian of Michigan was introduced to the state in 2015 and has since been a fixture in providing access to healthcare for the state’s residents. A Fortune 25 company, Meridian of Michigan provides health coverage to more than 26 million Americans across their several entities. Meridian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation.

With deep roots to the community it serves, Meridian of Michigan is focused on providing high quality healthcare, but also, through education, increasing the quality of life for Michiganders.

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