Joseph Swedish, MHA

Joseph Swedish, MHA
Chairman, President, & CEO
Anthem

Joseph R. Swedish is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Anthem, Inc., a Fortune 33 company and the nation’s leading health benefits provider. Anthem serves more than 40 million members—or one in eight Americans—through its affiliated health plans, and over 74 million individuals across 27 states through its broad portfolio of health insurance and services subsidiaries, including Amerigroup, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans, CareMore, and Simply Healthcare.

Mr. Swedish has reinvigorated Anthem’s culture and leveraged his personal commitment to diversity and inclusion in order to create a company that can truly meet the unique needs of its increasingly diverse members and communities. Mobilizing the company’s 53,000 associates around four strategic pillars – provider collaboration, managing total cost of care, consumer centricity, and quality – he has put Anthem on track to realize its vision to be America’s valued health partner. Since Mr. Swedish joined the company in March 2013, Anthem’s membership has grown by four million, or 11 percent, to more than 40 million, the average share price has approximately tripled, and operating revenue has increased 39 percent to over $84 billion.

A visionary leader with a deep commitment to expanding access to high quality and affordable health care, Mr. Swedish works closely with political leaders and policymakers to find innovative, cost effective solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges. In January 2017, amidst a pivotal time in the industry, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national trade association whose members provide coverage for health care and related services to millions of Americans every day. He continues to be a strong proponent for quality health care for all, including the nation’s most underserved and vulnerable populations.

Mr. Swedish has more than 44 years of health care leadership experience, including over 25 years as CEO for several major health systems, most recently as president and CEO of Trinity Health, an 18-state integrated health care delivery system. Previously he held CEO and senior leadership positions with Centura Health and Hospital Corporation of America.
Throughout his career, Mr. Swedish has built a reputation for accelerating financial and operational performance combined with improvements in cost and quality of care by enhancing strategic direction and tactical market realignment. He has also specialized in leveraging value-creating assets through mergers and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Swedish has been at the forefront of the industry’s efforts to utilize advances in information technology. During his tenure at Trinity, Mr. Swedish led the development of the nation’s first large scale electronic medical records system. In his current role, Mr. Swedish continues to apply his expertise through data analytics, provider enablement tools and consumer solutions.

Mr. Swedish received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.