Parkland Names Executive Director of Its Community Health Plan

Parkland has named John W. Wendling as its Executive Director of the Parkland Community Health Plan, which is Parkland’s Medicaid Managed Care Organization. According to a release, Wendling has experience in managed care, the integration of services, accountable care organization development, and patient-centered medical home models.

Wendling is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Health Insurance Plans, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Association for Healthcare Quality. (Courtesy of: Parkland).

Parkland’s Community Health Plan started in 1999 as an effort to provide insurance services for children, teens, pregnant women and adults. The programs cover doctor visits, checkups, immunizations, and more. There are more than 3,000 doctors and 25 hospitals in network, which include Parkland and Children’s Medical Center.

Wendling has 30 years of experience in the healthcare world, and has been in leadership positions for 20 years. His most recent role was Gateway Health in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he was the Corporate Vice President Business of Business Development. While there, he helped develop new and existing markets such as Medicaid and Medicare Advantage. Before that, he was the CEO at Magellan Healthcare in Nebraska and CEO of Healthfirst of Ohio, Inc.