Mike Cotton has been named president and CEO of SelectHealth, the wholly owned subsidiary not-for-profit insurance arm of Intermountain Healthcare. Cotton will also serve as a member of Intermountain’s executive leadership team.

  Cotton replaces current SelectHealth president and CEO Patricia Richards, who is retiring on Aug. 31. Bert Zimmerli, Intermountain’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, will serve as interim president and CEO until Cotton joins SelectHealth in mid-November.

Cotton comes to SelectHealth from Providence Health Plan, where he has served as CEO since 2015. Providence Health Plan is part of the Providence St. Joseph Health System, a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system based in Portland, Oregon.

Before joining Providence Health Plan, Cotton was vice president and chief operating officer for Humana, responsible for its Medicaid and state-based contract programs. In addition, he has led provider-sponsored health plans affiliated with University Hospitals Health System and Premier Health System, based in Ohio.

Cotton graduated from Cleveland State University, earning an MBA in healthcare administration. He also holds a certificate of executive healthcare management from Case Western Reserve University and completed his undergraduate studies at Franklin University and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

SelectHealth serves 900,000 members with commercial and government medical plans, dental, vision, pharmacy benefit management, and life and disability coverage.

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