Mike Cotton has been selected as the new president and CEO of SelectHealth. He’ll start the new role in mid-November, taking the reins from Pat Richards, who’s retiring at the end of this month. Bert Zimmerli, Intermountain’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, will serve as the interim SelectHealth CEO until November.

“Mike was selected from a strong pool of candidates following an extensive national search,” said Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison, MD. “He brings deep experience in integrated health systems and optimizing growth opportunities across a variety of market environments. He’s a strategic thinker, consumer centered, and a member advocate—a positive and collaborative leader to continue SelectHealth’s integration into our One Intermountain approach.”

Cotton, who will also be a member of Intermountain’s Executive Leadership Team, comes to SelectHealth from Providence Health Plan, where he’s 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.

He has been a highly valued and well-respected leader at Providence, building a strong foundation for future growth. Under his direction, Providence Health Plan grew overall membership by 20 percent, expanded operations, and formed a new population health company, Ayin Health Solutions.

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