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’s leadership and influence have been recognized nationally. For eleven years in a row, Modern Healthcare has named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, ranking in the top 20 of the health sector’s most senior-level executives, high-level government administrators, elected officials, academics, and thought-leaders for four consecutive years. In 2016, Mr. Swedish was one of five health care leaders named to Crain Communications’ Top 100 Innovators list. He is also a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year—Rocky Mountain Region award, regarded as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country.
Mr. Swedish’s commitment to education, public service, diversity and inclusion, and better health care for all extends to his numerous board affiliations. He serves on the board of directors for CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education, and health care; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; the National Institute for Health Care Management, and AHIP. He is also chairman of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors and a member of the Duke Margolis External Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Swedish served as chairman of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management and the Catholic Health Association. He has also held board and advisory positions with Coventry Health Care, Inc., RehabCare Group, Inc., Cross Country, Inc., AHA, National Quality Forum, and Loyola University Chicago.
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.