KNOXVILLE, TN — Capital District Physicians’ Heath Plan, Inc. (CDPHP)® is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Nancy A. Schuster as its newest medical director; Schuster is a 2009 graduate of the Physician Executive MBA program in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration. Schuster will provide leadership to and serve as a liaison between the physician community and CDPHP, while assisting with the implementation of the medical management, quality improvement, and resource management initiatives. She brings to CDPHP expertise in leading a hospitalist program, which will enhance CDPHP’s abilities to work collaboratively with area hospitals as they jointly pursue quality care for their members.
“I’m thrilled to welcome someone of Dr. Schuster’s caliber, passion and diverse background to our team,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP. “The addition of Dr. Schuster will help CDPHP provide even more assistance to our provider community, as we work together on initiatives to improve care for our members,” added Dr. Bennett.
Prior to joining CDPHP, Schuster was the medical director of the hospitalist and health resource management programs at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. During this time, she earned the designation of Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM) through the Society of Hospital Medicine. Schuster also served as the medical director for Southwestern Vermont Healthcare VNA and Hospice and is certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Schuster earned her medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Established in 1984 as a physician-founded, member-focused, and community-based not-for-profit health plan, CDPHP and its affiliates are uniquely positioned to serve as a model of quality and health value, offering members in 24 counties throughout New York a full array of innovative products.