In a time of uncertainty, HealthPartners CEO shares thoughts on focusing on what matters most
Mary Brainerd’s message appears in our latest annual report
Can you think of a year when there has been more change? When there have been more questions? More uncertainties? I can’t. It’s been a challenging year in many ways and for so many of us.
At times like these, it’s even more important for us to focus on what matters most – delivering the care and coverage you want for yourself and your family, our support for your best health, our work to make health care more affordable for you, and our respect for and partnership with every person we serve.
It is also important to build on our track record and history to shape the future. This year we will celebrate our 60th birthday. That’s 60 years of building and growing with one constant: better health, better care and more affordable coverage. That focus is as important today as it was in 1957 when we opened our first clinic, HealthPartners Como Clinic.
How are we doing in delivering on these aims? We want you to know. Our annual report has some great examples. Here are a few:
- Highest quality care. HealthPartners, Park Nicollet and Stillwater Medical Group primary care clinics provided the highest quality care in the state in 13 areas, according to a MN Community Measurement report.
- 5-star Medicare rating. HealthPartners Freedom Medicare plan is the highest rated health plan in Minnesota. We are one of 17 health plans in the nation to earn this distinction.
- Lowering health care costs. Our Total-Cost-of-Care calculator, which is endorsed by the National Quality Forum, shows that HealthPartners total-cost-of-care is 17 percent lower than the average costs in Minnesota.
These results show that what started as a pioneering idea in 1957 has stood the test of time. While there is still more to do, and change will continue in the years ahead, we are confident that we are on the right path to continue to be your trusted partner in health and well-being. Thank you for allowing us that privilege.