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 Optima Health Leadership 

Michael M. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Michael M. Dudley, PresidentMichael M. Dudley is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Optima Health and Senior Vice President of Sentara Healthcare, having held this position since 1996. Under his leadership, Optima has doubled its membership to 400,000 members by expanding to new markets, introducing new products and  securing new customers in large and small employer groups,  including a  contract with the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Optima has achieved national recognition and accreditation for satisfaction, quality and financial security.

Dudley began his career with Kaiser Permanente Health Programs in California and served 18 years in a wide-range of leadership roles from medical center to health plan executive. Prior to his departure, he served as President and CEO Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company, a start-up company licensed in 16 states where he directed and oversaw all indemnity health insurance services offered by Kaiser Permanente nationally.

Dudley holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver, CO, and completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University in Stanford, CA.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Health Plan Alliance, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and is a Fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives.

John E. DeGruttola, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing

John DeGruttola, Senior Vice President, Marketing and SalesJohn E. DeGruttola serves as the Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Optima Health.  In this role, he is responsible for the overall growth of Optima Health with a primary focus in strategic positioning of the organization which includes identifying, promoting, and distributing new products and services that produce overall profitable growth.  

DeGruttola has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare consulting, sales, marketing, advertising, product development and health plan operations. Prior to joining Optima Health, he was the Executive Leader for a large national insurance company, responsible for the sales and retention of the small and large group markets.  DeGruttola also held various healthcare management positions with an insurer, provider system, and consulting house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

DeGruttola holds a bachelor’s of science degree in biology and mathematics from Westminster College.   

Thomas Lundquist, M.D., MMM, FAAP, FACPE, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Thomas Lundquist, M.D.Thomas Lundquist, MD, MMM, FAAP, FACPE serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Optima Health. In this role, he leads the clinical care team and further promotes and encourages expanded payer-provider partnerships through efforts such as pay for quality, bundled payment initiatives, increased clinical integration and accountable care strategies.

Lundquist formerly served as President & CEO of AnewCare ACO Collaborative and Chief Clinical Integration Officer at Integrated Solutions Health Network & CrestPoint Health Plan. There he led clinical integration efforts between AnewCare, Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) Hospitals and the many talented physician groups affiliated with MSHA across the tri-state area. Lundquist previously served as BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee's VP Performance Measurement & Improvement, promoting quality and delivery system improvement across the State of Tennessee. In that role he led PCMH, Bundled Payment Initiatives, Transparency efforts, P4P and the early identification of possible Accountable Care System partnerships across the State of TN. Lundquist formerly served as the Chief Medical Officer for the diverse health companies and his clinical experience includes 10+ years of combined clinical primary care and hospitalist practice.

Lundquist holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State followed by his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins and received his Masters in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Andy Hilbert, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Andy Hilbert, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerAndy Hilbert serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Optima Health.  In this role, he is responsible for financial management, planning, reporting and analysis, legal, product pricing, actuarial and underwriting.

Hilbert has more than 25 years experience in financial management. Prior to his appointment, Hilbert served as CFO with Tufts Health Plan in Watertown, MA, a 700,000 member health plan that is ranked second in US News and World Report’s 2006 and 2007 rankings of all health plans in the nation. Additionally, he was CFO of two publicly held, New York Stock Exchange traded financial institutions, Liberty Financial Companies, providing investment management and retirement-oriented insurance products and Paul Revere Corporation, a leader in providing disability, life and annuity insurance products, both in the Massachusetts area.  Prior to that, he was a partner in the Insurance Services Group for Price Waterhouse, serving in both the Boston, MA and Columbia, SC offices.

Hilbert holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Life Underwriter