Corizon adds president, COO

Addition of ex-UnitedHealthcare leader allows Cesario to return to VP role

Corizon Health announced today it has named Scott A. Bowers president and chief operating officer, effective Aug. 4.

Bowers (pictured), who most recently served as president and chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee, assumes the COO role Carla Cesario had filled as an interim, according to a release. Cesario will resume her role as group vice president of operations for the Brentwood-based corrections health care industry company.

Bowers, who brings 18 years of health care management experience to the position, also has served as president and CEO of Unison Health Plan of Ohio and as executive director of Harmony Health Plan of Illinois.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.

“Scott is a highly regarded healthcare professional who understands our mission and will help us fulfill it,” Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., Corizon Health CEO, said in the release. “He will be a senior leader in the company, who will develop strategies to meet our business objectives. He will play a pivotal role in elevating our organization to the next level.

“I also want to express my appreciation to Carla for her willingness to manage the COO duties in the interim, and her ongoing dedication to the Corizon Health team,” Myers added.

The announcement today follows Corizon's recent announcement it has landed another three-year contract with the Missouri Department of Corrections, a contract that includes four potential one-year renewals and is valued at $1.1 billion over the seven-year term (read here).

Bowers will be responsible for ensuring Corizon transparency and accountability, as well as leading key management personnel throughout the company.

"This is the perfect opportunity for me to join an innovative team focusing on pulling the best from true public/private partnerships,” Bowers said. “I'm looking forward to joining with the thousands of dedicated practitioners to improve patient health and safety, while controlling costs for our clients.”