Texas Children’s Health Plan Appoints Dr. Karen Hill as New Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
HOUSTON (Feb. 2, 2022) — Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation's first health maintenance organization (HMO) created just for children, today announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Hill as its new Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) effective immediately.
A seasoned healthcare executive and board-certified Internal Medicine and Pediatrics licensed medical doctor (M.D.), Hill will lead an NCQA-accredited Medicaid plan and the state’s top-rated HMO in Patient Experience, committed to providing its members with dependable health coverage and delivering top-quality patient care.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Hill to the Texas Children’s Health Plan executive team,” said Richelle Fleischer, president of Texas Children's Health Plan. "Her experience and passion for managed care will be an invaluable asset to the organization, and further enhance the health and well-being of our members and community.”
In her new role, Hill will lead clinical and quality initiatives that further position the organization as a leader in patient experience and quality health coverage. She is positioned to support efforts that further drive health equity and expand access to top quality care for vulnerable and medically underserved communities.
“I am inspired by the opportunity to play a role in this next phase of Texas Children’s Health Plan, as we continue to improve access to quality healthcare for our members,” said Dr. Hill. “As Chief Medical Officer and collaborative leader, I look forward to working with our community partners to further expand the health plan’s reach and bring quality care to more vulnerable populations across the state.”
Hill received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1992 and went on to complete her residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 1996. She furthered her education at the University of Houston Bauer College of Business where she obtained a Master of Business Administration in 2007.
Hill has more than 25 years of industry and academic experience, beginning with a five-year tenure at Amerigroup as an Associate Medical Director. Following, she held positions at Cigna as a Senior Medical Director for three years and Community Health Choice as a SVP and CMO of Med Affairs for an additional three years, as well as CMO for RediClinic. For more than 14 years, Hill was in private practice as an internal medicine and pediatrics medical doctor and most recently served as Corporate SVP of Programs and Product Management for HealthHelp, a WNS company.
Hill is an active member of multiple professional organizations focused on supporting women executive leaders including Chief, IGNITE, and The Links, Incorporated. She is also a member of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, and the Houston Medical Forum.
Texas Children’s Health Plan provides STAR/Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to families in Houston and more than 50 surrounding East Texas counties, with a network of more than 4,300 primary care physicians, 6,800 specialists, and 118 hospitals, including two Texas Children’s Health Plan – The Center for Children and Women. To learn more about Texas Children’s Health Plan, please visit www.TexasChildrensHealthPlan.org.
About Texas Children’s Health Plan
Texas Children’s Health Plan was founded in 1996 by Texas Children’s Hospital. It is the nation's first health maintenance organization (HMO) created just for children. Texas Children’s Health Plan provides STAR/Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to pregnant women, teens, children, and adults in Houston and more than 50 surrounding East Texas counties. Currently, the Health Plan has more than 540,000 members. Our network of more than 4,300 primary care physicians, 6,800 specialists, and 118 hospitals includes our two Texas Children’s Health Plan – The Center for Children and Women, which provide a comprehensive and unique care experience only available to our members. Texas Children’s Health Plan is also the largest combined STAR/CHIP Managed Care Organization in the Harris and Jefferson service areas. For more information on Texas Children’s Health Plan, go to www.TexasChildrensHealthPlan.org or call 1-800-990-8247.