DES MOINES, IA - Today, Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® announced that Dr. Timothy Gutshall, M.D. will join Wellmark as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Gutshall received his medical degree from the University of Iowa and began his career as a family medicine physician. He practiced medicine in the Des Moines area for 25 years, working as a family doctor and an emergency room physician. In 2004, he joined Telligen (formerly Iowa Foundation for Medical Care), currently serving as the Chief Medical Officer.
Wellmark Executive Vice President for Health Care Strategy and Policy Laura Jackson said, “Dr. Gutshall is a highly respected physician and we are proud that he is joining the Wellmark team. His vast knowledge and experience will provide expertise in improving health care quality and wellness for policyholders across Iowa and South Dakota.”
Dr. Gutshall is currently on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative and a past board member of the Health Access Partnership.
Dr. Tom Evans, president and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative praised Dr. Gutshall as a leader in quality initiatives, adding, “Tim and I went to medical school and practiced medicine together. Tim is an advocate for patient quality, who will use his tremendous energy and commitment to build coalitions in improving health care.”
Dr. Gutshall begins his new position on March 26, 2012.