Today we announce the addition of Dana Thomas as Growth Partnerships leader. Her appointment expands Waymark's depth of expertise in Medicaid and further enables our strategy to partner with Medicaid managed care plans and the primary care community to increase access to whole-person care for vulnerable populations.
As a member of the Growth team, Dana Thomas will leverage her decades of experience in growing access to publicly funded health programs for low-income people. Dana comes to Waymark from Elevance Inc.'s Government Business Division where she was a member of the Medicaid Business Unit's leadership team, having served most recently as Growth Director. Prior to joining Elevance, she served in leadership roles advocating on behalf of safety-net providers and spent time on Capitol Hill. Dana is an attorney by training.
"Dana's experience as a senior health plan operator will accelerate Waymark's growth and demonstrates our commitment to cultivating partnerships that produce meaningful results for provider and plan partners," said Waymark CEO and co-founder Rajaie Batniji, M.D. Ph.D. "Dana has deep first-hand experience with the issues that MCOs, states, and Medicaid providers are working to solve, and will be instrumental in ensuring we can meet the aims of our partners."
Waymark partners in value-based arrangements with Medicaid health plans to deliver community-based care that complements existing Medicaid primary care providers. Dana will be leading Waymark's partnership efforts with Medicaid health plans.