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Health system names VP of government relations and public policy

July 12, 2016
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David Bilardello
David Bilardello. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A local health system has named a long-time health plan executive its VP of government relations and public policy.

Spectrum Health said yesterday that it has hired David Bilardello to serve in the position.

The role

Bilardello will oversee and direct Spectrum Health’s federal, state and local public policy relationships and advocacy, working with the system's medical group, hospital group and health plan.

The government affairs group monitors all legislation that may affect Spectrum Health, facilitates understanding of legislation and develops and communicates public policy implications within the system.

Spectrum Health said the role is particularly important “in this rapidly evolving health care environment.”

“We are fortunate to have someone with David’s background and accomplishments lead our government relations and public policy efforts,” said Steve Heacock, SVP of public affairs and research, Spectrum Health.

Heacock said Bilardello is a “strong advocate” for policies that give Michigan residents “competitive choices and reduce costs.”

Bilardello’s background

Bilardello brings 26 years of experience and a “wealth of knowledge” in health care public policy and advocacy to the role.

He has held many leadership positions over the past 20 years at Spectrum's health plan, Priority Health, including executive director of commercial products and director of underwriting and pricing.

As principal of public policy, his most recent role at Priority Health, he was responsible for setting local, state and federal strategies to further the health plan's goals.

Previously, he worked for FHP of Texas and Towers Perrin, now Towers Watson, both in Houston, and MetLife in Aurora, Illinois.

Bilardello was recently appointed to the board of The Rapid and is involved with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Michigan Association of Health Plans.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A. in finance from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. 

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