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Steve hamman

Steve Hamman

President

Steve Hamman was appointed president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) in July 2019.

As president, he is responsible for the overall financial performance, long-term growth strategy and strategic planning of the state’s largest health insurance company, which serves more than 8 million members.

Steve joined BCBSIL in 1991 and has served in a variety of management roles within the company during his tenure at BCBSIL and at Health Care Service Corporation — which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. He most recently served as senior vice president, Enterprise Network Solutions and Provider Partnerships, for Health Care Service Corporation.

Steve holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Mathematics from Colorado College, and a master's in Business Administration in Information Systems from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University in Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of Innovista Health, and non-profits Eikon Group and New City Church while also actively participating on advisory councils for the Heritage Group and Madison Dearborn Partners.

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Derek J. Robinson, M.D., MBA, FACEP, CHCQM

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Derek J. Robinson is vice president and chief medical officer for BCBSIL. In this role, Dr. Robinson provides clinical leadership and strategic oversight to help ensure effective and efficient delivery of quality medical care to more than 8 million health plan members. Dr. Robinson, a practicing emergency medicine physician, also serves as the chair of the company’s Health Equity Steering Committee. This committee is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s health equity strategy, including institutionalizing equity across the company’s business operations.

In his prior role, Dr. Robinson served as vice president, Enterprise Quality and Accreditation at HCSC. During his tenure, he was responsible for quality improvement operations for retail, Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Federal Employee Program membership.

Prior to joining BCBSIL, Dr. Robinson was the first physician member of the executive leadership team at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, where he led efforts to improve health care quality and safety for patients across Illinois. Dr. Robinson is the former chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Chicago regional office.

Dr. Robinson is board-certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a diplomat of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He holds degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana, the Howard University College of Medicine and the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Dr. Robinson completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine. Dr. Robinson is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and serves on the Board of Trustees at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is also a member of the American Heart Association’s Diversity Leadership Committee.

Dr. Robinson is a married father of 2 sons and resides in Chicago. During his free time, he enjoys swimming, cycling and fishing. He is also passionate about mentoring young people.

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Donna Levigne

Divisional Senior Vice President, Health Care Delivery

Donna Levigne leads the Health Care Delivery team for BCBSIL. In this role, Donna provides strategic leadership in the development of a network management strategy. Her responsibilities include network strategy, contracting, operations and governance for all Illinois group, retail, Medicare and Medicaid segments.

Donna is an advocate for shared goals around health-based outcomes and has worked with BCBSIL’s network providers to implement value-based payment strategies focused on lowering health care costs and improving access to high-quality and cost-effective care.

Under Donna’s leadership, BCBSIL has expanded Medicaid network access to every county in the state. In addition, through innovative partnerships with providers, BCBSIL has grown its Accountable Care Network to include 20 provider organizations caring for more than 1.4 million members.

Donna joined BCBSIL in 2011 with over 25 years of experience in managed care — on both the health plan and provider sides of the industry. Prior to joining BCBSIL, she served as the president and chief operating officer for the Illinois market at North American Medical Management. In this role, she was responsible for the organization’s strategy, business development and market share growth. Donna is a veteran of the managed care industry, having served in key leadership roles for Access HMO, Anchor HMO, Rush Health Plans, Holy Cross Hospital, Private Health Care Systems, Concentra Preferred Systems and Naperville Health Care Associates.

Donna serves on the board of the DuPage Health Coalition (DHC), a partnership of health partners, including hospitals, doctors and leaders of community organizations, working to make health care more efficient and effective. DHC connects lower-income families to high-quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donna is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency and ensuring that no veteran is left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental health issues.

Donna and her husband live in Naperville, Illinois.

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Brian Snell

Divisional Senior Vice President, Illinois Group Markets

Brian Snell leads sales and account management for all Illinois group market segments and works to ensure that BCBSIL continues to deliver customer-first operational excellence by anticipating customer needs and offering data-driven solutions.

Prior to assuming his current position, Brian served as vice president, Sales. In this role, he led new business growth in the small, middle, large and national/major account segments. He also had account management responsibility in the middle and large group segments in Chicago.

Brian is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience with BCBSIL, having previously served in roles in underwriting, account management and sales.

Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for Envision Unlimited, a nonprofit organization that provides care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois and an MBA from DePaul University.

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