Pennington to Step Down at The Health Plan


WHEELING — Jim Pennington will step down as president and CEO of The Health Plan at the end of the year.

“We greatly appreciate the contributions that Jim has made to The Health Plan and thank him for his excellent leadership and service,” said John Wright, chairman of The Health Plan board of directors. “We are sorry to see him go and we wish him the very best. We are certain that the executive management team will continue the smooth operation of The Health Plan after Jim steps down.”

An announcement regarding Pennington’s successor will be made in the coming weeks, officials indicated. He will step down with the expiration of his current employment agreement.

A West Virginia native, Pennington has led The Health Plan since July 2014.

Pennington helped The Health Plan participate in the national arena of health care insurance, as the self-funded business grew significantly during his tenure.

He also focused on making a solid footprint in the state of West Virginia. He was instrumental in moving The Health Plan’s corporate headquarters back to Wheeling.

An advocate of health and wellness, Pennington was involved in developing the first “Tough as Nails” Urban Challenge in Wheeling in May as part of the Wellness Weekend events that included the Ogden Classic Half-Marathon and 5K. He also promoted bringing the Mountain East Conference Basketball Championships to Wheeling.

“I appreciate the opportunity to come back to West Virginia and lead a dynamic organization,” Pennington said.

“It has been my honor to work with The Health Plan board of directors, the executive management team and everyone at The Health Plan. I look forward to the next chapter of my life.”

In May, officials of the West Virginia University Health System and The Health Plan announced their intent to come together to form a fully integrated health care delivery and financing system in West Virginia.

“We look forward to an exciting future for The Health Plan, including working toward a partnership and alignment with WVU Medicine,” Wright said.


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