SCAN Health Plan Arizona has appointed Wendy Karsten vice president and general manager, effective immediately. For the past year Karsten has been serving as vice president of healthcare operations for SCAN in Arizona.
“Over the past year Wendy has made a significant contribution to SCAN and our members in a variety of areas, including overseeing our home-visit program,” said Chris Wing, president and CEO of SCAN Health Plan. “We know that in this newly created role she will continue to find new ways to help our SCAN members maintain their health and independence.”
As vice president and general manager for SCAN Health Plan Arizona, Karsten is now responsible for the health plan’s overall performance in Maricopa and Pima counties, providing strategic, operational and financial direction. To that task she brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership. Immediately prior to joining SCAN, Karsten served as CEO for Huntington Medical Foundation in Pasadena, California, where under her leadership the large multi-site medical group implemented an electronic health record system, opened an urgent care center, formed a local partnership to provide care to uninsured children in the community, and acquired 14 area medical practices.
Karsten holds a Master of Arts degree in education from California State University Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in finance and accounting from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR.
SCAN Health Plan, one of the largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans in the United States, currently has nearly 145,000 members in California and Arizona. Further information may be obtained at scanhealthplan.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/scanhealthplanarizona.
A healthy cooking demonstration and sampling offered by SCAN Health Plan. In honor of National Salad Month, the May demonstration will feature salads and will be held on May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As part of the eight-month series called “Wellness Way of Living,” a one-hour workshop on physical activity will be held on May 23 at 10 a.m. The discussion will include the health benefits of physical activity, including disease prevention and control, improved brain function and balance. Participants will also learn:
> Recommended amounts of physical activity.
> Easy ways to add physical activity to their daily routines.
> Tips for staying motivated.
> Exercises for seniors that can be done in the living room.
These classes are open to SCAN health plan members as well as the general public; however, space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Both presentations will be held at the SCAN Connections Resource Center at 1313 E. Osborn Road in Phoenix. Anyone interested in attending may call 602-778-3420 to register.
“Discovering new, interesting and delicious ways to prepare vegetables makes it much easier to infuse more of them into your diet,” said Susan Cypert, senior community resource specialist for SCAN Health Plan Arizona. “Together the healthy cooking demonstrations and wellness presentations offered at the SCAN Connections Resource Center help seniors live healthier, stay active and remain independent.”
For 35 years SCAN Health Plan has been focusing on the unique needs of people with Medicare and today is the fourth-largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan in the United States. SCAN Health Plan Arizona serves approximately 15,000 members in Maricopa and Pima counties. Further information is available at scanhealthplan.com