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McLaren Health Care Expands Government Affairs Team to Drive Policy Initiatives

McLaren Health Care
Posted on: 31 Oct 17

GRAND BLANC, Mich., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- McLaren Health Care today announced the appointment of John McNamara as manager of state government relations. McNamara will play a key role in providing strategic support in relation to public policy and government affairs initiatives.

In his new role, McNamara will develop policy strategy and determine goals and objectives to inform and influence public policy at the state level. He will represent McLaren Health Care in proactive interactions with government officials, political leaders and business leaders to advance the organization's business and industry interests. Additionally, McNamara will establish and lead strategic efforts to advocate for McLaren Health Care and McLaren Health Plan with state and local policymakers while building and maintaining effective and conducive working relationships to advance policy interests and efforts.

"We are pleased to welcome John to the McLaren Health Care team," said Deidra Wilson, vice president of governmental affairs at McLaren Health Care. "John's extensive government affairs experience throughout the state of Michigan will provide us with valuable insights to deliver a targeted legislative strategy and guidance."

McNamara has more than a decade of public policy experience. Most recently, he served as legislative director for State Representative Michael Webber and State Senator Margaret O'Brien in Lansing, Michigan, where he managed legislative portfolios, met with stakeholders, researched and drafted potential legislation and testified before committees on pending legislation. Prior to that, McNamara spent three years in the Michigan Senate Majority Communications Department. McNamara holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Michigan State University.

McLaren Health Care: McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 450-member employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 260,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan's largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 24,000 employees and more than 52,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at

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Last updated on: 31/10/2017

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