Amid Leadership Change, Affinity Health Plan Continues to Advance Primary Care Mission

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Board of Directors of Bronx-based Affinity Health Plan announced
today that Glenn A. MacFarlane has resigned as President and Chief
Executive Officer, effective later this month. James A. Hooley,
currently Chairman of Affinity’s Board, will assume responsibilities as
Interim President and CEO until a permanent successor is named. Paloma
Izquierdo-Hernandez, currently Vice Chair of the Affinity Board, will
assume the post of Acting Board Chair.

Mr. Hooley has extensive experience in managed care and the delivery of
community-based health services. With a decade of experience on the
Affinity Board of Directors, he is well positioned to lead the 30-year
old health plan, which serves approximately 300,000 members through one
the largest provider networks in the Greater New York Region. Currently
a healthcare consultant, Mr. Hooley most recently served as the Chief
Executive Officer of the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
(NHPRI) from 2011 until his retirement in 2014. Prior to that, he was
President and Chief Executive Director of Neighborhood Health Plan of
Massachusetts from 1995 to 2005.

Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez, who is President and CEO of Urban Health Plan,
a nationally acclaimed federally qualified health center also based in
the Bronx, said of these developments, “Under Glenn’s leadership,
Affinity has greatly advanced its primary care focused mission by
forging deeper relationships with the primary care community across its
10-county service area.” She added, “Through his significant
accomplishments and singular focus on promoting Affinity’s mission,
Glenn has unmistakably positioned Affinity for continued success – and
this is critical, especially given the depth and speed of transformative
change that typifies the health care industry these days. Looking ahead,
we are fortunate to be able to draw from Jim Hooley’s extensive
experience leading community health plans, and I know that he is
personally excited to be able to work directly with the talented and
committed leadership team in place at the plan.”

About Affinity Health Plan

Founded in 1986, Affinity is an independent, not-for-profit organization
driven by the mission to help its members, their families and their
communities lead healthier lives. Over the past 30 years, Affinity has
built one of the area’s largest physician networks, which includes
30,000 providers and more than 85 of the top hospitals in the Greater
New York region. Affinity offers a variety of programs under Medicare,
Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan and Qualified Health Plans
on the New York State of Health Marketplace for members in the Bronx,
Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk,
Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties. For more information, visit, or follow Affinity on Twitter and Facebook.


Affinity Health Plan
Victor Pupo, 718-794-5743