HOUSTON (Jan. 29, 2009) – The Harris County Hospital District Board of Managers today finalized the appointment of Ken Janda as president and CEO of Community Health Choice, Inc. (CHC), a Houston-based managed care organization that provides managed health care plans to low-income families, including: Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the CHIP-Perinatal health plans. CHC is a 501(c)4 and an affiliate of the Harris County Hospital District.
Janda replaces Dr. Glen Johnson, who joined CHC in May 1998 and led CHC through its last 10 years of operation. Johnson retired in November 2008.
Janda will oversee a team of approximately 225 employees serving more than 135,000 CHC members in all facets of managed care: from member services and claims to network and clinical management, information systems, marketing and regulatory affairs. In addition to serving those in governmental programs, CHC is committed to improving health outcomes for its members and reducing the number of uninsured through new subsidized programs for the working uninsured.
Janda has served since April 2008 as executive vice-president for CHC, and has more than 25 years experience in the managed care industry. Prior to joining CHC, he served as vice president and operations manager for Compass Consulting and Benefits' Employee Benefits and Health Care Division. Previously, he held leadership positions with Humana, Aetna and Prudential Healthcare in marketing, finance, and management of provider networks in Houston, Austin, Dallas, Philadelphia and Memphis.
A proud native of Bellville, Texas, Janda is a graduate of Rice University with a bachelor's degree in economics and managerial studies, and holds a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. In addition, he is a Fellow in the Life Management Institute.
Janda strongly supports the local community through a variety of personal and corporate activities. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Spring Branch Educational Foundation and TOMAGWA (Tomball-Magnolia-Waller) Health Care Ministries. In addition he serves on the Greater Houston Partnership's Health Care Advisory Committee, and chairs the Partnership's Committee on Emerging Issues in Health Care.