Five Questions with Marci Bloomquist

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Five Questions with Marci Bloomquist

Posted on November 7th, 2018 - Reading Time: 2 Minute/s

Get to know some of the people who make Community Health Plan of Washington a great place to work. See what drew them to work at CHPW, what they like about their jobs and living in Washington state.

Q: How long have you been with Community Health Plan of Washington and what is your current role?
My first day at CHPW was actually October 1, 2018! I am the North Sound Regional Manager for Integrated Managed Care and will be based in Mount Vernon.I’ll serve as the conduit between CHPW, providers in the North Sound Region, and our members. I’ll be assisting our members in the North Sound and helping out in the rest of the State as Washington goes through the transition to Integrated Managed Care. This is a new role for the region, but we’re working with the Integrated Managed Care team in Vancouver, WA. They’ve been doing Integrated Care for a few years, so it’s exciting to work with them to develop my role in North Sound.

Q: What challenges do you foresee taking on in your role?
Change is always difficult. We might have providers or members who feel uneasy about overhauling our current healthcare system. But I see it as a great way to open up dialogue about CHPW’s role in our members’ health.  We are using people’s misgivings as an opportunity to explain how collaboration and the coordination of physical and behavioral health care remove barriers and provide enhanced care.

Q: Why did you choose to pursue a career in health care?
I knew by the time I was 15 years old that I wanted to work in behavioral health care. I can only describe it as a deep-rooted passion. I have always wanted to help the most marginalized and stigmatized, so I work with non-profit organizations whose values and mission align with my own. I take a systematic approach to my work:  Our collaboration can make a profound difference in a person’s life. That changed life can go on to impact the lives of friends, family, and coworkers. The change ripples out and can affect whole communities.

Q: What is something you have recently learned or accomplished that you are proud of?
Being hired for this new position with CHPW has been my  biggest accomplishment this year.  I wasn’t really looking for a change but things definitely happen for a reason.  I know there will be a lot more accomplishments that I’ll achieve just being a part of this team, and that’s super exciting for me.

Q: What is your favorite season in Washington and why? 
My favorite season is Summer.  I love the longer days and time spent with my family and friends just enjoying the outdoors and sunshine.

This is part of a recent series we started to share a little more about who we are and what we do.

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