Ballad Health has named John Goetz, an experienced health policy leader, as its new vice president of community and government relations.
Goetz brings more than 15 years of health policy experience to his new role. He will represent Ballad Health before elected officials at the federal, state and local levels to advocate for the health and well-being of patients and communities in Appalachia.
“The experience and relationships John brings to the table will strengthen Ballad Health’s presence in the community,” said Anthony Keck, Ballad Health’s executive vice president for system innovation and director of population health. . “He is highly respected by lawmakers and staff on both sides of the aisle and has developed strong relationships at all levels of government. He is actively involved in community organizations and is an ardent defender of the region.
Originally from Chattanooga, Goetz is familiar with the healthcare landscape in Tennessee. He has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and the regulatory details associated with federal and state healthcare programs.
“For me, this is an exciting opportunity to help Ballad Health grow as a community health improvement organization,” Goetz said. “We are cultivating a stronger voice and presence for our patients in Appalachia and across the country, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Prior to joining Ballad Health, Goetz was senior vice president at Bridge Public Affairs, where he focused on the company’s growing healthcare practice. Before that, he spent almost three years as director of government affairs at Permobil, a Swedish manufacturer of sophisticated electric wheelchairs.
In this role, he regularly collaborated with officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and he maintains those relationships. Goetz worked with senior CMS officials to ensure permanent and stable funding for patient care.
Prior to joining Permobil, Goetz served as legislative liaison for the Tennessee Medicaid agency, TennCare, serving as liaison between the agency and the General Assembly. There, he advocated on behalf of the Governor’s program and provided policy advice for the Long-Term Services and Supports division within TennCare. He also served as Acting Public Information Officer, explaining health policy issues in detail to the media and other audiences.
Prior to his role at TennCare, Goetz served as US Senator Bob Corker’s legislative aide for health policy. In addition to serving as a senior staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Aging, where Senator Corker served as a ranking member, Goetz has worked on several provider and insurance issues to help Tennessee businesses navigate in federal health policy as part of the implementation of affordable care. Law.
Goetz received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Goetz and his wife, Whitney Calhoun Goetz, have two sons and reside in Johnson City. He begins his role with Ballad Health on Monday, June 27.