Christopher "Kit" Gorton, M.D.
Network Health President
Kit Gorton oversees the strategic direction and business operations for all aspects of the health plan.
Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan, Kit was CEO for Amerigroup Virginia, an organization that provides Medicaid services to nearly 57,000 members from low-income families or with disabilities. While at Amerigroup Virginia, he led three geographic expansions that more than doubled the plan’s size and footprint and increased its membership by 40 percent.
Kit’s previous experience also includes HP Enterprise Services of Palo Alto, Calif., where he was vice president of medical management and worldwide health care services, and APS Healthcare Inc. of Silver Spring, Md., where he was president of its commercial programs and chief medical officer.
Kit began his career as a practicing pediatrician in federally qualified health centers in Harrisburg, Penn. and St. Louis, Mo. His experience includes tenure as the chief medical officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, where he directed its Medicaid-managed care programs and led its utilization management, policies, and procedures, and NCQA accreditation functions.
Kit received his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, his medical degree from Columbia University, and his Master of Science in health administration from College of St. Francis in Illinois.
Vice President, Network Health Operations
Michelle Bernard oversees customer service operations, call center management, claims processing, payment audits, appeals and grievances, business configuration, provider and member database services, and building and office management.
Previously, Michelle served as Network Health senior director of operations and director of claims. Prior to joining Network Health, Michelle served as director of claims at Neighborhood Health Plan, claims manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and claims supervisor at Bay State Health Care.
Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth).
Peter H. Bristol, MA
Vice President, Network Health Information Technology
Peter Bristol oversees all of our information technology (IT) functions including the development, maintenance, and support of health information exchange systems, business intelligence systems, Web and portal services, software support and optimization, and computing and communications infrastructure. During Peter's tenure, Network Health received the 2012 Leadership Technology Award from the WEDI consortium for the health plan's contribution to the advancement of EDI and eCommerce technology. Peter currently serves on the board of directors for the New England Healthcare Exchange Network.
Previously, Peter held various positions on the Network Health IT team, including senior director of e-business and analytics/information technology, IT project manager, and health data analyst. Prior to joining Network Health, Peter held technical and financial roles of increasing responsibility at Sutter Health and acted as a network research analyst at Gartner Dataquest.
Peter earned a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University.
Vice President, Network Health Network Management
Paul Burke is responsible for developing and managing Network Health's provider network, which includes all hospitals, ancillary service providers, physicians, and behavioral health providers. He also provides executive guidance and operational oversight for network growth strategies; spearheads value-based contracting efforts by overseeing improvements in care quality; handles provider enrollment and credentialing strategies; and directs ongoing provider support and education programs for facilities, physicians, and administrative staff.
Previously, Paul served as Network Health senior director of network management and director of contracting. Prior to joining Network Health, Paul served as director of network management and contracting at Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, and in leadership positions in health care contracting and provider relations with organizations including Cape Cod Healthcare, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Delta Dental.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Philosophy from Boston College.
Deborah Gordon, MBA
Vice President and Network Health Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Debbie Gordon leads Network Health's marketing strategy and implementation efforts, overseeing advertising, branding, community outreach, health promotion, and public relations; provider communication; and member welcome, education, and orientation. Debbie is a 2013 USA Eisenhower Fellow, a prestigious fellowship meant to identify, empower, and link outstanding leaders from around the world in order to achieve consequential outcomes across sectors and borders. As part of this fellowship, she will travel abroad to study consumer empowerment in health care decision making. Debbie was also recognized as a 2011 Boston Business Journal "40 under 40" honoree. Debbie serves on the editorial board of Marketing Health Services magazine; the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Crittenton Women's Union Board of Directors; and the strategic planning and membership committees of the Boston Club.
Previously, Debbie served as Network Health senior director of marketing. Prior to joining Network Health, Debbie served as senior product manager at Staples, Inc.; principal of the Parthenon Group in Boston; and director of marketing at John Snow, Inc. (JSI)/Community Health Institute (CHI).
Debbie earned a Master of Business Administration with honors from Harvard Business School,and a Bachelor of Arts in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University.
Jeffrey Hulburt, MBA
Vice President, Business Planning and Performance
and Network Health Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Hulburt leads the development of the enterprise-wide business plan and works collaboratively across sectors to monitor and enhance business performance. He is responsible for all budgeting and oversight, enhancing purchasing strategies, managing expense, and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulatory agencies’ financial requirements. Jeff also leads Network Health’s financial strategy, guiding premium rate setting, recoveries and expenses, and payment protocol. He currently serves as chair of the Riverside Community Care Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Network Health, Jeff served as vice president of financial planning and analysis at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ health care consulting practice. He also held roles at Southcoast Health System and Children’s Hospital Boston.
Jeff earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Finance from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science from Boston University.
Vincent C. Pina
Vice President, Network Health Human Resources
Vin Pina leads Network Health's human resources team, overseeing the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures. He also leads all human resources activities, including compensation, employee relations, recruiting, training, performance and strategic planning, benefits, and diversity. For his unwavering commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion in the workplace, he was named the "Diversity Champion" by the Northeast Human Resources Association in 2012 and a "Leader in Diversity" by the Boston Business Journal in 2011.
Previously, Vin served as Network Health senior director of human resources. Prior to Network Health, Vin served as a human resources consultant for the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association and as vice president of human resources for Polaroid, where he earned 20 promotions during his 28-year tenure.
Vin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Restaurant and Hotel Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.