Two Bellarmine alumnae who have focused on providing accessible and affordable health care, particularly for seniors, have been promoted to top leadership roles in their companies.
Susan Diamond ’95, who is also a Bellarmine Trustee, is now president of the home-business segment of Louisville, Ky.-based insurance giant Humana Inc., and Debbie Landers ’02 MBA was named the first woman CEO in the history of Briye, a health-care company based in Nashville.
Caring for members in their homes has become a major priority for Humana, which controls roughly 18 percent of the Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in the country. That led to the company separating the home business segment from clinical and pharmacy solutions businesses into its own unit and promoting Diamond—who joined Humana in 2006 as a strategic advisor and who was the company’s senior vice president of Medicare—to lead it.
Diamond leads Humana At Home as well as Humana’s home nursing and in-home assessment operations, in addition to Home Operations, Humana’s transition management office with Kindred at Home, which Humana acquired in July 2018 with two private equity groups.
“From congestive heart failure to diabetes, many of our Medicare Advantage members are living with multiple chronic conditions that require complex and coordinated care. When possible, they want to receive care in the comfort of their own homes,” Diamond said. “Humana’s Home Solutions business will deliver personalized, high-touch, technology-enabled care in coordination with their broader healthcare team so they can achieve their best health and well-being.”
Diamond previously held CFO roles at Smoothstone IP Communications and Prosperitas Investment Partners. She began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bellarmine.
Landers ’02 MBA
Landers was promoted to chief executive officer from her previous role as president and chief operating officer at Briye, which helps primary-care physician practices improve the quantity and quality of their Annual Wellness Visit metrics for patients typically aged 65+.
"Debbie has a unique blend of healthcare knowledge and an innovative spirit coupled with extensive experience in operations, physician partnership, patient experience and cultural transformation," Mike Forster, board chairman of Briye, said in a release.
During her tenure as president and COO, Landers expanded the company's footprint into large health systems while bolstering the small private-clinic segment. She brought the mission for the senior population that she has championed throughout her 30-year career, most prominently as chief innovation and marketing officer at Community Health Systems (CHS), growing the Senior Circle initiative by 300 percent. She is also a national speaker and author.
She has an MBA from Bellarmine University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.
Article by Carla Carlton, Director of Development Communications in Bellarmine's Office of Enrollment, Marketing and Communication