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Rodgers named for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societys local chapter

BY: Metro Source Staff | November 15, 2012

BUFFALO - John Rodgers, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Independent Health has been named president of the Western and Central New York Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s local Board of Trustees. Rodgers has served on the local board since 2004 and has served in leadership positions including the Executive Committee, the Diamond Ball and the Light the Night Walk. He was the 2011 recipient of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Service to Mankind” award at the annual Diamond Ball.

At Independent Health, Rodgers is responsible for overseeing all business operations within the organization, including sales, product development, information technology, Office of Strategy Management and Independent Health’s ancillary businesses, Pharmacy Benefit Dimensions, Nova Health Care Administrators, Inc. and Reliance Rx.

Prior to his current role, Rodgers was chief marketing officer. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the long-term positioning of Independent Health’s sales, marketing, communications, product development and implementation and market research areas.

He also oversaw the strategic and business planning of Independent Health’s Pharmacy Benefit Dimensions. In 2009, during his tenure in this position, Rodgers and the rest of the Independent Health executive team were name executive team of the year by HealthLeaders Media Magazine.

He also served as vice president, pharmacy, at Independent Health, where he was responsible for the management of the pharmacy benefit for the company’s various lines of business including its PBM services. He also oversaw formulary development, contracting, claims processing and utilization management activities.

Rodgers joined Independent Health in March 1999 after a 16 year career with Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Before moving into the business division at Bristol-Myers Squibb, he spent most of his career in research and development administration. During his last three years, he was a senior director of strategic planning involved licensing and acquisition, franchise management and market research oversight.

He has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a master’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he has been an adjunct professor in the university’s school of pharmacy.

He serves on the Dean of the School of Pharmacy’s National Industry Advisory Committee.

He has an active pharmacy license and practices as a retail pharmacist on a part-time basis, providing him a multi-dimensional view within the healthcare industry.

In 2009, he presented the commencement speech at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy’s spring graduation. In 2011, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy awarded Rodgers the Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award.

Rodgers is active in the community and has served in leadership positions with youth soccer and baseball organizations and the boy scouts. He and his wife, Susan, have four children.

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