VP Regional Market – NH
Having joined Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in 2012, Dr. Brewster currently serves as vice president of the New Hampshire market. In this role, he is responsible for the growth and overall success of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in the Granite State. Additionally, Dr. Brewster ensures Harvard Pilgrim is a strong supporter of the local community through a variety of scholarship programs, sponsorships and volunteerism.
Previously, Dr. Brewster served as the chief medical officer for Benevera Health, a partnership of Harvard Pilgrim, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System, St. Joseph Hospital and Frisbie Memorial Hospital. He was also Harvard Pilgrim’s medical director for New Hampshire, overseeing the evaluation of medical necessity, appropriateness, and efficiency of health care services for its more than 175,000 members in the state.
Dr. Brewster received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1977 and his MD from George Washington University in 1981. He is a board-certified internist who has practiced in New Hampshire since 1987 and in the Rochester community since 1994. Dr. Brewster currently sees patients on a per-diem basis at Seacoast Redicare, a for-profit subsidiary of Frisbie Hospital that provides occupational medicine and walk-in care in Somersworth. During his career, he has served as medical director for Seacoast Redicare and for the IPA Physicians Association of Rochester, and as director of the IPA’s PHO Health Advantage NH. Dr. Brewster also served on the board of directors for Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospital (Conway, NH). He currently serves on the board of directors for the Citizens Health Initiative, Foundation for Healthy Communities and the Business and Industry Association of NH (BIA).
Dr. Brewster is a New Hampshire native who currently lives in Hooksett with his wife, Jo-Ann.
What makes your company or work environment unique?
Our mission is to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve. We do that through the health plans we offer, as well as through the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, a research and teaching collaboration with Harvard Medical School, and through the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which provides tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities.
What are accomplishments within your company you are most proud of?
On January 1, 2016, we launched a population health company called Benevera Health with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System, St. Joseph Hospital and Frisbie Memorial Hospital. The joint venture is working to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care for all Harvard Pilgrim’s New Hampshire members through care coordination and data analytics. Patient information is shared among providers, enabling clinicians to anticipate health issues, share data on best practices, and avoid duplication of services and emergency care. Our Benevera care management team takes a very holistic approach to care – they work with Harvard Pilgrim’s high-risk members to help them achieve their health goals.
What advice would you give to up and coming leaders in the Greater Manchester community?
At some point in our careers, we realize the importance of supporting the community in which we live and work; the people who make up this community are the ones we hire as employees, who teach our children and who make our community safe. It is our responsibility to strengthen our community for the next generations to honor those who have done so before us. Look for ways you can contribute, whether it’s through volunteering to help young people, using your unique skills to help tackle the opioid crisis or in a myriad of other ways.
What attributes do you think makes our business community and Greater Manchester region special?
As a native of New Hampshire, I see much to celebrate about the region–from its natural beauty and community spirit, to the quality of our health care, educational, business and other institutions. It is a great place to live and work. Manchester has done an amazing job of rejuvenating itself over the past 25 years, due largely to the dedication of its business leaders.