Bullen added to M.V. Hospital board

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Bruce Bullen, a former state Medicaid commissioner and a chief operating officer of two of the state’s largest health insurance plans, has been added to the board of directors for Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, according to a hospital press release.

Bullen was the chief operating officer for both Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. In his 10 years as the commissioner of the Medicaid program, he eliminated a $300 million deficit and led the design and implementation of the state’s health reform initiative, the release states.

Bullen is credited with leaded Harvard Pilgrim’s financial turnaround.

“[Bullen’s] understanding of the complex and ever-changing business side of healthcare is of great benefit to our hospital,” Sandy Ray, the hospital board’s chairman, said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to his involvement in advancing the work done every day at MVH.”

Bullen, his wife Maria, and their three children have had a seasonal home on the Island for more than 30 years.

“I want the hospital to be strong, and will work hard to help maintain critically important relationships, like the one with MGH,” Bullen said in a prepared statement. “The hospital is a wonderful community resource capable of meeting the healthcare needs of Island residents in different ways. I would like to see it continue working, as it does now, to improve the health status of Vineyarders in collaboration with other Island community organizations.”