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February 21, 2023

Fallon Health CEO and president to retire

Richard Burke, CEO at Fallon Health

Richard Burke, the president and CEO of Fallon Health, is retiring from his role at the end of the year.

The board of directors has begun a search for his successor, according to a Tuesday press release from Fallon. The search is being led by Fallon Health board member Deborah Enos, former president and CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan, now known as Allways Health Partners.

Burke has been employed by Fallon Health, a Worcester-based health insurance and healthcare service provider, for 25 years, and has served in his current position for eight. He will stay on until a replacement is named.

While serving in his role, Burke solidified Fallon’s relationship with government entities and under his oversight Fallon reached high rates of member enrollment in Medicaid programs. Additionally, Fallon initiated plans for expansion beyond New England under Burke’s leadership, according to the press release. Previously, Burke was president of Senior Care Services and Government Programs at Fallon, where he served aging and at-risk populations. He was inducted into the WBJ Hall of Fame in 2022.

“Although I’m looking forward to retirement, I will miss the truly important work that we do in our community and the people who do it. Fallon Health is different from other health plans. We take care of our members and the communities where they live, and that makes coming to work every day extremely gratifying,” Burke said in the press release. “The progress we’ve made as a team to create a solid foundation for long-term stability will serve our members and the community well, now and into the future.”

Burke received his undergraduate degree from Assumption University in Worcester and holds a master’s degree in political science from Boston College and an MBA from Cornell University in New York.

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