From left, Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley presented Pamela Morris, president and CEO of CareSource, with the key to the city. CONTRIBUTED

CareSource CEO given ‘key to the city’ of Dayton

The CEO of CareSource was presented with an honorary key to the city of Dayton Tuesday morning.

Pamela Morris is retiring from her role as chief executive of the nonprofit insurer, which manages Medicaid plans, and was recognized for her contributions to the city at her last all staff meeting for her work by Mayor Nan Whaley and City Manager Shelley Dickstein.

Morris built present-day CareSource — with a 2017 revenue of $8.8 billion and 4,000 employees — up from its start in 1989 as the 38-employee Dayton Area Health Plan.

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“We are so grateful for how you have changed the landscape of the city of Dayton, for the next 100 years. What you’ve done will have an impact on people’s lives for decades to come,”Whaley said in a statement. “The city is special and better because of your great leadership.”

“Dayton was a wonderful place to launch CareSource and see it grow,” Morris stated. “We’ve had a true partner in our city officials with Mayor Whaley. We have never had a problem attracting employees to move to Dayton because of all that it has to offer, and I am honored to have the key to the city of Dayton.”

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Morris, a former chair of the Hospice of Dayton and the United Way of Greater Dayton Area board of directors, and is a past board member for Dayton Power & Light. She was recently elected to the America’s Health Insurance Plans board of directors.

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