A rendering of the CareSource Center City building under construction on the 100 block of East First Street. CONTRIBUTED

New downtown building to be named after founding CareSource CEO

The new CareSource building under construction in downtown Dayton will be named after retiring CEO Pamela Morris.

The new six-story building will be named the Pamela Morris Center to honor the legacy of the founding chief executive at the nonprofit insurer.

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Morris is retiring in May from her role as leader of the first mandatory Medicaid managed care program in Ohio.

Originally called Dayton Area Health Plan, the insurance company has grown to $8.9 billion in revenue last year and a workforce of 4,000. About 2,800 of those employees are in Dayton, where CareSource is headquartered.

“As founder of CareSource and CEO for nearly 30 years, Pamela Morris has made a lasting difference in the lives of our members, our employees and the Dayton community,” stated Kevin Brown, board chair at CareSource Management Group. “The Pamela Morris Center will inspire Daytonians for decades to come by reminding them of what is possible when you follow your passion.”

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Pamela Morris Center, at the corner of First Street and Jefferson Street, will hold 800 employees when complete in the spring of 2019.

CareSource has nearly 2 million policy holders in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Georgia. While it primarily manages Medicaid plans, the insurer also managed Medicare plans and sells health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The new CEO is Erhardt Preitauer, outgoing CEO of Horizon NJ Health, which is the largest New Jersey Medicaid plan.

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