NRHI Welcomes New President & CEO

NRHI Welcomes New President & CEO

Craig Brammer appointed to lead the organization forward

OCTOBER 25, 2018 – PORTLAND, ME – The Health Collaborative’s CEO, Craig Brammer, will be adding a second CEO title to his resume. Craig has been appointed to lead The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and will concurrently serve in both roles.

NRHI is a national network of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and state partners from across the U.S. that work to transform healthcare and achieve high-quality, affordable care. The Health Collaborative, an NRHI member, is a high performing RHIC that is improving health and healthcare in its community, while also providing innovative solutions countrywide.

“The NRHI Board is thrilled that Craig has agreed to lead the organization into its next chapter,” said Marc Bennett, NRHI Board Chair and CEO of HealthInsight. “Craig’s perspective as a RHIC leader in Cincinnati, his previous experience working in federal government at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and his unique vision and leadership creativity will serve well the interests of NRHI and its members in communities across the nation.”

The important work underway by The Health Collaborative’s members and stakeholders across Greater Cincinnati is increasingly recognized as a national exemplar. Although Craig will be spending time in Portland, Maine and Washington, DC, his solid roots in Cincinnati and the strong commitment and relationships to achieving success in this region will not be compromised; The Health Collaborative’s mission of improving health and healthcare will only be strengthened by this joint role.

“Craig’s leadership in Greater Cincinnati has been instrumental in aligning our community around a clear agenda supported by a robust regional health improvement collaborative,” said Garren Colvin, President & CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Chair of The Health Collaborative Board of Directors. “Our interests are completely aligned with NRHI’s, where local leaders work together to improve health and healthcare in their own communities. I look forward to the local and national opportunities provided by Craig’s leadership of both organizations.”

Craig succeeds Ellen Gagnon, who has served as interim CEO of NRHI since April 2018. Ellen will remain on staff with NRHI in a senior leadership position as Executive Director, Healthcare Affordability. Together, along with NRHI’s staff and members, they will continue to work together to improve health, reduce price, and eliminate waste to make our healthcare system more affordable.

“I see this as an opportunity to elevate the great work happening in regions across the country while simultaneously being on the front lines of national trends and innovations that I can bring back to Greater Cincinnati,” said Craig Brammer, CEO, The Health Collaborative and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.

For more information, please contact:


Kelsey Matheson, Senior Communications Coordinator

The Health Collaborative

Shannan Schmitt, Development & Communications

About The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement:
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is a national organization representing more than 30 regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) and state-affiliated partners working to achieve better health, better care, and reduced costs through continuous improvement. NRHI and its member RHICs are non-profit organizations working directly with physicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, and patients. For more information, visit us on the web at

About The Health Collaborative:

The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit


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