HMSA Welcomes Four Members to its Leadership Team

The Hawai’i Medical Service Association (HMSA) is announcing four new members of its leadership team. George Bussey, M.D., is chief medical officer and senior vice president of HMSA’s Health Services division. Elena Kambitsi, Ph.D., is senior vice president of HMSA’s Consumer Strategy division. David Butterworth is HMSA’s new vice president of Strategic Product Development and Pricing. Jeff Kendrick is a new assistant vice president at HMSA in charge of the Information Systems Program Management Office.

Bussey most recently served as the division chief medical officer for HealthOne and the Continental Division, a multistate division of HCA Holdings, the country’s largest private hospital corporation. He moved from Denver to Honolulu to join HMSA, but is not a newcomer to the state. He spent more than 20 years working here before leaving the islands in 2001. Bussey was vice president for the Queen’s Health Care Plan and medical director for Queen’s Health Management, worked for Kahi Mohala Hospital, and was an assistant professor at the University of Hawai’i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. He also earned a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Bussey has extensive experience leading clinical and quality initiatives. His experience and expertise help HMSA reach its goal of building a better health system for Hawaii.

Kambitsi most recently served as vice president of consumer markets, product development, and marketing at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She was a key executive in the health plan’s transformation to a more consumer-focused organization. She has also been a marketing leader at Premera Blue Cross in Seattle, St. Vincent Health System in Pennsylvania, and the Gerbig Snell/Weisheimer health care advertising agency. Kambitsi earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Ohio State University. She is no stranger to Hawaii, having spent time here in the late ’90s. As senior vice president, Kambitsi is leading efforts to develop and implement a sustainable growth strategy and help HMSA honor its promise to improve the health and well-being of Hawaii.

Butterworth comes to HMSA with more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. He’s held senior-level financial, operations, and product development roles for industry leaders such as United Health Group and Aetna. Most recently, Butterworth was senior vice president of MedHOK Healthcare Solutions, where he launched an aggressive growth initiative that increased the company’s sales by 300 percent and generated a major proportion of MedHOK’s new revenue. Butterworth, who’s a CPA, has a master of science in accounting from the University of Hartford and a bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Connecticut. He moved from Connecticut to Honolulu with his wife and daughter. His responsibilities at HMSA include the development of new medical and dental plans to fulfill the needs of Hawaii consumers.

Kendrick joins HMSA with years of senior management experience in technology and business. Kendrick moved to Hawaii from Seattle where he was serving as chief information officer for the America’s Region of VIX Technology, a multinational transit technology provider. Before that he held the chief information officer position at ProPay, Inc., and served as chief technology officer of Commercial Card Services at JPMorgan Chase. Kendrick attended Utah State University. In his position at HMSA, Kendrick is responsible for leading information technology programs and projects.

About HMSA

Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working together with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care providers, we promote wellness; develop reliable, affordable health plans; and support members with clear, thoughtful guidance.

HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.

Headquartered on Oahu with centers statewide to serve our members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.