John Benz, President and CEO
John Benz is the President and CEO of Community Care Plan (CCP), the Health Plan with a Heart. CCP services Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid Services Network, and various self-insured employee health plans.
Mr. Benz has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, working adamantly to strengthen the community by focusing on accelerated performance in service, quality, finance, people, and growth.
Prior to working with Community Care Plan, Mr. Benz served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for Memorial Healthcare System (MHS). In this role, he provided executive leadership and propelled MHS as a leader in providing high-quality health care services to the South Florida community.Jo
Mr. Benz holds a Master’s Degree in Business from Nova Southeastern University, completed a fellowship program offered by The Healthcare Forum and is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Going back go when you first started with Community Care Plan to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
- Given that Community Care Plan was technically a start up, I am proudest of the talent and culture that we have been able to cultivate at Community Care Plan.
What is your greatest challenge at this time?
- My greatest challenge is the desire to accomplish so much for Broward County residents, particularly children and the less fortunate.
What do you still hope to accomplish?
- To create meaningful health care reform, further support higher education and workforce development
What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in the country today?
- A lack of integrity.
What’s been the key to the success and growth of CCP?
- The key to our success and growth at Community Care Plan has been ability to execute our vision and goals.
Is there a saying, motto, or “words to live by” that is your favorite?
- “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail.” I actually have this quote sitting on my desk.
What is your pet peeve?
- Endless email exchanges.
What would you still like to learn?
- To further balance work and personal time.
What can we personally do to make things better for future generations?
- To mentor them.
Is there an inspirational book you have read that you would recommend to others?
- 4 Disciplines of Execution - Covey
What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?
- Your integrity and morality are non-negotiable
What do you have to say to all the young women/men out there ready to take on the future?
- Do not fear excessively. Be cautious but seek out every opportunity
How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?
- Show them the purpose of the organization and see if that is of interest to them individually. Set a parental example.
What would you still like to learn how to do?
Hello John, It has been a while since we have seen each other. A Child Is Missing continues to save lives. We also have a Child Safety Education Program for kids 5-16. We have taught over 80,000 kids.
On a personal note, my husband George Olsen passed in June. That is a real blow to your life. anyway Take care. sherry Friedlander Olsen
Sherry Friedlander Olsen
Thank you John for being a part of my "Have You Met" feature on my website!