Monday, June 23, 2008


Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHPâ) today announced the appointment of Kirk R. Panneton, MD, FACP, to medical director. Board certified in both internal medicine and geriatrics, Panneton’s focus at CDPHP will parallel his own professional ideals that medical care should focus on disease prevention and improving the quality of life.

“We are delighted to have Kirk join our medical affairs division,” said William J. Cromie, MD, MBA, president and CEO, CDPHP. “Kirk brings extensive knowledge working with the elderly population, and deeply shares the CDPHP mission of promoting health and wellness in the community.”

Most recently, Dr. Panneton served as chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at St. Clare’s Hospital, Schenectady. Prior to his tenure with St. Clare’s Hospital, Panneton served as medical director for a number of organizations including Glen Eddy, Kingsway Manor, Baptist Health Family Medical Care, Inc., Evercare, The Eddy, Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, and Eddy Heritage House Nursing Center. He also was in private practice for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Panneton earned a bachelor’s of science degree in history and science from Harvard University, a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Albany Medical Center.

Dr. Panneton currently serves on the Schenectady County Long Term Care Services Advisory Council, the Schenectady County Office of the Aging Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities. He is a member with the American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, the New York State Medical Society, and the Schenectady County Medical Society.

Dr Panneton joins a team of dedicated medical directors at CDPHP led by Bruce Nash, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer (CMO), as well as Clifford Waldman, MD, senior medical director; and Martin Symansky, MD, medical director, as well two part-time medical directors, Timothy Willox, MD, PC, and Gary Wilson, MD.

About CDPHPâ
Founded and guided by physicians, CDPHP and its affiliates currently serve members in 29 counties throughout New York state and seven counties in Vermont. The four affiliated companies of CDPHP include a family of products: Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.—HMO, Healthy New York, Medicare Choice, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus. CDPHP Universal Benefits, â Inc. —PPO, High Deductible PPO, POS, and EPO. Capital District Physicians' Healthcare Network, Inc. —self-insured plans; and APA Partners, Inc. —third party administration (TPA). Visit CDPHP at

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