Founder of Fidelis Care dies after brief illness

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury - Business First

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Founder of Fidelis Care dies after brief illness

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM EDT


Fidelis Care's founder and president has passed away after a brief illness.

Mark Lane, president and CEO, died Sunday at the age of 60. No interim leadership plan has been announced at this time.

Fidelis Care, incorporated as New York State Catholic Health Plan Inc., provides health-care services exclusively for government health programs, including Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus and Medicare Advantage.

Lane began working with the nonprofit organization in 1993, when it grew out of the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens. He joined Fidelis Care fulltime in 1996 to lead its expansion statewide. Today, Fidelis Care is the largest government-programs-based health plan in the state, serving more than 780,000 members through a network of more than 51,000 providers. The company operates with a staff of 1,600 at seven sites, including a regional facility in Getzville.

According to Fidelis, Lane's leadership led to rapid and sustained growth in membership, as well as new and expanded programs and services. But he believed strongly in its Catholic mission as well, stressing during a tour of Fidelis' expanded local facility last September the importance of access for everyone to health care.

"Our mission, or niche, has been and will remain focused as part of the church ministry on the poor and medically underserved," he said.

Before joining the company, Lane served as COO of the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens Inc., which later merged into Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Other prior leadership posts include COO at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany; and vice president of ambulatory services at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.

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