Ambres resigns from HealthNow

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM EDT

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By Business First by Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter

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January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM EDT

Dr. Cynthia Ambres, HealthNow Inc.'s senior vice president and one of its top woman executives has resigned, effective March 2.

Ambres, senior vice president and chief medical officer, joined the company in 2009 as part of a restructuring of the organization's medical management function. She has maintained her residence in California, traveling regularly to Buffalo and other markets where HealthNow has operations. HealthNow is the parent company of BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, the region's largest health insurer.

Alphonso O'Neil-White, president and CEO, said in a statement Ambres has been able to remain connected to key internal and external constituents, but felt that future challenges presented by health care reform and increasing competition within the industry would "limit her impact" as chief medical officer.

"Dr. Ambres has made significant contributions during her tenure with us, establishing collaborative partnerships within the medical and provider communities, and bringing a proactive and progressive approach to medical management within our company," he said.

In fiscal 2010, Ambres received a salary of $412,054.

Ambres has more than 25 years experience in the health-care field. Her current role as senior vice president and chief medical officer was a second career at HealthNow: she previously served as chief medical officer at from 1998-2000 before moving to California to pursue work in the entertainment industry. Ambres also held senior leadership positions at Kaleida Health, Lifetime Medical Group and the health care consulting group at Ernst & Young.

The company said Ambres would assist the company with the transition over the next six weeks.

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