Barbara A. Downs, RN, MBA

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Barbara A. Downs, RN, MBA

Executive Vice President, Health Plan Services, and Chief Operating Officer

With more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, Barbara A. Downs, RN, MBA, serves as executive vice president health services and chief operating officer (COO). She is in charge of the day-to-day oversight of CDPHP.

Downs joined CDPHP in 1999. She has held several high-level positions, including senior vice president of corporate administration and chief of staff, vice president of corporate administration, and vice president of resource coordination. She was appointed to her current position in December 2006.

Prior to joining CDPHP, Downs was senior director of clinical affairs and operations for Kaiser Permanente. In addition, she was director of medical management for Community Health Plan (CHP) and has practiced as a registered nurse in the ICU/CCU, specializing in orthopedic and medical surgery at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady.

Downs earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. She received her nursing degree from Fulton Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, N.Y. Downs was selected by the Albany Business Review as one of the 2014 Women Who Mean Business honorees.