Award-Winning Leadership Shapes Better Healthcare Experience

by Shannon Ensor | December 4, 2020 | Innovation

Research indicates that organizations who place the customer at the center of their business will have better, more sustainable outcomes. As the healthcare industry becomes more consumer-driven, leaders at all levels will continue to be required to challenge the status quo and look beyond the industry to create lasting, meaningful change. They’ll have to look at consumer trends and demands for the way in which individuals will consume and engage with healthcare.

Healthworx Vice President Ricardo Johnson continues to demonstrate leadership the industry desperately needs. Johnson was recently recognized as the Baltimore Business Journal’s top healthcare executive in the non-hospital category. This recognition comes at a time when our communities, local and global, continue to grapple with a pandemic that has disrupted everything—including healthcare.

"We’re still in a time of uncertainty, and we’re still faced with challenges and unknowns of this pandemic," said President and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Brian Pieninck. "Despite these uncertain times, I am immensely proud of the Healthworx team and the leadership that Ricardo has demonstrated. This award is well deserved, and I believe the best is yet to come."

Healthworx is creating a better healthcare experience by bringing together often disparate functions (investments, partnerships and the building of new solutions) that will drive significant impact on an antiquated and often fragmented healthcare system. Johnson’s leadership, professionalism, integrity and “humble ambition” are shining examples of a great, innovative leader that can make these changes real.

"Our old normal in the industry isn’t what is needed – we need the courage, tenacity and drive to create a new normal that delivers a healthcare system rooted in delivering value and healthier outcomes for all people," said Pieninck. "Ricardo is an important part of helping us get to that new normal."

Healthworx is proud to share this accomplishment with Ricardo – but most of all, we are proud of the change that Healthworx is driving to make healthcare more affordable, accessible and convenient.

Read Johnson’s award recognition here.


Healthworx operates at the intersection of healthcare and innovation by creating, co-creating and investing in companies that are improving healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. As the innovation and investment arm of CareFirst, Healthworx envisions a healthier future for all people by changing the way health works. To connect with Healthworx about partnering, media interviews or speaking opportunities, please email comms@healthworx.com.