May 27, 2020 News

COVID-19 Update: A Message from Dr. John Bennett

As New York and the nation begin the process of reopening following the COVID-19 crisis, I wanted to let you know that CDPHP is here for you, as we have been for the last 35+ years. 

While many of us are looking forward to getting back into the office and reconnecting with family, friends, and colleagues we so dearly miss, there is a lot of anxiety about what the future has in store. Rest assured, CDPHP has your back, and we will continue working hard to keep you and your loved ones healthy, happy, safe, and secure.

With this in mind, we are reminding our members and the community-at-large that we cannot let our guard down just yet. We must continue to do the following to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear face masks in public
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Take advantage of telehealth and mental telehealth services

In the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to safely reconnecting with our community, and I am hopeful for healthier and happier days to come.

All my best,

Dr. John Bennett

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP
About the Author

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP, is president and CEO of Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP), an award-winning, physician aligned, not-for-profit health plan based in Albany, NY. Bennett has held the position since 2008 after serving more than 10 years as chair, vice chair, and board member for CDPHP. During his tenure, CDPHP has been ranked among the top-performing health plans in New York and the nation, most recently named #1 in Customer Satisfaction in the 2023 J.D. Power Member Health Plan Study. Under his leadership, CDPHP has also become known as a model employer regionally and nationally and was recently named among the top five Best Companies to Work for in New York by the Society for Human Resource Management, as well as Forbes Best-in-State Employers 2022. Prior to joining CDPHP, Bennett served as founding member and CEO of Prime Care Physicians, PLLC. During his tenure, he co-led a team of 25 cardiologists and helped grow the practice to a 100-physician multi-specialty group. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology. He earned his medical degree at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Science degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bennett completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Bennett is currently board chair for the Center for Economic Growth and the Capital Region Chamber, and vice chair for the Palace Theatre. Bennett also serves on the boards of the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Russell Sage Colleges. Bennett is a member of the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council where he helps shape decisions related to New York State's public health and health care delivery system. Well-known locally and nationally for advancing health care innovation, Bennett was recently named to Crain’s New York Business 2021 Notable in Health Care, as well as the Albany Business Review’s Power 50 list.

6 Responses to “COVID-19 Update: A Message from Dr. John Bennett”

  1. Alden (Joe) Doolittle

    Dr. Bennett/John: Thank you for your optimistic tone and practical references. They’ve been clear and connective to CDPHP’s membership, and a stable reference for critical information and leadership in these uncertain times. Stay well yourself, much good cheer, Joe

  2. Robert M. Zelonka

    Very very impressive resume. Taking the time to reach out with the kind worded message, coming from a person who’s time is very valuable is very appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to inform members of CDPHP and the general public. May good wishes bless you. Thank you again sincerely Robert M.Zelonka, member of CDPHP.

    • John D. Bennett

      Hello, Robert! Thank you for your kind words and well-wishes. Given all that is going on in the world, your message is so appreciated. All my best! John.

  3. John LaJeunesse

    I love the fact that you’ve accomplished so much with CDPHP but, I lost the best cardiologist I ever had when you took over at CDPHP and left AA in Cardiology.

    • John D. Bennett

      Hi, John! So nice to hear from you, and thank you for the kind words. While I miss direct patient care, I am thrilled to be making a difference in our community with CDPHP. I hope you are doing well!

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