Next Newsmaker Luncheon to focus on Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative

Small business owners interested in learning more about their options for health care insurance for their employees are invited to attend the Milwaukee Press Club’s next Newsmaker Luncheon, which will feature Bob DeVita, chief executive officer of the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative.

The Newsmaker Luncheon will take place Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub in downtown Milwaukee, 137 E. Wells St.

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is a member-governed and 0operated health care company serving 19 counties in eastern Wisconsin. The cooperative’s mission is to deliver the finest in affordable health care solutions to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits throughout Wisconsin.

Founded in 2012, the company will begin insuring residents in January 2014.

Prior to becoming CEO of the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative in Milwaukee, DeVita served as an executive in various academic medical practices in Wisconsin, Virginia and Tennessee, followed by stints in HMO leadership for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Tennessee, as well as chief administrator for Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wis. DeVita also served as a senior health care leader for Ministry Healthcare and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

At the Newsmaker Luncheon, DeVita will discuss how small business owners, nonprofits and individual can apply for health care insurance coverage through the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative. DeVita will be interviewed at the Newsmaker Luncheon by a panel of journalists. The event will be moderated by BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler.

The public is invited to attend.

The Milwaukee Press Club presents the Newsmaker Luncheons to shed light on issues of the day. The public is invited to attend the luncheons. The cost to attend is $18 for MPC members, $23 for non-members, $13 for students. Lunch is included. Seating will be limited. Advanced registration and payment are required and may be done online at

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