Rebecca Engelman - Market President at Select Health of South Carolina

AmeriHealth Caritas Announces Leadership Changes for its S.C. Medicaid Plan

Rebecca Engelman Returning to Select Health as Market President

AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for those most in need, announced a leadership change for its Medicaid plan in South Carolina. Rebecca Engelman, currently market president for AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, is returning to Select Health of South Carolina to become its market president. Engelman will report to J. Michael Jernigan, regional president for AmeriHealth Caritas.

Engelman, who has led AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana since January 2013, previously spent 16 years at Select Health in multiple leadership roles, eventually rising to the position of vice president, operations. A nurse by training, Engelman began her career at three hospitals in Florida, working in both surgical units and emergency rooms. She received a master’s degree in nursing administration with honors from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Engelman succeeds Cindy Helling, who is stepping down after 20 years at Select Health. Helling joined Select Health in its first year in business and continued to lead the health plan after its acquisition by AmeriHealth Caritas in 1999. She will be taking on a new part-time role supporting AmeriHealth Caritas’ growth in other markets.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Rebecca’s experience and knowledge of our market ready to continue the legacy that Select Health has built. It has a bright future ahead under Rebecca’s leadership,” said Jernigan. “We greatly appreciate all of Cindy’s work to turn Select Health’s First Choice Medicaid plan into the largest such plan in South Carolina, and wish her well in her new role.”

“My nearly 20 years in South Carolina were some of the best of my life, both professionally and personally. While I enjoyed my time in Louisiana, I look forward to returning to the Palmetto State for this next stage of my career,” said Engelman.

Select Health of South Carolina Mission: To help people get care, stay well and build healthy communities.

Select Health of South Carolina is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, which demonstrates our strength, stability and expertise in providing access to high quality health care for South Carolinians. Incorporated in 1995, Select Health was licensed as a Health Maintenance Organization by the South Carolina Department of Insurance in 1996. Later that year, the company contracted with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to offer First Choice, which is now the state’s oldest and largest health plan for Healthy Connections, South Carolina’s Medicaid program. First Choice serves members in all 46 counties statewide.

First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina is the highest nationally ranked health plan for South Carolina Healthy Connections at #61 on the National Committee of Quality Assurance’s (NCQA's) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2014-2015. (Note: The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) uses other criteria for evaluating and ranking the performance of health plans serving Medicaid beneficiaries. To view these results, please visit Select Health also holds NCQA’s Multicultural Health Care Distinction.

Select Health is a wholly-owned member of the AmeriHealth Caritas family of companies.