About WellFirst Health — Provided by SSM Health Plan

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Why choose us?

We are all about creating a better kind of healthcare experience for individuals & families

We are 100% dedicated to your well-being. So our focus is always on you.Map of our service area in Missouri and Illinois

We unite physician, hospital and health plan solutions to reduce health care costs, improve quality and deliver a better member and patient experience for you. We offer individual and family health plans on the ACA Marketplace and Medicare Advantage plans.

Our service area includes St. Louis City and the surrounding four-county service area: Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois, and St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri. And our company was developed right here in St. Louis by local health care and health plan professionals. Our providers are established and respected for their high-quality care.

Our local presence is backed by more than 35 years of health plan industry expertise through Dean Health Plan in Madison, Wis., so we know our way around health coverage that benefits you. 

Relationships matter to us. We want to know you, and we'll spend the time to help you be the healthiest you can be.

Meet our leaders

David DochertyDavid directly oversees all business operations for WellFirst Health — Provided by SSM Health Plan — and leads the organization's senior management team. In addition, he collaborates with SSM Health's care delivery leaders to develop and execute key strategic, clinical and operational priorities.
Since joining the team in 2007, David advanced to chief growth officer where he oversaw strategy, business development, network development, product development (commercial and government programs), sales and retention functions. Prior to joining WellFirst Health — Provided by SSM Health Plan — David served multiple roles at Fortune 500 organizations specializing in leading large strategic programs and merger/acquisition integration. David earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Outside of the office you can find David spending time with his wife, son and daughter. He also enjoys soccer and fly fishing on the many streams of Wisconsin.

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Loretta Lorenzen's responsibilities include oversight of health plan provider networks strategy, development and ongoing management.

Loretta and her team designed and implemented our current value-based pay-for-performance provider contracting model, which aligns provider incentives and health plan goals relating to increased provider quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and effectiveness of care.

Prior to joining SSM Health-Dean Health Plan in 2011, Loretta held health plan and payor operations and contracting leadership roles at a number of leading managed care and provider organizations including Aetna, CIGNA, Ascension/Wheaton Franciscan Services Inc., and Assurant.

Her educational background includes earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she majored in International Relations/Economics and German. Loretta also attended Marquette University, studying law and earning a Certificate in Management.