Pat Geraghty's Thoughts on the American Heart Association’s First Coast Heart Walk

Posted on Sep 10th 2013 by Pat Geraghty

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There is an old saying, if you talk the talk, you better walk the walk, and I truly believe in practicing what I preach.  When I was asked to chair the American Heart Association’s (AHA) First Coast Heart Walk, it was easy for me to say yes, because promoting physical activity is such an important part of building healthier lives and communities. I asked 1,000 Florida Blue employees, their friends and family to join me in this commitment by participating in many of the Heart Walk events across the state. I strive to walk the talk and I have made that commitment through partnering with organizations that encourage the importance of healthy lifestyles, like the American Heart Association.  I have co-chaired the AHA Heart Walk and Start Walking Day in Minneapolis and lead National Walk @ Lunch efforts at Florida Blue. I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the AHA First Coast Heart Walk so please join me and the Florida Blue team at the Heart Walk events across the state.  We will be in full force on September 21st in Jacksonville Florida.  You can be a part of leading a healthier movement.

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Pat Geraghty

Patrick “Pat” Geraghty is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Florida Blue and GuideWell Group, Inc. GuideWell is a mutual insurance holding company and is a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care. The holding company includes Florida Blue, GuideWell Connect, GuideWell Health, GuideWell Source and PopHealthCare.

Geraghty is active in leading professional and community organizations. He serves as the chair of the Florida Council of 100, a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization of Florida business leaders who advise the state’s governor on how to improve the economic growth of the state and the economic well-being of its residents. He also serves as a member of the board of the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America’s health care system. Additionally, Geraghty is a member of the Oliver Wyman Innovation Center Advisory Board and serves on the boards of Pardee Rand Graduate School, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Tampa Electric Co. (TECO).In 2016 Geraghty became a member of the Health Governors Community of the World Economic Forum, the international organization for public-private cooperation, and a trustee for its Global Challenge Initiative on The Future of Health.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and has completed executive education programs at Harvard University School of Public Health and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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