Dr. Denise Christian, PHMC Board Chair and National Vice President of Clinical Coverage Review at UnitedHealthcare, has been named a 2014 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Dr. Christian and the other 30 winners will be honored at a November 18 celebration as the region’s most dynamic and influential business women who have made a difference in their communities.

Dr. Christian is a successful, board-certified physician and executive with more than 20 years of for-profit managed care experience. She has developed new proposals and bids for business growth opportunities, developed contracts for new business and designed and operated start-up and expansion health plan businesses. The work of Dr. Christian’s team has led to much success for UnitedHealthcare.

Through her service at PHMC she has assisted the PHMC health network through the arduous evaluation process that led to PHMC receiving The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® designation for both Ambulatory Care accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home certification. She was also a vital advocate and supporter for the PHMC health network’s effort to educate more than 1,500 Philadelphia residents take advantage of insurance options available to them through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

See the full list of winners here.