We are the architects
of financially sustainable healthcare.

At Contigo Heath, LLC, we are re-envisioning healthcare to be simpler and more transparent, with access to care that creates value and supports health plan members throughout their health journey. We do that while also committing to be a trusted ally in healthcare financial sustainability, helping to address the need to better control and predict costs for all.

As a subsidiary of Premier, Inc., Contigo Health® is leading the way to financially sustainable healthcare. We are a health benefits platform that leads direct-to-employer and direct-to-provider relationships and is relentlessly focused on revolutionizing healthcare through appropriate, cost-effective, transparent, and thoughtful benefits design. Our Contigo Health products include ConfigureNet™, with over 900,000 network providers across 4.1 million U.S. locations, Sync Health Plan TPA, Payvider Activation, and Centers of Excellence 360.


We’re on a mission to rebuild an ecosystem that can provide better healthcare for all.

Value Proposition

We are relentlessly focused on revolutionizing healthcare through affordable, transparent, comprehensive access and thoughtful benefits design.


Ingenuity.  Transparency.  Knowledge.  Entrepreneurship.  Candor.  Love.

The Contigo Health® ADVANTAGE

We’re driving collaboration between employers and providers.

We’re bringing transparency to the industry.

We’re an ally in controlling cost.

We’re simplifying the healthcare experience.

We’re creating access from coast to coast and community to community.

We’re improving outcomes and creating value along the care journey.


We’re always backed by the strength of Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc., is on a mission to improve the health of communities and is connected to over 4,400 U.S. hospitals and health systems, more than 250,000 alternate sites, and other provider organizations. As a consolidated subsidiary of Premier, Contigo Health is driven by the same spirit of collaboration. We create positive healthcare change and help provide access to cost-effective and high-quality care for all.

Leadership Team Members

Steven Nelson

President & CEO

Steven Nelson leads the Contigo Health team as President and was one of the leaders who initiated the strategy behind Contigo Health within Premier, Inc. Before joining Premier, Nelson was a leader at Anthem Inc., where he served as Vice President of Strategy and Planning and COO of Anthem’s diversified business group. Prior to joining Anthem, Nelson led strategy, product, and marketing at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and helped to build Allegheny Health Network, a provider entity consisting of seven hospitals, 2,000 doctors, and various other facilities. Nelson has a deep and personal commitment to giving back to his local community as well as the global community, including leading charity work in Haiti. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Ohio University. He and his family reside outside of Pittsburgh in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Slotkin

MD, FAANS, Chief Medical Officer

Jonathan Slotkin leads the clinical aspects of Contigo Health, including strategy, innovation, and operations. He works to support the development of novel products and implementation approaches that always aim for clinical excellence, patient satisfaction, and value. Dr. Slotkin is a neurosurgeon and scientist who has led prominent care delivery reengineering and digital transformation initiatives centered around patients. He has partnered with some of the nation’s largest employers to help them reimagine the healthcare benefits for their associates. Dr. Slotkin believes higher-quality care will always be the most cost-effective care in the end and that innovative employers and providers working together is the most powerful force we have to fix the U.S. healthcare system. He maintains a clinical practice caring for patients directly at Geisinger.

Tom Heatherington

Network Segment Leader

Tom Heatherington is passionate about driving meaningful change in the health industry through business transformation, a passion that he brings to the Contigo Health team as the Chief Network & Strategy Officer. He has more than 20 years of success as a consultant at Accenture and ADVI, introducing business transformation, innovative solutions, and capabilities to the health industry, including payors, providers, government health entities, and life science organizations. Heatherington has a B.S. in business administration from Robert Morris University and an MBA in capital markets and a master’s in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, an avid fly fisherman, and an acro yoga practitioner. Heatherington and his family live outside of Pittsburgh.

John Strickland

TPA/Payvider Segment Leader & Chief Technology Officer

John Strickland serves Contigo Health in an executive leadership capacity as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer. Previously President of Health Design Plus, Strickland has overseen a period of unprecedented organizational growth across all lines of business. Strickland’s insightfulness and innovative nature drove the many advancements instrumental in establishing Health Design Plus as a leading innovator of health and benefits management solutions. Strickland has over 30 years of experience in health benefits management. Prior to Health Design Plus, Strickland was an executive with a leading benefits management software development company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and is a member of multiple charitable organizations.

Britt Hayes

Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer, Britt Hayes leads Contigo Health’s sales, business development, and client services areas. Previously with Health Design Plus, Hayes contributed to Health Design Plus’ significant expansion of its client and member portfolio across all product lines while maintaining phenomenal client retention results. Prior to Health Design Plus, Hayes held various senior roles with national payors and consulting firms. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Charleston in West Virginia. He has been active in several charities and has served on the National Alumni Board of Directors for the University of Charleston.

Tony Ryzinski

Chief Marketing Officer

Tony Ryzinski has a passion for developing healthcare brands and marketing strategies that fuse payor, provider, and healthcare consumer interests and motivate engagement. He has dedicated his career to healthcare marketing across the healthcare ecosystem. His experience includes leadership roles for successful business transformations for innovative health brands. In the complex, confusing, and sometimes frightening world of healthcare, his work is designed to simplify the healthcare purchasing experience with the north star that healthcare is the business of caring for human beings.

Marisa Boevers

Vice President, Product Development and Management

Marisa Boevers leads strategy, design, and innovation for Contigo Health’s product portfolio. Trained as a designer, she focuses on using visual thinking and design frameworks to create products that solve users’ most pressing problems. With experience in bringing new businesses, products, and services to market in healthcare and other industries—including construction, hospitality, and manufacturing—she strives to bring order and thoughtfulness to chaos. Her goal for Contigo Health is to turn the distress that all stakeholders in the health ecosystem feel into delight. Boevers holds a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children.

Heather Ridenoure

COE Segment Leader

Heather Ridenoure is the COE Segment Leader at Contigo Health. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the COE profit and loss, including product, operations, quality, data/reporting, sales, marketing, and client management. Heather has 24 years of experience in various aspects of healthcare, including product design, quality/regulatory, project management, program operations, process improvement, benefit design, provision of clinical care, revenue cycle, and electronic medical records. She has worked with large self-funded employers and providers to create direct relationships and ultimately create solutions to solve some of healthcare’s most complex problems. Ridenoure brings a balanced perspective to the complicated healthcare environment with her clinical, operational, and administrative experience. She lives in Rogers, Arkansas with her husband and three children.

Emily Welch

Director, Business Operations

Emily Welch is the Director of Business Operations for Contigo Health, overseeing daily operations to plan and direct administrative, financial, and operational activities for the President. She helps ensure goals are achieved, customers are happy, and the organization has what it needs to be successful. She has been part of the Premier family for more than nine years, helping to drive strategic program efforts to improve healthcare. Welch has a M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology and human resource management and a background in program management and IT implementations. She and her husband live in Charlotte, North Carolina.


To learn more about careers with Contigo Health, please visit the Careers section of our parent company, Premier, Inc. Then enter Contigo Health in the search bar.