Virginia Premier Health Plan to open Bristol office

The Virginia Premier Health Plan, a nonprofit managed care organization that coordinates health care for low-income people, will open an office in Bristol this month at 105 Village Circle.

The new office will create almost 30 jobs, some of which have already been filled. Additional transportation and call-center positions will be filled in the coming months.

Services based in the Bristol location will include member services, provider services, health education, medical management/outreach (to assist in management of diseases such as diabetes) and transportation.

“We want to have local staff members that our members and providers can call,” said Carl Gattuso, chief corporate officer of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. “Building strong relationships with the communities we serve is of the utmost importance to us.”

In addition to the Bristol office, Virginia Premier Health Plan has smaller Southwest Virginia satellite offices in Wise and Richlands.

About Virginia Premier Health Plan Inc.

Virginia Premier Health Plan, Inc. began operations as a full-service Medicaid HMO in August 1995, and it was formed for the sole purpose of effectively coordinating health care for low-income persons. Owned by the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Virginia Premier Health Plan currently services more than 170,000 members. For more information, see