McLaren Health Care Government & Regulatory Affairs appoints director

McLaren Health Care, the three-state, fully integrated health care system, and its office of Government & Regulatory Affairs has appointed Madeline Watts as its director. Watts assumed the position after previous director Allisyn Mattice-Eskau took a corporate attorney position within McLaren.

In her role, Watts will support McLaren Health Care’s overarching government and public policy strategies through interaction with Michigan state-level lawmakers, advancing the system’s interest of expanding health care access.

“McLaren has enjoyed a successful and mutually beneficial relationship with the state government, advancing our shared goal of expanding and enhancing Michigan’s health care landscape,” said Deidra Wilson, McLaren Health Care Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy. “With her knowledge of health care policy and experience and understanding of the legislative process, Madeline will be a terrific proponent for McLaren to further progress that goal.”

Watts’ government experiences began in 2016 as a legislative aide and director with the Michigan House of Representatives before moving to the Michigan Senate in 2019 as a policy advisor. Throughout her time in state-level legislature, she advised various elected officials and their staff on health care, insurance, and other relevant policies and how they relate to the budgets of the Health & Human Services, Insurance & Financial Services, and Labor & Economic Opportunity departments.

Prior to her career in government, Watts was a fellow with the University of Michigan Center for Health & Research Transformation and completed the Michigan Political Leadership Program through Michigan State University.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Watts holds degrees in Economics and International Relations, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University.

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About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a $6.6 billion, fully integrated health care delivery system committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 13 hospitals in Michigan, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 732,838 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health, infusion and hospice providers, pharmacy services, a clinical laboratory network and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 54 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 28,000 full-, part-time and contracted employees and more than 113,000 network providers throughout Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Learn more at