Arizona dental provider adds Scottsdale basketball coach to team
Arizona’s Delta Dental announced that Cactus Shadows basketball coach Zach Washut has joined the dental insurer’s management team as chief operating officer.
In his role, Washut will oversee Delta Dental’s award-winning contact center and claims department, focusing on operational efficiency, improving the customer experience through technology and innovation, and maintaining a culture of positive team, according to a press release.
Washut brings over 16 years of experience in operations, strategic client management, strategic planning, process improvement and team leadership, most recently as Director of Operations and Production for Matrix Medical network since 2014.
Amid the pandemic, Washut helped lead his team to vaccinate more than 120,000 people nationwide, the statement details. He also helped grow the company’s skilled nursing division to over $20 million in revenue and doubled the number of members receiving annual comprehensive medical checkups during his tenure.
Prior to Matrix Medical Network, he held strategic positions at Cigna, CVS Caremark, United Healthcare and Medix, Inc.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in regional development and economics from the University of Arizona, and in his spare time is the head coach of the Cactus Shadows men’s basketball team. This year marks Washut’s 12th year as a high school basketball coach and his 6th as a head coach at Cactus Shadows.
The last five seasons have been record breaking as the team amassed a 90-34 record during that span. Along with assuming his leadership role at Delta Dental, Washut is looking to hit the 100-win mark in the upcoming season, which will make him the winningest men’s basketball coach of all time. in the history of the program.
Through the team, Washut leads several community giving programs and fundraisers to benefit those in need and shows the importance of giving back.
“Zach’s experience in healthcare along with his proven ability to implement strategic and operational efficiencies are great assets that will position our organization to succeed as we seek to continuously innovate,” said Craig Livesay. , chief operating officer at Delta Dental of Arizona, in the Liberation. “That, coupled with his passion for giving back to the community, makes him a wonderful addition to our leadership team and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Delta Dental of Arizona family.”
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