Rich Blum is responsible for the business development, contracting, credentialing, and provider relations activities of the organization. He manages Trillium’s new business development initiatives, existing business expansions, development and renewals of public and commercial payer contracts, annual forecasting of revenues for budgetary purposes, credentialing of the medical and professional staff, and the development and maintenance of excellent relationships with consumers, providers, and payers. Rich is also involved in legislative initiatives that improve the delivery and quality of care for Trillium’s consumers of mental and behavioral healthcare services.
Rich began his career at Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis in 1976 as a Child Care Worker. From 1979 through 1992 Rich was a Program Manager of a variety of programs. In 1992 Rich was appointed the Residential Services Coordinator. Later that year, the organization set out to attain JCAHO accreditation and Rich became the Chief Quality Officer and developed and implemented its first Quality Improvement structure, first IT network and first medical records office. In 1998, Children’s Farm Home merged with Parry Center and Waverly Children’s Home and Rich became Trillium Family Services’ Chief Quality & Information Officer until 2006. He then served as the Chief Administrative Officer until 2007, Chief Operations Officer until 2009, and began his current role as VP of Business Development & Provider Relations in 2010. Besides his unwavering commitment to Trillium’s mission of “Building Brighter Futures with Children and their Families,” Rich appreciates and enjoys the diversity of challenges and opportunities that his roles have afforded him over his career, especially those he manages in his current assignment as they make excellent use of his affinity for numbers.
Rich received a Bachelor of Arts in English with emphasis in American literature and creative writing from Knox College in 1973 and his Master in Business Administration with emphasis in finance, marketing, and statistics from Willamette University’s Atkinson School of Management in 1987. His volunteer activities have included coaching youth basketball and volleyball teams; serving on the Benton County CASA Board for 6 years, the last two as Chair; and serving as a consultant to Old Mill School’s Quality Council.