ADVISORS

    Peter A. L. Bonis, MD

    CMO, Clinical Effectiveness at Wolters Kluwer Health

    Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Effectiveness Wolters Kluwer Health Dr. Bonis oversees direct strategy, business development, and research and development for the Clinical Effectiveness organization which includes UpToDate, a suite of Clinical Drug Information offerings featuring Lexicomp; Medi-Span; and Facts & Comparisons, and Emmi’s patient engagement technology-based solutions. As a member of the senior management team, he focuses on improving the quality and efficiency of care by integrating content into the clinical workflow. He has forged collaborations with academic investigators, private research institutions, payers and other stakeholders concerned with the quality of health care and patient safety. Prior to originally joining UpToDate in 1998, Dr. Bonis served as a full-time faculty member at Yale University School of Medicine. He is currently an adjunct professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and an internationally recognized authority in study design, evidence-based medicine, meta-analysis and systematic reviews. Dr. Bonis is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Medicine, and he trained in gastroenterology and health services research at Tufts Medical Center.    

        Paul T. Browne

        SVP and CIO of Henry Ford Health System

        Paul currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Henry Ford Health System.  Prior to this role, Paul was CIO & SVP of Applied Informatics for Tenet Healthcare, and Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Strategic Program Development for Trinity Healthcare for 13 years.  Specific areas of focus and expertise have included leading transformational change in complex organizations and the development of business/clinical intelligence capabilities in large enterprises. In addition to extensive experience on the provider side, Paul has served as a leader in the payer sector with SelectCare and has eight years of consulting experience with Accenture.  He has been named one of the “Top 100 CIOs across all industries by Computer World, and one of the Top 50 Innovators across all industries and Top 5 in Healthcare by InformationWeek.  His organizations have also been the recipient of numerous “Most Wired” hospitals and health system awards. Paul has authored numerous articles on information technology and has served as a guest speaker at symposiums on IT strategies and innovations across the country.  He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.

            Steve Burrill

            Vice Chairman, US Health Care Providers Leader at Deloitte

            Steve, a partner with Deloitte LLP, is the vice chairman and national sector leader for Deloitte’s Health Care Providers practice. He leads a multi-disciplinary team who serves clients through consulting, advisory, audit, and tax services. Steve also leads the overall strategic direction and market eminence of the health care providers sector, including client-facing leaders’ development and succession, business development efforts, and cross-functional go-to-market strategies. With more than 33 years of experience, Steve has served clients across the health care spectrum – complex large systems, academic medical centers, children’s hospitals, and single location entities – and has led large transformational projects involving acute care hospitals, ambulatory operations, clinics, and physician practices.

                George S. Conklin

                SVP for Information Management at CHRISTUS Health

                George S. Conklin is Senior Vice President for Information Management at CHRISTUS Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic healthcare delivery sys-tem. He is responsible for all aspects of the delivery of information management and communications systems services, supporting CHRISTUS Health’s delivery network across four states, in two countries and in more than 300 locations. Ad-ditionally, as a member of CHRISTUS Health’s senior leadership team, he parti-cipates in setting short and long term strategic and tactical directions for the sys-tem at large. In particular, he has served as a member of the organization’s Fu-tures Task Force, an effort that has set long term system directions based on as-sessments of future social, technical, environmental, economic and political fac-tors. In 2006 all Clinical Engineering services were brought under Mr. Conklin given CHRISTUS’ belief that technology must be managed as a core strategic re-source; the convergence of traditional IT and biomedical technologies onto IT platforms; and the growing need to insure that data collected by biomedical sys-tems be integrated into the electronic patient record as quickly as possible. Mr. Conklin was also awarded the Smithsonian Institution Face of Innovation award in 1997 that recognized applications of computers to medical decision support at Integris Health in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. These achievements have been included in the permanent research collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Additionally, CHRISTUS Health was awarded one of HHN’s Most Wireless” Awards in 2002. Mr. Conklin writes and lectures frequently in the areas of health care informatics

                    Erik Decker

                    Chief Security and Privacy Officer for the University of Chicago Medicine

                    Erik Decker is the Chief Security and Privacy Officer for the University of Chicago Medicine, and is responsible for its Cyber Security, Identity and Access Management and HIPAA Privacy Programs.  Erik has 17 years of experience within Information Technology, with 11 years focused on Information Security.  The majority of his career has been focused on Academic Medical Centers; establishing two information security programs and an identity and access management program. Erik is the current Vice-Chair of the AEHIS Board, and joined AEHIS in 2015. Within AEHIS, he is the Chair of the Public Policy Committee. This association focuses on educating the CISO and providing cybersecurity resources within the Healthcare sector. Erik’s passion for thought leadership in this industry is evidenced by his roles within his professional associations, leadership of industry driven cybersecurity initiatives, and his many presentations to educational institutions, professional associations, conferences and other seminars. He is currently Co-Leading a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) task group of 100 industry experts across the country for implementing the CISA 405D legislation within the Healthcare sector. This group is charged with “Aligning the Health Care Industry Security Approaches”, as well as implementing several components of the recently federal Cybersecurity Task Force report. He was also awarded the 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year in October, 2017. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University teaching HIPAA Privacy and Security. Erik has a Master’s of Science in Information Technology from Loyola University in Chicago and Bachelors degree of the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in Cell and Structural Biology.   Updated October 2017

                        Darby K. Dennis, MS, RN

                        VP of Clinical Informatics, Clinical Systems and Epic Project Executive at Houston Methodist

                        Darby is the Vice President of Clinical Informatics and Clinical Systems for Houston Methodist’s IT department. Her responsibilities include managing IT operations and strategic initiatives impacting clinical care for the organization. She was named IT Executive Sponsor for the Epic Project in 2013. The organization completed the rollout for all hospitals in 2017. Darby’s career spans over 35 years in healthcare in a variety of roles. She started as an inpatient nurse in in New York before moving into teaching and administrative roles over the course of the last thirty years. While working on her Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) she worked on their EMR implementation and leveraged that experience with all future roles. She has implemented a variety of vendor solutions which began a journey with understanding the impact of change on individuals, departments and organizations. Change Management has since been imbedded in every project under her responsibility.

                            Scott D. Dresen, MBA, FACHE, FHIMSS

                            SVP and CTO/CISO at Spectrum Health

                            Scott Dresen is senior vice president & CISO, information services, for Spectrum Health, a billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. As the chief technology and information security officer, Scott is accountable for leading the enterprise technology and information security functions for Spectrum Health and Spectrum Health entities. Responsibilities include enterprise operations, enterprise and cloud infrastructure management, enterprise architecture, and enterprise security. Key to success in this role is effective collaboration with the respective executive leadership teams at the system level and within each SH subsidiary to establish service offerings and expectations, service levels, and refine the shared service delivery model as necessary. Background Prior to joining Spectrum Health in 2007, Scott served as chief information officer for the Wayne State University Physician Group, where he was responsible for the strategic growth and development of the information technology services department, which supported the multispecialty group practice and the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Additionally, Scott has significant experience delivering innovative information technology solutions in academic, for-profit, and not-for-profit health care systems and has published articles on a variety of technology topics including wireless technology for physician practices, directory services, security, and the application of technology in a clinical environment. He holds a Bachelor of Science in sociology with a minor in computer science from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. Affiliations Scott is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Scott is an ISACA® Certified Information Security Manager, an (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional and an HIMSS Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. Scott D. Dresen Bio | February 1, 2018

                                Carl Dvorak

                                President, Epic

                                Carl Dvorak is the President of Epic. An active member of the international effort to standardize healthcare technology, Dvorak has contributed to several industry workgroups including the Health Level Seven Structured Document Advisory Committee and he is currently the chair of the HL7 Advisory Council. He was designated a Chair Emeritus of the Executive Committee of HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association after serving two terms as chair. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Health Information Trust Alliance

                                    Darren Dworkin

                                    CIO and SVP of Enterprise Information Systems, Cedars-Sinai Health System

                                    Drawing from more than 20 years of experience in information technology, Darren Dworkin leads the day-to-day strategy and technology operations of both the information and clinical technology teams. He led the implementation of a comprehensive electronic medical record to help transform care through the use of advanced technology, helping to propel Cedars-Sinai to be a national leader in its use of technology at the point of care. Dworkin has led the use of early stage and digital health companies in the field and serves as managing director of Summation Health Ventures, the strategic venture arm of Cedars-Sinai. Additionally, Dworkin helped launch the CS Accelerator program to help early stage companies grow and is a co-founder of Stanson Health, a clinical decision support and analytics company. Before joining Cedars-Sinai in 2006, he was chief technology officer at Boston Medical Center and director of information technology at Unisource Canada, a division of Georgia-Pacific. Dworkin serves on numerous boards and advisory councils and enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.   Updated January 2019

                                        Robert Eardley

                                        CIO at University Hospitals

                                        Robert Eardley is the Chief Information Officer at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, an organization he had previously served as vice president and associate chief information officer from 2007 to 2011. Eardley joined University Hospitals in February 2018 after serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas, a role he assumed in July 2011. At Houston Methodist, Eardley served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Information Technology Division, comprised of more than 600 professionals organized into clinical, business and infrastructure teams. The IT Division provided strategy, support, and infrastructure for a .6 billion healthcare system consisting of eight hospitals, six emergency centers, two free-standing imaging centers, and 80 ambulatory/outpatient locations in the greater Houston area. Under Eardley’s leadership, Houston Methodist deployed Epic to its main academic medical center and all of its physician practices in 2016. Houston Methodist received the highest adoption score of Epic functionality of any new Epic client and the health system saw higher operating activity and greater revenue after the deployment of Epic. His strong belief in IT usability, governance, mobility, collaboration and patient engagement led to major strides in these areas at Houston Methodist. With his ability to create and communicate a clear vision for the future, and his skill and passion for stakeholder engagement, Eardley gained strong Houston Methodist board support for IT, and earned a position among the leaders in the organization’s strategic planning, aligning IT goals with the Houston Methodist strategic development and mission. His natural insight into the human side of IT led him to require his entire management team to become certified in change management to promote project successes. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranked Houston Methodist in its annual “Best Hospitals” list, naming Houston Methodist Hospital No. 1 in the Houston metro area, No. 1 in Texas, and an Honor Roll recipient. Before joining Houston Methodist, Eardley served as Vice President and Associate CIO for University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1997 to 2006, he worked in healthcare consulting with Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Accenture. His additional previous employers include HBO & Company/McKesson Information Systems and Halifax Medical Center. Eardley holds a MBA with a Health Services Management concentration degree from Duke University and a BA in finance from the University of Florida. He is CPHIMS and ITIL certified. He is a member of the following professional organizations: College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society, and sits on the advisory board of The Scottsdale Institute.

                                            Lois Elia

                                            VP Physician and Ambulatory Services at Advocate Health Care

                                            Lois Elia has been with Advocate Health Care for 21 years in varying leadership roles, including: Advocate Physician Partners, System Clinical Support Services, Advocate’s ACO, and Physician and Ambulatory Services. Advocate is the largest integrated health care system in the state of Illinois with more than 250 sites of care, including 12 acute care hospitals, including a children’s hospital with two campuses. Currently, Lois is the VP of Physician and Ambulatory Services leading physician specialty and service line strategies. Prior to this role, Lois was accountable for the building of Advocate’s ACO infrastructure where she led the plan, design and execution of the full continuum of population health management strategies and tactics necessary to succeed under value-based care and payment models. Lois has been involved in overseeing several high profile system initiatives including PHO centralization, Culture of Safety, eICU services, clinical EMR rollout, ACO infrastructure build and development of an integrated behavioral health service line. Prior to joining Advocate, Lois was a manager in the health care consulting practice of Deloitte & Touche. She has also held clinical positions at Johns Hopkins and Northwestern Memorial hospitals. Lois earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Lois completed certifications at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Leadership Institute for Health Care Executives and Harvard’s Executive Project Management Institute. Lois also serves on the board of Advocate Home Health, Advocate Christ Medical Center PHO, and was recently appointed to the URAC board of directors.

                                                Dick Flanigan

                                                SVP, Cerner

                                                Meet Dick As the senior vice president of ITWorks, Dick Flanigan focuses on leading Cerner’s ITWorksSM business unit, the company’s closest and most strategic client relationships through information technology. He helps these clients become the highest performing health systems in their communities and exemplars across the industry by accelerating their transformation to achieve their clinical, financial, operational and technical goals. Leadership experience Dick joined Cerner in 1994 as vice president of client relationships for the South Central region. Serving Cerner for over 20 years, Dick has led in key executive roles including leading the Cerner business unit formerly known as Siemens Health Services. In this role, he oversaw a workforce of more than 5,000 associates, the business development, and implementation and technology of a select group of U.S.-based strategic client relationships. Additionally, he led Cerner’s Research and Life Sciences business units, as well as Cerner’s employer initiatives. He has also held roles with the company such as president of Cerner’s North Atlantic division and Cerner’s Academic and Children’s business units. From 2009-2010, he relocated to Paris as general manager of Cerner France and worked to expand the company’s presence in continental Europe. Prior to joining Cerner, Dick spent more than 13 years in management and sales at IBM. He operated as the business unit executive for health care in the Mid-Atlantic region. Through IBM’s Client Executive Program, he completed post graduate course work at Harvard Business School. Accomplishments Dick is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University and has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. He has a master’s degree in administrative science from John’s Hopkins University. Passionate about education, Dick serves as chairman of the board of Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas. Previously, he was on the board for the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, a public-private partnership between the University of Missouri Health System and Cerner.

                                                    Doug Greenberg

                                                    Global Sector Leader for Healthcare Technology & Services at Korn Ferry

                                                    Doug Greenberg is the North America Market Leader for Healthcare and is based in Korn Ferry’s Atlanta office. He also serves as the Global Sector Leader for Healthcare Technology & Services. Mr. Greenberg’s search practice focuses in the recruitment of senior-level executives across healthcare. His clients include providers, payers and life sciences organizations, as well as for-profit healthcare services companies, professional services firms, digital health and healthcare information technology companies. Mr. Greenberg has a particular expertise in the convergence of healthcare and technology and technology-enabled services. Since joining Korn Ferry in 2000, Mr. Greenberg has completed search assignments across a broad range of executive management functions, including CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, sales & marketing and physician executives. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Greenberg served as a healthcare consultant for both Andersen Consulting and Ernst & Young, focusing on the delivery of business process and information technology solutions for healthcare organizations. He participated in various client engagements, including interim management, full system implementation and integration, new product development, organizational change management, and workflow/ process re-design. Mr. Greenberg received dual master of business administration and master of health science degrees from the University of Florida and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.
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                                                        Brita Hansen, MD

                                                        CMO at LogicStream Health

                                                        Brita Hansen, MD, FACP is an internal medicine physician and clinical informaticist practicing in Minneapolis, MN. She is Chief Medical Officer at LogicStream Health. Prior to joining LogicStream, she served in various leadership roles in clinical operations, quality and clinical informatics in the health system setting for over a decade, most recently serving as Chief Health Information Officer at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. She received her undergraduate degree at New York University, her medical degree from University of Minnesota School of Medicine and completed residency and chief residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program. She has additional graduate training in public health through the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Public Health Practice Program and in physician leadership through the University of St. Thomas Opus School of Business, Physician Leadership College. She is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics. Updated September 2018

                                                            Brenda Hodge

                                                            Chief Marketing Officer, Healthcare at Nuance

                                                            Brenda leads all aspects of Nuance Healthcare’s marketing function working to develop the go-to-market approach, building the Nuance brand to drive growth, and expanding client relationships to increase loyalty. She joined Nuance from Optum where she most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Provider Market segment. Brenda’s career spans multinational sales and marketing leadership roles at companies such as GloStream, Allscripts/Misys Healthcare Systems, and SAS Institute.  
                                                            Updated March 2019

                                                                Todd Hollowell

                                                                COO at Impact Advisors

                                                                Todd Hollowell is the Chief Operating Officer at Impact Advisors, and he joined as a member of the senior management team in 2007 when the firm was founded. Todd has more than 20 years of healthcare information technology experience, and he has in-depth knowledge and experience with technology infrastructure solutions, both as a consultant and former Chief Technology Officer at a large academic medical center. He currently oversees the business operations at Impact Advisors, but he spends the majority of his time assisting provider organizations, including academic medical centers, community and pediatric hospitals, and integrated delivery networks, with strategic and technology initiatives. Prior to his role at Impact Advisors, Todd was the Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). In that role, Todd was responsible for ensuring UCMC’s Information Services technology and clinical engineering teams appropriately developed and maintained UCMC’s technology infrastructure and biomedical solutions. He also was responsible for establishing and communicating UCMC technology standards and identifying new technology solutions for future UCMC needs. Prior to joining UCMC, Todd served as vice president of consulting services at Doculabs, a technology research and consulting organization. Before Doculabs, Todd spent several years with First Consulting Group as a practice director in the advanced technologies group and delivered technology-related projects for numerous academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, and community hospitals. He started his career at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) engineering technology solutions for clients in various industries including healthcare, financial services and insurance, retail, and manufacturing. Todd has a master’s of science degree in information and communication sciences and a bachelor’s of science degree in management from Ball State University. He also attended The Chicago Management Institute at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Todd has written articles in assorted publications and has presented at a number of technology conferences covering a variety of topics.

                                                                    Gilad J. Kuperman, MD, PhD

                                                                    Associate CHIO for Precision Care Delivery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

                                                                    Dr. Gilad (Gil) J. Kuperman is Associate Chief Health Informatics Officer for Precision Care Delivery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. In that role, he focuses on advancing MSK’s efforts to use existing and emerging information technology capabilities to assure that each patient receives the most appropriate care in a manner that is efficient and most likely to lead to optimal patient outcomes. Dr. Kuperman worked at NewYork-Presbyterian from 2003-2018. His areas of focus during that time were quality informatics, interoperability, and the use of information technology to support care coordination and population health. From 2014-2018, was the IS lead for NYP’s Medicaid care redesign initiative, DSRIP. Prior to NYP, Dr. Kuperman worked at Partners HealthCare in Boston. There he focused on the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical decision support systems. His pioneering work included development of alerts and reminders in computer physician order entry systems as well as the development of a system to alert physicians for critical laboratory results. Dr. Kuperman is an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. He has authored over 95 peer-reviewed articles related to Biomedical Informatics and has been lead author on 25 of those. He lectures frequently on clinical decision support, health information exchange, and the use of information technology to support care coordination. Dr. Kuperman has been active in the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for more than 25 years. He was Chair of the AMIA Board of Directors from 2012-2013. Dr. Kuperman received a BA in Mathematics from Columbia College, an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah. He practiced medicine for five years as a general practitioner and emergency room physician before turning full-time to Biomedical Informatics in 1988.
                                                                      Updated June 2018

                                                                        Ken Lawonn

                                                                        SVP and CIO at Sharp HealthCare

                                                                        Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Sharp HealthCare Ken Lawonn is the senior vice president and chief information officer for Sharp HealthCare.  In his role he is responsible for continuing to move Sharp forward in the implementation of advanced technologies to support the transformation of healthcare through the Sharp Experience.  He joined the Sharp team in February 2014. Lawonn has over 35 years’ experience in healthcare technology leadership.  Prior to joining Sharp, Lawonn served as the senior vice president for strategy and technology at Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha, NE.  Under his leadership, Alegent was recognized as a leader in the deployment of technology to support integrated clinical care.  Lawonn also served as the vice president and chief information officer for Banner Health and Lutheran Health Systems in Fargo, ND. Lawonn received his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Nebraska.  He is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

                                                                            Gerry Lewis

                                                                            CIO at Ascension and CEO at Ascension Information Services

                                                                            Gerry Lewis serves Ascension as Senior Vice President and CIO, Ascension, President and CEO for AIS. He also is a member of the AIS Executive Council and Ascension Leadership Community Council. Prior to his current position, Gerry served as AIS Vice President of IT Strategy and Business Development, leading efforts focused on aligning and deploying information technology (IT) strategies designed to transform and drive clinical and business initiatives. This work responds to an industry and organizational desire for speed (velocity of implementation/operationalization) and scale (architectural/economic). Teams under Gerry’s leadership have developed enterprise data management and analytical, mobility, enterprise architecture and digital media capabilities in support of Ascension initiatives. Earlier in his Ascension career, Gerry served as Regional Chief Information Officer for the former AIS West region, and as Chief Information Officer for the Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas. He also has held various leadership roles at Dell Inc. and Compaq Computer Corp., and served as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency. Gerry earned a master’s degree in business administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He has completed the Ascension Executive Management Formation program. Gerry lives in St. Louis with his wife, Debra. He has two daughters, who reside in Arizona and Utah. He enjoys trail and marathon running and hiking.   Updated December 2018

                                                                                Jonathan L. Manis

                                                                                Deputy CIO at CHRISTUS Health

                                                                                Jonathan Manis, a former clinician and veteran health care information technology leader, is the Deputy CIO, CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprising 350 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers and dozens of other health ministries and ventures in the U.S., Chile, Mexico, and Colombia, with headquarters in Irving, TX.  Previously Manis was the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for SutterHealth of Sacramento, CA, with more than 30 acute care hospitals, hundreds of primary care clinics and sites of care, and annual revenues in excess of B, one of the largest and most respected integrated health care provider organizations in the country. Manis is a seasoned CIO with more than 25 years of IT leadership experience. Previous experience also includes Illinois-based Provena Health,where he served as System Vice President of Administrative Services and CIO. Prior to Provena, Manis was Director of Applications for Advocate Healthcare in Chicago and, before Advocate, he was Chief Technology Officer for Sterling Health of Miami, FL. A native Floridian, Manis grew up on Cocoa Beach with America’s space program. After working summers at both NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and nearby Disney World, Manis enlisted in the US Navy and was trained as a licensed practical nurse. He served as a Hospital Corpsman on submarines and as a combat medic for the US Marine Corps before being selected to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Parachute and SCUBA qualified, Manis was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and was trained as an artillery officer. Manis served as a Forward Observer and Fire Direction Officer, and participated in combat operations in Panama and Haiti. During Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Manis served as a Tactical Fire Support Coordination Officer for coalition forces. Following graduate school at the US Naval Academy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, Manis was promoted and reassigned to the Pentagon in Washington, DC where he managed information systems for the Bureau of Navy Medicine. Manis accepted an early military retirement offer in 1994. A decorated combat arms officer, Manis attended the United States Naval Academy and Auburn University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science/ Information Systems Management from the U.S. Naval Academy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and he has completed continuing graduate education coursework at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. Manis is a regularly featured speaker regarding technology and information systems management and he has authored multiple professional articles on the topics of information technology management and support function leadership. He currently serves as a member of Epic’s Department of Defense EHR Advisory Council. Jon Manis and his wife, Bobbi, make their home in Granite Bay, CA. With two school-aged children, they enjoy skiing, scuba diving, sailing, and family travel. He has yet to master the guitar.  
                                                                                Updated March 2019
                                                                                 

                                                                                    Mitch Morris

                                                                                    Executive VP at OptumInsight

                                                                                    Mitchell Morris Executive Vice President at OptumInsight. Optum is a leading health services and innovation company dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 124,000 people collaborating worldwide, Optum combines technology, data and expertise to improve the delivery, quality and efficiency of health care. Dr. Morris has more than 30 years of health care experience in consulting, health care administration, technology, and clinical care. Prior to joining Optum, Dr. Morris was Vice Chairman and Global Leader for the Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry at Deloitte. Dr. Morris also served as Senior Vice President for Healthcare Systems and Chief Information Officer at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he was also Professor in Surgery and in Health Services Research. At the University of Texas, Houston, he was Professor of Biomedical Informatics (adjunct). During his academic career, he received international recognition as a leading clinician, researcher, and educator. Dr. Morris’s career focus has been on health systems, academic organizations, and government agencies, assisting them with the development and implementation of strategies around health reform, growth, technology, and innovation. He has published extensively and is a frequent speaker on healthcare reform, technology, and policy.

                                                                                        Deborah O’Dell

                                                                                        VP for Business Intelligence at Catholic Health Initiatives

                                                                                        Deborah O’Dell is vice president for business intelligence at Englewood, Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s second-largest nonprofit health system, which operates 105 hospitals and hundreds of other care sites in 19 states. In her role at CHI, O’Dell oversees the Business Intelligence group and directs and manages such key areas as product development, data architecture, data governance and analytics portfolio. Prior to joining CHI nine years ago, O’Dell was associate director of operations at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

                                                                                            Ken Perez

                                                                                            VP of Healthcare Policy in the Strategy and Business Development group of Omnicell, Inc.

                                                                                            Ken Perez serves as VP of Healthcare Policy in the Strategy and Business Development group of Omnicell, Inc.  (NASDAQ: OMCL). He is also a columnist for hfm, the journal of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and Ken contributes to numerous other healthcare publications. He holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford and a MBA from UCLA Anderson.

                                                                                                Michael J. Reagin, MBA, CHCIO

                                                                                                SVP and Chief Information and Innovation Officer for Sentara Healthcare

                                                                                                Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Innovation Officer for Sentara Healthcare, an integrated health system with net revenues of more than .6 billion. Sentara, a not-for-profit health care provider in Virginia and North Carolina, is comprised of acute care hospitals, a health plan, nursing centers, assisted living centers, and a large medical group. Sentara has continually ranked as one of the most integrated health care network in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine and is the only health care system in the nation to be named in the top 10 for 15 years. The group has received many national awards to include Most Wired, Top 100 Innovations, Best Employer in Information Technology, HIMSS Analytics Stage 7, and Davies Award to name a few. Mike leads all information technology and Clinical engineering initiatives designed to deliver the next generation digital hospital to the region. Michael has 19 years of experience in Information Technology management and has extensive experience managing global teams in the United States and Asia. Prior to joining Sentara Healthcare, Michael served as CIO at Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, CIO at Providence Health and Services Chief Technology and Strategy Officer.  
                                                                                                Updated April 2019

                                                                                                    Jeffrey Rose, MD

                                                                                                    SVP of Clinical Strategy at Hearst Health

                                                                                                    Jeffrey Rose, MD is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy for Hearst Health, leading care guidance initiatives that reach across FDB, Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase and MedHOK. He is a key advisor to M2Gen, a precision medicine and oncology genomics company of which Hearst owns a minority stake, and to Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab. In addition, Dr. Rose leads the Hearst Health government policy council. The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85 percent of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 70 million home health visits and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions. Dr. Rose is a nationally recognized informaticist and fellowship-trained physician with proven expertise in the development, implementation and use of health information technology across the industry and in clinical practice. He has extensive experience leading major initiatives ranging from clinical excellence and decision support to payor and provider collaboration in existing and emerging industry markets. He has twice been named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Clinical Informaticists. Throughout his career, Dr. Rose’s passion has centered on systems for the improvement of care quality for patients in every setting where care is delivered. Prior to joining Hearst, Dr. Rose held various leadership roles in clinical informatics, including Vice President of Clinical Excellence in informatics at Ascension, Chief Medical Officer of Cerner Corporation, Chief Medical Officer of Health Language Inc., and director of clinical information systems for the Rocky Mountain division of Kaiser Permanente. He most recently served as the Chief Medical Information Officer at TriZetto Corporation, where his focus was on revenue cycle management, payor claims software systems and evolving payment models in the post-ACA healthcare world. His humanitarian work in healthcare includes the African Health and Hospital Foundation, which he and his wife Jill founded in 2007 to provide medical aid and supplies for impoverished communities in East Africa. Dr. Rose completed his medical doctorate and fellowship training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. He is a board certified interventional radiologist and has 15 years of clinical practice and physician group leadership experience in addition to his informatics work. He is an instructor for the American Association for Physician Leadership, an author of multiple pieces, including the books Invasive Radiology: Risks and Patient Care and Medicine and the Information Age. ABOUT HEARST HEALTH The Hearst Health network includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (www.hearsthealth.com). Hearst also holds a minority interest in the precision medicine and oncology analytics company M2Gen. The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85 percent of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 70 million home health visits and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions. Hearst Health

                                                                                                        Andrew Rosenberg, MD

                                                                                                        CIO at Michigan Medicine

                                                                                                        Andrew Rosenberg, MD is the CIO for Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan Health System and University of Michigan Medical School). From November 2017 to August 2018 he also served as the interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan. Dr. Rosenberg is a tenured Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine at the UMMS. Previously, he was the inaugural Chief Medical Information Officer for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. (June 2010-January 2016). In 2013 he created the role of the Executive Director of Information and Data Management for the U of M Medical Center Information Technology group. Dr. Rosenberg has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Michigan. He then attended Johns Hopkins Medical School where he completed a residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Rosenberg also completed a fellowship in Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine at the George Washington Medical Center. Subsequently, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he focused on Health Services Research and Bio-Informatics. He then completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the U of M. Dr. Rosenberg is also board certified in Clinical Informatics.   Updated November 2018

                                                                                                            Dale Sanders

                                                                                                            SVP, Strategy at Health Catalyst

                                                                                                            Dale is internationally recognized as one of the most influential leaders in healthcare analytics and data warehousing since his earliest days in the industry, starting at Intermountain Healthcare from 1997-2005, where he was the chief architect for the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and regional director of medical informatics at LDS Hospital. In 2001, he founded the Healthcare Data Warehousing Association. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Strategy at Health Catalyst, a 350-employee company that specializes in healthcare data warehousing, analytics, and outcomes improvement. From 2005-2009, he was the CIO for Northwestern University’s faculty practice plan and the chief architect of the Northwestern Memorial Healthcare EDW. His team also led the implementation and optimization of EpicCare in 39 clinics including integration with Cerner Millennium in the campus hospitals. From 2009-2012, he served as the CIO for the national health system of the Cayman Islands where he led the optimization of Cerner Millennium and implementation of new care delivery concepts that are now associated with accountable care in the US. He was also involved in the early development of Health City Cayman Islands, a tertiary care medical tourism hospital. From 1983 through 1997, Dale had a diverse career that included duties as a CIO on Looking Glass airborne command posts in the US Air Force; IT support for the Reagan/Gorbachev summits; nuclear threat assessment for the National Security Agency and START Treaty; chief architect for the Intel Corp’s Integrated Logistics Data Warehouse; and co-founder of Information Technology International. In 1988, he hacked into the US nuclear conferencing system (JCSAN) from a public pay phone to prove that it could be done. As a systems engineer at TRW, Dale and his team developed the largest Oracle data warehouse in the world at that time (1995), using an innovative design principle now known as a late binding architecture. He holds a BS degree in chemistry and minor in biology from Ft. Lewis College, Durango Colorado, and is a graduate of the US Air Force Information Systems Engineering program.

                                                                                                                Marcus B. Shipley

                                                                                                                SVP and CIO at Trinity Health

                                                                                                                As Chief Information Officer, Marcus B. Shipley leads Information & Technology Services (ITS), providing direction and oversight for information technology that supports CHE Trinity Health’s strategic imperatives for improving quality of care, patient safety and financial performance. He is responsible for developing and implementing information system strategies across CHE Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health care systems. Shipley joined CHE Trinity Health, which operates 82 hospitals and 770 clinics in 21 states and has revenues of about .3 billion, in April 2012. Prior to joining CHE Trinity Health, Shipley worked for CIGNA, a health services organization, where he served most recently as Vice President Information Technology, IT Infrastructure and Operations. He joined CIGNA in 2008 as Vice President Information Technology, Architecture, Sourcing and Business Management. Shipley’s career spans 20 years in information technology across multiple industries, including 12 years in executive-level positions leading solution delivery, infrastructure services and enterprise architecture. He has served at Fidelity, where he was Chief Information Officer of its HR Services; Claims Desk Corporation, where he was Chief Technology Officer; and United Services Automobile Association, where he began his career as a programmer/ systems analyst. Shipley earned both an MBA and a BBA in Information Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.   Updated December 2018

                                                                                                                    Brent G. Snyder, Esq.

                                                                                                                    CIO at Adventist Health System

                                                                                                                    Brent Snyder is chief information officer for Adventist Health System. He previously served as chief financial officer of Adventist Health System’s Multi-State Division, a position he held from 1997-2002 when he assumed responsibility for Information Services. Snyder, who formerly served as vice president and chief finance officer of Tennessee Christian Medical Center, has 35 years experience with Adventist Health System. He also previously served as chief financial officer of Takoma Adventist Hospital in Greeneville, Tennessee and chief financial officer of Florida Hospital Heartland. Snyder has an associate’s degree in computer science, a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting and management from Southern Adventist University, a master’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law. He is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

                                                                                                                        Cindy Spurr

                                                                                                                        Corporate Director, Clinical Systems at Partners Healthcare System

                                                                                                                        Preceding her career in Information Systems (IS), Cindy was a staff nurse at the BWH practicing on both general surgical units and the surgical intensive care unit. Cindy has managed and overseen the development and/or implementation and support of the PHS enterprise clinical applications, particularly CPOE, eMAR and ambulatory electronic record applications over the past 21 years. Over the past five years, Cindy has been leading the efforts towards the implementation of an inpatient electronic documentation solution for the two Partners AMCs (Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital) as well as working as part-time faculty in the Northeastern University Health Informatics Graduate program, teaching Organizational Behavior, Workflow and Change Management. She is a past board member and chairperson (1997-98) of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a past co-chair of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) Inpatient Functionality Workgroup (2006-2008). Cindy is currently a Fellow in HIMSS and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the New England Nursing Informatics Consortium (NENIC). She has been certified in Nursing Informatics from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AACN) since 1996. She has published numerous articles and done many presentations on clinical system implementation.

                                                                                                                            Paul Tang, MD

                                                                                                                            VP and Chief Health Transformation Officer at IBM Watson Health

                                                                                                                            Paul Tang, MD, MS, is Vice President and Chief Health Transformation Officer at IBM Watson Health, and is Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Tang’s professional career has been dedicated to leveraging health information technology (HIT) and public policy to improve the quality of health care and to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) and chaired a NAM patient safety committee which published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care

                                                                                                                                Ferdinand Velasco, MD

                                                                                                                                CHIO at Texas Health

                                                                                                                                As Texas Health’s chief health information officer, Dr. Ferdinand Velasco leads the system’s clinical decision support, medical and nursing informatics, business intelligence and data analytics functions across the continuum of care. Through his and his team’s leadership of the implementation of the electronic health record, Texas Health was awarded the Enterprise Davies Award for Excellence in 2013. Prior to joining Texas Health Resources in 2002, Dr. Velasco served as an assistant professor and physician champion for the implementation of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He simultaneously practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. A Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Dr. Velasco serves on the North America Board of HIMSS and previously chaired the society’s Quality, Cost, Safety Committee.  Modern Healthcare honored Dr. Velasco as an inaugural member of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in Healthcare. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.    

                                                                                                                                    Jim Veline

                                                                                                                                    SVP and CIO at Avera Health

                                                                                                                                    Current Role: Jim Veline is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D., where he oversees the health systems’ IT services. Avera is a regional health network comprised 16,000 employees and 900 employed physicians serving more than 300 locations in 100 communities throughout southeastern South Dakota and areas of four surrounding states. Avera serves a geographical footprint of 72,000 square miles and 86 counties. Avera’s IT departments also serve 7 independent operations. Education: Jim holds a master degree in business administration, a master degree in the arts both from the University of Nebraska, and a certificate in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. Background/Service & Affiliations:Jim’s experience includes 9 years of service at the Nebraska Methodist Health System followed by 13 years of service at the Nebraska Health System, Omaha NE. Jim served on the Most Wired Editorial Board for 8 years, as well as the Verizon Wireless Advisory Board for 4 years and the Technical Advisory Board at Dakota State for 2 years. Jim has been a member of both HIMMS & CHIME for 15 plus years. Accomplishments: Jim has been instrumental in the development of Avera’s telemedicine program Avera eCare”

                                                                                                                                      Eric Yablonka

                                                                                                                                      CIO at Stanford Health Care

                                                                                                                                      Eric has over thirty years of experience in leading hospital operations and information systems management functions.  He is the recently appointed Chief Information Officer at Stanford Health Care (SHC).  At SHC Eric’s responsibilities include all information technology functions, information security and biomedical engineering.  Eric’s role is to develop and execute strategies that leverage technology to support the three missions of SHC.  He also closely collaborates with leaders at the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University and Stanford Children’s Hospital in the execution of those strategies and to support enterprise technology needs.  He manages a staff of over 600 with capital and operating budgets more than 0M annually. Prior to SHC Eric served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medicine since 2001. His responsibilities at UCM include all information technology functions, biomedical engineering, information security and the call center. Eric had a staff of over 300 with capital and operating budget responsibilities in excess of M annually. Eric was a member of the Senior Management Group and worked with the UCM Board of Trustees to execute the business strategies of the organization. He had leadership responsibility for the T-2 program whose focus was to transform how UCMC functions and drives operational improvements in the following areas; supply chain and administrative management, clinical care delivery, patient and physician access. He also provided technology services to the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) of the University. Eric has been honored to receive the John E. Gall CIO of the Year award from CHIME/HIMSS and the Executives Club of Chicago/SIM/AITP CIO of the Year award. He and his team have been recognized with numerous awards including; CIO100, Most Wired, Information Week Elite 100, CHEF Innovation and SIM/AITP Most Effective Team. Before UCM, Eric was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, CT. At SRHS, he was responsible for the information technology, supply chain management, process re-engineering, benchmarking and decision support functions. Eric also worked at the JCAHO developing clinical outcome measurement systems, Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a Director in their IS Division, University of Nebraska Medical Center as Assistant Director in Information Services and William Beaumont Hospital as Manager of Information Services. Eric is also a former Director for TeraMedica. They were a Milwaukee based company that is now part of Fuji Medical Systems that marketed software designed to connect and manage the clinical image content infrastructure of a modern healthcare system. Eric has been an advocate for innovation in the healthcare industry. He speaks about these topics in industry and technology conferences and meetings. He has written articles for trade publications about technology innovation and adoption. Eric and his organizations have also been featured in publications in recognition of their accomplishments. Eric has been an early adopter of new medical and information technologies. He frequently works with his vendor partners and new entrants to market to understand how their offerings can be of value to his organization. As a member of customer/technology advisory groups, Eric has guided new companies with their product offerings, market analysis and positioning and with their business planning. He has educated new company’s executive teams on how to navigate the healthcare market with a specialty in helping emerging companies work synergistically with more established healthcare companies. Eric is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management System Society and Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He has chaired the fall forum planning committee, been chair of the CHIME Foundation (vendor group), Treasurer of CHIME and a member of the CHIME Board of Trustees. He served as the founding Program Director for the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, a program that trains the next generation of CIO’s. Eric earned his MBA from the Advanced Management Program, Broad School of Management at Michigan State University and his BS in Business Studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.   Updated December 2018

                                                                                                                                          Donald C. Wegmiller, FACHE

                                                                                                                                          Chairman at Scottsdale Institute; Chairman and CEO at C-Suite Resources

                                                                                                                                          Don Wegmiller Inducted into 2013 Healthcare Hall of Fame Mr. Wegmiller is Chairman of the Scottsdale Institute, of which he was co-founder and Vice Chairman since its inception 20 years ago. Mr. Wegmiller is also Chairman and CEO of C-Suite Resources, a business intelligence advisory firm specializing in providing market intelligence on the health care industry to firms serving hospitals and health systems. He also serves as Chairman Emeritus of Integrated Healthcare Strategies, the nation’s leading authority on executive compensation and physician compensation for health care organizations. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of the firm. Mr. Wegmiller continues to hold policy positions in state and national healthcare associations. He has served on the boards of numerous publicly held corporations currently serving on the boards of directors of three public and two private companies, and on the advisory boards of two firms. He served as CEO of Allina Health System in Minneapolis and Chairman of the American Hospital Association. He also has been named a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and in August 2002 was named by Modern Healthcare as one of “Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People”. Mr. Wegmiller received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in health administration from the University of Minnesota.

                                                                                                                                              Tom Sadvary, FACHE

                                                                                                                                              Vice Chairman at Scottsdale Institute; former CEO at HonorHealth

                                                                                                                                              Tom Sadvary retired as CEO of HonorHealth in April, 2017. Tom was instrumental in leading the creation of the billion not-for-profit health system through the merger of Scottsdale Healthcare and the John C. Lincoln Health Network in 2013. This system serves over one million residents of the north Phoenix and Scottsdale communities, and includes 5 hospitals, a medical group, research institute, and several outpatient centers. Tom was appointed as President and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare in 2005 following progressive executive roles. He joined the organization in 1986 as the administrator of the Shea Medical Center. He began his career at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Barberton Citizens Hospital. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and his Master’s Degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. He also worked as a paramedic prior to attending graduate school. Tom is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. His community leadership roles have included the American Hospital Association, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale / Paradise Valley YMCA, Scottsdale Rotary Club, and the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Tom has received many awards during his career, which include the Scottsdale Leadership Herb Drinkwater Community service Award, the Scottsdale Chamber Hall of Fame, the Allegheny College Gold Citation Award, and the   American Cancer Society honoree in 2017. Tom currently serves as a member of the LabCorp advisory board, and as a board member of Allegheny College, Scottsdale Institute, Epsilon, and the Western Spirit Museum. He has also received adjunct faculty member appointments at the University of Pittsburgh and Arizona State University. Tom and his wife Mary, a registered nurse, have been married for 41 years. They have two children, Christopher and Rachel, and a grandson Jack. Tom enjoys hiking, playing golf, and traveling with his family.   Updated December 2018

                                                                                                                                                  Janet Guptill, FACHE, CPHIMS

                                                                                                                                                  Executive Director at Scottsdale Institute

                                                                                                                                                  Janet Guptill is the Executive Director of the Scottsdale Institute, a non-profit membership organization of leading health systems focused on transformational change leveraging information technology. In this role she brings a unique perspective of leveraging information technology to make better strategic decisions based on her background in knowledge management, data-driven healthcare decision support software, healthcare strategy consulting, and interim executive management.  Janet’s background includes strategic healthcare practice leadership with Tatum, a national interim management and advisory firm, and Witt/Kieffer’s national healthcare technology search practice.  Janet operated a boutique healthcare consulting firm, Knowledge At Work Inc., bringing a disciplined and systematic approach to managing the intellectual capital of organizations and businesses, having served as the Vice President, Knowledge Management for a subsidiary of Ascension Health, where she focused on managing effective physician hospital partnerships and developed a system-wide benchmarking survey still in use today to track employed physician performance. Her career history also includes serving as Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Care Science (now part of Premier Informatics), where she successfully developed the national launch of a web-based clinical performance improvement system for integrated health delivery systems; and as Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Sachs Group (now Truven Analytics, at IBM Watson Health), where she was instrumental in growing the company’s presence to become a leading national resource on healthcare utilization.  Before joining Sachs, Janet was a Manager in the health care strategy consulting practice of Ernst & Young based in Chicago; she provided operational support as the Administrative Associate to the Chief Operating Officer with The University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics; and she completed her Administrative Residency at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in health systems management from Tulane University.  She serves on planning committees and boards of a broad range of healthcare professional associations and healthcare related non-profits, and remains active in the local chapters of ACHE, HIMSS, and HFMA.  
                                                                                                                                                  Updated October 2019

                                                                                                                                                      David Classen, MD

                                                                                                                                                      Professor of Medicine at University of Utah; CMIO at Pascal Metrics

                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Classen is the CMIO at Pascal Metrics, a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and an Active Consultant in Infectious Diseases at The University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his medical degree from the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine and a Masters of Science degree in medical informatics from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. He served as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Connecticut. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He was the chair of Intermountain Health Cares Clinical Quality Committee for Drug Use and Evaluation and was the initial developer of patient safety research and patient safety programs at Intermountain Healthcare. In addition he developed, implemented and evaluated a computerized physician order entry program at LDS Hospital that significantly improved the safety of medication use. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee (IOM) that developed the National Healthcare Quality Report and he was also a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards. He chaired the QUIC (Federal Safety Taskforce)/IHI Collaborative on Improving Safety in High Hazard Areas. Dr. Classen was Co Chair of the Institute of Healthcare Improvements Collaborative on Perioperative Safety and the Surgical Safety Collaborative at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He was also a faculty member of the IHI/National Health Foundation Safer Patients Initiative in the United Kingdom. In addition Dr. Classen is a developer of the “Trigger Tool Methodology” at IHI, used for the improved detection of adverse events, which is currently being used by more than 500 different healthcare organizations through out the Unites States and Europe. Dr. Classen also lead the development and publication of the new Compendium of Strategies for the Prevention Of Healthcare Associated Infections jointly released by the Infectious Disease Society of America, Society Of Healthcare Epidemiology, Joint Commission, American Hospital Association, and the Association Of Practitioners of Infection Control. He currently co chairs the National Quality Forum’s Patient Safety Common Formats Committee and Dr. Classen is an advisor to the Leapfrog Group and has developed and implemented the CPOE/EMR flight simulator for the Leapfrog Group and National Quality Forum which has been funded and overseen by AHRQ. This EMR Flight simulator has been used to evaluate hundreds of inpatient and ambulatory EMR systems after implementation across the United States and The United Kingdom. He is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information Technology.  
                                                                                                                                                      Updated December 2018
                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                          Patrick J. O’Hare

                                                                                                                                                          Former SVP Facilities and CIO at Spectrum Health System

                                                                                                                                                          Healthcare Executive and Former Senior Vice President of Facilities and Chief Information Officer, Spectrum Health Patrick retired as the senior vice president of facilities and chief information officer at Spectrum Health, a billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. Patrick has extensive experience acquiring, developing and implementing appropriate information technologies to ensure optimal performance in complex organizations and on the benefits and challenges of statewide health information exchanges. Patrick was responsible for strategic and operational information technology, as well as health information management for the system’s hospitals, health plan, multispecialty physician group and post-acute health programs, including skilled nursing, long-term acute, rehabilitation, home and residential care. He was also responsible for organization-wide facilities and real estate, which included construction, development, support services, facility presentation and security. Background Patrick joined Spectrum Health in 1997. Before joining Spectrum Health, he was vice president, information and technology management, for Trinity Health in Livonia, Michigan. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University. Patrick belongs to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. He is the treasurer of Great Lakes Health Connect, a member of the Ferris State University College of Business Advisory Committee, a Board Member  of Scottsdale Institute, and a founding member and past vice-chair of Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services.   Updated December 2018

                                                                                                                                                              M. Michael Shabot, MD, FACS, FCCM, FACMI

                                                                                                                                                              Former EVP and System CCO at Memorial Hermann Health System

                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Shabot is the former Executive Vice President and System Chief Clinical Officer of the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, which includes 17 hospitals, 20 ambulatory surgical centers and 270 other ambulatory sites. He is board certified in general surgery and surgery critical care. Memorial Hermann has private and employed medical groups totaling 6,500 physicians and an Accountable Care Organization. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Memorial Hermann’s ACO generated the highest annual savings the CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program has ever recorded, totaling 0 million. Under his leadership, Memorial Hermann embarked on a journey to high reliability. In 2013, Memorial Hermann received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality, presented by the Joint Commission and National Quality Forum. In 2009, Memorial Hermann received both the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum and the National Patient Safety Leadership Award from the VHA Foundation and National Business Group on Health. In 2016, the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital received the Baldrige National Quality Award, and in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). Dr. Shabot serves as Adjunct Professor at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and UTHealth School of Public Health. He also serves on the Board Quality Committee of the Mercy System, St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Dr. Shabot served as Associate Director of Surgery, Director of Surgical Intensive Care and Medical Director of Information Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, where he also served as Chief of Staff. He is co-author of the book Integrating Quality and Strategy in Health Care Organizations, published in August 2012. Dr. Shabot received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.   Updated December 2018

                                                                                                                                                                  David J. Campbell, MHA, FACHE

                                                                                                                                                                  Former Senior Advisor at Oakwood Healthcare

                                                                                                                                                                  David Campbell has more than 35 years in the leadership and management of hospitals and health systems. He has extensive consulting operational experience and expertise in multiple health care settings that includes an established record of leading teaching institutions experiencing severe financial stress through significant organizational changes and integration. His leadership also includes the development and implementation of programs to create a service-oriented, proactive culture in financially challenged institutions with a history of difficult labor relations. He has done extensive consulting in strategic and operational assessment, mergers and acquisitions, physician and academic alignment, and operational improvement. Campbell has served as a President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, the Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, and Allegheny Health Services in Pittsburgh. He has also served in senior leadership positions at Henry Ford Health System, Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., and The University of Michigan Hospitals. Campbell has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan. Campbell has a number of professional affiliations including serving as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
                                                                                                                                                                  Professional Experience
                                                                                                                                                                  • David Campbell LLC – Managing Partner
                                                                                                                                                                  • Oakwood Healthcare Inc. EVP Operations , System Strategy and Growth
                                                                                                                                                                  • TRG Healthcare – Partner
                                                                                                                                                                  • Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York – President and CEO
                                                                                                                                                                  • Detroit Medical Center – President and CEO
                                                                                                                                                                  • Allegheny Health Services Interim President and CEO / Chief Operating Officer
                                                                                                                                                                  • Henry Ford Hospital -Administrator Provider Services
                                                                                                                                                                  • Metropolitan Hospital and Health Centers- Administrative Director
                                                                                                                                                                  • University of Michigan Hospitals – Associate Director
                                                                                                                                                                  Key Career Accomplishments
                                                                                                                                                                  • Established Integrated Delivery systems through the consolidation and merger of previously independent hospitals in major urban settings – Detroit and New York City
                                                                                                                                                                  • Restructured governance, management and Medical staff structures in several systems
                                                                                                                                                                  • Developed strategic plans and led market repositioning of newly formed systems as well as established hospitals and health systems
                                                                                                                                                                  • Participated in the development of one of the largest managed care plans in Michigan (Health Alliance Plan)
                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed successful relationships and contracts between Academic Medical Centers and their affiliated Medical Schools particularly in the alignment of academic and clinical programs
                                                                                                                                                                  • Led the acquisition and integration of hospitals in 3 different systems
                                                                                                                                                                  • Evaluated outsourcing opportunities and negotiated contracts in a number of areas including IT, environmental services , dietary , among others
                                                                                                                                                                  • Led a number of financial turnarounds which involved staff reductions , renegotiating labor contracts , program and service reconfirgurations and consolidations, revising medical staff arrangements, restructuring balance sheets debt and credit instruments
                                                                                                                                                                  • Helped achieve a Baldrige Award site visit – certified as a Baldrige Award examiner
                                                                                                                                                                  • Developed and implemented a number of initiates to help grow organization top lines both on acute as well as post-acute services
                                                                                                                                                                  • Provided staff and oversight on a number of interim management assignments including organizations undergoing restructuring and financial turnarounds
                                                                                                                                                                  • Served as a director on a number of publically traded companies Education
                                                                                                                                                                  • Master Hospital Administration , University of Michigan
                                                                                                                                                                  • BS Divisional Social Services Michigan State University Certifications and Affiliations (partial list)
                                                                                                                                                                  • Fellow and former Regent American College of Health Care Executives
                                                                                                                                                                  • Michigan Health and Hospital Association – past Board member and Chair
                                                                                                                                                                  • New York Hospital Association- past Board member and Vice Chair
                                                                                                                                                                  • Greater New York Hospital Association – past Board member and Vice Chair
                                                                                                                                                                  • First of America Bank – past Board member
                                                                                                                                                                  • Meadowbrook Insurance Company – past Board member
                                                                                                                                                                  • American University of the Caribbean – Director and Vice Chair
                                                                                                                                                                  • Scottsdale Institute – Board member
                                                                                                                                                                  • Premier Board – past Board member
                                                                                                                                                                  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan – past Board member

                                                                                                                                                                      Tina Freese Decker, MHA, MSIE, FACHE

                                                                                                                                                                      President & CEO, Spectrum Health

                                                                                                                                                                      Christina (Tina) Freese Decker is president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group for Spectrum Health, a notfor-profit, integrated health system based in West Michigan. She is an experienced leader in strategic planning, business development, operations and governance. Tina is responsible for the strategy, operations and growth of Spectrum Health’s 12 hospitals which include Butterworth Hospital, Blodgett Hospital, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Gerber Memorial, Big Rapids Hospital, Ludington Hospital, Pennock, United Hospital, Kelsey Hospital, Reed City Hospital, Zeeland Community Hospital and Special Care Hospital. She is also responsible for all ambulatory care sites and outpatient locations. Tina joined Spectrum Health in 2002 as an administrative fellow and was named system director of planning and strategic development in 2003. She was promoted to vice president in 2006. During this time, Tina also served as executive director of the Regional Hospital Network, a group of 21 West Michigan hospitals. Tina served as president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals beginning in 2011, providing strategic direction for the hospitals and subsidiaries. In 2013, Tina was named Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy officer for Spectrum Health and in summer 2014, she was named president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which consists of 12 award-winning hospitals and 182 ambulatory and service sites. Total revenue for the hospital group last year was .6 billion, with a continued strong operating margin. As a health system, Spectrum Health was named a Top 15 Health System by Truven 15 Top Health Systems® study for the fifth time. This recognition was based largely on the strength of the Spectrum Health Hospital Group and our flagship tertiary/quaternary care center, Butterworth Hospital. Tina earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and two master’s degrees from The University of Iowa in Iowa City—one in health administration and one in industrial engineering. Tina is active in the national American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Great Lakes Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (GLACHE), previously serving as both president and education chair of GLACHE. She currently serves on the ACHE Council of Regents, representing Michigan and northwest Ohio. Tina also is a board member of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Fifth Third Bank Western Michigan, Grand Rapids Economic Club, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health Medical Group and Priority Health. Tina has earned numerous awards including the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni; Young Alumni Award; The University of Iowa College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Award; ACHE’s The Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year; Becker’s Hospital Review’s Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under Age 40; Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty; Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 2014 and 2016 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan; and Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comer Award 2015, and Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan 2016.  
                                                                                                                                                                      Submitted Oct 2016

                                                                                                                                                                          John Glaser, PhD

                                                                                                                                                                          SVP of Population Health at Cerner

                                                                                                                                                                          As the senior vice president of Population Health, John Glaser PhD is focused on developing Cerner’s strategic direction and operating plans, fostering relationships with Cerner clients and advancing Cerner’s population health solutions and services. John joined Cerner in 2015 as a part of the Siemens Heath Services acquisition, where he was chief executive officer. Prior to Siemens, John was vice president and chief information officer at Partners HealthCare; he also previously served as vice president of information systems at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. John was the founding chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the past-president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is a former senior advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). He is the former Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Digital Health, World Economic Forum. John is currently a member of the boards of InTouch Health, Press Ganey, PatientPing and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). John has received numerous industry awards including the John P. Glaser Innovation Award (established by the School of Biomedical Informatics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston), William B. Stead Thought Leadership Award (American Medical Informatics Association) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (CHIME). John received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has written over 200 articles and three books on the strategic application of IT in health care, including the most widely used textbook in the field. John is on the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Biomedical Informatics at the Texas Health Science Center and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.   Updated November 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              Stephen C. Hanson, MPH, FACHE

                                                                                                                                                                              Former CEO at Baptist Health

                                                                                                                                                                              Executive in Residence, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences; executive mentor, XLerate (Louisville health company startup program); consultant; author of blogs.
                                                                                                                                                                              Hanson currently serves on the faculty of the University of Louisville as an educator and executive resource for the students. He is also involved in advising startup companies in the healthcare space, consulting and interim management, and writing blogs with particular focus on the developing “mega” health systems. He has served as CEO of Baptist Health of Kentucky and Indiana, Senior Executive Vice President of Texas Health Resources in Dallas/Fort Worth, and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Kentucky and West Virginia over the past nearly twenty years. Prior to that Hanson served in CEO/COO/other C-suite roles in western New York, Chicago, Iowa and Indiana. He chaired the American Hospital Association’s prestigious Council on Health Systems in 2012-13 and served on it for a number of years. He has also chaired the Metro Louisville United Way campaign (with his wife Joyce), the Louisville Health Enterprise Network and Greater Louisville Inc. Hanson has a major focus on working positively with physicians , nurses and other caregivers to strive for the Quadruple Aim and has been involved in significant financial improvement in many of his positions. Hanson received a Master of Public Health in health administration from the University of Oklahoma and a BS in urban and regional planing from Iowa State University. The Hansons have two daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Laura S. Kaiser

                                                                                                                                                                                  President and CEO at SSM Health

                                                                                                                                                                                  As president/chief executive officer of SSM Health, Laura S. Kaiser leads all aspects of one of the largest integrated health care delivery systems in the nation. Ms. Kaiser is focused on ensuring SSM Health’s patients and health plan members experience consistently exceptional care and service.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Ms. Kaiser became CEO of SSM Health in May 2017 and has more than 30 years of experience in improving clinical quality and patient satisfaction, fueling operational performance and growth, and successfully facilitating health care integration. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Intermountain Healthcare. Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare, Ms. Kaiser spent 15 years at Ascension Health serving in a multitude of leadership roles, including Ministry Market Leader of the Gulf Coast/Florida region for Ascension and President/CEO at Sacred Heart Health System. Ms. Kaiser, a Missouri native, earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia as well as a Master of Business Administration and Master in Healthcare Administration from Saint Louis University. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Wright L. Lassiter III

                                                                                                                                                                                      President and CEO at Henry Ford Health System

                                                                                                                                                                                      Wright L. Lassiter III is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the .5 billion health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory and retail health services consisting of more than 60 clinical locations and 28,000 employees. Lassiter joined Henry Ford in December 2014 as president. In his first year, he led the Board and senior management team through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. In addition, he oversaw two successful mergers, one with Allegiance Health in Jackson, Michigan, and the other with HealthPlus of Michigan, a health plan based in Flint, expanding the geographic footprint of the System and generating an additional billion in revenue. A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has more than 25 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Methodist Health System in Dallas and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Henry Ford, Lassiter was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, where he was credited with leading the expansion and turnaround of the 5 million public health system, achieving eight years of positive financial performance, The Joint Commission Top Performer status, significant increases in patient engagement and reductions in patient harm. Lassiter’s work has received many national accolades, most notably “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2016” by Modern Healthcare; 2016/2012 “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare; 2014 “Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; and 2011 “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” in the U.S by HealthLeaders. Fast Company prominently featured Lassiter’s work to rebuild Alameda. An avid community leader, Lassiter has held volunteer positions at the United Way, Salvation Army and YMCA. Currently, he serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch, Detroit Regional Chamber, LeMoyne College, City Year Detroit, and YMCA-USA National Board of Directors. Lassiter received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class, and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Bruce D. Smith

                                                                                                                                                                                          Former SVP of Information Services and CIO at Advocate Aurora Health

                                                                                                                                                                                          Bruce D. Smith is the former Senior Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer for Advocate Health Care based in Oak Brook, Illinois. Advocate was formed in 1995, through the combination of EHS Health Care and Lutheran General HealthSystem (LGHS). Both organizations were founded by churches – LGHS in 1897 by a predecessor church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and EHS in 1906 by a forerunner of the United Church of Christ.
                                                                                                                                                                                          With a staff of 300 and an operating budget of million, the Division is responsible for providing a corporate network of information technology to Advocate. The Division supports a metropolitan-area computer/terminal/printer network of financial and clinical applications that have been integrated to share information throughout the organization. The Department has a centralized/decentralized structure which provides economies of scale and standardization, while staying close to the customers that we serve. Prior to becoming Senior Vice President Information Systems and Chief Information Officer for Advocate, Mr. Smith was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lutheran General HealthSystem. Mr. Smith is a member of Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the HIMSS Chicago CIO Roundtable; and the Scottsdale Institute. Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Business degree from Western Illinois University and his MBA degree from Loyola of Chicago.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ferdinand Velasco, MD

                                                                                                                                                                                              CHIO at Texas Health

                                                                                                                                                                                              As Texas Health’s chief health information officer, Dr. Ferdinand Velasco leads the system’s clinical decision support, medical and nursing informatics, business intelligence and data analytics functions across the continuum of care. Through his and his team’s leadership of the implementation of the electronic health record, Texas Health was awarded the Enterprise Davies Award for Excellence in 2013. Prior to joining Texas Health Resources in 2002, Dr. Velasco served as an assistant professor and physician champion for the implementation of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He simultaneously practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. A Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Dr. Velasco serves on the North America Board of HIMSS and previously chaired the society’s Quality, Cost, Safety Committee.  Modern Healthcare honored Dr. Velasco as an inaugural member of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in Healthcare. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.    

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Consultant to the CEO, Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, is consultant to the CEO, Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai. He is a Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Health System and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Weingarten has published approximately 100 articles and editorials on healthcare quality improvement, clinical decision support, and related topics, and has authored numerous chapters on improving the quality of patient care in some of the leading internal medicine textbooks. He has given more than 300 presentations on clinical decision support and related topics throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Weingarten has held positions on myriad national committees dedicated to improving patient outcomes, including those of the Institute for Medical Quality, the American Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” program, and the quality improvement committee of the board of directors of St. Joseph’s Health System. He served as a member of the Disease Management Advisory Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and was part of the Certification Process Advisory Group for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. At Cedars-Sinai, he has been awarded both the President’s Award and the Golden Apple Teaching Award, and was Alumnus of the Year for 2009. Dr. Weingarten was the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Zynx Health, which is the leader for order sets and care plans for electronic health records. Scott sold Zynx Health to the Hearst Corporation. He is a co-inventor of three software patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. After graduating from UCLA’s medical school, Dr. Weingarten completed his internship, residency and fellowship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai. He later participated in a National Center for Health Services Research Fellowship at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study. During the fellowship, he also earned a master’s of Public Health degree at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Weingarten has also worked as a primary care physician at Kaiser Permanente and was awarded partnership status at Southern California Permanente Medical Group.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Updated July 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stan Nelson

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Founder and Chairman Emeritus* of the Scottsdale Institute, 1926-2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Founder and Chairman Emeritus* of the Scottsdale Institute, 1926-2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                      When Stan Nelson passed away, Scottsdale Institute lost its founder, but the healthcare industry lost a visionary thinker, innovative systems architect and good friend. Stanley Roe Nelson, a hospital executive who pioneered many of the organizational strategies that have become accepted practice for today’s health systems, died on Friday, August 3, 2012 in Minneapolis after a brief illness. Mr. Nelson, who resided in both Minneapolis and Scottsdale, Ariz., was 85. In a career that spanned six decades, Mr. Nelson demonstrated a unique ability to see hospitals on a larger playing field even at a time when most of them operated as isolated facilities run by local charities or religious denominations. He anticipated and ushered in the development of hospitals into integrated health systems and strategic collaborators in the community, especially with physicians. “He had a great vision for what changes needed to be made,” said Don Wegmiller, a friend and colleague for more than 50 years who served as chief executive at Minneapolis-based Allina Health, which today owns Abbott Northwestern. As a young, thirty-something CEO in the early 1960s, Mr. Nelson oversaw the merger of Northwestern Hospital with rival Abbott Hospital to form Abbott Northwestern, a bold move that presaged a wave of mergers and acquisitions among hospitals that has accelerated today under Healthcare Reform. He was only in his late twenties when he assumed his first job as chief executive of Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. Mr. Nelson’s most noteworthy and far-reaching accomplishment occurred in the years 1971 through 1988, when as CEO of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he conceived and developed the Henry Ford Health System into one of the country’s first vertically integrated health systems, an industry model that predominates today. When he arrived at Ford the hospital was in financial straits and dependent on the philanthropy of the Ford family and Ford Foundation. Mr. Nelson personally lobbied Henry Ford to donate 0 million to expand the ailing Henry Ford Hospital in downtown Detroit by building satellite outpatient clinics to serve the burgeoning suburban population. “That was unheard of,” said Mr. Wegmiller. “People said academic medical centers are supposed to be downtown. They run a hospital and that’s it. Stanley had the vision to say, ‘No, that must change,’ and he did it.” Mr. Nelson left Henry Ford Health System as a financially self-sustaining health system that continues to thrive under enlightened leadership, including being awarded the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2012. Mr. Nelson also served as Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 1982. He was instrumental in the founding of group purchasing organization Voluntary Hospitals of America-today the Irving, Texas-based VHA-serving as its founding president from 1977 to 1981 managing VHA under the umbrella of Henry Ford Hospital. Mr. Nelson was not one to rest on his laurels. After retiring from Henry Ford, he founded the not-for-profit Scottsdale Institute, an executive organization of leading health systems that share best practices in information technology. Once again his vision set him apart, enabling him to see the need for senior healthcare executives to embrace IT years before its time. Not technically savvy himself, his advice was simple: “Find the right people and it will all work out.” It has. Scottsdale Institute continues to reflect his collegial nature and innovative thinking in its mission to gather together top executives for collaboration, education and networking. During his long career he mentored a generation of healthcare executives, many of whom went on to become leaders in the field. Mr. Nelson is remembered as much for his personal charm, wit and good humor as his professional accomplishments. “He had a way of communicating, a finesse about him,” recalls Charles Frankhauser, MD, a retired pathologist who worked with Mr. Nelson when he was an executive in Fort Wayne , Ind., and remained a life-long friend. “No matter what the situation he always had the proper phrase.” William Wildern, who became vice president for development for Henry Ford Health System under Mr. Nelson, said, “What a wonderful human being. He wanted the truth and the good to win. I never saw him ruffled. He was a terrific CEO.” His vision of strategic collaboration in healthcare emanated from his personal relationships. “He had an idea a minute, was very creative. He always wanted to hear your viewpoint. ‘What do you think,’ he’d say.” “Stan,” as friends and colleagues knew him, was born on August 12, 1926 in Stanley, Wis. to Newell and Signe Nelson. His son Mark said his father always felt fortunate that he was not born in Oshkosh and given that city’s name. Mr. Nelson received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a Master of Hospital Administration degree from the University of Minnesota. He received the Gold Medal Award for excellence in healthcare administration from the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1982, and was inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame in 1999. Mr. Nelson was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Barbara. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Virginia (Rif), daughter Janet Rice (Jim) and son Mark, grandchildren Lindsey Nelson Donnelly (Scott), Scott Nelson and CloAnne Nelson, Anna and Peter Rice, step-grandson Jason Rice (Tamar), step-granddaughter Mia Wakefield (JC), and great-granddaughter Marin Yulieth Donnelly. Several hundred people gathered to warmly memorialize Stan at a Celebration of Life Service Sunday, August 12, Mr. Nelson’s birthday, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Besides his successful career, he was remembered as a loving family man, great friend and avid golfer who once had a handicap of 1. Friends and family are welcome to post tributes online. { Scroll down for tributes and video. }
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stanley R. Nelson Scholarship c/o University of Minnesota Medical Foundation ATTN: Adam Buhr Director of Development School of Public Health 4200 Delaware Street SE Mayo Mall Code 197 Minneapolis, MN 55455 Bridge Builders Bethlehem Lutheran Church Foundation 4100 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55409 Stanley R. and Virginia L. Rifenbary Nelson Endowed Scholarship ATTN: Connie Albers Director of Stewardship St. Olaf College 1520 St. Olaf Ave. Northfield, MN 55057
                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRIBUTES: Modern Healthcare and Minneapolis Star Tribune
                                                                                                                                                                                                        *deceased

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joseph R. Swedish, FACHE

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Former Chairman, President and CEO at Anthem and SI Board Emeritus

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joseph R. Swedish is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Anthem, Inc., a Fortune 40 company with more than billion in revenue and the nation’s leading health benefits provider serving more than 38.7 million – or one in nine Americans – through its affiliated health plans and over 72 million individuals through its subsidiaries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. Swedish joined Anthem in March 2013 and positioned the company for long-term success by streamlining operations, investing in improved service capabilities, and mobilizing Anthem’s 51,500 associates around three strategic pillars-provider collaboration, managing total cost of care, and consumer centricity. During his tenure, Anthem outperformed expectations for nine consecutive quarters, growing operating revenue by 20% and nearly tripling Anthem’s share price to an all-time high. As a visionary leader with a commitment to transforming health care, Mr. Swedish led Anthem’s effort to enter into a definitive agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation. The billion acquisition, which is expected to close in late 2016, will create the largest premiere health services company with approximately 53 million medical members. In December of 2015, in recognition of his significant achievements in leading the company and his ongoing commitment to innovation and the transformation of America’s health care delivery system, the Anthem Board of Directors elected Mr. Swedish to the additional role of Chairman of the Board. Mr. Swedish’s more than 40 years of health care leadership include over 25 years as CEO for several major health systems, most recently as president and CEO of Trinity Health, an 18 — state integrated health care delivery system. Mr. Swedish also held CEO and senior leadership positions with Centura Health, and Hospital Corporation of America. Mr. Swedish has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for the previous ten years, twice being named in the top 10 of the health sector’s most senior-level executives, high-level government administrators, elected officials, academics, and thought-leaders. Mr. Swedish received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in health sdministration from Duke University, where he serves as chairman of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anthony Tersigni, EdD, FACHE

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Former President and CEO of Ascension and SI Board Emeritus

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, is former President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons in poverty and those most vulnerable. Approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers serve in more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, facilities management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization. Throughout his more than 40 years of experience, Tony has garnered the ability to recognize, then capitalize, on growth opportunities to maximize success. His education and skill set provide Dr. Tersigni a unique understanding of the efforts needed to lead an organization, especially during difficult and changing times. He is passionate about the formation of leaders in the Catholic healthcare ministry, championing the development of programs and efforts geared toward preparing current and future leaders for all levels of sponsorship, governance and leadership. Dr. Tersigni has shared his expertise with more than 20 professional organizations, serving as a board member and often as board chair. Current Board Memberships:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • National Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul Foundation – Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • National Catholic Bioethics Center – Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • St. Louis Regional Business Council – Board Member and Past Board Chair
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Healthcare Leadership Council – Member and Past Board Chair (currently Co-chairing Care Management Workgroup related to Opioid Epidemic)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • St. Louis Regional Chamber– Board Member/Executive Committee Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economic Club of Detroit – Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Past Board Memberships:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • President, International Confederation of Catholic Health Care Institutions (a Committee of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Catholic University of America – Board Member and Member of the Finance Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • American College of Medical Quality – Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce – Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Detroit Opera House – Trustee
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Davenport University – Member, Board of Governors
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • American Hospital Association – Member, Health Care Systems Governing Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Michigan Virtual University – Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ProAssurance – Board Member and Member of the Audit Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • American Osteopathic Association – Advisory Committee Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • United Way of Greater St. Louis, Inc. – Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Catholic Health Association of the United States – Board Chair; 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • University of Detroit Mercy – Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Community Central Bank Holding Corporation – Board Member, Member of Loan Committee, Member of Compensation Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Society of St. Vincent DePaul – Committee Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Career History Before becoming the first President and CEO of Ascension in 2012, Dr. Tersigni had served as President and CEO of Ascension Health since 2004. Previously he served as Ascension Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 through 2003. From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Tersigni was President and Chief Executive Officer at St. John Health, Detroit (now part of Ascension Michigan), which at that time was Ascension Health’s largest integrated health system. He also served the St. John system as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1995.   Updated January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nicholas Wolter, MD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Former CEO of Billings Clinic and SI Board Emeritus*, 1947-2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dr. Wolter was the CEO of a fully integrated health system in south central Montana. Billings Clinic includes a 240 physician multi-specialty group practice, a 285 bed acute care hospital, multiple regional clinics, and a long-term care facility. Billings Clinic also manages ten critical access hospitals. Billings Clinic has focused its core strategy on improvements and outstanding performance in the areas of patient safety, quality, service, and value to patients and their families. Dr. Wolter was a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). He also served two terms as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). He is a frequent speaker on health care delivery and payment reform. Dr. Wolter was recognized by MGMA in 2004 as Physician Executive of the Year. He was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2010 and 2011, and by Modern Physicians as one of the 50 Most Influential Physicians in Healthcare in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Wolter received his BA in English at Carleton College, his MA in American Culture at the University of Michigan, and his M.D. at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York, and returned to the University of Michigan for a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He joined Billings Clinic in 1982 to practice Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1997.