Roy Hawkins, Jr., FACHE

Roy Hawkins, Jr., FACHE, is Senior Vice President, and North Market President, Atrium Health.

As North Market President, Roy’s responsibility encompasses Atrium Health Cabarrus, Atrium Health Stanly, Atrium Health University City and the free-standing emergency departments in Huntersville, Harrisburg and Kannapolis. Roy’s focus is on achieving strategy execution for the market in alignment with Atrium Health’s overall goal of operational excellence in key facilities.

Prior to joining Atrium Health, Roy served as Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL, responsible for managing the strategic and day-to-day operations of one of the nation’s largest public hospitals. He has overseen multiple business units and premier service lines, including the emergency care center, the critical care division, Ryder Trauma Center and the Miami Transplant Institute – the largest transplant center in the United States and the only center in Florida that performs every type of transplant.

Prior to joining Jackson Memorial, Roy was Senior Vice President and CEO of Jackson North Medical Center, a 382-bed Jackson Health System-affiliated acute care hospital located in North Miami Beach. Roy joined Jackson Memorial after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital, a 292-bed facility in Richmond, VA. In that role, he led the organization through a record-breaking year in patient volumes and spearheaded the hospital’s efforts to achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. Additionally, he had executive oversight for the hospital’s Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute and their rehabilitation unit.

Roy also has experience in various Veteran Health Administration organizations, including being interim CEO and deputy medical center director at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL, as well as holding numerous executive positions at VA Sunshine Healthcare Network in St. Petersburg, FL, Orlando VA Medical Center, VA Southeast Network in Duluth, GA, and the Miami VA Healthcare System.

Roy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University in Washington D.C., and a Master of Health Administration degree from Florida International University in Miami.

Bio posted June 2022

      Nancy Howell Agee

      Nancy Howell Agee is President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, a $2.4 billion not-for-profit health care system headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia; serving over 1 million people in Virginia and West Virginia.  Carilion Clinic includes seven hospitals ranging from a large, tertiary/quaternary medical center, Level 1 Trauma Center and teaching hospital to a Children’s Hospital to midsized community hospitals to small rural or critical access hospitals. Carilion also operates complementary business lines, including home health, imaging services, pharmacies, urgent care and free-standing surgical clinics and has a large physician group with more than 1,000 employed physicians.

      Ms. Agee served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before becoming CEO.  She co-led Carilion’s transformation from a collection of hospitals to a patient-centered, physician-led organization.  The reorganization included a public/private partnership with Virginia Tech to create an allopathic medical school and a research institute.

      Ms. Agee is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare and past chair of the American Hospital Association (a membership organization representing the nation’s 5000 hospitals). Modern Healthcare named her one of 2021’s Women Leaders Luminaries that recognizes executives whose careers have been defined by reshaping the industry. She was first named to Modern Healthcare’s biennial list of Top 25 Women Leaders in 2017 and is perennially among its 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. She is a former member of The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners and past Chair of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.

      Ms. Agee was named Virginia Business Person of the year in 2017 by Virginia Business and has been on the list of most influential persons in Virginia for the past ten years.  Ms. Agee serves on several boards including American National Bank & Trust, (NASDAQ:AMNB), RGC Resources, Inc., (NASDAQ:RGCO) and Healthcare Realty:(NYSE:HR).  She is a member of The Wall Street Journal Council of CEOs, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Virginia Business Council, Virginia Business Higher Education Council and on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates.  She is a Fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors. In January 2022, Ms. Agee was selected by newly inaugurated Governor Glenn Youngkin to serve on his Medical Advisory Team.

      Bio updated June 2022
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          Dec 3, 2019 | ROCHESTER, Minn. — John Halamka, M.D., has been named president of Mayo Clinic Platform. The platform will elevate Mayo Clinic to a global leadership position within digital health care. He will join Mayo Clinic Jan. 1, 2020.

          Most recently, Dr. Halamka was executive director of the Health Technology Exploration Center for Beth Israel Lahey Health in Massachusetts. Previously, he was chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for more than 20 years. He also was the International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School. He remains chairman of New England Healthcare Exchange Network Inc. and is a practicing emergency medicine physician.

          “Dr. Halamka has a proven track record of success in innovation and value creation,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “His extensive experience and network will help power the Mayo Clinic Platform forward to benefit our patients and to support Mayo Clinic’s path for the future.”

          As the leader for innovation at Beth Israel Lahey Health, Dr. Halamka oversaw digital health relationships with industry, academia and government worldwide. As a Harvard Medical School professor, he served the George W. Bush administration, the Obama administration and governments around the world planning their health care information (IT) strategies. In his role at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Halamka was responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic IT.

          Dr. Halamka has written a dozen books about technology-related issues, hundreds of articles and thousands of posts on the Geekdoctor blog.

          “It’s an exciting time to join Mayo Clinic and work with new colleagues to enhance what we can offer to patients worldwide,” Dr. Halamka says. “The Mayo Clinic Platform provides us the opportunity to shape health care in a new and dynamic way.”

          Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he received a degree in medical microbiology and a degree in public policy with a focus on technology issues. He received his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and simultaneously pursued graduate work in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on technology issues in medicine. He completed his residency at Harbor — UCLA Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

          He runs Unity Farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts, and is the caretaker for 250 animals, 30 acres of agricultural production, and a cidery and winery.

          Posted April 2020
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              Tina Freese Decker, MHA, MSIE, FACHE

              Tina Freese Decker is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Health System, a $7 billion integrated health system, with a medical group, health plan and 14 hospitals employing 31,000 individuals in Southwest and West Michigan.

              Over her 18 years serving Spectrum Health in various strategic and operational roles, Tina has developed a track record for cultivating culture and driving strategy. She is committed to building a health system that celebrates and reinforces diversity and inclusion for employees, patients, families and members.

              As President & CEO, she has successfully implemented a new mission, vision and values. This foundational strategic work has been instrumental to reducing health disparities, lowering cost, and improving health and access.

              Tina’s awards include Modern Healthcare’s 2019 Top 25 Women Leaders, Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2019 Health Care Heroes award and 2018 Most Notable Women in Health Care; Managed Healthcare Executive’s 10 Emerging Healthcare Industry Leaders 2018.

              She earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Iowa State University and graduated with a Master of Health Administration and Master of Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa.

              Tina and her husband, Jay, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with their
              two children.

              Bio updated November 2020
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                  Eugene Woods, MBA, MHA of Atrium Health

                  Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE

                  Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Atrium Health, one of the largest non- profit and leading academic health systems in the United States, with over 70,000 teammates serving patients at 40 hospitals and more than 1,400 care locations across five states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health provides care under the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist name in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as Atrium Health Navicent and Atrium Health Floyd in Georgia and Alabama.

                  Woods joined Atrium Health in April 2016, and, during his tenure, Atrium Health has been recognized as one of the Best Employers for Diversity, for new grads and for Women by Forbes; number one on the list of Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers by DiversityMBA; one of the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare; and the number one military-friendly employer in the country. In addition, the organization has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Leapfrog Group and the American Nurses Credentialing Center as among the very best in the nation and was honored by the American Hospital Association with the Equity of Care Award and one of the first-ever Quest for Quality honors for its Rehabilitation Hospital. Atrium Health was also recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a CMS Health Equity Award recipient for its dedication to health equity by reducing disparities and enabling communities to achieve the highest level of health.

                  One of today’s most prominent leaders in healthcare, Woods served as chairman of the American Hospital Association board of trustees in 2017 and is currently chair of the Nominating Committee as well as a member of the Health, Strategy and Innovation Committee. Woods has also served as a member of The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council and currently serves on the Becker’s Healthcare’s Advisory Board, Scottsdale Institute’s Board of Directors, the board of Best Buy, and the Executive Committee of the Healthcare Leadership Council. Additionally, Woods is chair of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the upcoming vice chair of the 2022 Conference of Chairs executive committee for the Bank. Woods also was appointed to the North Carolina Council for Health Care Coverage and the North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Economic Recovery Task Force. And, most recently, the Governor’s Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental and Health Equity Task Force to help address disparities in communities of color that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

                  Woods has 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, and his career is decorated with many honors, including his most recent recognitions as #4 of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare – as well as being one of only five “Luminaries,” honored for their career-defining work in reshaping the industry – by Modern Healthcare. Recently, he was recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the highly regarded Patriot Award for supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces. He has also been named as the Charlotte Post Foundation’s 2022 Luminary Award honoree; the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2021 Most Admired CEO and one of 50 Newsmakers of the Year; Healthcare Pioneer for Black History Month 2021 by Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; the recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. award for service to the state of North Carolina by the Urban League of Central Carolinas; the recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2020 Business Person of the Year; the 2020 Distinguished 400 Award recipient by the 400 Years of African American History Commission; one of the 50 Great African American Leaders, as well as one of the 100 Great Leaders in Healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare; one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine; one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise; one of the Most Admired CEOs of 2018 by the Charlotte Business Journal; one of the 2019 Power 100 honorees by Business North Carolina; Senior Executive of the Year by the National Association of Health Service Executives; and Alumni of the Year by the Pennsylvania State University. .

                  Woods holds three degrees from Pennsylvania State University: a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration.

                  Updated January 2022
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                      An advocate for improving quality and access in healthcare, Thomas M. Priselac has developed strategic and operational innovations to foster high-quality, safe and efficient care for patients. Under his leadership, Cedars-Sinai has earned an international reputation for quality care, community service, research and education while evolving from a community hospital to a major health system that continues to expand to better serve patients. Priselac, who holds the Warschaw Law Chair in Healthcare Leadership at Cedars-Sinai, first joined Cedars-Sinai in 1979, and has been president and CEO since 1994.

                      Before being appointed to his current role, he was executive vice president of Cedars-Sinai from 1988 to 1993. Earlier in his career, he was on the executive staff of Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.

                      An authority on healthcare delivery and policy, Priselac is a past chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a past chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges. When he was chair of the American Hospital Association in 2009, he had an instrumental role in the development of Affordable Care Act. He also formerly chaired the California Hospital Association and the Hospital Association of Southern California.

                      He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Civic Alliance, the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Priselac has received numerous awards for his leadership in healthcare and his commitment to improving the health of the underserved, including the American Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, B’nai Brith International’s National Healthcare Award, the Special Needs Network’s Distinguished Community Champion Corporate Leadership Award and the Charles R. Drew University Board of Trustees Medal of Honor.

                      Priselac writes and speaks on a variety of policy issues related to the delivery and financing of healthcare, healthcare quality and safety, and the adoption and implementation of information technology. He is an adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, where he teaches principles of organizational leadership.

                      Priselac earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in public health, health services administration and planning from the University of Pittsburgh.

                      Bio updated September 2020
                          Howard Kern

                          Howard P. Kern, FACHE

                          Howard Kern is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit integrated health system located in Virginia with net revenues of $6.3 billion. Sentara is comprised of 12 acute care hospitals, 7 nursing and rehabilitation centers and one assisted living community in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, with approximately 1,000 providers in its four medical groups. Sentara also operates a health plan with 500,000 covered lives in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio. Sentara has continually ranked as one of the most integrated health care networks 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 continuously since the survey began.

                          Sentara Healthcare was named to the Forbes 2018 America’s Best Employers list (5,000+ employees), ranking #177 out of 500 companies in the Best Large Employers category. Sentara was nationally recognized as a Top 15 Health System in 2018 by IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Analytics) in the large system category. In addition, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked five of Sentara’s hospitals in their 2018 “Best Hospitals” Edition.

                          Mr. Kern was recognized as #58 on Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2018. His executive management experience includes 38 years in hospital, managed health insurance, ambulatory services and healthcare finance. Mr. Kern obtained his Masters in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, and is on the faculty as a lecturer in the School of Health Administration. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and also completed the CEO Program for Health Care Leadership at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

                          He serves on numerous corporate and community boards including E3 (Elevate Early Education), Future Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Business Roundtable, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA), MDLive, ReInvent Hampton Roads, Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Wesleyan University and Vizient.

                           

                          Updated November 2018
                              Ferdinand Velasco, MD

                              Ferdinand Velasco, MD

                              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.

                              Bio posted July 2018
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                                  July 20, 2020 | AHA board names Wright Lassiter, III, chair-elect designate

                                  Wright L. Lassiter, III is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the $5.5 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 $1 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 $865 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.

                                  Bio updated January 2022
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                                      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.

                                      Bio posted November 2017
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