President & CEO, Spectrum Health

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.

               

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                  Ferdinand Velasco, MD

                  Ferdinand Velasco, MD

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                  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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                      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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                          Nicholas Wolter, MD

                          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.

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                              Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH

                              Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH

                              Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH is Chief Innovation Officer at SCAN Health Plan, Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, and is a Health Sciences 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 a number of chapters on improving the quality of patient care in leading internal medicine textbooks. He has given more than 300 presentations on clinical decision support and related topics throughout the United States and internationally.   He is a New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst “Thought Leader.”

                              Dr. Weingarten has held positions on myriad national committees dedicated to improving patient outcomes, including the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on Clinical Decision Support, 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 is currently a Board of Director for the Scottsdale Institute.  At Cedars-Sinai, he has received the President’s Award, the Golden Apple Teaching Award (as voted by the medical residents), and the Alumnus of the Year (as voted by the Medical Staff).

                              Scott was Co-Founder of Stanson Health which had significant market share for machine learning based clinical decision support and analytics.   He sold Stanson to Premier.  Dr. Weingarten was the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Zynx Health, which was the leader for order sets and care plans for electronic health records. Scott sold Zynx Health to the Cerner Corporation and later 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 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 Woodland Hills as part of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.  He helped launch Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills’ Ambulatory Quality Improvement program.

                              He is a Board member for the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) which houses and feeds homeless women in downtown Los Angeles.  He is also a Trustee of Charles Drew University School of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, which is the second most diverse private university in the US.

                              Bio updated July 2021
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                                  Anthony Tersigni, EdD, FACHE

                                  Anthony Tersigni, EdD, FACHE

                                  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
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                                      Joseph R. Swedish, FACHE

                                      Joseph R. Swedish is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Anthem, Inc., a Fortune 29 company and the nation’s leading health benefits provider. Anthem serves nearly 42 million members—or one in eight Americans—through its affiliated health plans, and over 73 million individuals across 27 states through its broad portfolio of health insurance and services subsidiaries.

                                      He served as the Chairman, President and CEO from 2013 to 2018.  Subsequently he served as a Strategic Advisor from 2018 to 2020.  Under Mr. Swedish’s leadership, the company experienced remarkable financial performance. During his tenure Anthem’s membership grew by four million, or 11 percent, the average share price nearly quadrupled, and operating revenue increased 39 percent to over $89 billion. Core strategic imperatives included improving medical costs, working with physicians to improve health care quality and access, and improving the consumer experience.

                                      He continues to apply his expertise leveraging his extensive health care experience as co-founder of Concord Health Partners, a private equity firm investing in digital innovations and health care services focused on data analytics, provider enablement tools and consumer engagement that transform health care by improving access, quality and cost.

                                      Prior to joining Anthem, Mr. Swedish served as CEO for several major integrated health care delivery systems, including president and CEO of Trinity Health, an 18-state integrated health care delivery system. He also held CEO and senior leadership positions with the Hospital Corporation of America, Colorado’s Centura Health, and integrated health systems in Florida, Virginia, and the Carolinas.

                                      He has built a reputation for leveraging value-creating assets through high-performing governance, creative strategies, consumer marketing, clinical innovations, and mergers/acquisitions. He has been at the forefront of the industry’s efforts to utilize advances in information technology such as Trinity’s development of the nation’s first large scale electronic medical records system and Anthem’s massive health plan data repository to advance predictive analytics in support of population health management.  Mr. Swedish works closely with political leaders and policymakers to find innovative, cost effective solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges.

                                      For 12 years in a row, Modern Healthcare has named Mr. Swedish one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, ranking in the top 20 of the health sector’s most senior-level executives, high-level government administrators, elected officials, academics, and thought-leaders for five consecutive years. In 2016, Mr. Swedish was one of five health care leaders named to Crain Communications’ Top 100 Innovators list. He is also a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year—Rocky Mountain Region award, regarded as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. Under his leadership Anthem was recognized by Ethisphere on the 2018 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

                                      Throughout his career, Mr. Swedish has shown a commitment and deep passion for diversity and inclusion such as self-appointing himself as Chief Diversity Officer while serving as CEO at Trinity Health. He has served as Chairman of the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity for Healthcare Management and led industry efforts to focus on disparities of care impacting minorities. His effort garnered the CEO Leadership Diversity Award given by Diversity  Best Practices recognizing his leadership and service as a role model for the industry, his community and the nation.

                                      Mr. Swedish serves on the board of directors for IBM, CDW, Proteus Digital Health, Mesoblast – as Chairman, and Centrexion Therapeutics. He is also a member and past chairman of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors. Previously, Mr. Swedish served as chairman of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and Chairman of the Catholic Health Association.  He has also held board and advisory positions with American Hospital Association, Coventry Health Care, Inc., RehabCare Group, Inc., BankFIRST, Cross Country, Inc., National Quality Forum, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the Winter Park Health Foundation, and Loyola University Chicago.

                                      Mr. Swedish received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.

                                      Updated June 2020
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