VP, Patient Engagement
Casey Williams has over fifteen years of experience in developing customized patient communications and payment solutions to build a strategic patient engagement initiative for over 100 healthcare revenue cycle clients. RevSpring’s current dynamic patient engagement process can be attributed to Casey’s understanding of client perspectives, pain points, and the overall patient experience.
Casey attended Bowling Green State University with a focus in Interpersonal Communications and is a football alumnus from 1997 - 2001. He has held various leadership positions within HFMA, AAHAM and COPAM and is a current board member with the Newark Church of the Nazarene and The Wyatt Adkins Heart Organization.
Casey’s knowledge of patient engagement strategies, including changing patient behavior and self-service optimization, has made him a go-to speaker/presenter for HFMA, Healthcare Finance Institute, and Litmos Healthcare Division (formerly Bridgefront) to name a few. He has also been published in Executive Insight magazine.
C.R. (Bob) Hudson
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, CA
Bob joined the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital (HMNH) in 2001 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to HMNH, Bob held positions at KPMG, Ernst & Whinney, MedPartners, Universal Health and Charter Medical Centers. Bob has a bachelor's degree in accounting from San Diego State University in San Diego, California and is a certified public accountant (non-practicing).
Bob is involved in numerous HMNH charity events including playing a major role in the annual Toyota Drive Safe Golf Classic. He regularly supports, with both his time and finances, the Holiday Home Tour, Guild Fashion Show (where he is often a featured model), the 5K Run for the Health of It and he is a named donor for HMNH’s capital campaigns. Bob serves on several local community boards and is actively involved in community events. Bob is an active member of HFMA and serves as a Trustee on the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees.
SVP & General Manager
Sentry Data Systems
Tim Lantz is an experienced executive with a background in both finance and operations. He possesses almost 20 years of leadership and consulting experience across multiple industries, and currently serves as Senior Vice-President, GM Sentry Analytics & Product Design, overseeing the company’s analytics division—consisting of the DataNext and Agilum software applications, Senturion Analytics consulting practice, and Sentry’s analytics innovations program.
Prior to joining Sentry in 2014, Mr. Lantz designed and implemented financial and operations solutions for large hospitals and healthcare systems and led major research and performance improvement projects focused on supplier diversity, margin performance and contracting. Tim currently serves on the IPMI Healthcare Finance Institute Advisory Committee, presents nationally on a variety of data analytics topics, and is a published contributor and speaker for organizations like HFMA, HIMSS, Becker’s Hospital Review, and AHIMA. A National Merit Scholar, Tim holds a degree in finance and real estate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Renato J. Suntay
Chief Financial Officer
Meadville Medical Center
Rene' Suntay oversees all financial aspects of the Medical Center. This includes Accounting, Investments, Patient Access, Patient Financial Services, Central Billing Office, Utilization Management, Social services, Materials management, Health Information Services and Information Systems.
Mr. Suntay has thirty plus years of financial experience in both non-profit and for profit healthcare organizations. He has held similar positions at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Catholic Health Partners, Creighton University Medical Center (a Tenet Healthcare facility), Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation, and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Mr. Suntay holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Xavier University.
Peg Burnette is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Denver Health (DH) and has served in this role for 11 years with nine previous years at DH as Associate CFO/Controller. Under Ms Burnette’s financial leadership the organization has achieved record patient collection and income results due to maximization of key revenue sources such as Medicaid and Commercial Insurance and implementation of cost efficiency systems. She has held an active Certified Public Accountant license since 1991 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Kansas. She is also a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
An important part of Ms Burnette’s job is understanding, analyzing and impacting numerous governmental rules, regulations and legislation that impacts DH as an entity from whom 70 percent of funding is public. Colorado’s governor appointed her to serve on a statewide commission on healthcare reform in 2007 and to the State Hospital Provider Fee advisory board in 2012. Ms Burnette received the CFO of the Year award from the Denver Business Journal in 2010 in the large non-profit category.
System VP, Treasury and Chief Investment Officer
As System Vice President – Treasury and Chief Investment Officer at SSM Healthcare, Mike has responsibility for system-wide Treasury functions, including leading the SSM Health Portfolio Management Company. Mike’s other responsibilities include developing capital strategies, leading the issuance of debt, maintaining rating agency relationships, continuously enhancing the investor relations program, financial modeling and Mergers & Acquisitions. In 2014 SSM won the Bondbuyer’s (http://www.bondbuyer.com/) National Healthcare deal of the year award for their $1.1 billion bond financing. In 2016 Malewicz was named one of the top 30 hospital Chief Investment Officers by TrustedInsight™.
Prior to joining SSM Health Care in 2013, Malewicz built the Treasury departments at City of Hope in Southern California, Washington Hospital HealthCare System, Quiksilver Inc and Swedish Health Services. Prior to his healthcare career, Mike worked in Corporate Finance at Qualcomm Inc. and as an investment banker for the Industrial Bank of Japan.
Mike has an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, and an MBA from University of San Francisco. While completing his MBA, Mike was an analyst for a top-performing micro-cap technology long short hedge fund in San Francisco. Over his career, Mike has completed over $12 billion of debt and equity financings, including IPOs and numerous bond financings. Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Caregiver Alliance and is a member of the Treasurers’ Roundtable. He has spoken as a panelist at various investment and Corporate Finance conferences.
Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus
Kari Cornicelli is VP/CFO for Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus in San Diego, CA. The Metro campus consists of four hospitals totaling 800 beds and $1.2 billion in annual net revenues. The campus includes Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, Sharp Mesa Vista, and Sharp McDonald Center. Sharp Memorial and Sharp Mary Birch are Magnet hospitals for nursing excellence and Designated Planetree patient-centered hospitals. The campus is part of Sharp HealthCare, San Diego's leading integrated health care delivery system and a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence.
Cornicelli has been with Sharp HealthCare for nineteen years, leading various system initiatives across the health system. She has over thirty years of progressive healthcare financial leadership and has worked in both the for-profit and not-for-profit environments. She has an established record of success in significantly growing enterprise value and is proficient in healthcare reform initiatives including population health strategies. Cornicelli is a collaborative, transparent, and flexible leader who values mentoring the younger generation.
Cornicelli earned a BS in Accounting from Weber State University, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She is also a graduate of the California Healthcare Leadership Program. She is an active member in HFMA and served as the National Chair on the HFMA Board of Directors in 2014-2015 and continues to speak across the country on various healthcare financial topics. She has served on multiple national task forces, including the HFMA National Advisory Council. She is a member of the HFMA San Diego chapter and served as president in 1998. Additionally, Kari has served as a board member on the California Hospital Association Board of Directors and on the Neighborhood Healthcare Board of Directors, an organization of community clinics in San Diego.
In 2015, Cornicelli was named to Becker’s Hospital Review “150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know”, as well as to the “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know”.
Dr. Samson Jesudass
Chief Clinical Officer, Texas Ministry Market
Samson Jesudass MD, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer, Texas Ministry Market, has been a member of the Seton Healthcare Family and of Ascension Health serving in various roles since 1997.
For the two years prior to his current role, he helped lead the Physician Group across all Ascension Ministries in 23 states and Washington DC in a system-wide role based out of St Louis, Missouri. In that role, approximately 6000 physicians and provider practices were transitioned to a single cloud-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management for streamlined operations and to start the Clinically Integrated System of Care. This has formed the basis of the Ascension Medical Group.
Currently in his role as Chief Clinical Officer for Ascension’s Texas Ministry Market, Samson has oversight for 13 acute care hospitals and multiple ambulatory sites in Central Texas. He is the past President and CEO of Seton Clinical Enterprise and Physician Enterprise and was the first physician leader in that role. He has also served as the Medical Director and Vice-President of Medical Affairs at Seton Medical Center Austin; Medical Director of the Paul Bass Clinics; Chief of Staff and Medical Director at Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital in Luling, TX; as well as the leader for the Chronic Care Clinics at Seton.
Samson completed his residency in internal medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He was chief resident and was selected by the medical students as the Best Teaching Resident from the five Texas Tech Medical Schools and residency program campuses. He also holds an MBA from the University Of Texas at Dallas. His interests are helping people find joy and meaning in work.
President / CEO
Sinai Health System (IL)
Karen Teitelbaum is the President/Chief Executive Officer at Sinai Health System, an urban, teaching healthcare system comprised of four hospitals, an epidemiological research institute focusing on healthcare disparities, a community institute with over 25 distinct programs, over 800 medical staff members, and 4,000 employees. Focused on the delivery of high quality services in an efficient and cost effective manner, Sinai Health System has achieved national recognition in quality while reducing costs by millions of dollars due to greater efficiency and management of population health.
Karen serves on the boards of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (Nominating and Governing Committee), Women in Health-Life Sciences, the David Lynch Foundation Advisory Council, and has served on the boards of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, Family Health Network, the Theraplay Institute, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation, and the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. She is a member of the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access for Vulnerable Communities, and has been a member of the American Hospital Association Council on Maternal Fetal Health, and chaired the Building Committee for a significant Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network, and the Commercial Club of Chicago.
She has been named one of “130 Nonprofit Hospital & Health System CEOs to Know” by Becker´s Hospital Review, as well as being named one of the “Leaders of Chicago Healthcare” by the same publication. Karen has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in managed care and marketing and strategy for nonprofit organizations, and is a frequently requested national speaker on healthcare delivery topics such as population health management in an urban environment.
Karen holds a Master’s of Management degree from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
SVP & Community Health Investment Officer
Northwell Health (NY)
In January 2017, Dr. Ram Raju joined Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in the state of New York with 21 hospitals and 550 outpatient facilities which sees 2 million people every year in the New York metro area and beyond. In his role, Raju is to set the strategic vision to improve the population health by finding ways to meet the needs of Northwell's most vulnerable communities, by examining the existing programs aimed at improving the health system's response to the community's needs and working with local organizations to address them.
Prior to joining Northwell Dr. Raju was the President and CEO of NYC health and Hospital Corporation, the largest Public Health System in the country. Dr. Raju was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014 to lead the 37,000 employees of this $7.3 billion corporation, which includes 11 acute care hospitals, five nursing homes, six large diagnostic and treatment centers, more than 70 community-based health centers, a large home care agency, and one of the New York area's largest providers of government-sponsored health insurance, MetroPlus Health Plan, the plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers. Last year, HHC facilities served 1.4 million New Yorkers – including more than 475,000 uninsured. During his tenure he rebranded HHC, Implemented EPIC EMR, set a new vision for HHC, and successfully managed Ebola crisis in NYC.
Dr. Raju served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) in Chicago, Illinois, the third largest public health system in the country from 2011 to 2014. During his tenure there, Dr. Raju turned the financial status of the system around, improving the cash flow by over 100 million dollars. His proposed healthcare delivery model fetched the much coveted 1115 Waiver to the Social Security Act, enabling the creation of CountyCare, an Illinois Medicaid program to provide coverage for low-income adults in Cook County, and leading to health coverage for more than 182,000 Cook County residents. Dr. Raju's further recognition that patients are more likely to use care they can access near their home resulted in the development of a network of more than 130 primary care access points through partnerships with FQHCs, safety-net and community hospitals, academic medical centers and private doctors.
Dr. Raju began his medical career at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn and went on to serve as the COO and Medical Director at HHC's Coney Island Hospital. Then in 2006, he became the HHC Chief Medical Officer, Corporate Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. While he served there, HHC continued to climb and reach great heights in quality, patient safety and healthcare data transparency.
Dr. Raju attended Madras Medical College to earn his medical diploma and his Master of Surgery degree. He underwent further training in England and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Raju is also a physician executive, having obtained an MBA from the University of Tennessee and CPE from the American College of Physician Executives.
He served on many local, regional and national organizations including as past Vice-Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), as board of Trustees of America's Essential Hospitals and Healthcare Association of NY State (HANYS). He is president-elect of Asian Health Care Leaders Association (AHCLA) and Board Trustee of the American Hospital Association (AHA). He was appointed to the NYC Board of Health by Mayor of NYC. He is a trustee of NY Academy of Medicine and a board member of NYS Office of Professional Conduct. His community activities include member of the board of Community Board 2 and Iron Hills Civic Association
Dr. Raju is also the recipient of numerous national recognitions. In 2014 2015 &2016 he was on Modern Healthcare’s list of the nation’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” Modern Healthcare also named him consecutively as one of the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” in 2012, 2014 &2016 and one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare” in 2013, 2014 2015 &2016. In 2013, he was named a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. Also in 2013 and 2014, Becker's Hospital Review designated him as one of “20 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Follow on Twitter.” and one of the top Physician HealthCare leaders in the country.
VP, Global Commercial Alliances
George is a global business professional focused on revenue growth, with a diverse exposure to cross-cultural practices and global business protocols.
As Vice President of Global Commercial Alliances, George plays a critical role within the Global Commercial Payments group at American Express, where he is charged with establishing new revenue streams across the $122+ trillion B2B financial supply chain market. Focusing on ERP platforms, B2B Networks, and Digital Marketplaces, George has global responsibility for American Express’ commercial alliances business including strategy, alliance development, go-to-market, and sales enablement.
Visante, Inc. & Visante Ltd.
James Jorgenson is Visante's Chief Executive Officer where he leads national and international programs for medicines management improvement. His more than 30-year career includes pharmacy oversight of very large health systems and their network associations as well as academic leadership in graduate pharmacy education. He is credited with more than 50 articles published in the professional literature and has been a sought after speaker, giving in excess of 200 presentations to academic and professional groups in the U.S., Sweden, Australia, Japan, Spain, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Previous to joining Visante, James was Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer for Indiana University Health (IU Health), the largest and most comprehensive state-based healthcare system in Indiana. In this position he was responsible for the design and operation of the system's pharmacy services supporting IU Health's integrated delivery network which included the IU Health hospitals, retail pharmacy operations, IU Health insurance programs, and IU Health medical staff through their accountable care organization/ medical home infrastructures.
Previous to joining Indiana University Health, James was Administrative Director of Pharmacy Services for the University of Utah Health Care and Associate Dean for Pharmacy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy in Salt Lake City. In these positions he was in charge of all pharmaceutical care for the University Health Care system and for experiential education design at the college. He also directed pharmacy services for the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City.
Jim's leadership has also extended to professional organizations and societies where he has served on numerous councils and committees and is the current President for the Specialty Healthcare Benefits Council. He is also a member of the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy faculty where he provides graduate level instruction to students from around the world. In 2008 he received the ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership of Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice.
James also has served on the Board of Directors for the Baxa Corporation during its transition from a privately held firm to addition of an external equity partner and ultimate sale to Baxter. Additionally he served on the McKesson Corporation’s Executive Management Board.
James Jorgenson received a BS in Pharmacy with High Distinction and a MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration both from the University of Minnesota and completed a residency in Hospital Pharmacy Administration at United & Children’s Hospitals in St. Paul, MN. He was also a Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School Executive Management Program. He resides in Sandy, Utah.
President, Hospital and Health System Services
Dr. Stevenson received his BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Wayne State University. From 1999-2014 he served as Chief Pharmacy Officer in the University of Michigan Health System and as Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy. In 2014 he assumed his current position with Visante, a medicines management consulting company. Previously, Dr. Stevenson served as Director of Pharmacy Services at West Virginia University Hospitals and Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center and as Executive Director of Pharmacy Services for the eight-hospital Detroit Medical Center.
Dr. Stevenson was named Pharmacist of the Year by both the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Michigan Pharmacists Association. He received the 2015 Excellence in Innovation Award from the Michigan Pharmacists Association. In addition, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Wayne State University and the Joseph Oddis Leadership Award by Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. Stevenson served on the ASHP Board of Directors and is currently Treasurer of the Hospital Pharmacy Section of International Pharmaceutical Federation. He received the 2010 John W. Webb Lecture Award for extraordinary dedication to fostering excellence in pharmacy management, as well as the 2013 ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy Practice. He is currently serving a second term on the Michigan Board of Pharmacy.
President & CEO
Norwegian American Hospital
José R. Sánchez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian American Hospital, is Chicago’s only Latino hospital CEO. He is a senior health care executive with 30 years’ experience in the operational, strategic and fiscal management of healthcare and multi-hospital systems. He began his career as a clinical social worker before advancing through the ranks of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest public health system it the nation. Sanchez ultimately served as Senior Vice President and Chief Executive of the Generations+/Northern Manhattan Health Network, comprised of three acute care hospitals, three diagnostic and treatment centers, and 20 community based health centers in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Since his arrival in Chicago, Norwegian American Hospital has had one of the most successful safety net hospital turnarounds in the country and has received national recognition in the areas of finance, information technology, innovation, and quality improvement. Under his leadership, Norwegian is the recipient of the 2015 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence award, recognizing the hospital as among the top 10% of all hospitals nationwide for excellence in patient safety. He led the hospital to a successful Level II perinatal service designation for a period of three years by exceeding every State requirement, one year more than the standard two year designation awarded. He was the honorable mention recipient of American’s Essential Hospitals’ 2015 Gage Award for transformation of Perinatal Quality. Sánchez led the once struggling Norwegian American Hospital through two consecutive Joint Commission Accreditation surveys.
Sánchez is Chairman of the Board of Family Health Network, the largest Medicaid health plan in the State of Illinois with $600 million in revenue. He is the architect of numerous innovative programs around the State including leading the creation of MyCare, which in partnership with ten other entities provides healthcare services to 60,000 Medicaid enrollees. He took the lead in developing Be Well Partners in Health, a Coordinated Care Entity for Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with significant mental illness. Sánchez helped develop the Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI), a Coordinated Care Entity for Medicaid enrollees with long-term disabilities which currently has more than 6,000 members.
Sánchez was recently reappointed to his second term on the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Implementation Coordination Council by Governor Rauner. He also serves as a member of the Budgeting for Results Commission and the Illinois Department of Public Health Perinatal Advisory Committee. He is a nominee for the Illinois State Board of Health, subject to approval by the Senate. Mr. Sánchez is one of 24 appointees who work collaboratively with the Governor’s Health Care Reform Implementation Council to promote state-wide improvements in public health. Mr. Sánchez also serves on the boards of the following: Illinois Hospital Association, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and the City Club of Chicago. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Boricua College in New York, a four year college designed to serve the educational needs of Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics. In October 2009, Sánchez was named among the “Most Influential Latinos” in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine, a New York Times Co. syndicated publication and featured in the May 2015 issue of nationally distributed Hispanic Executive Magazine which features top Latino executives in the United States.
Sánchez has been a licensed social worker since 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the City College of New York and a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University. In 2002, he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. This honor recognized his measurable accomplishments and steadfast commitment to improving the health status of the poorest and most disadvantaged populations in New York City.
Prior to starting Healthfuse, Nick Fricano gained his revenue cycle experience on both the provider and consulting side, most recently at Healthcare Business Insights, where he led strategic planning and process improvement efforts for nearly 200 health systems nationwide.
During this time, he led the strategy and development of multi-year revenue cycle operating plans for New York Presbyterian, Yale-New Haven Health System, Ascension Health and other IDNs and independent community hospitals.
It was through these experiences that he saw a movement in healthcare spending and cost to collect, impacted in large part by increases in third-party reliance. He sought to create a firm dedicated and accountable to helping hospitals reduce unnecessary costs and improve collections through better revenue cycle sourcing and vendor management, and started Healthfuse in 2011 to lead the charge.
As CEO, Nick focuses the company’s efforts on delivering meaningful and measurable results for its clients – today, a network of over 60 hospitals. If Healthfuse doesn’t produce cost savings and measurable collections improvement, it doesn’t get compensated. This focus on hospital-first results has paid off and has positioned Healthfuse as a distinguished Future 50 growth company in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Walter ‘Ted’ Shaw
President & CEO
Texas Hospital Association
Walter “Ted” Shaw joined the Texas Hospital Association as the organization’s fourth president and chief executive officer in February 2014. Shaw brings expertise forged from a 40-year career in health care leadership to his role as key strategist and spokesperson on behalf of more than 430 THA member hospitals.
Prior to joining THA, Shaw served as interim executive vice president and chief financial officer for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, where he led the development of the Medicaid Transformation Waiver in North Texas and the construction of an 864-bed replacement hospital. From 2004-2011, he was a partner with the Dallas-based Financial Resource Group LLC, a health care consulting firm where he specialized in interim operational turnarounds with facilities across the U.S. Prior to joining FRG, Shaw was president of the health care consulting firm W.T. Shaw Company from 1998-2003.
His legacy for leading impressive turnarounds includes assignments at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, the third largest public health system in the U.S.; East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, La., both before and after Hurricane Katrina; Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont; and Maricopa Integrated Healthcare System in Phoenix. In addition, he has a strong background in health care technology and insurance, having served as chief operating officer of Health2Health.com, an Internet-based HIPAA solutions company; and with Dallas-based CareSystems Corporation, a workers’ compensation technology support firm.
He began his career with Ernst & Young in San Antonio, Cleveland and Dallas, achieving the role of partner with responsibility for the Southwest Region Healthcare Practice from 1973-1992. Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin, and is a certified public accountant and a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
SVP & CFO
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Anthony Orlando is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, a position he’s held for more than 12 years. During his tenure, Mr. Orlando has helped Englewood Hospital and Medical Center achieve unprecedented growth, always with a focus on patient and their families. He played a pivotal role in Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s affiliation with Hackensack University Health Network, now Hackensack Meridian Health, to jointly manage and coordinate the care of patients in their communities to reduce costs and improve health.
He was also an integral part of financing the hospital’s up and coming, state-of-the-art, fully integrated information systems called Epic, allowing seamless care and unimpeded access across Englewood Hospital’s entire system for a more efficient way to provide critical health information to healthcare practitioners and patients.
In addition, Mr. Orlando has initiated and successfully implemented numerous expense-reduction initiatives without reducing community services. He has lead several major financing initiatives, including the most recent $77 million financing through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
He has also been instrumental in the growth of Englewood Hospital’s MD Partners physician network reaching five counties in New Jersey and into New York.
With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and finance, Mr. Orlando has served in roles at Ernst & Young LLP, providing financial and regulatory consulting for healthcare organizations, The Valley Hospital, overseeing the finance and patient accounting departments, Saddle Brook General Hospital, preparing the budget and supervising reimbursement activities, among others.
Mr. Orlando graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor of art in accounting and master’s degree in public administration. He is a supporter of many community organizations including serving as on the selection committee for the annual Boy Scouts of America dinner honoring healthcare professionals.
Denise Webb Glass
Norton Rose Fulbright
Denise Glass’s practice is devoted to operational, business and related regulatory issues affecting the healthcare services industry. Denise has broad experience in transactions involving physicians and hospitals, including compliance issues arising under the federal anti-kickback statute and the Stark law, formation, acquisition and disposition of health care entities, and joint venture arrangements. She frequently handles operating issues affecting both for-profit and tax-exempt hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other health care providers. She regularly advises health care providers and business associates on issues relating to health information technology and HIPAA compliance. She has significant experience in the development, organization and operation of various types of managed care and insurance-related entities, including accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks. Denise received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.
Sutter Medical Foundation (CA)
Sue Haddad is accountable for the overall financial oversight and strategy deployment of Sutter Medical Foundation, located in Northern California. Ms. Haddad oversees the financial leadership for a large multi-specialty medical group, multi-entity, as well as multi-locations. There are approximately 1,200 clinicians with an annual revenue of $1.3 billon.
Ms. Haddad has thirty plus years of healthcare finance experience. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento and is a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) [not active] in the State of California.
Partner, Head of Healthcare Transactions, United States
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Health care partner Jim Wiehl's broad corporate and regulatory practice includes handling affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, complex outsource arrangements, managed care arrangements, antitrust consulting, Medicare and Medicaid regulatory consulting, investigations and corporate compliance and other health care regulatory consulting including pharmaceutical and laboratory issues. He has worked with a diverse group of health care clients including hospitals, health care systems, academic medical centers, large specialty physician groups, health insurance companies, hospitalist companies and other health care providers.
Jim's most current transactional work includes:
• Represented, as lead counsel, regional community hospital in developing an affiliation with a multibillion dollar health care system
• Represented, as lead counsel, nationally recognized not-for-profit health care system in restructuring its affiliation with a regional hospital through a long-term lease arrangement
• Represented healthcare system in its affiliation with 15+ hospital multi-state health care system
• Represented, as lead counsel, regional health care system in developing management agreements by which sophisticated cardiology and neurosurgical groups undertook management of the system's cardiovascular and neurosurgical service lines, as well as development of joint ventures for certain technical services
• Represented, as lead counsel, health care system's restructuring of its investment in large multispecialty group, permitting group to spin off and sell on-going HMO operations
• Represented, as lead counsel, health care system's integration with a large multi-specialty group
• Represented numerous hospitals and health care systems in the formation of joint ventures with physicians for the provision of cardiac catheterization services
• Represented numerous hospitals and health care systems in the creation of Ambulatory Surgery Center joint ventures with physicians
• Represented several hospitals and a large cardiovascular group in the formation of joint ventured heart hospitals
• Represented large health care system in the development and implementation of a radiology services joint venture with hospital based radiology group
Jim’s most recent regulatory work includes:
• Represented hospital in defense and settlement of multi-million dollar false claim action brought by Federal government
• Represented health system in defense of qui tam action alleging upcoding of DRGs at client's inpatient facilities
• Representation of several health care systems in investigation of billing and compensation irregularities, leading to resolution or voluntary disclosures to CMS
• Represented various hospitals and other health care providers in the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs
• Represented the board of directors of hospital against claims of negligence, breach of fiduciary duties and negligent credentialing
System VP & Chief Financial Officer
St. Vincent, Ascension (IN)
Cheryl Harmon is an experienced healthcare operations and financial strategist who is skilled in financial management with an emphasis on revenue enhancement and business growth. Prior to joining St. Vincent in 2015, Harmon served as the Chief Financial Officer of Porter Health Care System, Valparaiso, Indiana, since 2006. During her time at Porter, Harmon helped significantly boost revenues through program growth, multiple acquisitions and partnerships, contract negotiations and improved revenue capture; reformed leadership culture to focus on growth, efficiency, and data driven decision making; secured more than 100 physician owners; and oversaw the successful completion of numerous clinical and financial system conversions. Prior to joining Porter, Cheryl was Senior Vice President of the Central Illinois Region of Provena Health System, Mokena, Ill. Harmon has spent her entire career in serving healthcare systems across the country including Wisconsin, Nevada and Illinois.
Harmon earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Wisconsin and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She also earned designation as a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
She is committed to community service, having served on the Valparaiso Parks Foundation and United Way of Porter County boards, and is a member of Kiwanis International. She is also active in the Indiana Hospital Association Council on Information Management and has been a member of the American Hospital Association, Operations/Audit Committee.
Director, Strategy & Operations
Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
Kyle is a transformational leader with a proven focus and track record for building teams and delivering meaningful results that dynamically influence the delivery of patient care. His consulting focus is organizational strategy and transformation, physician engagement and leadership, and systems improvement.
As a program and practice administrator, Kyle has over twenty years of executive level experience in the healthcare administrative field. He is recognized nationally as a leader in the areas of practice management, billing and reimbursement, program development, and health care services and facilities marketing. Kyle lectures on issues pertaining to these topics at professional society meetings and industry sponsored symposiums.
Kyle has served as Vice President, Clinical Operations, for Main Line Health in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, and was responsible for programmatic strategy and operations for a comprehensive, multi-hospital integrated cardiovascular program. Kyle was also responsible for the strategic growth and development of Thoracic Surgery, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Endocrinology, Stroke Services and Robotic Surgery. He provided executive leadership for Imaging, Pharmacy, and Laboratory Services for Main Line Health’s hospitals, outpatient health centers, clinical areas and programs.
Prior to his arrival at Main Line Health, Kyle served as Executive Director, Cardiovascular Services and Clinical Administration, for the Yale-New Haven Hospital and Health System. Kyle was responsible for the implementation of the Yale-New Haven Heart Center, an integrated cardiac care delivery model involving Yale-New Haven Hospital, physicians from Yale University School of Medicine and the broader New Haven community, and physicians at other regional hospitals. Kyle was also responsible for major clinical service lines in Neurosciences, Orthopedics and Digestive Diseases. Kyle has served in departmental leadership roles with The Penn State Geisinger Health System – Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center.
Kyle graduated with a BBA (Finance) and BBA (Marketing) from University of Texas at Austin, TX and is a Fellow and Past President of the American College of Cardiovascular Administrators and a Fellow and Past Chairman of the American Academy of Medical Administrators
Tony brings over 25 years of experience in hospital, imaging, & physician group leadership, operations, revenue cycle and technology management and currently serves as a Manager in CliftonLarsonAllen’s health system and physician group division. Professionally, he specializes in serving radiologists and providers in all sub-industries of healthcare by providing strategic, operational, compliance, technology and outsourced executive leadership related services.
Prior to joining CliftonLarsonAllen, Tony served in many roles in the healthcare field, including Chief Operating Officer, Director of Imaging and Cardiology Services, Regional Director of Ambulatory Services, and Manager Clinical Engineering. His experience includes working in large healthcare system, community hospital, medical group and governmental settings. Tony has big 4 and healthcare system alliance consulting experience.
Tony has authored a number of articles and presents nationally on subjects including healthcare information technology, mergers & acquisitions, physician compensation models, medical group & healthcare system operations & integration, compliance, physician quality initiatives, population health management and healthcare reform issues such as PQRS and Meaningful Use.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) and an MBA from the University of Minnesota and is a member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and the Minnesota Medical Group Management Association (MMGMA).
Dana Darger, RPh
Director of Pharmacy
Rapid City Regional Hospital (SD) & Custer Regional Hospital (SD)
Dana Darger, RPh is the Director of Pharmacy at RCRH in Rapid City, SD, and the Director of Pharmacy at Custer Regional Hospital in Custer, SD. He is a 1979 graduate of the College of Pharmacy at South Dakota State University and has spent his career working in rural health in South Dakota. He currently serves as the chairman of the South Dakota Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the pharmacist representative on the South Dakota Healthcare Commission. He was the recipient of the 2011 Innovative Pharmacist of Year award from the South Dakota Pharmacists Association. He precepts the practice management rotation for residents.
Donham has over twenty five years experience in business development, partner development and sales. Prior to Simplee, he worked for prominent global SaaS companies bringing paradigm shifting solutions to the marketplace.
Donham holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Oregon and an MBA from George Fox University.
Jerry has over 20 years of software and solutions experience with a focus on helping organizations leverage technology to design engaging, intuitive applications for consumers and business users. He is now applying this expertise to the healthcare industry with Simplee's smart technology platform that reduces the friction in healthcare payments for patients.