David O. Meltzer M.D., Ph.D. is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at The University of Chicago, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Department of Economics and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Meltzer's research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. Meltzer has performed randomized trials comparing the use of doctors who specialize in inpatient care ("hospitalists") with traditional physicians and directed the AHRQ-funded Hospital Medicine and Economics Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERT) at the University of Chicago. He is currently leading a CTSA-funded collaboration of Chicago-Area academic medical centers to work with University HealthSystem Consortium to develop infrastructure to support hospital-based comparative effectiveness research and a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation Challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in the doctor patient relationship between the inpatient and outpatient setting on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients. Meltzer received his MD and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Meltzer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Lusted Prize of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Health Care Research Award of the National Institute for Health Care Management, and the Eugene Garfield Award from Research America. Meltzer is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He has served on several IOM panels, include one examining U.S. organ allocation policy and the recent panel on the Learning Health Care System that produced Best Care at Lower Cost. He also has served on the DHHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee, as a Council Member of the National Institute for General Medical Studies, and as a health economics advisor for the Congressional Budget Office. Return to Summit homepage
Sheila Allen is the Director of Quality for HealthNet, Inc. One of her many responsibilities in this position is leading HealthNet's journey to obtain and maintain Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) designation. In October 2012, HealthNet became the first health care organization in Indiana, and among only 30 others in the nation, to earn the Primary Cary Medical Home designation from the Joint Commission. Sheila has 10 years of experience in Quality Management and Performance Improvement. She holds a Master of Public Health degree and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science, both from Indiana University. Sheila is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. She prides herself on "thinking outside the box" when it comes to improving quality and efficiency and reducing risk in healthcare. In 2011 Sheila received the All Star Employee of the Year award from the Indiana Primary Health Care Association for demonstrating such innovation. Return to Summit homepage
Carol received her B.S. (Pharmacy) from Purdue University, an M.S. (Pharmacy Administration) from University of Wisconsin, and completed a two year administrative residency at the University of Wisconsin. She is currently President, Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety Inc. a not for profit hospital membership organization focused on improving quality and safety of care provided within central Indiana hospitals. Carol???s areas of interest include: clinical quality and patient safety program management and development, contemporary strategies to improve the safety and efficiency of healthcare processes, medication use accreditation and regulatory standards, leadership, mentoring and organizational design, and performance improvement and measurement.
Carol has extensive experience in hospital pharmacy practice and healthcare performance improvement. Prior to joining the Coalition, Carol was employed by Purdue University School of Pharmacy, completed 23 years as Pharmacy Director at an Indianapolis academic health system, and served 7 years as Performance Improvement Director at VHA Central, a national cooperative of member hospitals. Return to Summit homepage
Lee Ann Blue, RN, MSN, serves as Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Vice President of Patient Care Services at Wishard Health Services. The public hospital serving Indianapolis, Indiana, Wishard is one of America's five largest safety net health care systems, with more than 1.2 million outpatient visits last year, and is among the highest-quality, lowest-cost health care systems in the United States.
As Wishard's CNO, Lee Ann works directly with nursing and physician leadership to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care through for vulnerable and underserved populations. A teaching health system with more than 40 academic partners, Wishard's nationally recognized programs include a level I trauma center, regional burn center, comprehensive senior care program, women's and children's services, teen and adolescent care programs, and a network of primary care sites located throughout the neighborhoods of Indianapolis. In partnership with the Regenstrief Institute, Wishard conducts groundbreaking work that leads health information technology around the globe. Wishard also serves as the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services.
Lee Ann is also responsible for oversight of Wishard facilities. In 2009, Marion County voters approved construction of a new Wishard hospital with 85 percent support for the measure. In 2011, Wishard received a $40 million gift from Indianapolis' Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, in honor of whom Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County will name the new hospital and health system once the new facility is complete in December 2013.
Lee Ann came to Wishard from Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana, where she was the chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services. While at Deaconess, Lee Ann was responsible for nursing and patient care services at the flagship hospital and a 116-bed community hospital. Prior to her tenure at Deaconess, Lee Ann served as vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer for Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She started as a staff nurse working in the cardiac intensive care unit and progressed to a senior executive at the 1,000-bed academic medical center.
In addition to working in nursing and healthcare administration, Lee Ann has served as an adjunct faculty member at several schools of nursing including the University of Southern Indiana, University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Barnes Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health. Lee Ann also serves on numerous local and statewide committees aimed at increasing the healthcare workforce pool for the future and improving the health of the community. Lee Ann received her bachelor of science in nursing from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, and her master of science in nursing degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. Return to Summit homepage
Jim Boyer is Chief Information Officer at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Indiana and is a part of the core hospital administrative team. He has held this role since 2002. He is a MBA graduate from Saint Josephs College of Maine. In this position he oversees and directs all information technology aspects for the hospital including managing all technical projects, as well as clinical informatics, finance, EMR implementations, HIO connectivity, HL7 interfaces, infrastructure upgrades, mobile devices, storage area networks, Cisco and HP Procurve networks, wireless infrastructures, VDI, Citrix, diagnostic imaging modalities, telepsych, and interoperability of healthcare networks. He is also currently responsible for decisions related to purchase, implementation, life cycle, applications, networks, hardware, budgets, interoperability, and client interactions, including physician and clinician front end I.T. processes and involvement with patients. In 2012, his leadership earned Rush Memorial Hospital the HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 award. Council advisory groups include, IRHA, IHA, and Suburban Health Organization. Return to Summit homepage
J. Cornelius "Jimmy" Brown is President/CEO of HealthNet, Inc., a federally qualified health center (FQHC) based in Indianapolis, IN. Through its network of seven community-based primary care centers, five dental centers, an OB/GYN care center, a pediatric and adolescent care center, a maternal-fetal medicine center and five school-based clinics, HealthNet serves more than 51,500 individuals each year. HealthNet is Indiana's largest FQHC and is an affiliate of IU Health. It is the first health care organization in the state and among only 30 in the nation to achieve Primary Care Medical Home status through The Joint Commission.
Jimmy has served as President/CEO since 2012, bringing with him more than 28 years of experience in healthcare administration in Missouri, Texas and Washington, D.C. Jimmy retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force in 1992 after a 20-year career in health and hospital administration. He has a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in health care management from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor's degree in public administration from North Texas State University. Return to Summit homepage
As Founder and President of Orchard Software, Rob Bush is the leader and visionary for the company and focuses much of this time on new markets and product development. Prior to founding Orchard Software, Rob was the President of a medical billing software company. He began his career as a Financial Analyst for Eli Lilly and Co., monitoring foreign affiliate activity. Rob majored in Physics and Finance, first at the University of Colorado and then at Indiana University. He received his MBA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. Return to Summit homepage
Kathy Church, BSN, PMP, serves as the Director of Clinical Operations of HealthLINC, an innovative HIE in South Central Indiana. For the past eight years, she and Dr. Todd Rowland, Executive Director, have focused on the greater medical community. Kathy assists in workflow redesign and using technology to assist HealthLINC's clients in improving quality and safety of patient care while assuring privacy and security for patients. She provides leadership to providers in responding to such federal initiatives as healthcare reform and Meaningful Use. Personal Health Records and Patient Centered Medical Home are the newest endeavors. Kathy brings a wide array of nursing experience to HealthLINC including intensive care, obstetrics, outpatient care, emergency department and academic residency programs. Until recently, Kathy blended her HealthLINC activities with the role of Ambulatory Project Manager for IU Health Bloomington Hospital. She spent 10 years managing nursing support at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, a multi-discipline residency program, during the launch of an EHR system. Previously, Kathy provided nursing care and department management at Promptcare Physicians Clinic in Bloomington as the Quality Assurance Director and Staff Educator, and at IU Health Bedford Hospital as the supervisor of Emergency Services. Kathy received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville and a Project Management Certification from PMI. She enjoys travel and organic farming. Return to Summit homepage
Suzanne F. Clifford is the Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health at Community Health Network. She previously served as President of Inspiring Transformations, an organization focused on mobilizing diverse, multi-system coalitions to dramatically improve health outcomes. Ms. Clifford's recent projects received recognition including being named one of the top thirty most effective non-profit collaborations in the United States by the Lodestar Foundation and the Collaboration Prize committee, the Indianapolis Mayor's Advisory Council on Disability's Access and Inclusion award, special recognition from the Indianapolis City Council and the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention's Collaboration Award. Examples of Ms. Cliffords's recent projects include:
Prior to Inspiring Transformations, two governors appointed Ms. Clifford as the Director of Mental Health and Addiction for Indiana where she lead six state hospitals and directed community mental health and addiction services in 92 counties. As Director, Ms. Clifford balanced a $367 million budget in a challenging fiscal environment. While serving on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and as Co-chair of the NRI National Quality and Accountability Committee, Ms. Clifford was active in national mental health and addiction transformation policy. Before accepting the governor's appointment as the Director of Mental Health and Addiction, Ms. Clifford was employed at Fortune 500 companies including over ten years at Eli Lilly and Company. At Lilly, she held multiple internal consulting and management positions focused on improving outcomes for patients. Return to Summit homepage
As president of NoMoreClipboard, Jeff Donnell is responsible for operations, strategy development, business development, product management, marketing and customer service.
Jeff has helped NoMoreClipboard gain recognition as one of the top personal health records on the market and helps the company's leadership team leverage its extensive clinical health and technology experience to continually enhance a PHR application that is consumer-friendly, interactive, secure, mobile and interoperable.
A visible member of Indiana's health IT community, Jeff serves as a Board Member for the Indiana HIMSS chapter. He has also helped to raise awareness of health IT adoption nationally via public speaking sessions across the nation. He is a sought-after media expert on the topic of health IT relating to personal health and patient empowerment issues and has been featured in BusinessWeek, Healthcare IT News, The Wall Street Journal, Modern Healthcare, Health Data Management and more. Jeff also created and maintains healthcare IT parody organizations Extormity and SEEDIE, using satire to shed light on the need for more affordable, interoperable, and flexible healthcare IT solutions for clinicians and consumers.
Jeff has more than 25 years of management consulting, marketing communications, business development and advertising experience, including a stint as a principal at one of the top business-to-business marketing firms in the U.S. He has also taught advertising at the University of Indianapolis and lectures on business-to-business marketing at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Return to Summit homepage
Currently the Executive Director/CEO for Raphael Health Center. Have held this position for 16 years. Prior to joining Raphael Health Center owner for 30 years of a chain of retail stores located in regional malls in Indiana. Served as Deacon, Elder, and Financial Officer for the Fairview Presbyterian Church. At present holds the position of Board Chair of The Indiana Primary Health Care Association. Previously served as IPHCA's Secretary, Treasurer, and President-Elect. Past chairman of the FQHC Forum. Prior to being Raphael's Executive Director/CEO, served as CFO. Other relevant experience includes member of the Audit Committee, Crown Hill Foundation, Member of the Finance Committee Mid-West Clinicians Network, Co-Chair of the Hospital/Health Center Committee, Covering Kids and Families, and is on the Alumni Board of Butler University. Return to Summit homepage
Kathleen Exline provides system leadership, oversight and direction for all projects related to clinical and operational effectiveness, quality, care management and the clinical documentation management program. She supports the continuing development of those programs while ensuring a high level of integration of both clinical and operational aspects. In May 2007, Exline joined Norton Healthcare as System Director of Performance in which she facilitated teams to optimize performance and outcomes through integration and alignment for clinical quality, safety, process and service excellence. She also worked with system and hospital leadership to build accountability structures and processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Before joining Norton Healthcare, Kathleen worked for 17 years for Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Ind., in a variety of clinical and operational leadership positions. She earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from the University of Evansville. She holds GE Six Sigma Green Belt, LEAN and Change Acceleration certifications. Since 2005, she has served as a Magnet appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Return to Summit homepage
Patti Goesch is a Lean consultant and owner of Goesch & Associates who developed her Lean knowledge working in Automotive Electronics Operations for 24 years as a manager and as a Lean leader for a multi-plant site. Patti started Goesch & Associates in 2008 teaching Lean Manufacturing skills in many industries including, Healthcare Equipment Manufacturing, Automotive Manufacturing, Metal forming and Healthcare. However, the majority of the past 4 years has been as an in house consultant to a 167 bed acute care hospital where she mentored associates at all levels in all departments to use Lean Manufacturing thought processes and tools to improve patient care. Return to Summit homepage
Sherry Gray serves as the Director of the Rural and Urban Access to Health (RUAH) outreach program at St.Vincent Health, and has been in that position since 2005.
Prior to the access and advocacy work at St.Vincent Health, Sherry held positions in Planning and Business Development, Geriatric Medicine Project Planning, Mental Health In/Outpatient Operations, Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Management, and Home Health and Hospice Service coordination. She has also worked in public health at the city/county level in Housing and Environmental Health improvement. Sherry directed the state of Indiana's Department of Aging and In Home Services with Governor Kernan's administration.
She has participated in a multi-national Alzheimer's medication research project; project managed the development of graduate program in Gerontology at the University of Indianapolis, and worked on a federal demonstration project of a Medicare PPO. For the last 25 years, she has managed a variety of programs and services in the healthcare arena, primarily focused on service to the underserved and vulnerable populations.
Ms. Gray has a Bachelor's degree in Public Health Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She holds a Master's Degree from Ball State University in Applied Gerontology, with a cognate in Adult Education. Sherry has a certificate in Project Management from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis and a certificate in Cultural Competency training through the Cross Cultural Health Care Program-Seattle, Washington. Return to Summit homepage
Albert L. Gutierrez, FACHE, MBA, RT(R) serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana, a non-profit, multi-hospital health system with a strong physician network and additional points of access through numerous community health centers and outreach programs. SJRMC is a Ministry Organization of Trinity Health, the fourth largest Catholic healthcare system in the country.
With a career in healthcare that has spanned more than 33 years, Mr. Gutierrez joined Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in November 2010. Since then, the SJRMC health system has been named one of the Most Wired hospitals in the United States for its progress towards greater health information technology, as well as one of the nation's 15 Top Health Systems, and Top 5 for Small Health Systems. Additionally, the SJRMC-Plymouth campus has been named 100 Top Hospitals for the Small Community Hospitals category. In March 2012, Gutierrez was named as one of the nation's Top 25 Minority Executives by "Modern Healthcare Magazine". Mr. Gutierrez was selected for the Trinity Health Father Basile Antoine Moreau CEO Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award, one that recognizes leaders who demonstrate a pattern of commitment to diversity initiatives in all aspects of the workplace environment.
He is a current Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is licensed by the American Registry of Radiology Technology, New Jersey State Diagnostic Radiology and New Jersey State Radiation Therapy. Gutierrez has had four gubernatorial appointments and was the chair of the Policy Committee for the Health Information Technology Commission of New Jersey, and a Health Care industry representative on the Governor's Blue-Ribbon Panel on Immigration Policy.
Mr. Gutierrez's mission statement is, "A personal commitment to building health care processes within the influence of a sacred culture." Return to Summit homepage
Bruce Hamilton is the Vice President, Human Resources for Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, The Orthopedic Hospital of the Lutheran Health Network, and Lutheran Health Network. His HR experience includes several years in the retail, community-based-rehabilitation, and education environments. The last 20+ years have been in healthcare HR at Lutheran Hospital and in the Lutheran Health Network. Bruce has also been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Policy at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne for the past 18 years. He has taught courses focused on management, human resources and public policy. He is a member of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and serves as President of the R. Nelson Snider High School Athletics Booster Club. Bruce holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) degree and a Master of Public Affairs (Management) degree. Return to Summit homepage
Mike has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Career Step, he served in various executive positions, including time with Medical Staffing Network, QuadraMed, and MediClick, Inc., among others. In all of these positions, Mike was responsible for driving positive change in sales, operations, and finance. He is focused on improving productivity through strategic business planning and is committed to finding positive solutions that strengthen Career Step's position within the online education market. Mike holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. Return to Summit homepage
Beth Jump has been the Chief Information Officer at Logansport Memorial Hospital since 2001 with executive oversight for the areas of Peer Review, Information Systems, Telecommunications, and Physician Practices IT. She is responsible for the oversight, planning and development of hospital and provider practice programs as they relate to IT. She recently completed the implementation for Meaningful Use Stage-1 attestations of both the hospital and twenty eligible providers. Beth is a Registered Nurse, and has degrees from Purdue University and Indiana University Kokomo. She is currently completing a Master's degree in Healthcare Leadership from Trine University. She is an active appointee on the Indiana Hospital Association's Council on Information Management. Return to Summit homepage
Elizabeth Kiefner Crawford is the Director of the Indiana State Board of Nursing. In her day to day role, she manages sixteen employees of the Board in providing pre-licensure, renewal and disciplinary/compliance services for Indiana's nurses. During her tenure, Ms. Kiefner Crawford's work has primarily focused on collaboration between education, government and practice in order to provide the best services possible to Indiana's Nurses.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Kiefner Crawford served as a Deputy Attorney General under Indiana Attorneys General Stephen Carter and Gregory Zoeller for over five years. She successfully prosecuted hundreds of disciplinary cases on behalf of the State of Indiana involving violations of Indiana's health professions standards of practice. Ms. Kiefner Crawford was instrumental in the formation and organization of Indiana's first Prescription Drug Symposium in 2010 which afforded a state-wide forum for healthcare professionals, law enforcement and attorneys to discuss the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Indiana. During her tenure at the Office of the Attorney General, she received the "Award of Excellence" from Attorney General Zoeller and a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Ms. Kiefner Crawford is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington (B.S., Criminal Justice) and a cum laude graduate of Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis (Juris Doctorate). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Center for Nursing and actively serves on its Education Subcommittee. She is also a member of the steering committee for the Indiana Action Coalition. Ms. Kiefner Crawford was recently appointed by Attorney General Zoeller to the Rx Drug Abuse Task Force and will serve as the Vice Chair of the Enforcement Committee. She is also actively involved in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing where she serves on the Executive Officer Succession Committee. Ms. Kiefner Crawford also volunteers as a judge in the client counseling competition at the IU School of Law-Indianapolis. Return to Summit homepage
Amy Knepp is the Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN and is the current Chair for the Department of Nursing at the University of Saint Francis. She has taught across nursing programs for ASN, BSN, and MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner programs. She is currently practicing as a nurse practitioner for Parkview Physicians Group (2005-present). Her leadership experiences include:
Jared Linder has served FSSA as chief technology officer since March 19, 2012. His responsibilities include oversight and integration of the foundational technology of FSSA's systems environment, including technical architecture and data warehouse. He also provides coordination across FSSA divisions relating to enterprise systems and operations, including both eligibility and Medicaid. Jared assisted OMPP with selecting a new Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) in 2012, and continues to provide technology and contract management support for that effort. He served on the leadership team for DFR's Hybrid roll-out from Jan. 2010 to April 2011 and as Medicaid health IT coordinator since July 2010, where he currently serves on the board of directors for Indiana Health Information Technology Inc. (IHIT). Jared has over 10 years of experience supporting government and Medicaid systems. He has previously held positions at Analysts International, Crowe Horwath, and EDS in consulting, project management, and business analysis roles. He is a graduate of Ball State University where he studied sciences and humanities as an undergraduate, and earned a master's degree in information and communication sciences. Return to Summit homepage
Haley Minor graduated from Indiana University School of Nursing in 2006 with her Bachelors in Nursing and worked at Riley Children's Hospital as a student nurse and then as a Registered Nurse after graduating. In March of 2011, Haley took a Clinical Manager position at Methodist Hospital and received her Masters in Nursing and Health Systems Leadership from the University of Indianapolis in June of 2011. Haley started at Methodist as a co-manager of a 48-bed medical-progressive care unit and in January of 2012 that unit was split into two separately functioning 24-bed medical units. In January of 2013, their patient population was transitioned from general medical care to medical behavioral care. Haley is very excited about the future of her unit and the amazing staff that has imagined, advocated and created it. Return to Summit homepage
Donna Nobbe is the Director of IS at Margaret Mary Community Hospital (MMCH) in Batesville, Indiana. In 2010, Donna was selected by the Governor's office to be on the Board of Directors for the IN Health Information Technology organization. Under Donna's leadership the flow of healthcare information has improved with the use of advanced clinical applications, the implementation of health information exchange services and a community based patient portal. Physicians and patients receive discrete healthcare data from multiple facilities across geographic regions - from OH and IN. Donna graduated magna cum laude from IWU. She has a passion for using technology to help improve healthcare after seeing firsthand the complexities of the healthcare ecosystem having been the primary care giver for a loved one with terminal cancer. Prior to joining MMCH in 2007, Donna was VP of Operations and IS at a financial services company. Return to Summit homepage
Martin Padgett joined Clark Memorial Hospital in 1997 as Vice President and CFO and has served as President and CEO since 2005, bringing with him more than 24 years of experience in healthcare finance and administration. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Padgett holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and a graduate degree in Business Administration from Morehead State University. Prior to joining Clark Memorial's leadership team, Padgett served as Director of Finance at St. Claire Medical Center and as a senior accountant at Ernst & Young.
He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, an adjunct professor at Spalding University, a co-chair for the Patient Safety Coalition-South Central District, holds a CPA certification, and serves on numerous local boards, including YMCA of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College.
Martin also recently served on a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, DC entitled Successfully Improving Hospital Quality Across the U.S. This was sponsored by the American Hospital Association. Return to Summit homepage
Dr. Ben Park, founder and President of American Health Network, has been a family practice physician in Lebanon, Indiana, since 1979. Under his direction, the company has grown into a multi-specialty network of over 200 providers in the central Indiana and central Ohio area.
Dr. Park is nationally known for his accomplishments in defining a model that allows physicians to manage the entire continuum of health care delivery and the associated costs. He pioneered automated clinical records in private practice in the late 1970s and has been in the forefront of promoting internet use for physician patient communications. Dr. Park has overseen the deployment of evidence-based chronic disease treatment programs at American Health Network practices which have achieved national benchmark levels of quality while lowering medical costs.
Dr. Park's professional background includes both medical practice experience as well as launching new business ventures. In 1984, he developed Advanced Medical Management Systems, a computerized system for physician offices that included medical records, billing, and appointment scheduling. In 1998, Dr. Park founded MyDoctorsOffice.net, a provider of secure internet-based physician/patient communication services providing for on-line visits, appointment scheduling, prescription refills, patient questions and test results.
In past years, Dr. Park has served as Chief of Staff of Witham Hospital in Lebanon and has been on the Boards of Directors of Cyber+ and Dance Kaleidoscope. Dr. Park received his medical degree from Indiana University. Return to Summit homepage
Dr. Risheet Patel is currently a full time family physician with Olio Road Family Care in Fishers, IN. As an original TransforMed practice, Olio Road Family Care has consistently been on the forefront of transforming into a Patient Centered Medical Home. He is also currently working with Community Health Network to implement a new network-wide EHR. Dr. Patel was born and raised in Indianapolis. He attended Union College for his undergraduate education, which is right outside of Albany, NY. He then received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. Dr. Patel returned to Indianapolis for his residency training with Community Health Network and has since been practicing in Fishers. Dr. Patel is also currently the President of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians. Return to Summit homepage
Gregory L. Pemberton is a partner at the law firm of Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana. Greg's practice primarily concentrates in corporate representation of all categories of health care providers and tax-exempt organizations. He frequently speaks and writes on the topics of health care regulations and transactions, and corporate and tax aspects of Indiana nonprofit corporations. Greg is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana. Mr. Pemberton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monmouth College and completed his law degree at University of Illinois College of Law. Return to Summit homepage
Margie Polhamus, RN, LNCC, CCM, LNHA is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Chief Nursing Officer for Trilogy Health Services in Louisville, KY. Trilogy Health Services operates 75 long term care and assisted living facilities in five Midwestern states focusing on person centered care, customer service and achieving optimal resident outcomes. In addition to being a registered nurse and licensed nursing home administrator Ms. Polhamus has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Bellevue University. Ms. Polhamus has worked in the long term care industry since 1997 with prior experience in acute head injury rehabilitation. Ms. Polhamus is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, the Case Management Society of America, and American Association of Long Term Care Nurses. Return to Summit homepage
Trisha Prickel is the Manager of Information Systems at MMCH in Batesville, Indiana and a certified Project Manager. Trisha joined the hospital in 2008 and successfully led the implementation of the hospital's Health Information Exchange initiative. Trisha's analytical skills and project planning approach were instrumental in assisting each physician with their decision to access results directly on the HIE or receive their results through an interface with their system. Trisha's accomplishments at MMCH also include managing numerous projects: the purchase and implementation of biometric readers that enabled single sign-on; implementation of a major rehabilitation system; Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) project; and Meaningful Use for MMCH and Hospital Employed Physicians. Prior to joining MMCH, Trisha was Vice President of Information Technology at a financial services company. Return to Summit homepage
John Quinn is Health Level Seven International's (HL7's) Chief Technology Officer and a Managing Director and Thought Leader in Accenture's Health & Public Services Practice. He focuses on health care information systems' technologies, interoperability, architectures and data and messaging standards. He has over 37 and 40 years of experience in the Healthcare and Computer Industries respectively. He is a founder and Fellow of HL7 and has participated in its board of directors since HL7's inception 26 years ago. Return to Summit homepage
Dr. Jon Rahman has more than 30 years of medical experience at numerous medical centers across the country. Prior to coming to St. Vincent Health in 2000 as Vice President of Network Relationship Development, Dr. Rahman served as Chief Medical Officer for Health Alliance Medical Plans in Urbana, Illinois.
When he joined St. Vincent Health, Dr. Rahman was the principal physician contact for affiliate senior management, effectively influencing the collaborative efforts between St. Vincent Health and affiliates to achieve the desired business outcomes for both. In 2003, Dr. Rahman was promoted to his current position as System Vice President & Chief Medical Officer. In this role, he oversees the clinical excellence initiatives of St. Vincent Health and those of Ascension Health throughout the St. Vincent Health System. He is the principal physician contact for affiliate senior management and their corresponding medical leadership.
Dr. Rahman received his bachelor???????s degree in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio and his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois. Return to Summit homepage
Patrick Rankin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, is helping to shape the future of care delivery at Community Physician Network by providing clinical perspective and leadership for the integrated, multidisciplinary physician group. Dr. Rankin's innovative and patient-centered insights are central to improving quality and safety within the organization, from the implementation of CareConnect, Community's robust electronic medical record, to the development of advanced care models to better serve patients in our rapidly changing healthcare environment. He completed his medical degree at Indiana University and his family medicine residency at Community. He also has a master's degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the advanced training program in healthcare delivery improvement at Intermountain Health Care. Return to Summit homepage
Rhonda Sanders-Simmonds, RN has been with Trilogy Health Services as Senior Vice President of Customer Service since 1999. She is responsible for the development, planning and oversight of customer service, standards, Resident Engagement, public relations and census development for Trilogy's 75 locations. She has an extensive long-term care management background, a passion for serving the elderly, as well as teaching. Previous experience includes, Director of Health Services, Clinical Nurse Liaison, Regional Marketing Director, and Long Term Acute Care hospital marketing. Rhonda has served on various committees, including the Indiana Governor???s Task for Alzheimer???s Disease and Related Senile Dementia, Indiana Governor???s Conference on Aging, and co-chaired the Central Indiana Alzheimer's??? Association Conference. Return to Summit homepage
As Director, Healthcare Strategy and Advocacy for Roche Diagnostics Corporation Diabetes Care, Bruce is responsible for the strategic approaches for the diabetes care business unit which are impacted and influenced by government and commercial payers with the impact of health reform.
Bruce is a healthcare veteran with more than 34 years of experience in senior sales and marketing positions with pharmaceutical manufacturers, chain pharmacies, managed care, and medical device manufacturers. Bruce has had extensive experience within many therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, burn care, diabetes, lipids and CNS. Mr. Taylor is often sought after to speak at conferences on a broad range of topics concerning business implications and legislative impacts to the industry. Under his leadership he co-founded the Diabetes Care Project with the National Minority Quality Forum to address the epidemic of diabetes and the impact to communities. Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Human Anatomy and Physiology) from Baldwin Wallace College with Post Graduate work in Cardiac Physiology. Return to Summit homepage
Kim Tharp-Barrie is currently the System Vice President of Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing and Workforce Outreach. Before Kim took on her current role, she spent seven years as Vice President of Surgical Services for Norton Healthcare. Kim has spent almost thirty years in the nursing arena. Before joining Norton Healthcare, she spent a number of years in similar leadership roles at Jewish Hospital and Caritas Health Services. Her early clinical years were spent in the Coronary Care Unit and Infection Control at the now University of Louisville Hospital.
Kim received her BA in Biology and Education from Transylvania University in 1982 and her RN from the Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1983. She completed her BSN Core Curriculum in 1986 and went on to complete the MSN in 1990, both from Bellarmine College. She is a 2009 DNP graduate of Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. In 2011 Kim became a licensed and certified SANE nurse.
Kim is active in the Louisville Community where she currently serves on the Board of the Center for Women and Families; is an active member of the Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council, is an adjunct faculty member of Bellarmine University, McKendree University and Webster University and remains actively involved as the co-founder of the American Heart Association Circle of Red Go Red for Women movement of the American Heart Association.
Kim resides in Southern Indiana with her husband, Jon, and their four children. In her spare time, Kim enjoys sailing with her husband and spending time with her children and extended family. Return to Summit homepage
Mr. Thordarson was named President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2009 and previously joined IU Health La Porte Hospital in June of 2008 as Vice President, Corporate Operations. Prior to his service at IU Health La Porte Hospital, Mr. Thordarson served as healthcare administrator of ambulatory healthcare centers. He was the president of two consulting companies with a variety of strategic, financial and operations healthcare clients throughout the United States. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thordarson worked as a staff nurse on a peripheral vascular floor. Mr. Thordarson received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Andrews University and a Master in Business Administration from Kent State University. Return to Summit homepage
Dr. Jim Turner serves as the Medical Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health at Union Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Before medical school, Dr. Turner was the first paramedic for the City of Decatur, Illinois and was elected to the City Council, resigning to attend medical school. Since 1989, Dr. Turner has practiced rural family medicine in his hometown of Marshall, Illinois (pop. 3500). He served on the Union Hospital Board of Directors, the Marshall Schools Foundation Board, and as Deputy Commissioner of Health for Vigo County. He currently holds teaching faculty appointments for the Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Since 1997, Dr. Turner has been the volunteer Co-Medical Director of St. Ann Clinic, a free medical clinic and ministry of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary's of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana. Caring for the uninsured of the Wabash Valley with a volunteer staff of over 200, the Clinic has seen over 75,000 patients since its founding. The Clinic is a primary teaching center for multiple disciplines studying medicine, pharmacy, nursing and physical therapy. In 2011, Dr. Turner was appointed as the Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services for Union Hospital, focusing on pre hospital care. He has been the recipient of the Union Hospital Weinbaum Award for Excellence in Education and the Distinguished Hoosier Award by Governor Daniels for his volunteer commitment to St. Ann Clinic. Dr. Turner is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Certified in Addiction Medicine. Return to Summit homepage
Andrew VanZee serves as the Statewide Health IT Director for Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). VanZee is responsible for managing the allocation of the $10.3 million ARRA HIT funding the state received in March 2010. VanZee oversees Indiana's state designated entity, the Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT) and its Board of Directors and works to determine the best use for the HIT funding. He is responsible for working with local, state, federal and private partners to build collaboration with Indiana's other ARRA health information exchange (HIE) funding recipients such as the Regional Extension Centers and the Beacon Community grant awarded to the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). VanZee ensures that FSSA's Medicaid HIT efforts are properly coordinated and integrated with all statewide HIE / HIT initiatives. Return to Summit homepage
Mike Wade is the Manager of Lean Six Sigma & Other Initiatives at Deaconess Health System in Evansville, IN. As the Manager of Lean Six Sigma he has the responsibility for the development and deployment of the Six Sigma initiative for the health system. He began working at Deaconess in 1999, as an Occupational Therapist/Certified Hand Therapist. In 2007, he transitioned to the Director of Inpatient & Outpatient Rehabilitation for their 2 hospitals and 8 outpatient clinics. While working in rehabilitation he received his Lean Six Sigma training through Deaconess from General Electric Healthcare. Mike intermittently worked on health system Lean Six Sigma projects while managing therapy until he transitioned to the Quality Improvement Lean Six Sigma department full time in 2008. Mike earned his Bachelors from Indiana University in 1993, his Master's in Occupational therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1997, his Graduate Certification in Health Information Technology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2012. Return to Summit homepage
Linda Wells Freiberger is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She currently practices at Jubilee Community Health in Paoli, Indiana, a clinic for the uninsured. In 2011 Linda also joined HealthLINC as a REC specialist assisting hospitals in achieving meaningful use. She has over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse in emergency, surgical critical care, management, and nursing education. Linda has practiced in rural southern Indiana for the last sixteen years working in rural health clinics and the emergency department of IU Health Paoli hospital. She serves as a clinical instructor and preceptor for graduate nursing students. Linda has interests in the uninsured and health behaviors. She received her MSN from IUPUI, a post graduate degree from Northern Kentucky University, and BSN from Indiana University Southeast (IUS). Linda is the recipient of the 2003 Nursing Achievement Award from IUS. Return to Summit homepage
Jennifer Westfall has served as the Regional Executive Director of Franciscan St. Francis Health Network, the Physician Hospital Organization of Franciscan St. Francis Health since 1994 and she continues to hold that position. In addition, Jennifer was appointed as the Regional Vice President of the Franciscan Alliance ACO, where she is currently leading the formation of multiple Franciscan Alliance Accountable Care Organizations.
In her multiple roles, she is responsible for promoting optimum healthcare delivery, strategic planning and overall effective operations of the areas she overseas, including the managed care contracting activities of Franciscan St. Francis Health.
Jennifer is a graduate of Ball State University, is a member of the Executive Women in Healthcare, has served on a number of healthcare related Boards, currently serving as Chair for the Cooperative Managed Care Services Board of Directors, and has extensive background in the healthcare industry. Return to Summit homepage
Julie Will RN, MSN has been involved in healthcare for nearly 25 years. She earned a Master's of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana State University in 1996. Her experiences include over 12 years in the acute care setting as a staff nurse and manager at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, IN. Currently, she serves as Dean for the School of Health Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College's Wabash Valley region and has been employed with Ivy Tech for over 12 years. She is the recent past president of the West-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center's (WCI-AHEC) advisory board and was the recipient of an AHEC regional Partnership Matters award in 2012. She is involved with the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC). This collaborative effort has been formed to unite and enhance the capabilities of Union Hospital and its Lugar Center, Indiana University School of Medicine - Terre Haute, Indiana State University and Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley, Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, the City of Terre Haute, Hamilton Center, Vermillion-Parke Community Health Center, Indiana Rural Health Association and the Indiana Area Health Education Center. The mission of the RHIC is to improve the delivery of health care in rural settings across Indiana through improved and expanded inter-professional education, training, and deployment of future health care providers, especially for those committed to serving rural populations. Return to Summit homepage
Susan Zabor has served as the Director of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) at Schneck Medical Center since the department?��s conception in 2011. Zabor is responsible for the development of the LSS infrastructure that includes the creation of processes used in identifying, prioritizing, and executing of organizational projects. She began working at Schneck Medical Center in 2005, as a staff nurse in surgery. In 2008, she transitioned to Quality Outcomes Coordinator; while in this role, she received her Lean Six Sigma training through Schneck Medical Center from Ivy Tech. Susan worked part-time on projects until the role of Director of Lean Six Sigma was created in May 2012. Susan received her Bachelors from Purdue University School of Nursing in 1996, her Six Sigma Black Belt certification in 2009, and is currently working on her Master?��s in Management and Leadership from the University of Southern Indiana. Return to Summit homepage
Terrell W. Zollinger, DrPH, is Professor of Epidemiology, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Director of the Epidemiology PhD program. His fields of specialization include health professions workforce studies, health services research, maternal and child health research, health disparities, tobacco use, obesity and other risk factor research, and program evaluation. He also serves as a research consultant to hospitals, health departments, managed care organizations, and other health related organizations. Dr. Zollinger has been the principal or co-investigator on 105 grants and contracts, the author or co-author of 72 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 257 contract technical reports, and 159 conference abstracts. Return to Summit homepage