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Speaker Bios

James Albert
CIO & Informatics Director
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

James Albert retired from the Air Force in 1998 after 20 years of managing several of the nation’s largest information technology initiatives and data centers. He was also responsible for several national and global research and development efforts to advance the state-of-the-art in high-speed super-computing, networking and space technologies. Jim taught for three years at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and his last role in the Air Force was as a Special Assistant and Advisor to the White House and Secretary of Defense helping manage $8 Billion of defense research and technology programs. Since his retirement, Jim has served as Chief Information Officer at Bristol Hospital in Bristol, Connecticut, as well as Vice-President/CIO for Masonicare, in Wallingford, Connecticut, the largest Masonic healthcare system in the country. Jim is currently the CIO and Director of Informatics at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, CT and a senior healthcare technology consultant helping clients select, implement and integrate Electronic Medical Record and Health Information Exchange technologies and systems.

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Chip Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
NEON, Inc.

Chip Anderson is the Chief Financial Officer at NEON, Inc., a Community Action Agency in Norwalk, Connecticut. He also served as the chairperson for Southwestern Connecticut’s Welfare-to-Work Task Force. Chip also consults for community-based and faith-based non-profits as well as for churches on program development, strategic planning, and mission statement development.

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Michelle Baptiste
Human Resources Partner
Danbury Hospital

Michelle Baptiste is a Human Resources Partner at Danbury Hospital, an affiliate of Western Connecticut Health Network – the premier healthcare system in Western Connecticut.  Michelle specializes in employee recruitment and employee relations and has also been a trainer. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources at The Osborn, a retirement community, in Rye, New York, where she managed all aspects of the HR function.
Michelle is the Program Chair for the Western Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.  She has been certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree from State University of New York, College at Oneonta, and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Daniel Barchi
Chief Information Officer
Yale School of Medicine
Yale New Haven Health System

Mr. Barchi earned his bachelor’s degree at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and served in U.S. operations in the Baltic and Red Seas and NATO combat operations. He earned his Master’s of engineering management from Old Dominion University. Before coming to YNHHS, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Carilion Health System. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer for Electronic Tolls Corporation.

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Mark Blatt, M.D.
Worldwide Medical Director
Enterprise Solution Sales
Intel

Dr. Blatt joined Intel in the summer of 2000 working in the New Business Group. He is currently Worldwide Medical Director, Enterprise Solution Sales, in the Sales and Marketing Group. In this role he is concentrating on how HIT infrastructure can enable Providers to deliver cost effective, quality care to a wide cohort of citizens. He has a particular interest in Integrated Care Delivery, Mobile Point of Care, Secure Computing and the emergence of Cloud Computing services. Dr. Blatt has worked with care delivery systems in many countries to enable cost effective, sustainable systems that will allow clinicians to provide “virtual care” to patients in settings as diverse as rural remote clinics or the patient’s home.

Prior to joining Intel he was the managing partner of a five-provider group in Family Practice. He practiced family medicine for 15 years before returning to Yale University to earn his MBA in finance. Dr. Blatt earned his Medical Doctorate at Albany Medical College of Union University. He completed a residency in Family Practice at the University of Connecticut and served two years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service before starting private practice.

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Rachel Block
Deputy Commissioner
New York State Department of Health
Office of Health Information Technology Transformation

Rachel Block is Deputy Commissioner for Health Information Technology Transformation in the NYS Department of Health, where she has overseen development and implementation of New York’s statewide health information technology strategy since May 2009.  She was the founding executive director for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), a statewide multi-stakeholder organization committed to advancing health information technology adoption and use in New York from 2006-2009.  Previously, Rachel was the project director for the United Hospital Fund’s Quality Strategies Initiative.  She also held several senior management positions at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (previously Health Care Financing Administration) where she directed policy development and operations of Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance, and Federal Survey and Certification Programs, with particular emphasis on quality improvement, data and systems issues.  Rachel worked for Vermont Governor Howard Dean on health reform from 1992-94.  She also worked for the New York State Legislature from 1978-92 focusing on health policy and financing. Rachel is a past president of the board for the eHealth Initiative and currently serves on its Leadership Council.

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Christopher P. Bruhl
President & CEO
The Business Council of Fairfield County

Chris Bruhl joined The Business Council of Fairfield County in May 1990. Mr. Bruhl serves on a variety of boards, including The Connecticut Television Network, The (CT) Governor’s Council on Competitiveness, Stamford Achieves, the Stamford Partnership, and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Mr. Bruhl has been a frequent consultant, writer, and speaker on the subject of economic development and non-profit management, with particular interests in community planning, institution building, and the relationship between educational quality and economic competitiveness. He is a contributing author to two books and was, for four years, the director of a national training program for non-profit board and staff, conducted in affiliation with faculty from Yale University. Mr. Bruhl holds a BA, in American Civilization, from Brown University, an MA, in English, from Louisiana State University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Joseph M. Carbone
President and CEO
The WorkPlace, Inc.

Joe Carbone is President & Chief Executive Officer of The WorkPlace, Inc., an innovative workforce development board which helps people prepare for careers and develops the workforce for employers in Southwestern Connecticut. The WorkPlace, Inc. serves more than 35,000 people and 400 businesses a year in a 20-town region bridging Fairfield and New Haven counties. It also has projects that cover the entire state of Connecticut, several states across the nation, and in Latin America. Joe’s unique perspective grows from his experience working in the private sector, government, and non-profits. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Quinnipiac University.

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Greg Chartier, Ph.D.
Principal
The Office of Greg Chartier

Greg Chartier is the Principal of The Office of Gregory J Chartier, a Human Resources Consulting firm and a well-known management consultant, educator and speaker. His practice consists of two broad areas: Human Resources management and outsourcing for firms of less than 250 employees and Management Training. He has held management positions with Pfizer, The Chase Manhattan Bank, The Bank of New York and Johnson and Johnson.
Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Human Resources Management. He has been certified by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 1997.
Greg is a Board Member of the Business Council of Westchester, a Board Member of the Job Service Employers Council (JSEC) of the New York State Department of Labor, a national member of SHRM and the Certfication Chair of the local SHRM chapter, the Westchester Human Resources Management Association. He is also a member of the faculty of Pace University’s MPA Program since 2000 and involved in the Certification Program for Human Resources Management at the University, which includes the preparatory program for the Human Resources Professional Examinations, the Essentials in Human Resources Management Program, the HR Generalist and the HR Strategist programs.

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Scott Cleary
President, SMC Partners LLC
Program Director, eHealthConnecticut

Scott is the founder and president of SMC Partners, LLC, a consulting company that provides project management, business process and information technology services to healthcare and social services clients. Scott was one of the early collaborators in the formation of eHealthConnecticut in 2005. Since the organization’s formal incorporation in January, 2006, Scott has served as the Program Director, responsible for developing and managing projects, creating grant and contract proposals, and communicating the benefits of Electronic Health Records systems and Health Information Exchange to Connecticut’s healthcare stakeholders. Scott is currently serving as the Director of the Regional Extension Center Program.

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Frank Corvino
Executive VP, Yale New Haven Health System
President & CEO, Greenwich Hospital and the Greenwich Health Care System

During his tenure as president and chief executive officer of Greenwich Hospital, Frank A. Corvino has been at the forefront of healthcare innovation in such areas of patient safety, integrative medicine, wellness programs, care for the aging and the “green” movement. Mr. Corvino, who also serves as executive vice president of the Yale New Haven Health System, has been a vocal advocate of “true” reform that confronts problems systemic in U.S. healthcare, such as the shortage of primary care physicians and tort reform. Mr. Corvino has served as president and chief executive officer of Greenwich Hospital since 1991, and was senior vice president and chief operating officer from 1988 to 1991. During his 22-year leadership, the hospital has experienced unprecedented growth, including the opening of the Helmsley Medical Building (1999) and the Olive and Thomas J. Watson Pavilion (2005). Together these buildings completely replaced the Greenwich Hospital that existed in 1996. He received his undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at Fordham University and completed his graduate training at St. John’s University.

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David Delano
Chief Information Officer
North Berkshire Healthcare

David has 27 years of experience in the field of health informatics, information technology development, systems management and IT strategic planning. Currently David is a member of the Senior Executive Team at Northern Berkshire Healthcare as well as the Chairman of both the CPOE Steering Committee and the Clinical Automation Steering Team. In addition to these roles, David led the implementation of a community-wide shared electronic health record and community health information exchange as a part of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative project in North Adams, MA. David began his career developing electronic health records systems and since then he has been an innovator and strategic developer of complex healthcare solutions, including the development of two successful community health information networks in the Cincinnati area. He is leading the meaningful use strategy for his community, both on the acute care side at North Adams Regional Hospital and on the ambulatory side via the Northern Berkshire eHealth Collaborative (NbeHC) shared community record project. He has an intimate understanding of acute care clinical systems and the specific requirements for meaningful use compliance.

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Helen Figge, PharmD, MBA
Senior Director
Career Services, HIMSS

Helen Figge has experience in various aspects of healthcare including teaching, research, grant writing, clinical practice, industrial sales and healthcare practice management. She has been engaged in the various government initiatives including workforce development programs, regional extension centers and Health Information Exchange initiatives. Helen has developed and supported client loyalty programs and helped to develop clinical processes, best practices and supporting clinical initiatives. She is versed in various other government initiatives, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other State and federal programs with an educational emphasis on workforce development. She received her Baccalaureate in Science and her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts and has an MBA in healthcare administration. She has served on various committees with her local HIMSS New York State Chapter and most recently served as a board member of the HIMSS NY Chapter, Secretary.

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Kathleen Gallo, RN, MBA, PhD
Senior Vice President & Chief Learning Officer
North Shore-LIJ Health System

Dr. Kathleen Gallo is the Chief Learning Officer and Senior Vice President for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Great Neck, New York.  Under her leadership, the Patient Safety Institute and the Center for Learning and Innovation was created in 2002 to transform North Shore-LIJ Health System into a learning organization by strategically focusing on workforce development.  Dr. Gallo is responsible for leadership development throughout the organization, the creation and implementation of a comprehensive learning strategy, and the development of a new HR architecture that transformed the role of human resources into a strategic business partner.

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Barry Greene
Chief Executive Officer
Libertas.md

Mr. Barry R. Greene is Chairman and CEO of LibertasMD, the nation’s largest multi-brand Electronic Medical Records marketplace. Mr. Greene has provided technology services to hospital systems, government agencies, medical societies, and hundreds of medical practices.  He has spoken at national healthcare conferences and has been featured in print and broadcast media through organizations ranging from regional healthcare societies to the American Medical Association.  Most recently, Mr. Greene helped make the U.S. Army’s Electronic Medical Records system available to private practices nationwide. Mr. Greene is a graduate of Norwich University, and serves as a Major in the New York Guard.

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Mary Griskewicz, MS, FHIMSS
Senior Director, Ambulatory Information Systems
HIMSS

Mary P. Griskewicz , MS, FHIMSS, is Senior Director, Ambulatory Information Systems, Health Information Systems, for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). With more than 20 years experience in healthcare and clinical systems management, her career has focused on Government and Industry Affairs for GE Healthcare and IDX Systems she also served as Program Manager, Corporate Strategy and Business Development for IDX systems, Corporate Marketing. She has held several Management positions in healthcare working in provider health care managing clinical systems, payer, consulting companies and with payers such as CIGNA, Aetna, and WellPoint (Anthem BCBS). Mary has received several industry awards for Leadership and her enthusiasm to teach others about the value of health information technology. She has provided Congressional testimony, lectured and authored several articles on the adoption and use of health information technology. She is a visiting scholar at Yale University’s Executive MBA Healthcare Program.

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Nilsa Gutierrez, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Region II

Dr. Gutierrez is the Chief Medical Officer of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Region II office serving New York State, New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In her clinical advisory role to the Regional Office on Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance programs, she is responsible for quality of care oversight, access to care and treatment, as well as health care disparities, especially as it relates to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Prior to arriving at CMS, Dr. Gutierrez was appointed director of the New York State AIDS Institute in 1994, responsible for advising the Governor, health commissioner and legislature on HIV/AIDS policy and funding. In 1997 she was appointed to serve as a member of the on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by President Bill Clinton. She is a primary care internist and practiced medicine in New York City community health centers and mobile medical unit providing care to people with HIV disease, the uninsured, individuals residing in shelters and the homeless.

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Meg Hooper
Planning Branch Chief
CT Department of Public Health

Meg Hooper is Chief of the CT Department of Public Health’s Planning Branch. The Planning Branch provides comprehensive health planning services and technical assistance to DPH staff and local, regional, and state partners. The Planning Branch encompasses the entire planning process including data surveillance, assessment, analysis, and research; priority and policy development; and developing the workforce to support the department’s strategic plans and priorities. Meg was recently recognized with the Governor’s Service Award for her contributions to Connecticut’s emergency preparedness efforts and promoting public health planning.  Meg has worked at DPH for the past 14 years after working in the Department of Corrections and the Capitol Region Council of Governments. Meg received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Hartford.

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Matthew Katz
Executive Vice President
Connecticut State Medical Society

Matthew C. Katz has been the executive vice president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, the state’s largest physician organization, since 2006.  Previously, at the American Medical Association, Katz worked in private payer advocacy, the Practice Management Center and the Private Sector Advocacy unit. Katz also has worked for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Medica Health Plans of Allina Health System and UnitedHealth Group, Inc.   Katz sits on the boards of the Physician Advocacy Institute and the American Association of Medical Society Executives.

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Richard Katz
President
HRMS, Inc.

Following a corporate HR career with Federated Department Stores and HR Consultant for Ernst and Young, LLP, Richard founded Human Resource Marketing Services, Inc. (HRMS). In 1983, HRMS created the first use of Video Resumes for employment screening followed by producing a series of half-hour regularly scheduled TV recruitment programs on broadcast television. For his pioneering TV recruitment programming, Richard won the SHRM Pericles Award in 1988. In 1993, HRMS launched its workforce development division, designing and managing customized job training programs using JTPA and WIA funding. In 1999, HRMS created Dot.com Job Search, an online and classroom course on Internet job searching. Since 2001, HRMS has published NetAssets, an electronic newsletter that reaches over 20,000 workforce development professionals. HRMS produces customized conferences bringing together government, education and business stakeholders included university sponsored alumni events and Forums focusing on healthcare. Mr. Katz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UCLA and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.

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Asher Kramer
Management Consulting Director
maxIT Healthcare, LLC & MaineHealth

Asher Kramer is a healthcare executive with 35 years experience in IT, Finance, and Operational leadership as CFO and Chief IT Program Architect.  His background includes accountable care experience as CFO for Martin’s Point Health, a full risk managed care, integrated network  (Portland, Maine, Academic Medical Center) and integrated System experience as CFO for Partner’s Community Health Care (Mass General, Brigham’s & Women’s), development of 1,000+ provider network, and large scale electronic medical record deployment at Maine Health/Maine Medical Center including ambulatory integration. His large scale enterprise IT project experience includes IDX (GE) Revenue cycle, capitation management, PeopleSoft financial applications, Meditech enterprise clinical & financial, Epic & eClinical Works Ambulatory, Epic Enterprise, and Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse development. Asher is currently National Practice Director of Strategic and Value Consulting for maxIT Healthcare which employs over 600 consultants in all disciplines of healthcare IT.He has an MBA from Boston University and is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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Gretchen LeFever, PhD
ONC/HHS Community College Consortia Region E Director
Health IT Consortium Director, Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
Tidewater Community College

As a psychologist who has worked in academic and healthcare settings, Dr. Gretchen LeFever is passionate about improving the health and safety of people and their environments. She has appeared on national TV and radio programs and her work has been published in scientific journals and popular magazines and newspapers across the U.S. and Europe. In 2008, she was included in a prestigious list of 100 scientists recognized for their unbiased reviews of health research. She directs a $16 million grant to lead efforts in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast to develop a workforce to support use of electronic health records.

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Paula Magnanti, MP(ASCP)
Founder & Principal
Strategic Healthcare Solutions

Paula Magnanti is the founder and managing Principal of Strategic Healthcare Solutions (SHS), a New England-based healthcare consulting firm providing services for clients in electronic health records, health information management, healthcare IT, health & wellness services organizations, physician practices, retail pharmacies, long-term care, pharmaceutical, public health, consulting, and market research. SHS specializes in delivering strategic business solutions servicing clients from small start-ups to large healthcare organizations looking to rapidly increase market development, or to strengthen and enhance the connection and collaboration of health information management through IT. As a strategic thinker and healthcare consultant, Paula has brought more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in managing client project engagements to healthcare organizations, private corporations and nonprofit associations by evaluating and responding to emerging healthcare IT market trends and government policy initiatives.

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Jeanne Maloney
HIT Grant Principal Investigator
Director of Special Projects, Division of Continuing Education
Westchester Community College

Jeanne Maloney has been in higher education for over 25 years, serving as both a faculty member and administrator.  She is currently the Director of Special Projects in the Division of Continuing Education at Westchester Community College. In this capacity, Jeanne coordinates a variety of ongoing and grant-funded initiatives, and is the Principal Investigator for the college’s Health IT Program. Prior to coming to Westchester Community College, Jeanne was a faculty member and program director in allied health programs in Connecticut and Minnesota

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Jamie Mooney
Chief Information Officer
Norwalk Hospital

Jamie M. Mooney is vice president and chief information officer at Norwalk Hospital, a 328-bed not-for-profit community hospital in southwestern Connecticut. With her extensive experience in information technology, operations, project management and systems implementation, she has developed initiatives supporting the strategic direction of the hospital that have enhanced efficiency in providing patient care. Under her leadership, Norwalk Hospital has been nationally recognized in the 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study for its use of advanced information technology. Mooney was recently appointed by Connecticut Senate Minority Leader John McKinney to the board of the SustiNet Universal Health Care Plan.

Prior to joining Norwalk Hospital, Mooney was vice president of customer care at Innovatix, a group purchasing organization. She had previously been vice president of outsourcing services at First Consulting Group in New York, where she managed major outsourcing accounts and implemented advanced hospital information systems. Prior to that Jamie had served as vice president of information systems at New York Presbyterian Hospital, directing all financial and patient management systems and implementing new technologies. She serves on the Board of the Norwalk Community Health Center and is a guest lecturer at the Wagner School of Public Administration at New York University. She holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and received her MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

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William O’Byrne
Executive Director
NJ Regional Extension Center

William O’Byrne is the Executive Director of NJ-HITEC, the organization selected by the Office of the National Coordinator to be New Jersey’s Statewide Regional Extension Center under ARRAC. NJ- HITEC is responsible for assisting New Jersey’s medical providers in the transition from paper records to meaningful use of electronic health information systems. Most recently, Bill was the State Coordinator of New Jersey Office’s for the development, Implementation and Deployment of Health Information Technology. Bill has also served as the NJ Project Manager of the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (“HISPC”), a group of 43 states and territories working to identify and resolve barriers to interoperable HIE. He founded the NJ DOBI HIPPA/HINT Task force and served as DOBI’s Manager of Enforcement directing regulatory investigations and proceedings against violators (insurers, agents/brokers and public and adjuster violators) and was DOBI’s liaison for all state and federal HIPAA privacy/security and application issues.
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Michele V. Romeo
Director, Health Insurance Exchange
Cognosante

As the Director for Health Insurance Exchange for Cognosante, Michele leads the development and management of Cognosante’s health insurance exchange solutions and services. Michele has a successful track record spanning more than 20 years in managing complex health information technology development and implementations. She has been a developer, analyst, project manager and senior technologist for public and private sector insurers/payers, managed care organizations and providers. Prior to joining Cognosante, Michele worked for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, first as Director of Compliance, and then as Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Michele led statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) strategy and planning, implementation of New Jersey Medicaid’s Electronic Health Record (eMedIC), and all Medicaid system (MMIS) planning, management and operations. Her experience also includes IT consulting, management, and technical roles with a number of large companies in the healthcare and financial services industries including AmeriChoice, Independence Blue Cross, and EDS.

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Steven Schlossberg, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Information Officer
Yale School of Medicine
Yale New Haven Health System

Dr. Steven M. Schlossberg is the Chief Medical Information Officer for Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and Yale New Haven Health System and Assistant Dean for Clinical Informatics for YSM. Dr. Schlossberg is also currently serving on an American Medical Association Board HIT taskforce and as Chair of Health Policy for the American Urological Association. Prior to October 1, 2010, he was a Professor of Urology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Vice President, Clinical Operations for Sentara Medical Group, a 400 physician group which is part of Sentara Healthcare, and a member of Urology of Virginia, a Division of Sentara Medical Group. From 1998 to 2008, he worked in Information Technology at Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk. From 2003 to 2008, he was the Vice President for Medical Informatics and led the physicians during the selection, build and initial rollout of an enterprise wide Epic installation. Dr. Schlossberg graduated from Cornell Medical School and did his Urologic training at New York Hospital and Eastern Virginia Medical School. In 1998, he received a Master of Business Administration from William and Mary and was awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

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Simeon Schwartz, MD
Chief Executive Officer
WestMed Medical Group

Dr. Simeon Schwartz is a board-certified hematologist and medical oncologist who has been active in Dr. Dr. Simeon Schwartz is a board-certified hematologist and medical oncologist who has been active in clinical practice and teaching since 1983. He received his undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from Yale University and completed his internship and residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He was a fellow in hematology and oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Schwartz is on the staff of White Plains Hospital Center, Greenwich Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has been listed multiple times in New York Magazine and Westchester Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issues.

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Mike Soisson
Healthcare Practice Leader
Pinstripe Healthcare

In his role as Practice Leader of Pinstripe Healthcare, Mike Soisson leverages his chief executive experience in provider-side care to deliver best practices, accelerate growth, develop relationships with healthcare leaders, and educate decision makers. He served as CEO for Good Shepherd Penn Partners; prior to that as CEO of three hospitals within the Select Specialty Hospitals group, and ran the start-up for two of their facilities. Additionally, he was the system vice president of Conemaugh Health System and the CEO of a HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital.
Mike grew up with a love for healthcare; his father and brother are both physicians. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College, a Master of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Master of Health Care Administration from the Medical College of Virginia. Mike is an active member of the Acute Long term Hospital Association (ALTHA), and surveyor for CARF (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

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Ludwig Spinelli
Chief Executive Officer
Optimus Health Care, Inc.

For the past 26 years Ludwig Spinelli has served as Executive Director/CEO of the Optimus Health Care, Inc., the largest primary care center in Southwestern Connecticut. Under his tenure, Optimus Health Care, Inc/BCHC has grown from one site in 1983 to 12 sites in three cities. Mr. Spinelli also served as the Chair of Health Way, President of the Lower East Side Development Corporation, Deputy Director of Human Resources Development for the City of Bridgeport and as a planner for Community Progress Inc. in New Haven, the nation’s first community action agency. He has served on several municipal boards, including the Board of Alderman in Shelton, the Shelton Economic Development Commission Citizen Advisory Board, the Board of Education Long Range Planning Committee and the planning and Zoning Commission (current). In 1994 and 1999 he was named Outstanding Executive Director by the New England Community Health Center Association. He is also a faculty associate at Sacred Heart University School of Nursing and was a founder of the Community Health Network, the state’s only non-profit managed care organization.

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