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Leadership For The Future

Meeting the Challenges of Change

CEO Forum Report



Healthcare CEOs discuss four imperatives to meet the challenges of change.


Advancing Transformation

As the transition to value-based payment proceeds slowly, many organizations are building capabilities that deliver benefits under both volume and value. CEOs heard examples from Virginia Mason Health System, Sentara Healthcare, and Froedtert Health. These and other organizations are creating broader cost of care solutions, extending networks of care, and increasing system integration to drive efficiency and quality. Looking further ahead, leaders also discussed what the healthcare landscape might look like ten years from now, and how a structured approach could help organizations prepare for an uncertain future.
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Creating Resilience

Continuous change is placing a new level of stress on physicians and organizations. It also brings new opportunities to build resiliency, according to Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group. His keynote address at the Forum shared research and best practices to create accountability, avoid physician burnout, and achieve excellence. Wayne Sotile, founder of the Center for Physician Resilience, noted key ways to prevent or heal physician burnout. The good news, he told CEOs, is that resilience is a trait leaders and physicians can develop together.
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Building Interoperability

Technology remains vital to long-term success in healthcare. Recently, many health industry executives have begun focusing on a new IT challenge: linking technologies together to improve safety, outcomes, and efficiency. At the Forum, leaders from the Center for Medical Interoperability described the challenges and benefits of integrating technology. CEOs also heard insights from CableLabs, a research organization that helped the cable industry overcome major interoperability challenges in order to prosper.
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Developing Leadership

Meeting in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina gave CEOs the opportunity to learn how business, civic, and political leaders responded to overwhelming challenges. On the field of the BMW Superdome, CEOs heard how unity of purpose brought the severely damaged stadium back to life. Business leaders spoke of the importance of building coalitions with a common narrative. The president of the New Orleans Saints described the leadership qualities needed to lead an NFL franchise through times of change. In every case, CEOs considered how lessons learned can apply to the changing healthcare environment.
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  • We are working to create a delivery system that is less about us and more about the consumers' experience. We are focusing on two variables: personalization and standardization. Those might seem to be in conflict, but they actually support each other.

    Elliot Joseph

    President and CEO, Hartford Healthcare

  • Your biggest competitor could be a small tech startup with a new application that completely disintermediates your relationship with your customers. That’s the disruption that is happening now in the market.

    Mike DeBoer

    CIO, GE Capital

  • Healthcare executives face the challenge of leading their organizations through an era of change with many unknown variables and a significant degree of uncertainty. CEOs are preparing for this by developing core competencies that were not necessarily needed in the past.

    Gordon Mountford

    Executive Vice President, Huron Healthcare

  • The leadership and guidance of the CEO Forum Cabinet Members have been instrumental in developing this year’s program.

    Nancy Howell Agee

    Carilion Clinic

    David Bernd

    Sentara Healthcare

    Ruth Brinkley

    KentuckyOne Health

    David Feinberg

    Geisinger Health System

    Teri Fontenot, *Forum Chair

    Woman's Hospital

    Dean Harrison

    Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

    Cathy Jacobson

    Froedtert Health

    Reynold Jennings

    WellStar Health System

    Elliot Joseph

    Hartford HealthCare

    Gary Kaplan

    Virginia Mason Health System



Contributing Executives

Nancy Howell Agee*

Steven C. Arner

David L. Bernd*

Lindsey Bradley

Ruth W. Brinkley*

Steve Burriss

Ed Cantwell

James Carville

James E. Cathey, Jr.

Dan Collard

Mike DeBoer

Christopher Drummond

David L. Dunlap

David T. Feinberg*

Gregory C. Feirn

Teri Fontenot* CEO Chair

Donna Fraiche

Christina Freese-Decker

Dean M. Harrison*

Michael Hecht

Catherine A. Jacobson*

Reynold Jennings*

Jeff Jones

Elliot Joseph*

Gary S. Kaplan*

Dennis Lauscha

James Leonard

Mary Matalin

Kerry McDermott

Phil McKinney

Gordon J. Mountford

BG Porter

James H. Roth

Gregory Rusovich

Kevin Schoeplein

Wayne M. Sotile

Quint Studer

Ray Thompson

Doug Thornton

Scott Wester

Curt B. Whelan

Andrew A. Ziskind

  • Nancy Howell Agee*

    President and CEO , Carilion Clinic

    Nancy Agee is president and CEO, Carilion Clinic, an integrated healthcare organization headquartered in western Virginia that includes a multi-specialty physician group, seven hospitals, the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and a joint ventured Medical School and Research Institute with Virginia Tech. She began her career in nursing and assumed increasing executive leadership responsibilities over the past 30 years.

    She also serves on a variety of boards including the Virginia Center for Healthcare Innovation (current chair), American Hospital Association (Operations and Audit Committee; liaison to the Health Care Systems Governing Council), and the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care.

    In receipt of many honors, she is especially proud of the Paladin Award, the highest honor given by Carilion Clinic for quality and patient safety.

    She holds degrees with honors from the University of Virginia and Emory University and participated in postgraduate studies at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Steven C. Arner

    President , Carilion Medical Center COO, Carilion Clinic

    Steve Arner currently serves as president of Carilion Medical Center and COO of Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA.

    He began his career with Carilion in 1996 as a financial analyst and has since served as budget manager, human resources compensation and analytics director, hospital administrator at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital, vice president of cardiothoracic and vascular services, and senior vice president at Carilion Clinic.

    In addition to his work at Carilion, he also worked briefly at Cigna.

  • David L. Bernd*

    CEO , Sentara Healthcare

    David L. Bernd serves as CEO of Sentara Healthcare, a $4 billion integrated health system in Norfolk, VA.

    Sentara is comprised of 10 acute care hospitals, health plans with 440,000 covered lives, 618 provider medical groups, and a medical staff of 3,680 physicians. Modern Healthcare ranked Sentara the number one integrated healthcare network in the United States consecutively in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Sentara earned the HIMSS Davies Award and HIMSS Stage 7 Award and Bernd received the 2012 CEO IT Achievement Award.

    In 1985, he was named executive vice president/COO of Sentara Health System (now Sentara Healthcare).

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Lindsey Bradley

    President , Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

    Lindsey Bradley is the President of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. He has served in this position since 1981.

    Trinity Mother Frances is the region’s preferred health care provider, with a proud tradition of more than 75 years of dedicated service to the people of east Texas. As a national leader in patient satisfaction, advanced technology, and quality initiatives, Trinity Mother Frances is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating healthy lives for people and communities.

    Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes six hospitals and the Trinity Clinic, the area’s preferred multispecialty medical group, with more than 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 40 specialties in 36 clinic locations in east Texas.

    Mr. Bradley holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and two master’s degrees from Trinity University.

  • Ruth W. Brinkley*

    Senior Vice President, Operations, Catholic Health Initiatives , KentuckyOne Health

    Ruth W. Brinkley is senior vice president, Operations, Catholic Health Initiatives and president/CEO of KentuckyOne Health. With almost 40 years of health care experience, Brinkley has worked in private, public, academic, and community-based health systems.

    Brinkley’s past experience includes executive positions as Ascension Health’s West Market leader and as Catholic Health Initiatives’ president/CEO of Memorial Health Care System, and senior vice president, Performance Management. Her academic experience includes serving as associate executive director, chief nurse executive and associate dean of clinical practice at the University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham. She also served as a senior consultant with CSC Healthcare, working with many of the most complex academic medical centers and community hospitals in the United States and Canada. Prior to her consulting experience, she held executive roles at health care organizations in St. Louis and Chicago.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Steve Burriss

    President , Rex Healthcare, INC

    Steve Burriss serves as president of Rex Healthcare, a 660-bed affiliate of UNC Health Care. He has served in a number of other roles at Rex including COO, senior VP of operations and ambulatory services, vice president of human resources, and human resources director.

    He was named a COO to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2013 and received recognition from the Triangle Business Journal as a “40 Under 40.”  He also is active in the Triangle community serving a number of organizations including the American Heart Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Cary and Raleigh Chambers of Commerce, and the March of Dimes.

    He earned a bachelor of science degree in business and an MBA from Marshall University.

  • Ed Cantwell

    Executive Director , Center for Medical Interoperability

    Ed Cantwell is executive director of the Center for Medical Interoperability, providing membership recruitment and strategic and tactical leadership. He was previously head of the medical grade wireless utility at the West Health Institute. Before joining the Institute, he served as director of 3M Corporation's wireless business unit and as chair, president, and CEO of InnerWireless, which he founded in 2000.

    His wireless experience began while working for Texas Instruments, where he led a number of high technology businesses and successfully obtained spectrum allocations from the FCC. This started as an incubator project and then became SpectraPoint Wireless, where he was president and CEO. Before founding SpectraPoint, he held several positions within Texas Instrument's defense systems and electronics group where he helped to develop a variety of communications systems. He also served as a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot for 12 years.

    He graduated from the University of Michigan's executive training program and is a graduate of the Air Force's fighter weapons school. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University.

  • James Carville

    Political Commentator

    James Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners. His most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency. In recent years, he has not been a paid political consultant for any domestic politicians or candidates for office, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 20 countries around the globe.

    He has also authored or co-authored eightNew York Times bestsellers. His most recent book with pollster and friend Stan Greenberg — It's The Middle Class Stupid — was released in 2012.

    Most recently, he has been a frequent political commentator and contributor on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and also serves as a professor of practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he now resides.

  • James E. Cathey, Jr.

    President and CEO , North Oaks

    During nearly 30 years as North Oaks president and CEO, Jimmy Cathey has led its transformation from a single, acute-care hospital to one of Louisiana’s largest and most progressive community health systems. North Oaks comprises an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, two outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers, an outpatient surgery center, two outpatient rehabilitation clinics, a hospice agency, and a growing physician group for primary and specialty care.

    Prior to North Oaks, he served in administrative positions with several health care organizations throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. He belongs to the Northshore Healthcare Alliance and Northshore Business Council and is treasurer of the Louisiana Hospital Association Board of Trustees, having served as Southeast District president and member-at-large on the district and state levels.

    He is an alumnus of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he earned both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA.

  • Dan Collard

    Senior Leader and Speaker , Studer Group, a Huron Healthcare solution

    Dan Collard, a former hospital operator, joined Studer Group in 2004 after leading three consecutive turnarounds for a publicly traded hospital system. He is currently a senior leader, executive coach, and national speaker, working at all levels of strategy, goal setting, and communication.

    In 2014, he was asked to address the House Committee on Veterans Affairs about the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and underlying elements of culture and leadership. His expertise in hospital and health system transformation enabled him to offer testimony on deploying evidence-based tactics to reduce variance within VHA.

    As an executive coach, he has led engagements that range from rural community hospitals to academic medical centers, and built relationships with national health system organizations, including HCA. He has presented at local and national hospital associations and elsewhere, including the National Indian Health Conference and the office of the Army Surgeon General.

  • Mike DeBoer

    CIO , GE Capital

    Mike has 28 years of business leadership in GE and the Financial Services Industry spanning the commercial, consumer and retail banking sectors. He came to New Orleans to develop a new technology center serving the GE Company. This new center, located in the New Orleans Business District, is providing information technology services for GE with over 200 employees and growing.

    The GE Digital Solutions Technology Center (DSTC) is leading efforts to transform IT services, creating cloud based solutions for customers and enterprise security and risk management capabilities for the company. The DSTC is leading change through developing an agile culture that is responsive to customer needs and delivers higher quality solutions that are key to customer success.

    He joined GE in 1995 and has held many different leadership roles in the United States, Denmark, United Kingdom, and France. Prior to coming to New Orleans, he served as CIO for GE Capital Global Banking, leading IT for the consumer banking platforms outside the United States. His accomplishments include providing business value through leading transformation strategies delivering simplification, process excellence, and compliance in very diverse platforms and markets.

  • Christopher Drummond

    Managing Director , Huron Healthcare

    Chris Drummond brings more than 22 years of healthcare leadership experience in implementation project leadership, labor productivity, process improvement, and operations. He has led more than 25 health system-wide performance improvement efforts including Partners, University of North Carolina, University of Kansas, Froedtert, Tufts, Ohio State, Baptist Memorial, KentuckyOne, Sutter, and Fletcher Allen. On the last eight projects Chris led, Huron achieved or exceeded the high target on six of eight, achieved between the mid and high on the seventh, and achieved just under the mid-point on the eighth engagement.

  • David L. Dunlap

    President and CEO , Roper St. Francis Healthcare

    David Dunlap is the president and CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH), a nonprofit health care system that includes three general and one rehabilitation hospital. RSFH received the Magnet Hospital recognition for St. Francis Hospital and Truven Analytics’ rank in the nation’s Top 15 Integrated Health Networks for the past three years.

    In 2015, RSFH created a clinically integrated network focused on population health management and entered into direct contracts with major employers in the Charleston, SC area. It is the largest adult hospital and health services provider in the area.

    During a hospital career spanning more than 40 years, Dunlap was instrumental in putting together the first joint operating agreement with a state-owned academic medical center and a private healthcare system, which is credited with bringing the Oklahoma University Hospital System to prominence and financial stability.

    He has degrees from the University of Memphis and Trinity University in San Antonio, and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

  • David T. Feinberg*

    President and CEO , Geisinger Health System

    Dr. David Feinberg is president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations. A vertically integrated, physician-led system, Geisinger is widely recognized as a leader in EHR implementation and use and in the development of innovative care models to enhance patient care.

    He was previously CEO of UCLA’s hospitals, associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences, and president of UCLA Health System, overseeing all aspects of UCLA Health, its four hospitals, and the UCLA Faculty Practice Group. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, are ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

    Modern Healthcare named him among the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in the United States for 2014. Under his leadership, patient-satisfaction scores at health systems he has led have reached and maintained the 99th percentile.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Gregory C. Feirn

    CEO , LCMC Health

    Greg Feirn is CEO of LCMC Health, the parent company over Children’s Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center, the New Orleans East Hospital, and West Jefferson Medical Center.

    He has 23 years of healthcare experience with expertise in nonprofit tax accounting, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, hospital operations, investment portfolio management, and healthcare-related academic research.

    He chairs the Metropolitan Management Corporation and serves on the boards of the New Orleans Business Alliance, Greater New Orleans, Inc., the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, The Louisiana Hospital Association, and the Thisby & Noah Scott Foundation. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Institute of CPAs, New Orleans Metropolitan Hospital Council Finance Committee, Child Health Association, and The Finance Committee of the Mayor’s Tricentennial Commission.

  • Teri Fontenot* CEO Chair

    President and CEO , Woman's Hospital

    Teri Fontenot is the president/CEO of Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA, a Level III regional referral hospital for obstetrics, newborn, and women’s cancer care.

    She was the 2012 chair of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees; served two terms as a director on the Sixth District Federal Reserve Bank board and Audit Committee chair; and a six-year term on the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health. She currently serves on the AHA Chair and Board Nominating Committee, and the Health Forum board.

    She received the inaugural Becker’s Hospital Review Healthcare Leadership award in 2013, was named to Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2011 and 2012, and to its inaugural list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare. She was also named Baton Rouge Businessperson of the Year in 2013, and to the Hall of Distinction at Louisiana State University’s EJ Ourso College of Business in 2011.

    She holds a BBA in accounting, earned an MBA, is a certified public accountant (inactive), and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Donna Fraiche

    Shareholder , Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz

    Donna Fraiche practices health law at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. BDBCB was selected by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2010 and 2011) as one of the nation’s leading health law practices.

    She is past chair of the Louisiana Health Care Commission, a board member of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, served as the first woman president of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and was chosen for the first class of Fellows of the AHLA. She appeared before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress testifying on the structure of the hospital industry in the 21st Century. She spoke at the ABA Healthlaw Section Meeting in London, served on The Joint Commission’s Leadership Accountabilities Task Force, and presented at the National Conference on Quality and Safety in Health Care.

    Nightingale’s Healthcare News named her one of ten Outstanding Hospital Lawyers and as an Outstanding Physician Fraud and Compliance Lawyer in 2009. She was a charter member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, chaired its Long Term Community Planning effort, and served on its Health Care Committee and Health Care Redesign Collaborative. She also currently serves as Ms. Fraiche the Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans.

  • Christina Freese-Decker

    President , Spectrum Health Hospital Group

    Tina Freese-Decker is president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group for Spectrum Health, a nonprofit, integrated health system in West Michigan with more than 22,000 employees. She is responsible for the operations and growth strategy of 12 hospitals and ambulatory care sites.

    She has been with Spectrum Health for 13 years, progressing through various management positions, including hospital president and chief strategy officer. She is leading the organization through a care transformation process to drive an unprecedented experience for patients based on quality, safety, and exceptional, personalized care. She was named a 2015 Modern Healthcare Up and Comer and, in 2013, received the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

    She is involved in the local community as well as the health care industry, serving in leadership positions for national and regional organizations as well as local corporate and non-profit boards.

    She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, and two master’s degrees from the University of Iowa — one in health administration and one in industrial engineering.

  • Dean M. Harrison*

    President and CEO , Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

    Dean Harrison is the president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, the primary teaching affiliate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Since joining Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in 1998, he has been instrumental in the creation and success of Northwestern Medicine, now an integrated academic health system anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Northwestern Medical Group.

    He currently serves as chair of the Illinois Hospital Association and also serves on the boards of the Center for Medical Interoperability, Economic Club of Chicago, Executive Club of Chicago, Northern Trust, Northwestern University, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and World Business Chicago.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Michael Hecht

    President and CEO , Greater New Orleans, INC.

    Michael Hecht is president and CEO of Greater New Orleans (GNO), Inc., the economic development organization for southeast Louisiana. GNO, Inc.’s mission falls broadly into two categories: business development — attracting and growing businesses; and product development — creating better business conditions. Under his leadership, GNO, Inc. was recently named the number two economic development organization in the United States by Business Facilities Magazine.

    Before coming to GNO, Inc., he led the quarter-­billion dollar Katrina Small Business Recovery Program for the state. Previous to coming home to Louisiana, he worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City as an assistant commissioner, running the post-9/11 small business program.

    His entrepreneurial experience includes co-­founding a conglomerate of restaurant ventures, including Foreign Cinema, named Restaurant of the Year 2000 in San Francisco. He began his career as a strategic management consultant.

    Recently he has been recognized as One of the 25 Most Powerful People in the 10/12 Corridor, and One of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America.

  • Catherine A. Jacobson*

    President and CEO , Froedtert Health

    Catherine Jacobson is president and CEO of Froedtert Health in Milwaukee, WI, a regional healthcare system consisting of three hospitals, a community-based medical group, and a variety of healthcare joint ventures.

    She joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as the executive vice president of finance and strategy, CEO, and chief strategy officer. She was appointed president of the health system in 2011 and assumed the additional role of CEO in 2012. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, she spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in a variety of roles, including CFO of Rush’s health plan, as well as chief compliance officer for the health system.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Reynold Jennings*

    CEO , WellStar Health System

    Reynold Jennings has been CEO of WellStar Health System in Marietta, GA, since 2011. He is a former COO of Tenet Healthcare with 35 years’ experience in hospital management, managing more than 100 hospitals in 15 states.

    He began his career as a pharmacist, but soon rose to senior vice president and COO at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton. He then served as CEO of a number of acute care hospitals in Georgia and Florida. He was also CEO of Ramsey Healthcare in New Orleans. He chaired the boards of both a large Medicare Advantage insurance company in New Orleans and the Cleveland Clinic–Tenet partnership hospital in Weston, FL.

    Since joining WellStar, some of his accomplishments include the expansion of the physician-led clinical service lines; the formation of the Georgia Health Collaborative, where he serves as its founding chair; and the creation of the Center for Health Transformation, a multihospital, multistate collaborative for creating and sharing best practices in healthcare.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Jeff Jones

    Managing Director , Huron Healthcare

    Jeff Jones has more than 26 years of healthcare consulting experience in strategy, operations improvement, and information technology implementation. He leads strategic planning and strategic relationships for Huron Healthcare, and is a member of the Huron Healthcare leadership team, providing oversight for the operations of the practice. He also serves as client service executive for a number of Huron Healthcare’s academic medical center and large health system clients. He has held prior leadership positions with other national consulting firms, and was a founding principal at Stockamp & Associates.

  • Elliot Joseph*

    President and CEO , Hartford HealthCare (HHC)

    Elliot Joseph is president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare (HHC), Connecticut’s premier healthcare system with $2.4 billion in net revenue and nearly 18,000 employees. HHC includes five acute-care hospitals, behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, ambulatory services, a medical foundation, assisted-living and skilled-nursing facilities, home care and laboratory services.

    Throughout his career, he has championed the transformation of healthcare delivery to create more efficient, high-quality, regional health networks focused on coordinated and comprehensive patient care. Prior to his arrival in Hartford, he served as president and CEO of St. John Health (SJH), an $1.8-billion Southeast Michigan health care system.

    He chairs the finance committee of the Connecticut Hospital Association board of trustees and is a member of the Greater New York Hospital Association board of governors. He also is the American Hospital Association State Alternate Delegate and a member of Regional Policy Board 1 and an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

    He earned a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a bachelor of science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is an alumnus of the Wharton CEO Program for Healthcare Leadership.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Gary S. Kaplan*

    Chairman and CEO , Virginia Mason Health System

    Dr. Gary Kaplan is chair and CEO of Seattle-based Virginia Mason Health System. Under his leadership, Virginia Mason Health System was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades in 2011, a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for five consecutive years, and was one of two hospitals named a Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality. He is also a clinical professor at the University of Washington, board chair of IHI, and on the National Patient Safety Foundation’s board of directors.

    He serves on the board of Washington Healthcare Forum and is a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform. Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare ranked him second on the 2012 listing of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives.

    *CEO Forum Cabinet Member

  • Dennis Lauscha

    President , New Orleans Saints

    Dennis Lauscha, named president of the New Orleans Saints in 2012, oversees the club’s financial operations and government affairs and its marketing, ticket and suite sales, legal, stadium, community affairs, human resources, information technology, and facilities departments. He has also served as president of the New Orleans Pelicans since 2012. He is a representative for both clubs at NFL and NBA owner’s meetings.

    His 2012 promotion with both clubs capping a steady rise through the executive ranks of the Saints, he first joined the club as treasurer in 1998 and later earned the additional titles of vice president, senior vice president, and executive vice president. In addition to his duties with the Saints and Pelicans, the New Orleans native maintains multiple roles within other holdings of Tom and Gayle Benson, maintaining a role in the management of New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE-TV, and Zelia, LLC.

    With his collaborative style, financial acumen, and long-term view, he has played a key role in a contingent that has negotiated agreements for both the Saints and Pelicans with the State of Louisiana that has resulted in long-term lease agreements, continuous improvements to their playing and practice facilities, revitalization of the areas around them, and has generated revenue for the state without any new taxes for citizens.

  • James Leonard

    President and CEO , Carle-Health System

    Dr. James Leonard is president and CEO of the Illinois-based Carle Health System and has served in that role since 2000. Carle is an integrated health system that includes hospitals, a large physician practice, and a health plan licensed in four states. During the last 15 years, he has overseen significant growth of the organization that is consistently recognized for providing high quality care, serving more than 850,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually and covering more than 400,000 health plan members throughout the United States.

    Under his leadership, Carle is nationally recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals and a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades, has achieved Magnet nursing status as well as HealthCare’s Most Wired™ status, and ranked 14th in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report for 2014-15.

    He is board certified in family practice with additional training in sports medicine and addiction medicine. He is past board chair and current member of the Illinois Hospital Association and serves on the board of trustees for the American Hospital Association.

  • Mary Matalin

    Political Consultant

    Mary Matalin is one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America. As an author and television and radio host, and widely sought after political contributor, pundit, and public speaker, she has become noted for her straightforward manner and insightful political repartee. Among her many roles and accomplishments, she served under President Ronald Reagan, made her mark as George H.W. Bush’s campaign director and, most recently, served as assistant to President George W. Bush and as assistant and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, making her the first White House official to hold that double title.

    She is also a widely read, respected, and acclaimed author, having co-authored the best-selling political campaign book, All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, with her husband, James Carville. The book was named one of the top five best books on public relations by The Wall Street Journal. The couple recently returned to The New York Times bestseller list with their newest book Love and War: 20 Years, 3 Presidents, 2 Daughters, One Louisiana Home, available now. She also penned Letters to My Daughters, making both The New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists.

  • Kerry McDermott

    Vice President , Public Policy and Communications, Center for Interoperability

    Kerry McDermott is vice president of public policy and communications for the Center for Medical Interoperability, a 501(c)(3) organization led by health systems to change how medical technologies work together.

    Previously, she focused on healthcare technology policy for West Health and helped launch the West Health Policy Center. She was director of healthcare for the Federal Communications Commission, co-authored the healthcare section of the National Broadband Plan, advised the White House Health IT Task Force, and served as the FCC’s liaison on healthcare issues. She has testified before Congress on rural health challenges and participated in World Economic Forum mobile health initiatives. Kerry has held strategy positions at CIGNA, and roles in consulting, finance, and education.

    She holds a master’s in public health from Yale University.

  • Phil McKinney

    President and CEO , CableLabs

    Phil McKinney is president and CEO of CableLabs. In this capacity he heads the research and development organization responsible for charting the cable industry’s technology and innovation roadmap.

    Prior to joining CableLabs, he was the vice president and chief technology officer of the $40 billion (FY12) Personal Systems Group at Hewlett-Packard (HP) and was responsible for long-range strategic planning, research and development, and product roadmaps for the company’s PC product lines, including mobile devices, notebooks, desktops, and workstations. In addition, he was founder and leader of HP’s Innovation Program Office, which was chartered to identify, incubate, and launch adjacent and fundamentally new technologies, products, and services that would become the future growth engines for HP.

    In 2012, he released his first book on innovation and personal creativity, Beyond the Obvious, published by Hyperion. He also serves on the advisory board for Hacking Autism and the board of directors of The Computer History Museum.

    His influence on innovation and creativity includes:

    • Sharing his expertise, free of charge (an approach he refers to as “paying it forward”) through his award winning podcast Killer Innovations™ (available on iTunes), named by CIO Insight as a “must listen” podcast.
    • He was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Mobile Tech by LAPTOP Magazine.
    • He is a contributing columnist for Forbes where he writes the column “The Objective” for
  • Gordon J. Mountford

    Executive Vice President , Huron Healthcare

    Gordon Mountford has overall practice responsibility for Huron Healthcare, Huron’s healthcare consulting business. Mr. Mountford also serves on Huron’s firm-wide leadership team. He brings more than 25 years of consulting experience, including 18 years focused on hospitals, academic medical centers, health systems, and payer organizations. His experience in the healthcare industry has focused on improving operational and financial performance in diverse environments.

  • BG Porter

    President and CEO , Studer Group, a Huron Healthcare solution

    Barry Graham (BG) Porter joined Studer Group in 2001 as president. In 2011 he became CEO, overseeing operations, serving partners, and ensuring that each client receives quality service. Since staff development is critical to that promise, he aligns and focuses employee training with helping clients obtain positive results.

    His background with McKinsey & Company, Inc., an international management consulting firm, provided an opportunity to work with top organizations on issues of strategy, operations, and sustaining excellence. He then served in leadership roles in insurance and financial service companies.

    To sharpen his skill set, develop Studer Group coaches, and serve clients, he spends time each month as a coach, with an emphasis on board and top management roles in implementing Studer Group’s Evidence-Based LeadershipSM methodology. He earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard.

  • James H. Roth

    President and CEO , Huron Consulting Group

    Jim Roth is the president and CEO of Huron Consulting Group and one of the founding members of the company. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served as vice president of Health and Education Consulting. He also led the Higher Education consulting practice since the company’s inception in 2002 and, under his leadership, this business grew more than tenfold. While serving as vice president of Health and Education Consulting, he expanded this business overseas into global markets to help address the rapid demands for improved health and education in emerging economies. He has more than 30 years of consulting experience working with many of the premier research universities and academic medical centers. Consulting Magazine named him one of the Top 25 Most Influential Consultants in 2009 and 2011.

  • Gregory Rusovich

    CEO , Transoceanic Development

    Gregory Rusovich joined Transoceanic Shipping Company in 1981 after receiving his political science degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He now serves as CEO, Transoceanic Development, a firm dedicated to global logistics and transportation.

    Born and raised in New Orleans, he is also very active in numerous past and present civic pursuits and has received many awards and honors for his many endeavors. He has dedicated his efforts toward post-Katrina New Orleans reform and criminal justice issues. In this capacity, he served as past chair of the New Orleans Business Council, Greater New Orleans Inc., Metropolitan Crime Commission, and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. He serves on the board of directors of New Orleans Business Alliance and the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.

    His international focus and career also connect to his civic endeavors as he currently serves as chair, Louisiana Board of International Commerce, and member and immediate past chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, both positions appointed by former Governor Bobby Jindal. He also serves as Honorary Consul General of Serbia for Louisiana.

  • Kevin Schoeplein

    CEO , OSF Healthcare System

    Kevin Schoeplein is CEO of OSF Healthcare System, vice-chair for the OSF Healthcare System board, and president of both OSF Saint Francis, Inc. and OSF Healthcare Foundation.

    He has held executive positions in the OSF Healthcare System and its affiliated corporations since 1978. He was executive vice president of OSF Healthcare System (2004-2011); president of OSF HealthPlans (1999-2008); CEO for the northern Illinois and Michigan regions (1996-1999); and interim administrator, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL and OSF Saint Joseph Hospital, Belvidere, IL (March 1995-November 1995). He was also administrator of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center (1983-1988); assistant administrator, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL (1978-1983); and executive director of St. Francis Community Clinic.

    Prior to joining OSF, he was administrative resident at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Dayton, OH.

  • Wayne M. Sotile

    Founder , Center for Physician Resilience

    Clinical psychologist Dr. Wayne Sotile is one of the world’s most seasoned clinicians specialized in counseling and coaching physicians. He is the founder of the Center for Physician Resilience, in Davidson, NC. Since 1978, he and his group have coached or counseled more than 10,000 physicians and medical families.

    He publishes widely regarding physician burnout and medical family life. His landmark books include The Resilient Physician (2002) and Building Resilience in Neurosurgery Residents: A Primer (with Gary Simonds, MD; 2015). He has delivered more than 8,000 invited addresses and workshops teaching physicians and healthcare leaders evidence-based strategies for managing the “psychological underbelly” of leadership while coping with constant change. He serves as a popular Studer Group speaker.

  • Quint Studer

    Founder , Studer Group, a Huron Healthcare solution

    Quint Studer is the founder of Studer Group, the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner and outcomes firm that implements Evidence-Based LeadershipSM to help healthcare organizations improve quality and service performance.

    With nearly 30 years in healthcare, he spends much of his time creating and sharing best practices with industry professionals around the country and is frequently interviewed in national media. Twice Modern Healthcare named him one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and gave him the publication’s first Healthcare Marketing Visionary Award. He is currently part of the 21st Healthcare Leadership Curriculum Task Force at Harvard Business School and serves on the board of a major healthcare system.

    He has written and contributed to a number of books including his latest, Healing Physician Burnout. His first, Hardwiring Excellence, is one of the most read leadership books ever written for healthcare.

  • Ray Thompson

    Executive Vice President and COO , Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

    Ray Thompson joined Mother Frances Hospital in 1981 as executive vice president. He has been the executive vice president/COO since 1995.

    Trinity Mother Frances is the region’s preferred health care provider, with a proud tradition of more than 75 years of dedicated service to the people of east Texas. As a national leader in patient satisfaction, advanced technology, and quality initiatives, Trinity Mother Frances is a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating healthy lives for people and communities.

    Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes six hospitals and the Trinity Clinic, which is the area’s preferred multispecialty medical group, with more than 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 40 specialties in 36 clinic locations.

    He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA from Louisiana State University. He has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare leadership and is a Fellow of the American College of Hospital Executives.

  • Doug Thornton

    Executive Vice President , SMG

    As executive vice president, Doug Thornton oversees the Stadium & Arena Division for SMG, a responsibility that includes operation of five NFL stadiums, two collegiate stadiums, and 67 multipurpose arenas. During his 18-year tenure with SMG, he has helped attract, host, and produce numerous major special events, while being involved in other key aspects of the sports and entertainment business.

    He joined SMG as general manager of the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena in 1997, where he would later lead the unprecedented $225 million reconstruction and re-opening of the Superdome in 2006 after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

    He currently serves as vice chair of the New Orleans Aviation Board and is on the board of the New Orleans Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and the New Orleans Sports Foundation.

    He has received numerous honors and awards, including the New Orleans Chamber Vision of Excellence Award and New Orleanian of the Year by Gambit Newspaper in 2002. He was named a Sports Business Journal headliner in 2006 and received the Dave Dixon Sports Leadership Award from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2007. He and the SMG Staff were presented a 2007 Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame Award for their efforts in the Superdome’s recovery. The New Orleans Chapter of the National Football Foundation presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2009.

  • Scott Wester

    President and CEO , Our Lady of the Lake

    Scott Wester’s first CEO position was in 2000 with St. Elizabeth Hospital, Gonzales, LA and, in 2004, became CEO of St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. In 2008 he became CEO of Our Lady of the Lake and was named the president of the operations group of the FMOL Health System in 2014.

    He is a Fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives, serves on the board of the Louisiana Hospital Association, and has served as chair of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce.

    He graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University with a BS in chemistry and a BA in classical humanities. He received his master’s degree in hospital and health administration in 1993 from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

  • Curt B. Whelan

    Managing Director , Huron Healthcare

    Curt Whelan leads the Integrated solution and Sales and Marketing division for Huron Healthcare. He brings more than 20 years of experience managing comprehensive healthcare consulting and performance improvement engagements. His expertise includes integrating and translating market-based demand analysis, physician alignment, operations benchmarking, financial planning, and technology trends into actionable plans. His extensive knowledge of emerging healthcare delivery models, coupled with his functional approach to project management and planning, provides the required expertise to build consensus organizationally and with governance to implement strategic and cost repositioning plans. 

  • Andrew A. Ziskind

    Managing Director , Huron Healthcare

    Dr. Andrew Ziskind is an MGH-trained cardiologist with more than 25 years of experience spanning clinical care and academic health system leadership. Among his prior roles, he served as vice dean for clinical affairs at the University of Washington, and president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president for BJC. He leads Huron’s Clinical solutions group and is recognized as a leader in academic health system strategy and operations. In 2013, he was recognized by Consulting Magazine as one of the 25 most influential consultants.

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