Board of Advisors
|Bert Reese - Chairman of the Board
Bert Reese is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Sentara Healthcare, an integrated health system with net revenues of $3.9 billion. Sentara, a not-for-profit health care provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, is comprised of 10 acute care hospitals, a health plan with 432,600 covered lives, 7 nursing centers, 3 assisted living centers, and 600 member physician medical groups. Sentara has continually ranked as one of the most integrated health care networks in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine and is the only health care system in the nation to be named in the top 10 for seven consecutive years.
Mr. Reese is responsible for the Information Technology, Process Improvement, Information and Supply Chain Management for the health system. Most recently this group has implemented the Electronic Health Record across the enterprise, resulting in significant financial savings and improved clinical outcomes.
The group has received many national awards to include Most Wired, Top 100 Innovations, Best Employer in Information Technology, HIMSS Analytics Stage 7, and Davies Award to name a few.
Robert Blades serves as an Independent consultant focusing exclusively on the health care industry. In this role, Mr. Blades brings extensive experience in management of business operations, strategic planning, contract negotiations and customer focused information systems management. With a varied career serving the health care industry with provider, software vendor, and consulting experience, he brings a well-rounded perspective on how to achieve optimal operational and business objectives.
Mr. Blades has extensive experience with the academic medical center environment and understands the complexities of serving the multiple missions of education, research, and patient care. Working with medical facilities throughout the USA as well as internationally has provided a unique perspective on healthcare issues. Assisting institutions with their strategic planning has also provided a rich background for understanding the industry as a whole and its complex makeup.
Mr. Blades has served on the faculty at Loma Linda University and is an active member of CHIME, HIMSS, and the Advisory Board as a charter member of the CIO group. He has been a member of HISEA and also served on the Board of KLAS. Mr. Blades earned a B. S. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Maryland and an MBA at Widener University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been a frequent national speaker and has many articles on health care automation and management.
Ann Chinnis is the CEO of Matrix Executive Coaching, an executive coaching firm specializing in leadership development for physicians and healthcare executives. She is also Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University and a practicing Emergency Physician.
Ann received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Yale University and continued to earn her MD degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For over 15 years she practiced in a variety of community Emergency Departments-from rural setting to high volume academic trauma centers. She has served as medical director and EMS/pre hospital care direct in many of these settings.
After completing her Master's of Science in Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997, Ann was recruited in to the WVU School of Medicine where she became chair in 2001. During this time she was selected as a fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine-ELAM (a leadership program focused on preparing senior women faculty to move into positions of institutional leadership). As founder and acting CEO of Matrix Executive Coaching, she works with a variety of clients in academic and community healthcare to help them achieve the next level of leadership effectiveness and to develop higher functioning teams.
Eugene R. D'Amore was hired in January 2006 as the Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. D'Amore is an accomplished information technology professional with extensive experience in the healthcare industry gained from a number of executive-level leadership positions.
Currently serving as Vice President of Hospital Operations for Shriners Hospitals for Children®, D'Amore is responsible for information services, revenue cycle, supply chain, facilities management and transition management across the 22 Shriners Hospitals and Headquarters. He also serves as the Chief Information Officer for Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
Prior to joining Shriners Hospitals for Children®, D'Amore worked in a number of senior management positions serving organizations in the healthcare and technology industries. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and a Master in Business Administration and a Master of Management Information Systems both from Maywood University in Scranton, PA.
D'Amore is affiliated with several professional organizations, including: American College of Healthcare Executives, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Ms Davis is a recognized technology adoption strategist with over twenty-five years of transformational health care experience in community and academic based health systems. She has installed and managed information systems in the health care industry for over 15 years in both single and multiple hospital environments using a transformational and process improvement approach. She is the executive leader of the implementation, benefit metrics, optimization methodology and ongoing application support for the adoption of clinical EMR technology and processes for a ten hospital health system building on principles of quality, safety, systemness, governance, practicing to a standard, planned and intentional change management with health system wide engagement of front line staff and physicians. Results include high levels of adoption and value realization. She is responsible for Meaningful Planning and deliverables.
Ms. Davis has served as a member of the senior management team reporting to the CEO. She has developed the information strategy for multiple organizations and initiated the technology infrastructure to accomplish corporate strategies and goals. She has facilitated the selection of information systems building consensus with board members, senior management, and department directors. She has successfully implemented several multi-million dollar fast track projects in excess of millions of dollars each on time and within budget and high rates of adoption and benefits.
Andy Downing currently serves as President and CEO of Pinpoint IT Services, which provides contract and permanent IT staffing solutions through its operations in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Puerto Rico; supporting a variety of industries with a special focus on healthcare clients. He is responsible for strategic planning, safeguarding Pinpoint's Culture, and implementing Quality Processes.
Mr. Downing is also the Founder and President of GlobeMed Resources, a highly successful international healthcare staffing company. His expertise in building infrastructures, hiring key staff, and planning growth are critical to Pinpoint's success.
Travis Gathright is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Corporate Compliance Officer at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in the heart of Philadelphia, PA. As CIO, his responsibilities include information technology (IT) strategic planning, systems evaluation and IT operations. Gathright is also responsible for the corporate compliance program at Magee. Magee provides both inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation services for patients from throughout the East Coast Corridor and beyond. The organization is consistently ranked by Us News and World Report amongst the top hospitals for physical rehabilitative care.
Gathright has a special interest in leadership in healthcare IT. He writes regularly about the subject in his blog on the Healthcare Informatics website.
Gathright studied Health Services Administration as an undergraduate at James Madison University, and earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Management Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University. Travis obtained his Master's Degree in Health Administration at the University of Minnesota.
Referenced as the "Steve Jobs of Healthcare" by HISTalk, John Gomez is well renowned in the healthcare IT field. At the age of 12 he began writing software, cultivating a strong background in advanced technology (AI, Agent & Predictive Systems, enterprise & cloud computing, security) coupled with a strong emphasis on end-user adoption & design.
During his career, Mr.Gomez has run a small (5-10) to a large (1600) person teams that included R&D, product strategy, planning, consulting, product support, sales and marketing. His expertise in a variety of industries provided the know-how to develop the first HIT "healthcare App-Store," redefining vendor B2B models in HIT. Among his various honors and recognitions, Mr. Gomez was selected
as one of the top-100 Hispanic IT Leaders in 2010. As the CEO and founder of JGo Labs, Mr.Gomez is still writing software and developing products that will change the HIT industry.
Steve Horsley has over 20 years of information technology (IT) experience within the retail and healthcare industries. Before launching his career in IT, he worked in sales and merchandising where he learned the value of providing excellent customer service. He has applied this core value to every role he has held throughout his career and instills it in the teams he leads.
Horsley joined Cone Health in November 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Technology Officer at Swedish Heath System in Seattle, Washington.
At Cone Health, Horsley is focusing on improving patient safety and quality of care by implementing an electronic health record system across the organization and making it available for community providers as well. Improving the reliability and stability of the information systems by modernizing the IT infrastructure and improving internal processes is also critical to the success of the initiative.
Horsley holds a bachelor's degree from Sacramento State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Richard C. Howe, PhD, is an Independent IT Consultant, providing strategic IT consulting services on a national level. Dr. Howe has published over 50 articles and is frequently invited to be the key speaker at various professional meetings. He served as the National President of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for 1996-1997 and is a Fellow in HIMSS.
Throughout his career, Dr. Howe has gained experience in a multitude of roles; chief information officer experience; IT project planning; IT project management; IT implementation planning and execution; executive education and strategic visioning; vendor selection and contract negotiation; and vendor merger and acquisition.
Dr. Howe earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Beth Lindsay-Wood is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Tampa General Hospital, a large non-profit hospital based in Tampa, Florida. She has over 28 years of experience in all aspects of healthcare IT.
Prior to her role as CIO, Ms. Lindsay-Wood was employed for 14 years by Sentara Healthcare, a non-profit integrated delivery network based out of Norfolk, Va. In her role as Vice President, Information Technologies, Ms. Lindsay-Wood was responsible for the implementation of the Electronic Medical Record. Sentara has been recognized for this initiative by receiving both HIMSS Level 7 status and the Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence.
Ms. Lindsay-Wood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Tampa and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Troy University.
Braxton McKee recently received the Norfolk Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America, and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law for more than 10 years in a row.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School Of Law, McKee is currently a partner with the legal firm Kaufman & Canoles and is the Chairman of their Health Care Practice Group.
His health care law practice concentrates on the organizational, regulatory and litigation concerns of the health care industry, including representation of hospital-physicians groups in the areas of practice mergers and sales.
Mr. McKee is a member of the American Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association; member of the Board of Health Law Section with the Virginia Bar Association; Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association; and a former member of the Board of Governors, Health Care Section, for the Virginia State Bar.
Randy Osteen, RN, is the Associate Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information Management Strategy and Applications at CHRISTUS Health. Randy has 35 years of experience in healthcare, with 13 years in practice as a registered nurse and 22 years in health information technology. He places strong focus on improving the quality of patient care, operations, customer service and business literacy using technology, data standardization and business/clinical process design.
Randy also focuses on the potential application of leading-edge and emerging technologies in meeting the challenges of today's healthcare environment, as well as providing services beyond the walls of the traditional hospital setting. He was involved in early development of patient care applications as Director of Clinical Systems with INTEGRIS Health, a not-for-profit integrated delivery system based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and ultimately became Systems Officer for INTEGRIS, responsible for all business and clinical system applications development, implementation and support functions.
Randy began work with CHRISTUS Health in 2001 as Director of Research and Development, where he established the Project Management Office (PMO), developed processes and procedures for new/innovative technology development and acquisition, and led technology rationalization processes focused on reducing systems complexity and improving information technology service to the organization. As part of this role, he led an organization-wide, multi-year initiative called Unity Project, which focused on consolidation to a single, standards-based HIS accompanied by best-practice process and data standardization across the entire CHRISTUS organization. In addition to his nursing degree, Randy has a Master of Business Administration degree from Marylhurst University.
Marc Probst is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President at Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated delivery network (IDN) based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, Marc has been appointed to serve on the Federal Healthcare Information Technology Policy Committee, which is assisting in developing HIT Policy for the U.S. Government.
Marc has been involved with Information Technology and Healthcare services for the past 23 years. Prior to Intermountain, Marc was a Partner with two large professional service organizations; Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young, serving healthcare provider and payer organizations. Marc has significant interest in the use of information technology to increase patient care quality and lower the costs of care. He is experienced in information technology planning, design, development, deployment and operation.
Marc is a Board Member of the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) as well as a Board Member of the Utah Food Bank. He has been appointed by Governor Herbert to sit on the Utah Digital Health Commission and serves as an Advisor to the University Of Utah School Of Business. Marc is a graduate of the University of Utah in Finance and received his MBA from George Washington University.
William "Bill" Phillips serves as vice president/chief information officer for University Health System in San Antonio, Texas. Responsibilities include direction and oversight for the organization's Information Technology division, including system operations, applications, strategy, planning and integration for University Hospital and the Health System's network of outpatient locations across Bexar County.
Phillips has been with University Health System since 1981 and has held numerous management positions within its Information Systems division. He previously served as director of Operational Services, chief security officer and executive director/CIO before being appointed vice president/ CIO in 2007.
He has led the organization through key healthcare transformations including the successful implementation of an Electronic Medical Record, system integration and other leading technologies. He also designed the IT for the new 6-story 268,000 square-foot outpatient building which opened on the Health System's Robert B. Green Campus in early 2013, as well as the one million-square-foot hospital tower opening at University Hospital in 2014.
In 2008, under his leadership University Health System received several prestigious awards, including HIMSS Analytics EMR Stage 6, Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals, Health Care's Most Wired by Hospitals and Health Networks (2008 – 2012), as well as the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Transformational Leadership Award which was presented to Phillips and the Health Systems' President and CEO. Additional recognition includes: Top 25 Most Connected Healthcare Facilities (2009 – 2011) by Health Imaging + IT Magazine, Top 500 Masters of Technology (2011, 2012) by Information Week and Top 250 Innovators (2012) by Information Week.
Phillips has been featured in several leading healthcare publications and is a frequently-invited speaker at national conferences. Phillips is the HIMSS San Antonio local chapter President and serves on several healthcare boards and advisory councils. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Board of Directors for the Texas Health Services Authority in 2011, which is responsible for coordinating the implementation of health information exchange strategic and operational plans for the State of Texas.
Stephanie Reel is the Chief Information Officer for all divisions of the Johns Hopkins University and Health System. She was appointed Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO for the Johns Hopkins University in January 1999. She is also Vice President for Information Services for Johns Hopkins Medicine, a post she has held since 1994. As CIO Ms. Reel leads the implementation of the strategic plan for information services, networking, telecommunications, as well as clinical, research, and instructional technologies.
Ms. Reel has more than twenty-five years experience in Information Systems, working with educators, regulators, researchers, and health care providers and payors. Under her direction, the Johns Hopkins Health System is enhancing and advancing the use of the electronic patient record and working toward a regional EPR. Johns Hopkins has been honored for innovation in information technology by the Smithsonian Institution and Healthcare Informatics.
Ms. Reel was appointed in 2009 to President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2008 by the Daily Record, and CIO of the Year 2000 by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). She is a recipient of the CIO Magazine's 20/20 Vision Leader Award.
Ms. Reel is a member of HIMSS, CHIME, the Healthcare Advisory Council, the American College of Medical Informatics, and EDUCAUSE. She serves on the advisory board of Health Care Informatics and co-chairs the IT Roundtable of the Academic Health Centers' Clinical Research Forum. She is a member of both the AAMC's Group on Information Resources and its Health Information Technology Advisory Group.
Ms. Reel is a member and past President of the Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association. Ms. Reel graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in information systems management and holds an M.B.A. from Loyola College in Maryland.
Mr. Sinisi is Principal at Sinisi Consulting Services, LLC specializing in interim CIO, assessment, vendor selection, project management etc. Previously, he was the Vice President and CIO at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with responsibility for Information Systems, Communications, Medical Records and Management Engineering. Prior to CHOP, Mr. Sinisi was employed at Henry Ford Health System, a multi-hospital and physician group practice environment.
During his tenure at Henry Ford Health System, it was recognized as one of America's Most Computer Advanced Healthcare Facilities and received two Summit Awards from the National Managed Health Care Congress. While at Children's, under Mr. Sinisi's leadership, the hospital was recognized as the "Most Wired" by Hospital and Health Network magazine for the four (4) consecutive years since the award was initiated. Additionally, CHOP was a six (6) time recipient of the Best Overall Healthcare Site on the Internet presented by COR Health.
Mr. Sinisi is past chairman of Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association, charter member of the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives, a member of Oxford's Who's Who, International Who's Who of Information Technology, and recipient of the CIO Award from CIO Magazine. He served on the editorial review board of Healthcare Information Management and Health Data Management. Additionally, he is a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Information Administrators. Mr. Sinisi also brings a civic view, having served as Mayor and on Township Council while living in New Jersey.
Mr. Sinisi is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of St. Joseph's University. Mr. Sinisi holds a BS degree from St. Louis University and an MBA from Widener University.
Rick is a healthcare IT Executive with over 25 years experience in healthcare information systems, including positions as the CIO for health systems, a medical research laboratory, independent consulting and as project manager for the development and implementation of the Department of Defense's global medical information system.
As the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cancer Care Ontario, Rick is responsible for providing information technology and information management for the Province's cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care programs and services.
Rick is an author and frequent speaker on healthcare information technology as well as a leader in US national organizations such as the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He was the recipient in 1994 of the Healthcare Information Executives Forum, Crystal Award for Excellence. Most recently, he received the John Gall Award for Healthcare CIO of the Year at the 2002 HIMSS Conference.
Bill Spooner has been CIO for the past 15 of his 30 years at Sharp HealthCare. He has led an aggressive IT effort that placed Sharp on the Hospitals and Health Networks 100 Most Wired list for the first 11 years since the list was established. Sharp was an early leader in electronic health records, as the development site for a robust hospital EHR since the mid-1980s. More recently, Spooner spearheaded the rollout of industry-leading EHR's in both the Sharp hospitals and its medical groups. Sharp has received several awards for its foremost consumer web site. Sharp recently launched its mySharp portal to more closely engage its patients in their care. IT was cited for its contributions to Sharp's 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Recipient of the 2009 John E. Gall Jr CIO of the Year award, Spooner is a member of the Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association (HISEA), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a Fellow in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) which he served as Chair in 2006. He has worked with CHIME's Advocacy Leadership Team since its inception in 2004 and chaired the group in 2005. Spooner serves on the Editorial Board of Healthcare IT News. He also serves on the California Hospital Association Health Informatics and Technology Committee as well as a number of industry advisory councils. He was recently named by Information Week as one of the 25 leaders driving the healthcare I.T. revolution.
Laishy is a regional Chief Information Officer for Bon Secours Health System, a not-for-profit Catholic health system that owns, manages or joint ventures 18 acute-care hospitals, nursing care facilities, assisted living facilities and home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours employs more than 21,000 people in seven states.
In her current role, Mrs. Carlson co-directs Bon Secours' ConnectCare electronic medical record project, responsible for technical aspects of the implementation. The hospitals live on ConnectCare have reached HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 status, "Most Wired" designation, and Stage 1 of Meaningful Use. In addition, Laishy is the CIO for the Bon Secours Hampton Roads system. She has worked in healthcare finance and I.S. for over 25 years in various roles including Controller, Director of I.S. and CIO.
Laishy is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Eric has over twenty-five years of experience in leading hospital operations and information systems management functions. He has served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences since 2001. As a member of the Senior Management Group, he works with the UCMC Board of Trustees to execute the business strategies of the organization.
An advocate for innovation in the healthcare industry, Eric has been invited to speak at numerous technology conferences and meetings on industry topics. Having written several articles on technology innovation and adoption for trade publications, both Eric and his organization have been featured in publications in recognition of their accomplishments.
Throughout his career Eric has guided new companies with their product offerings, market analysis and positioning, as well as with their business planning. He has educated executive teams on how to navigate the healthcare market with a specialty in helping emerging companies work synergistically with more established healthcare companies. The eco-system he has deployed at UCMC can be considered best in class in this regard.
Eric is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management System Society and Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He has chaired the fall forum planning committee, been chair of the CHIME Foundation (vendor group), Treasurer of CHIME and a member of the CHIME Board of Trustees. He served as Program Director for the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, a program that trains the next generation of CIO's.
Eric holds his MBA from the Advanced Management Program, Broad School of Management at Michigan State University and his BS in Business Studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.