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America’s Essential Hospitals Introduces its 2019–2020 Fellows Class

Forty-six rising leaders from 22 health systems nationally will explore population health, diversity and inclusion, health care policy, and other issues central to the work of hospitals that serve vulnerable patients, in the newest Fellows Program class convened by America’s Essential Hospitals.

This latest fellows class, which the association welcomed at its recent annual conference, in Miami, is among the largest assembled in the program’s 32-year history.

Designed for senior clinical and administrative hospital staff, the Fellows Program focuses on strategic leadership, as well as advocacy for policies and resources that promote the health of vulnerable patients and sustain the nation’s safety net. The program has produced more than 650 alumni, including CEOs and other hospital executives and national health care thought leaders.

Over the next nine months, the 2019–2020 fellows class will work on leadership projects specific to their organizations and learn about issues affecting essential hospitals. They also will take part in a site visit to Henry Ford Health System, an association member in Detroit, and meet with their congressional delegations, in Washington, D.C., next spring.

“Our fellows represent the future of essential hospital leadership,” said Kalpana Ramiah, DrPH, MSc, vice president of innovation and director of Essential Hospitals Institute, the association’s research, education, and leadership development arm. “We hope that this leadership development opportunity helps them become well-rounded, inspired advocates for essential hospitals and patients.”

America’s Essential Hospitals welcomes the following essential hospital leaders to its 2019–2020 fellows class:

Benefis Health System, Great Falls, Mont.

  • Kaci Husted, MBA, system director of business development and corporate messaging

Boston Medical Center, Boston

  • Nancy Hanright, director, space planning and management
  • Hannah Leaver, MBA, director of operations and strategy

Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Mass.

  • Heather Bogrett, RN, nurse manager
  • Valerie Murphy, RN, nurse manager

Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Del.

  • Erin Booker, LPC, vice president of community health and engagement
  • Rose Kakoza, MD, MPH, clinical director for community health and equity
  • Maria Soler, MD, director, OB triage

City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco

  • Quoc Nguyen, assistant hospital administrator, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
  • Brenda Oiyemhonlan, MD, MHSA, MPH, quality improvement director and observation services medical director, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Contra Costa Health Services, Martinez, Calif.

  • Erika Jenssen, MPH, assistant to the health services director
  • Lavonna Martin, MPA, MPH, director of health, housing, and homeless services
  • Karin Stryker, MBA, director, safety and performance improvement

East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, Ala.

  • Eve Milner, MSN, vice president, clinical/senior services
  • Nicki Ware, BSN, MBA, executive director

Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Cassandra Davis, MS, vice president of ambulatory services and population health

Grady Health System, Atlanta

  • Cynthia Alexander, EdD, director of respiratory care services
  • Jacquelyn Reasor, EdD, interim executive director, imaging and rehab services
  • Matthew Wheatley, MD, associate medical director, emergency care center, Emory University School of Medicine

Harris Health System, Houston

  • Desolyn Foy, CPA, vice president of advanced analytics and business strategy

Henry Ford Health System, Detroit

  • Tracy Kramer, MBA, director of strategic and business planning

JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Tina Goss, executive director of care management
  • Joy Parker, MS, vice president
  • Lauren Poe, director, population health

Natividad Medical Center, Salinas, Calif.

  • Charles Harris, MD, chief of staff and chief medical information officer

NYC Health + Hospitals, New York

  • Cristina Contreras, LMSW, MPA, executive director, North Central Bronx Hospital
  • Hillary Jalon, MS, assistant vice president of quality and safety
  • Alwyn Mandeville, MBA, associate executive director, Kings County Hospital Center
  • Cherilyn Re, MHA, MSN, RN, director of nursing, Gotham Health Gouverneur
  • Sarah Sisco, MPH, MSSW, senior director, social determinants, Office of Population Health
  • Charmaine Valentine, MPA, associate executive director, Gotham Health Gouverneur

Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas

  • Miranda Bond, director of patient experience
  • Jennifer Rabaglia, MD, MSc, chief quality and safety officer, senior vice president, and associate chief medical officer
  • Samia Zia, director of strategy, integration and systems initiatives

Regional One Health, Memphis, Tenn.

  • Sheena Freeman, MBA, patient relations and experience liaison

The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

  • Annette Macias-Hoag, BSN, DNP, MHA, RN-BC, vice president, health system and service line operations
  • Ion (Adi) Mitrache, MD, MPH, director of clinical documentation and improvement, data management, and analytics

Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Mo.

  • Traci Johnson, MD, medical director, labor and delivery
  • Lauren Vestal, MD, medical director of obstetrics and gynecology clinics, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine

University Medical Center New Orleans, New Orleans

  • C’Lita Henry-Lombard, BSN, DNAP, MBA, director of anesthesia services

University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Ross Jones, MD, medical director, community health, UF Health Jacksonville
  • Linda Lawson, MSN, RN, associate vice president, UF Health Jacksonville

WVU Medicine, Morgantown, W. Va.

  • Deborah Falconi, MSN, RN, clinical administrator
  • Troy Krupica, MD, section chief of hospital medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Lori Sisler, RN, manager, Ruby Memorial Hospital

Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, Ariz.

  • Jennifer Stanton, MBA, MSN, BSN, RN, administrative director of clinical operations

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.

About Essential Hospitals Institute

Essential Hospitals Institute is the research, education, dissemination, and leadership development arm of America’s Essential Hospitals. The Institute supports the nation’s essential hospitals as they provide high-quality, equitable, and affordable care to their communities. Working with members of America’s Essential Hospitals, we identify promising practices from the field, conduct research, disseminate innovative strategies, and help our members improve their organizational performance. We do all of this with an eye toward improving individual and population health, especially for vulnerable people.

Contact:

Carl Graziano
cgraziano@essentialhospitals.org
202.585.0102

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