Next Generation Patient Experience 2019

December 03 - 05, 2019

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells


Past Speakers (2018)

Lisa Allen
Chief Patient Experience Officer
Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System

Lisa Allen, Ph.D. joined Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) in September 2014 as the first Chief Patient Experience Officer. In this role she has oversight and responsibility for enhancing and continually improving the overall experience of patients and families by coaching, utilization of best practices, transparency, reporting, and system collaboration. She focuses on person and family centered care and engagement. Her position sits within the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her team consists of Coaches, Advocates, Volunteer Services, and Patient and Guest Services.

She has her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and Community Medicine, a Green Belt in Lean, and is a Certified Executive Coach. Dr. Allen was named in the Beckers Hospital Review list as “130 women hospital and health system leaders to know” for 2015 and 2016.

Sven Gierlinger
Chief Experience Officer
Northwell Health
With a focus on providing exceptional customer service and delivering the highest quality care, Mr. Gierlinger is responsible for building an engaging, innovative and collaborative culture that drives organizational growth and customer loyalty through the customer experience.
He came to Northwell Health from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit where he served as vice president, hospitality and service culture, responsible for creating a superior and consistent service experience for patients, visitors and employees.  Mr. Gierlinger worked closely with leadership to drive culture change around improving the customer experience in every encounter across the system.  Prior to that, he was administrator, hospitality services, for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, responsible for all aspects of non-clinical operations, the Wellness & Integrative Health Center, retail shops and café, and the customer experience.
Mr. Gierlinger began his career in the luxury hotel business, holding a series of leadership positions with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  He played a key role in the openings of several Ritz-Carlton hotels in Germany, Japan, Indonesia and the US, responsible for executing and implementing Ritz-Carlton service standards, training staff, and leading teams of trainers.
Mr. Gierlinger is a member of the Association of Patient Experience, The Leader’s Board for Service Excellence, and The Beryl Institute.
He received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality business administration from the Bavaria Hotel Management Academy, Altoetting, Germany.

Mary Cramer
Chief Experience Officer
Massachusetts General Hospital
Alan Dubovsky
Chief Patient Experience Officer
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Alan Dubovsky is the Chief Patient Experience Officer for Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California.

In his role, Alan is responsible for the facilitation of all patient experience strategy and operations improvements in the inpatient, ambulatory, emergency, and ancillary areas for the health system.

Alan joined Cedars-Sinai in November, 2016, with 15 years focused on healthcare patient experience improvement. Most recently, Alan was with Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia, serving as the Director of Operations over the entire ambulatory enterprise. In that role, Alan was responsible for the departments of patient experience, physician engagement, special constituent and international patient programs, referral management, education and training, and leadership and talent development.

Alan completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of Georgia and his Executive Master in Business Administration at Emory University.

Sara Toomey
Medical Director of Patient Experience
Boston Children's Hospital
Sara Toomey is Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Managing Director of the Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement and is the physician lead for all patient experience efforts at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is an academic general pediatrician and health services researcher. She conducts research that aims to measure the quality of pediatric care, demonstrate the association between quality measures and healthcare outcomes, and develop interventions to improve outcomes. Among her accomplishments, she is one of the lead developers of the Child Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems Survey, known as Child HCAHPS. She received her BA from Holy Cross, MPhil in Social Anthropology and MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University, MD and MPH from Harvard, and was a fellow in the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship.
Keith Gran
Chief Patient Experience Officer
Michigan Medicine
Kevin Gwin
Chief Patient Experience Officer
University of Missouri Health Care
Shawn Smith
Vice President & Chief Experience Officer
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Lara Burnside
Chief Patient Experience Officer
JPS Health Network
For over twenty years, Lara has led hospital leaders and physicians through culture change resulting in the highest levels of engagement, service, and operational excellence. Lara is currently the SVP, Chief Patient Experience and Strategy Officer at JPS Health Network in Ft. Worth, Texas. Prior to joining JPS, Lara spent 10 years working as a coach for a large healthcare consulting firm. She has worked with thousands of hospital leaders and physicians at over 150 organizations, which included small rural hospitals, large for-profit and not-for-profit health care systems, and academic medical centers. Her concentration on building and sustaining a culture of excellence has led to organizations achieving their highest outcomes. Lara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. She is also the author of a book titled, Believe in the Journey of Your Dreams.
Stephen Meth
Chief Experience Officer
Prime Healthcare
Maureen Fagan
Chief Experience Officer
University of Miami, Miami Health System

Julie Becker
Chief Experience Officer
RCCH Healthcare Partners
The role of Director of Patient and Family Experience is a new role for UW Health.  Julie began her role at UW Health in May, 2016.  UW Health is an integrated health system with 1,400 physicians and 16,500 staff at six hospitals and over 80 outpatient sites.  
Julie has been an RN since 1996 with a career initially in long term care, followed by 15 years with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Iowa and Wisconsin.  She transitioned into Maternal Child Health in Iowa and held staff RN and Clinical Coordinator roles before managing a high risk prenatal clinic for 9 years.  At that point she changed her career path and move into patient experience, serving as the Director of Patient and Family Experience for All Saints Hospital and Medical Group in Racine, Wisconsin.  She was then promoted to the VP of Patient and Family Experience for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare system.  Prior to this position, Julie served as the Chief Patient Experience Officer for Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Julie holds a Doctorate of Business Administration specializing in Leadership, a Masters of Business Administration specializing in Organizational Development, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
Amy Friedman
Chief Experience Officer
Denver Health

Amy Friedman is the Chief Experience Officer at Denver Health Hospital and serves as a member of the executive leadership team.  In this role, she provides strategic leadership and guidance focusing on initiatives to improve patient and family experience of care in inpatient and ambulatory settings to promote a patient and family-centered environment.  She has been instrumental in establishing the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Denver Health and has led the development and implementation of programs to ensure that the voice of patients and families is represented to improve quality of care. Ms. Friedman has extensive customer service experience in the private and public sectors, including serving on the governor’s staff.  Ms. Friedman is a member of the Mayor’s Multi-Modal Advisory Committee which supports improved transportation for patients and the community at large.  She has been recently featured on NBC Nightly News, CBS News and in US News and World Report for the Lyft transportation program at Denver Health. 

Erica Rubinstein
Vice President, Patient Experience
Mount Sinai Health System
Thomas G. Howell MD
Medical Director for Patient Experience, Con-OB GYN,
Mayo Clinic Health System
Paul Sternberg
Chief Experience Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Thomas Savides
Chief Experience Officer
UC San Diego Health System

Dr. Thomas Savides is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Diego.  He is the Chief Experience Officer for UC San Diego Health where he oversees patient, team member, and physician experience.  He was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “30 Chief Experience Officers to Know in 2018”.  Additionally, he is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Physician Affairs for UC San Diego Health.

He is also a clinical gastroenterologist who specializes in interventional endoscopic procedures, especially related to diseases of the pancreas and biliary system, as well as management of precancerous lesions of the luminal GI track.  He has published over 200 original research works, chapters, and invited reviews.  He is listed as one of the top gastroenterologists by San Diego Magazine and is named in Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer.  

Craig Loundas
Associate Vice President, Penn Medicine Experience
Penn Medicine
Pamela Abner
Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Office for Diversity & Inclusion
Mount Sinai Health System
Aaron Davis
Chief Experience Officer
UMC Health
Michael Bennick
Medical Director of the Patient Experience Chairman, Patient Experience Council
Yale New Haven Hospital
Brent Bowman
VP, Strategy & Patient Experience
Kaiser Permanente
Susannah Rose
Associate Chief Experience Officer
Cleveland Clinic
Kathy Denton PhD, CMQ/OE, SSBB, CPHQ
Associate Director of Patient Experience
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Kathy Denton has been a facilitator and leader of change and performance improvement for over 25 years in both the private and public  sectors.  The last 18 years she has been at MD Anderson Cancer Center, with the last four years focusing on improving the patient experience.  She has been instrumental in the development of the Patient Experience Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  She has a Six Sigma Black Belt; is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence and is a Certified Professional for Healthcare Quality.  She also serves on the Texas A&M University - College of Education and Human Development - Advisory Board.    

Christine Cunningham
Administrative Director, Office of Patient Experience
Stanford Children’s Health

Christine’s entire career has been dedicated to women’s and children’s health. She is currently the Director of the Office of Patient Experience at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, where role is to develop and implement strategies that ensure patients and their families have an extraordinary experience.  Since starting at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford four years ago, she has grown the department from a staff of 1 to staff of 25. 

Christine is ultimately responsible for the implementation and sustainability of service standards, gathering patient feedback, patient navigation, corporate partnerships, and many other experience improvement initiatives.  She has been an advocate and the voice of our patients and families during the planning and execution of a 500,000 square foot hospital expansion set to complete in 2017.

Prior to Packard, Christine spent 25 years in the medical device field. She has served as a Vice President of Marketing and Sales and has also worked in strategy and business development. Christine is on various leadership committees and also served two terms as President of the non-profit Professional Women’s Healthcare Alliance (PWHA).

Christine holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees.

Lynn Charbonneau MBA, CPXP
Manager, Patient Experience
Tampa General Hospital

Lynn Charbonneau is the Manager for Patient Relations/Guest Services at Tampa General Hospital, a 1010 bed academic medical center.  Additionally, Tampa General is the only Level 1 trauma center on the west coast of Florida and 19th in the country for Transplant Services.   Prior to joining TGH, Lynn was the Director of Patient Experience for Delray Medical Center, part of Tenet Health.   Lynn returned to Patient Relations as she missed the opportunity to help patients maneuver the complexity that exists in a healthcare system.   Lynn is also working with a multidisciplinary team in the development of a guest services program at Tampa General that will support the 5-year strategic plan to “world class”.  Lynn was an item writer for the inaugural patient experience certification exam (December 2015) and was one of 100 individuals of the 400 inaugural patient experience experts who sat for the exam and passed to become certified.   She has 40 years of healthcare experience with 25 years in patient experience improvement at Yale New Haven Health in New Haven, CT, at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, CT, Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida part of HCA's West Florida Division and Delray Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare.  She possesses a successful track record and holds a regional and national reputation for formulating strategies to achieve improvement in service excellence, guest services and patient satisfaction.  Lynn has strong leadership, goal setting and coaching skills.  She supports that measurement is the key to driving results and is critical to transforming organizational culture. 

Lynn is well known nationally and has spoken at numerous conferences.  She is a member of the Next Generation Patient Experience Advisory Board and has been part of NGPX for the past 6 years.

Lynn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management from Quinnipiac University and her Masters in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Seth Bokser MD, MPH
Medical Director, Telehealth
UC San Francisco Health Experience

Brian Carlson
Director, Patient Access and Experience/Associate Hospital Director
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Brian obtained a dual master’s degree from Xavier University. After finishing a fellowship in Hospital Administration at University of Illinois at Chicago Medical center Brian joined Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation as Practice Manager for Women’s Health. After four years he was recruited to be COO of Olean Medical Group, a 33 provider multispecialty group practice in Olean, NY and served as COO for four years and then CEO for a year and a half. In 2007 Brian came to Vanderbilt University Medical Center first as Administrator for the Vanderbilt Eye Institute and currently as Director of Patient Access and Experience. In his current system level role he oversees both strategy and operations for improving the Patient Experience with particular emphasis in ensuring efficient access to meet our client’s needs.

Karla Cardoza
Corporate Manager, Prime Patient Experience
Prime Healthcare
Amy Searls
Executive Director, Office of Patient Experience
University of Colorado Hospital

Amy Searls has over twenty years of leadership experience. She currently is Executive Director, Service Excellence at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Originally from the Chicago area, she has held positions as Cancer Center Liaison and Director of Guest Services, and Director of Service Excellence with Banner Health and Providence Hospitals, Columbia, South Carolina. She has helped develop and implement many educational and training programs and resources designed to positively impact the patient and family experience. She has extensive background in many aspects of clinical and non-clinical operations in hospital and ambulatory settings. She’s been recognized for delivering exceptional performance related to the patient experience. She has helped develop and successfully achieve service strategies and operational objectives through innovative planning, service, department networking, effective problem solving, vision and leadership. Her philosophy, which emphasizes mission and purpose in what we do in health care, has helped her successfully impact the patient, guest and team experience.

Brett Duggan
Yes And Corp

Brett Duggan is the visionary leader and program director for Yes And Corp. A passionate practitioner and teacher of the art of improvisation, acting, and comedy, Duggan brings to his corporate clients over 25 years of experience, including acting in network television, devising comedy shows at top venues in the country, directing and performing with professional improv troupes, and working as a touring stand-up comic in clubs and colleges nationwide.

Priscilla Ramseur
Chief Nursing & Patient Services Officer
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Holly Bradicich
Manager, Service Excellence
Duke Raleigh Hospital
James Grayson
Administrative Chief of Staff
West Cancer Center

James Grayson took advantage of early retirement from a career in air traffic control to start a second chapter. Leveraging his lifelong passion for aviation and the systems that allow it to be safe and efficient, he is pushing a new industry to greater heights. Serving as the West Cancer Center’s Administrative Chief of Staff, he works within executive leadership to power the organization’s reliability efforts. From his unique position in the org chart, James works across all departments to create and sustain interdependencies that enable a highly-reliable patient experience from all perspectives: safety, continuity of care, quality interactions with providers, scheduling – the list goes on.

James, 50, lives in Collierville, Tennessee with his wife of nearly 30 years, Kelly. They have two adult daughters: Amelia who is attending graduate school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Abigail who is an undergrad at Rice University in Houston. James and Kelly love British television, travel, and finding their next great meal. As a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force, James maintains his love of flight and still looks skyward at the sound of every plane.

Sam Terese
President & Chief Executive Officer
PCL Alverno/Franciscan Alliance
Sierra Breeden
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
PCL Alverno/Franciscan Alliance
Susan Kretz
Chair, Customer Experience Committee & Manager, Point of Care
PCL Alverno/Franciscan Alliance
Jessica Barker
Director, Certification and Continuing Education
The PX Institute
Echo Vogel
Manager, Office of Patient Experience
University of Colorado Health
Karee Munson
Senior Advisor, Patient Experience
Mayo Clinic Health System
Justin Bright
Physician Champion
Henry Ford Health System
Jeff Hendrix
Regional Director, Patient Experience
Sacred Heart Health System, Ascension
Nicole Rakowski
Health Links Transformation Lead for Niagara North West
Hamilton Health Sciences
Aileen Heinberg
Behavioral Scientist, Design & Innovation
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Ankita Roy
Service Designer & Design Researcher, Design & Innovation Group
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Isaac Villaneuva
Manager, MyHealth Design Team
Stanford Health Care

Isaac Villanueva is the UI UX Design Manager for Software Design and Development at Stanford Health Care. In this role he leverages a patient centered approach to design and improve features within the patient facing app MyHealth. MyHealth is an online tool that provides patients with instant and secure access to their health information. 

Mary Song
Manager, Patient & Family Partner Program and Volunteer Resources
Stanford Health Care

Mary Song, MPH, is the manager of the Patient & Family Partner Program (PFPP) and Volunteer Resources at Stanford Health Care. PFPP is made up of over 120 patient and family volunteers who provide the patient and caregiver perspective as speakers, advisory council members, committee members, or participants of improvement events. Mary onboards and trains new Patient and Family Partners, supports existing and creation of new Patient & Family Advisory Councils, and coordinates all requests from the organization for patient and family engagement. Mary also oversees a volunteer program of over 1,300 volunteers per year across Stanford’s hospital and clinics. Mary received her Bachelors in Community Health and Biopsychology from Tufts University and Masters in Public Health from Tufts School of Medicine. 

Mary spends time meeting with hospital and clinic leaders as well as Medical School faculty to do education and strategic planning around how to better engage patient & family partners in improvement work, facility design, and curriculum building. Prior to this role, she has 10 years of experience in accreditation, quality, and process improvement, and is passionate about integrating the voices of patients and families in how hospitals plan, implement, and evaluate delivery of care. 

Jon Langford
Manager, Pulmonary Diagnostic Lab
Texas Childrens Hospital
Elizabeth Paskas
Vice President, Experience Innovation and Consumer Services
Hackensack Meridian Health
Eric Nelson
Senior Advisor, Patient Experience
Mayo Clinic Health System
Bev Anderson
Patient & Family Partner
Stanford Health Care
Dawn Hucke
Director of Patient Experience
Mayo Clinic Health System
Nicolle Marinec
Associate Managing Director, Center for Managing Chronic Disease
University of Michigan School of Public Health and VA Ann Arbor

Nicolle Marinec, MPH, is the Associate Managing Director of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the VA Ann Arbor. Nicolle led the integration and deployment of the Aspect Patient Experience Platform at Michigan Medicine. She coordinates the development efforts of the integrated mobile health platform, helping investigators and clinicians develop patient outreach and support programs using tools like Interactive Voice Response, text messaging, and web-portals.

Nicolle’s work as a health educator inspired her to pursue a career path developing accessible programs to help clinicians expand the traditional model of care. Working with Michigan Medicine, our team strategically targets opportunities to develop unique programs to engage patients and their families and friends.  Nicolle received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Victoria England
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Nurse Excellence, Magnet Program,
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Ksenia Kurnakova
Principal Analyst, Nursing
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center

Ksenia is the analyst at Santa Monica UCLA, Department of Nursing, with background in healthcare management and a deep commitment to UCLA Health vision of healing humankind, one patient at a time, by improving health, alleviating suffering, and delivering acts of kindness.  After joining the executive team in 2013, Ksenia implemented standardized data tracking, educated staff on empirical outcomes, and facilitated multiple process improvement initiatives including discharge redesign, MD RN rounding, patient education, electronic leadership rounding, and post-discharge phone call.

Steven Koppel
The EDI Institute
Anjali Kataria
Chief Executive Officer
Lee Ann Hickey
Sr. Director, Healthcare and Patient Experience Strategy

Lee Ann has spent her career providing digital and marketing services to a myriad of Healthcare clients to optimize opportunities and initiatives for maximum return. As a strategic thinker with a keen business acumen, Lee Ann develops and drives big ideas that produce revenue and integrated solutions incorporating strategy, technology and insights as the foundation – resulting in solutions that deliver compelling patient and staff engagement.Her work has spanned a variety of industries including Agency/Marketing Services and Healthcare, working on prestigious brands that include: BCBS, Aetna, Baylor Scott and White, Tenet Healthcare, Concentra, United Healthcare, St. Luke’s, CVS, TLC Vision, Epsilon, Acxiom and Ogilvy ... to name a few

Shawn Nason
CEO & Transformational Disruptor
The Nason Group

Shawn Nason started The Nason Group, where the focus is to help their partners meet their consumers where they are at to better inform how they approach current and future products and services.

While he has deep passion for healthcare the tools they employ to impact healthcare are universal and accessible in the context of any organization that wants to join them on the journey towards consumer-centered innovation.He has learned through his career that deeply listening to the consumer is a key tenet of successful organizations and a bold move for leaders to undertake.

His challenge to both small and large organizations is to evaluate deeply your commitment to the consumer. If you aren’t where you feel you need to be, go find someone (it doesn’t have to be The Nason Group) to help you put the consumer at the center of the products and services you offer. Consumers – whether they be direct purchasers or in a B2B environment are asking…demanding more of their relationships. Putting the consumer at the center of your business model will ensure your ability to adapt, adjust, and perform as a business.

Paul Jaglowski
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Patty Riskind
Head of Global Healthcare

Patty Riskind is a dynamic healthcare services leader with demonstrated success leading high performing teams in strategy, operations, client support, business development, product management, sales and marketing. She has achieved exponential growth with both small and large companies, reengineered stagnant operations, and energized company cultures for expansion and growth.

Patty is currently Head of Global Healthcare for Qualtrics, an experience management software company that helps organizations research, gain insights, and act on customer, employee, product, and brand experience.  She also serves as an independent director on two venture-backed healthcare technology boards, PatientWisdom and NarrativeDX, and is a public board member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) on its compensation committee. Patty also founded Blue Horse Ventures LLC, a healthcare consulting and investment firm that she manages for angel investing.  

Previously, Patty was Chief Client Experience Officer (CXO) at Press Ganey Associates (NYSE: PGND, acquired by EQT November 2016 for $2.3 billion). As CXO, Patty had P&L responsibility for all business units, product strategy, operations, business development, and client support.  In this role, Patty set strategy and oversaw execution for maintaining 99% annual quality service levels, 97% annual client retention for a 26,000-client base, 15% annual revenue growth achieving $385 million annual revenue and $140 million EBITDA in 2016.

Ralph Wiegner
Head of Patient Experience & Marketing Strategy
Siemens Healthineers
Bob Friday
Co-founder and CTO

Bob is CTO and co-founder of Mist, a pioneer in smart wireless networking for the smart device era. 

Bob started his career in wireless at Metricom (Ricochet wireless network) developing and deploying wireless mesh networks across the country to connect the first generation of Internet browsers. Following Metricom, Bob co-founded Airespace, a start-up focused on helping enterprises manage the flood of employees bringing unlicensed Wi-Fi technology into their businesses. Following Cisco’s acquisition of Airespace in 2005, Bob became the VP/CTO of Cisco enterprise mobility and drove mobility strategy and investments in the wireless business (e.g. Navini, Cognio, ThinkSmart, Phunware, Wilocity, Meraki). He also drove industry standards such as Hot Spot 2.0 and market efforts such as Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience. He holds more than 15 patents

Luke Poppish
Executive Director of the OBGYN service line
South Shore Health

Luke Poppish is Executive Director of OB/GYN Service Line for South Shore Health System in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Luke holds a Master’s degree in Business Operations and is well versed in healthcare operations, organizational transformation, process mapping, strategic planning and KPI strategies for health systems. His experience is broad – ranging from operations management in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to his present role. In addition to that primary role, Poppish also has secondary responsibilities related to the analysis and improvement of patient flow on South Shore’s Medical and Surgery Units. Poppish has extensive training and experience in Lean healthcare training and management for multiple health systems.

Kim Dever MD
Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
South Shore Health

Kimberly Dever,MD is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA. It is a busy regional medical center that has approximately 3400 deliveries per year. She is also the Associate Chief Medical Officer. Dr Dever has been on staff at South Shore Hospital since 2002 and served in the United States Army as an ObGyn prior to that. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Girk Cakmak
Vice President, US Operations

Girk is currently responsible for running operations of Medrics Corporation that provides location intelligence driven mobile applications for healthcare sector to improve patient experience and operational efficiency. He recently joined Medrics Corporation after working over 20 years in private Information Technology firms in various roles. Girk has an extensive background in many aspects of providing solutions to public organizations and private firms to improve their operations through innovative technologies. 

Girk holds an MBA with Management Information Systems focus and Advanced Certificate on Information Science and Public Policy from State University of New York at Albany.

Kerri-Lynn Primmer Morris
Chief Technology Officer, Healthcare, US Enterprise Services,

Kerri-Lynn Primmer Morris:  As the Chief Technology Officer for Healthcare, Kerri-Lynn Primmer Morris leads a team of Digital Advisors who help organizations embrace and bring to life digital transformation.   Her team’s mission is to bring new digital ideas to the table in the quest of solving critical issues, to make a true difference for patients, providers, payers and researchers.  Kerri-Lynn is also an avid runner with a personal interest in using wearables and feedback loops to improve health outcomes.

Matt Dufilho
Co-Founder / Lead Producer
Always Culture

Matt began his career on the front lines of patient care as a Physical Therapist. Since then, he has spent the better part of two decades producing award-winning media content for healthcare organizations. Matt is the co-founder and lead producer for Always Culture—providing patient experience training videos for hospital team members with the patient and family in mind.

Dr. Brad Diephuis
MD, Co-Founder & CEO; AVP
Herald Health (now Persistent); Persistent Systems

Brad Diephuis is a computer scientist and physician focused on using technology to improve physician experience. He served as co-founder and CEO of Herald Health, a health IT startup offering a customizable alerting platform for front-line hospital providers, recently acquired by Persistent Systems.  Herald’s software was recognized as the winner of the 2016 HHS ONC Provider User Experience Challenge. 

Brad completed an MD/MBA degree between the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and Harvard Business School.   He has been recognized as one of MedTech Boston’s 40 Under 40 Health Care Innovators and has co-authored 14 peer-reviewed papers on topics ranging from predictive cancer models to software design.

Duff Anderson
Co-founder and SVP Sales

Duff Anderson is a visionary in Voice of the Customer research with over 20 years’ experience. As SVP and Co-founder at iperceptions, Duff is responsible for providing expert advice to organizations on how to gain a competitive advantage across the customer lifecycle and improve the customer experience.

Sunita Patolia
Program Manager – Innovation Programs
Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs

At Pivot Labs (Partners HealthCare & Persistent Systems collaboration), Dr. Sunita Patolia manages innovation programs aimed at building a community of cross-functional healthcare professionals to re-imagine the healthcare experience. In her current role, Sunita is actively designing workshops and experiences that take her team, as well as clinical and non-clinical groups at Partners HealthCare, on an exploration of their own creative confidence while identifying and solving problems together. She has led projects focused on establishing strategic partnerships with healthcare industry partners for designing empathetic patient experience, new product development and user centered experience for care team. Sunita's work combines Design Thinking methodology for problem solving with the Theory U innovation model for mobilizing change within organizations. Dr. Patolia is a Pharmacist who earned her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her expertise in innovation models and Action Learning was developed under Dr. Karen Tilstra's tutelage at Florida Hospital Innovation Lab

Timothy Hale
Associate Director, Product Development
Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs, Connected Health, Boston, MA

Dr. Timothy M. Hale is the Associate Director of Product Development at Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs. Tim guides the work of the human-centered design team at Pivot Labs and coordinates this work with collaborators and technical teams at Persistent Systems. Tim has been involved in projects leveraging data from wireless devices to aid patients in managing chronic disease, improve communication between patients and their care team, and to identify people at risk for early functional decline. He received a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama Birmingham specializing in research examining the use of information and communication technologies in healthcare, emerging digital health lifestyles, and digital inequalities. His research has been published in the Journals of Gerontology, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Medical Internet Research, and Information, Communication & Society. He recently completed an edited volume titled, eHealth: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions.

Brian Wynne
VP and General Manager
NRC Health

Brian Wynne, VP and General Manager, has been with NRC Health since 2009. During his time at NRC Health, Brian has worked closely with many of the largest and most prominent health care systems in the United States to achieve an array of organizational objectives. His expertise includes customer experience design, consumer and brand intelligence, and customer-centric strategy execution. Prior to joining NRC Health, Brian was Publisher and Principal of a provider-focused magazine, highlighting emerging trends in health care.

Steve Jackson
NRC Health

Steve Jackson serves as President of NRC Health. He joined NRC Health in September 2014, bringing nearly 20 years of experience advising health systems in a variety of terrains including patient experience, physician engagement, and patient access. Steve oversees company strategy and NRC Health’s portfolio of solutions that bring Human Understanding™ to healthcare. Today, NRC Health enables more than 75% of the Top 200 U.S. health systems to better understand the people they care for and design experiences that inspire loyalty. Previously, he held roles of increasing responsibility at Vocera Communications, The Advisory Board Company, Neoforma, and Stockamp & Associates.

Jason Wolf
The Beryl Institute

A central leader in expanding the patient experience movement, Jason is the Founding Editor of the Patient Experience Journal, the first open-access, peer-reviewed journal committed to research and practice in patient experience improvement. He also established and currently serves as President of Patient Experience Institute, an independent, non-profit, committed to the improvement of patient experience through evidence-based research, continuing education and professional certification. 

Prior to leading the Institute, Jason designed and led the organization change, service, and leadership development strategies with HCA, working with over 45 facilities on improvement and change efforts. He also conducted groundbreaking research to identify the characteristics of high performance healthcare organizations. 

Jason is a sought after speaker, provocative commentator, and respected author of numerous publications and academic articles on culture, organization change and performance in healthcare, including two books on Organization Development in Healthcare, and over 25 white papers on patient experience improvement. 

Patrick Langecker
Thought Leadership Manager for Improving Patient Experience
Siemens Healthineers
Chris Dornfeld
VP, Employee Experience

For 20 years Chris has applied his talents in strategy, technology and performance management to solve complex problems and build high performing organizations. With a background spanning start-up companies, global corporations, higher education and government as the CIO for the City of St. Louis – Chris has a unique vantage point on engagement, culture, technology and our changing work experience. Chris frequently contributes to industry publications and speaks around the country on employee engagement, people analytics and building entrepreneurial organizations.

Barry Kirk
VP, Loyalty

Barry is a 15-year practitioner of the art of loyalty marketing. He is a Certified Loyalty Marketing Professional (CLMP) and currently serves as VP of Loyalty Strategy for Maritz Loyalty. A sought-after loyalty consultant, speaker and workshop leader, he is also the originator of The Multi-Loyalty Framework and an evangelizer of the notion that “Consumers are human beings first.”

John Barto
Healthcare Evangelist

John Barto is Microsoft’s Healthcare Evangelist covering the Western United States focused on helping clients digitally transform their business by building health focused solutions from modern technology.  John is very experienced in the Healthcare industry ranging from a start as the CIO of a community hospital in central Ohio all the way to building patient and provider engagement capabilities across several Asia Pacific countries.  John is a strong storyteller particularly skilled at applying ideation techniques with health systems that lead to unique data driven solutions focused on some of the most complex healthcare issues.

Tara Mahoney
Global Healthcare Practice Leader

Tara Mahoney is Avaya’s Global Healthcare Practice Leader and engages with health systems to support them in their digital transformation journey by leveraging communications innovations to improve patient, family and care team experience.  She has extensive experience in patient access, working with organizations on delivering a consistent and seamless patient and provider experience in coordinating patient care, and is quickly becoming a recognized industry expert in this area.  She has a passion for virtual care and clinical contact center solutions, and has worked on innovative solutions including telehealth, teleICU, opioid management, end of life solutions.  She gets her energy from working closely with the Healthcare Administrators, Frontline Practitioners and IT Leadership defining requirements, delivering design and working closely with users throughout implementation.

Tom Powell
VP, Marketing
West Dermatology
Adnan Iqbal
CEO & Co-Founder
Luma Health

Adnan Iqbal is the co-founder and CEO of Luma Health, a digital health company solving the biggest challenge in healthcare -- getting patients in front of the right provider and to the best healthcare outcome quickly. Adnan previously held leadership roles at Genentech across R&D, Finance, Operations, and Market Analysis & Strategy. Prior to Genentech, Adnan co-founded a medical device startup working to develop an inexpensive diagnostic test for tuberculosis and several other infectious diseases. Adnan holds a BS in Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and graduate degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge.

Jack Bretcher
Herb Quinde
Corporate Development Advisor
Mazik Global

Herb Quinde is Mazik Global, Inc.’s Corporate Development Officer. Mazik Global is a healthcare software technology consultancy. Herb’s primary duties are advising healthcare providers, life sciences companies and medical manufacturers in developing digital transformation strategies focused on end-to-end Patient Experience. Prior to joining Mazik Global, Herb was the Microsoft Public Sector Director for the Business Applications division an early evangelist for holistic integrated CRM and ERP platform solutions for healthcare.  He was Chief of IT Policy and Planning for the State of Illinois where he led teams to prepare for the expansion of Medicaid and implementing the Affordable Care Act. Prior to his public service, Herb was a software and telecommunications executive at several companies as a partner to both the IBM and Microsoft eco-systems.  He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Latin America directing transnational technology modernization projects for corporate and government clients.

Julie Flygare
President & CEO
Sleep Project

Julie Flygare, JD is a woman living with narcolepsy, the President & CEO of Project Sleep, a non-profit dedicated to sleep health and sleep disorders, and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. Julie received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School focusing on health law. Julie is also the creator of the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign and co-founder of the first-ever scholarship program for students with narcolepsy. 

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