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Featured CEO/COO and Senior Executives

David L. Bernd

Chief Executive Officer
Sentara Healthcare

David L. Bernd is chief executive officer of Sentara Healthcare, a $5 billion integrated health system headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. Sentara, a leading not-for-profit healthcare provider in Virginia and North Carolina, is comprised of 12 acute care hospitals, health plans with 450,000 covered lives, 600+ provider medical group and a medical staff of 3,800 physicians.

David L. Bernd

Pat Fry

President & Chief Executive Officer
Sutter Health

Patrick Fry joined Sutter Health in 1982 as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Over the years, he held increasingly responsible administrative positions both at the local affiliate level and regional level, with responsibilities covering the breadth of Sutter Health’s services. After serving as regional president for Sutter Health’s affiliates in the greater Sacramento region, Fry became president of the organization’s eastern operations. He later assumed leadership of Sutter Health’s Western Division, and in 2000, he became Sutter Health’s second-in-command, serving as chief operating officer and executive vice president. In 2005, Fry became president and CEO of the not-for-profit health care organization.

Pat Fry

Tom Sadvary

Chief Executive Officer
HonorHealth

Tom Sadvary is CEO of HonorHealth, where he led creation of the $1.5B non-profit organization through affiliation of Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network in 2013. Sadvary appointed president and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare in 2005 following progressive executive roles after joining the organization in 1986 as administrator of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. Sadvary is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. His community leadership roles have included the Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA, Scottsdale McDowell Road Task Force, Scottsdale Rotary Club and Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. He continues to lead the community and professional development through involvement in the American Hospital Association, Greater Phoenix Leadership Council, Scottsdale Institute and Health Insights.

Tom Sadvary

Featured CFO

Al Johnson

Chief Financial Officer
Truman Medical Centers

As Chief Financial Officer for Truman Medical Centers, Al Johnson is responsible for accounting, budgeting, supply chain, revenue cycle, patient access and third-party reimbursement. Under Johnson’s direction, revenue cycle and other third-party improvements have increased revenue well over $300 million.

Al Johnson

Featured CIO/CMIO Executives

George Conklin

Senior Vice President for Information Management
CHRISTUS Health

George S. Conklin is senior vice president for information management at CHRISTUS Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic healthcare delivery systems. He is responsible for all aspects of the delivery of information management and communications systems services, supporting CHRISTUS Health’s delivery network across four states, in two countries and in more than 300 locations and oversees IT services in CHRISTUS’ Latin American hospitals. Additionally, as a member of CHRISTUS Health’s executive council, he participates in setting short and long-term strategic and tactical directions for the system at large. He also co-leads the CHRISTUS Health strategic planning effort. Conklin writes and lectures frequently in the areas of health care informatics, systems implementation, ROI, clinical quality and management of complicated information systems, biomedical and operating environments.

George Conklin

Bruce D. Smith

Senior Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer
Advocate Health Care

Bruce D. Smith is senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer for Advocate Health Care based in Oak Brook, Illinois. With a staff of 500 and an operating budget of $130 million, the Division is responsible for providing a corporate network of information technology to Advocate.

Bruce D. Smith

Joel S. Shoolin, DO, MBA

Chief Medical Information Officer
FHN Memorial Hospital

Dr. Shoolin is the current CMIO at FHN, assisting with their Meditech transformation. Previously, he consulted for several years at Presence Healthcare in the Chicago area as their Deputy CMIO, also a Meditech sight. For 10 years before, Dr. Shoolin was the CMIO at Advocate Healthcare, an integrated delivery network, also in the Chicago area. While at Advocate he was responsible for leading clinical informatics cultural transformation to improve quality and safety. He served as physician leader for implementation of electronic medical record (EMR) system-wide (Cerner), including computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and standardizing documentation, achieving HIMSS Stage 6 at all locations.

Joel Shoolin

Joanne Sunquist

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
HealthEast Care System

Joanne Sunquist is a senior vice president and chief information officer at HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minnesota. In this role, she has led an enterprise wide electronic health record (EHR) implementation. Sunquist
Served as chief information officer at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis from 2004-2013. Under her direction HCMC achieved HIMSS Stage 7.

Joanne Sunquist

Lynn R. Witherspoon, M.D.

System Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer
Ochsner Health System

Witherspoon is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He trained in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine at the Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans and Duke University Medical Center in Durham and is Board Certified in both. After serving in the United States Navy, he joined the staff of the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans where his practice included Endocrinology, Nuclear Medicine and the creation and management of Ochsner’s immunoassay laboratory. Witherspoon served in an Informatics role or as CIO during much of his Ochsner career. He conceptualized and built a clinical repository in the mid-1980s and subsequently shepherded the design, development, deployment and certification of Ochsner’s legacy EHR platform. Since 2009 Ochsner has implemented a broad suite of practice support, billing, medical record and clinical applications from Epic. Witherspoon is now system vice president and chief medical information officer for the Ochsner Health System.

Lynn Witherspoon

Featured CMO/CNO Executives

Scott D. Nygaard, MD, MBA, FCCP

Chief Medical Officer for Physician Services and Network Development
Lee Memorial Health System

Chief Medical Officer for Physician Services and Network Development. Dr. Scott D. Nygaard joined Lee Memorial Health System in September, 2010. Nygaard’s is responsible for the operations of ambulatory services within Lee Memorial Health System. He is alsoresponsible for the operations of Lee Physician Group, a 400-provider, multispecialty group practice; all hospital contracted physician groups; continuum of care services (e.g. Rehabilitation Hospital, HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center, Home Health, Home Infusion, Care Transitions); Outpatient Services (lab, imaging, wound care, sleep lab, rehabilitation services) and the systems managed care strategy.

Scott Nygaard

Peggy Reiley

Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Retired
HonorHealth (Scottsdale Healthcare)

Peggy Reiley recently retired from Scottsdale Healthcare, a three-hospital system in Scottsdale, Arizona. While at Scottsdale, she served as senior vice president and chief clinical officer and as the Administrator (CEO) for Shea hospital, the system’s flagship hospital. The hospital system received the prestigious recognition of Magnet status for excellence in nursing care. She currently serves as a field surveyor with the Joint Commission and is an appraiser for the Magnet program. Reiley has written numerous articles on clinical issues, quality of care and nursing management. Her clinical interests are in the elderly and functional status. Her management interests are in building excellence in nursing practice and building highly functional work teams.

Peggy Reiley

Featured Chief Strategy Officers

Preston Gee

Vice President, Strategic Marketing
CHRISTUS Health

Preston Gee is the Vice President of Strategic Marketing for CHRISTUS Health in Dallas, Texas, where he oversees the marketing and market research functions for the system. Gee has extensive experience in the health sector, having worked in or consulted with some of the largest health systems in the nation. Over the course of his career, Gee has written numerous articles on planning and strategy for a variety of publications in the health care industry. He is a frequent speaker on emerging trends in the field, and is the author or co-author of several books on market-oriented approaches, with an emphasis on service line management. His latest book, “The Service Line Solution: Consumer-Focused Strategies for the Accountable Care Era” was released in 2014.

Preston Gee