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Geisinger Leaders and Conference Presenters

“Innovations in Care Delivery” Conference

July 24-25, 2013
Geisinger Biographies

ALBERT BOTHE JR., MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Geisinger Health System. In this role, he is responsible for guiding the activities of the 1,550 member provider group practice in 71 locations serving 43 counties and the six Geisinger hospitals.  These activities include quality and performance improvement, credentialing, compensation, and new program development.  As one of the executive leaders for the system, he is involved directly in clinical operations, capital planning and other issues for the clinic and the health system.  Dr. Bothe previously served as Geisinger’s Chief Quality Officer with oversight responsibility for a variety of quality initiatives that derive from Geisinger’s strategic focus on improving the quality of care provided throughout the organization.  He also served as Chief Medical Officer for the Geisinger Medical Center, a 475-bed tertiary/quaternary medical center.  The Geisinger Medical Center provides a full range of specialty and subspecialty services for patients throughout central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bothe received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. After completing general surgery training, he was a member of the surgical faculty at Harvard Medical School for 19 years, followed by the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where he was also Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.  He subsequently received a master’s degree in medical management from the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.  He is past chair of the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Faculty Practice and its subcommittee on Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, and serves on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation.  He is a member of the American Medical Association’s CPT Editorial Panel and the American College of Surgeon’s General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory.

Elizabeth Boyer is Senior Director, Care Gaps and Community Practice Best Practices within the Geisinger Health System.  She is accountable to direct the development, implementation and dissemination of primary care innovation initiatives, specifically as they relate to streamlining the use of the electronic health record, point of care workflows and pre-visit workflows across 40 primary care practices.  Liz is accountable at a system level to lead and manage the identification and closure of clinical care gaps across primary and specialty care.  She is focused on achieving best practices, and following evidence-based guidelines with emphasis on improving quality, patient safety and clinic operations. 
Liz’s 23 years of healthcare experience include; 1) clinic operations, 2) electronic health record development, implementation, support, 3) performance improvement, and 4) project management at both the strategic and individual project level.
Liz is a graduate of Misericordia University with a BS degree in Health Care Management. 

KEVIN F. BRENNAN, CPA, FHFMA, is Executive Vice President for Finance, Chief Financial Officer of the System, and Treasurer of the Foundation. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for System financial operations, mergers and acquisitions, strategy, reporting, and policy. Mr. Brennan directs key financial functions including:  treasury management, revenue cycle, financial reporting, budgeting, third party contracting, compliance, payroll, accounts payable, tax, and decision support.
From 1997 through 2000, he also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Penn State Geisinger Health System with similar functions and responsibilities. Prior to joining the System, Mr. Brennan served as the Regional Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Managed Care with the Franciscan Health System with responsibilities covering eight hospitals and affiliates in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

He also served as the Vice President of Finance for The Germantown Hospital and Medical Center, a 300-bed teaching hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as Vice President of Finance for Saint Michael’s Medical Center, a 443-bed major teaching hospital, in Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. Brennan holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree in healthcare administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, both from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He has been a certified public accountant since 1979 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accounts. He is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association since 1992.

John Buckley is Chief Administrative Officer, Geisinger Northeast. As such, he is responsible for two hospitals in Wilkes-Barre, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, our regional ambulatory care center in the Northeast.  He is involved in strategic planning, budgetary/capital planning, business/facility development, financial performance, clinical quality improvement, and compensation.  Most recently, Mr. Buckley was Chief Executive Officer of Temple East, a 187-bed community hospital owned by Temple University Health System in Philadelphia.  Previously, Mr. Buckley led Temple’s Strategic Resource Group, a team of professional staff members responsible for service line expansions and product line integration throughout the health system. Before joining Temple, John served as President & CEO of Pottstown Healthcare Corporation (Pottstown, PA); Chief Executive Officer for several hospitals managed by the Hospital Corporation of America/Quorum Health Resources; and as Associate Hospital Director at Hahnemann University Hospital (Philadelphia). 
A Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, Mr. Buckley earned an MBA in Health Administration from Temple University, and a BS in Economics from Widener University.

Hans P. Cassagnol, MD, MMM, FACOG, is the Associate Chief Quality Officer of Geisinger Health System, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Geisinger Medical Center Northeast, Chairman of the Performance Improvement and Ethics Committees.      Dr Cassagnol received his medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1998.  He completed his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, NY, NY, in 2002.  He also holds the degree of Masters of Medical Management from University of Southern California.  Dr Cassagnol joined Geisinger Health System in 2002.  In 2010, Dr Cassagnol became Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Geisinger Medical Center Northeast, and in 2012 became the Associate Chief Quality Officer.  He has served with the Performance Improvement Committee for over 5 years and with the Ethics Committee for over 4 years.  Dr Cassagnol’s primary interest is to improve Women’s Health outcomes and is a physician lead for the ProvenCare Perinatal initiative. 

Janet L. Comrey, RN, MHSA, CCGB is a Senior Consultant for the Population Health Initiatives department at Geisinger Health Systems. She is currently responsible for facilitating the organization's success in realizing a system-wide Proven Health Transitions of Care bundle, identifying opportunities to reduce unplanned system readmission rates.

Ms. Comrey began her nursing training as a diploma-nurse from Geisinger Medical center.  She later acquired her BSN from Bloomsburg University and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She holds ASQ certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt. In addition to Quality Improvement methodology, her experiences include medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric and developmental disabilities nursing, patient advocacy and education.

She facilitated multiple successful quality-chartered teams resulting in significant outcomes including reducing sepsis-related mortality by 50%, raising CHF core measures compliance from 55% to 98%, and reducing medication errors on a medical surgical unit by 75%. In 2008 she co-authored a publication regarding the CHF success and is currently seeking publication on the Sepsis related mortality outcomes.

JONATHAN DARER, MD, MPH is Chief Innovation Officer for the Division of Clinical Innovation for Geisinger Health System.  His major areas of expertise include leveraging analytics, clinical decision support and reengineering solutions to improve care for patients chronic disease, reduce preventable harm and decrease unjustified variation in care provision.

Jon currently serves as:

  • Clinical Director for the Clinical Decision Intelligence System (CDIS), the   Geisinger data warehouse.
  • Co-Investigator for “OpenNotes,” a Robert Wood Johnson funded initiative to evaluate the impact of allowing patients to view primary care provider progress notes through MyGeisinger.
  • Co-Investigator on the newly obtained Medicare Imaging Demonstration Project.

Dr. Darer came to Geisinger from Kaiser Permanente where he led decision support development.  Dr. Darer’s practice areas include Urgent and Primary Care.

Dr. Darer received his bachelor’s degree cum laude in engineering from Harvard University and his medical degree from University of Connecticut Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at Oregon Health Sciences University, his fellowship in General Internal Medicine at John Hopkins University, School of Medicine, in addition to receiving his Masters of Public Health from John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Darer has also authored and co-authored several peer and non-peer reviewed articles.

Sanjay Doddamani, MD, FACC, FACP is the System Director of Advanced Cardiac Disease – Heart Failure, for Geisinger Health System.

Dr. Doddamani was born in Canberra, Australia.  He graduated in 1995, from St. John’s Medical College, with a MBBS degree. 

Dr. Doddamani completed his cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, in 2004, and is board certified in Advanced Heart Failure Cardiac Transplant.  He joined the Geisinger Health System in September 2012. Dr. Doddamani is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the American College of Physicians. He is married with one daughter.

Brenda Eckrote, CHFP is Senior Director, Finance, Geisinger Clinic Community Practice Service Line, Geisinger Health System. Ms. Eckrote is Senior Director, Finance, for Geisinger Health System Community Practice Service Line, with 28 years of experience in the financial reporting aspects of Geisinger’s nearly 1000 physician multi-specialty group practice.  Brenda has been instrumental in translating financial data to management reports; providing physicians with system perspective and tools supporting performance improvement. She is integral to the annual operating budget, strategic planning processes as well as the administration of the CPSL Compensation Plan.

Brenda received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.  She is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional within the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a CFO Council member of the American Medical Group Association.

THOMAS GRAF MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for Population Health and Longitudinal Care Service Lines for Geisinger Health System. Dr. Graf is responsible for the Value Re-Engineering of the Care Continuum and other Population Health initiatives for Geisinger including the ACO portfolio and with CMS, the Physician Group Practice Transitions Demonstration and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement leading 16 hospitals from across the country in driving performance. He leads the Community Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Care Continuum Service Lines in coordinating and accelerating population health related activities across 22 counties in central and northeast Pennsylvania. In addition, he partners with Geisinger Health Plan leadership on system-wide population health delivery with a primary focus on facilitating improved service and value and increasing the connections between the various elements of the health care continuum. 

He is recognized nationally as a leader in medical home and post-acute care redesign, including the implementation nearly 40 NCQA Level III accredited Medical Home sites in the Geisinger ProvenHealth Navigator® model. He has extended this to include comprehensive nursing home care with dedicated providers tied to ProvenHealth Navigator clinics. Dr Graf has established innovative care models for optimizing chronic disease with established systems of care enhanced by MyCare modules of care for individual disease parameters lead by mid-levels through the use of the Delta Innovation Incubator program he established. Dr Graf serves as a content expert for the AHRQ’s Patient Centered Medical Homes Project, AHRQ’s I LIVEPC, international primary care improvement project, AHRQ’s Innovation Spread project, and AMGA’s Caring for Patients with Multiple Chronic Diseases Collaborative. The Value Re-engineering efforts of Geisinger were recently recognized as the AMGA 2011 Acclaim award winner.

After graduating from University of Michigan Medical School and completing Family Medicine residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, he served on the faculty of the Henry Ford Family Practice Residency and was Director of the Southwest Georgia Family Practice Residency prior to joining Geisinger.

Bruce H. Hamory, MD, FACP is Executive Vice President, Managing Partner, xG Health Solutions powered by Geisinger.  He leads Geisinger’s efforts to extend its innovations in healthcare delivery and payment to other groups and health systems.  He is a nationally known speaker on care redesign for value and improved quality.

As Geisinger’s System Chief Medical Officer from 1997 to 2008, he led the growth of a 535-physician multi-specialty group practice to 750 physicians in 40 locations serving 41 counties and the three Geisinger hospitals. He oversaw the installation of an advanced EHR, led the development of a physician compensation model incorporating pay for performance, and a reorganization from discipline-based departments to a service line operating structure.  Other responsibilities included compensation, quality and performance improvement, credentialing, clinical operations, capital planning, as well as education and research for the health system. 

Before joining Geisinger, Dr. Hamory was Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Penn State.  He was Executive Director of Penn State’s University Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer for Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.      

Dr. Hamory currently serves on the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Board of Presence Health in Illinois. He also serves on several national committees and panels concerned with improving the quality of medical care and use of information technology in healthcare.  He has served on the Board of Directors for AMGA.

Kenneth A. Holdren is currently the Chief Administrative Officer, Geisinger Clinic.  Mr. Holdren is responsible for operational management of the activities for the 1,049 physician multi-specialty group practicing at more than 77 sites. He has extensive experience in on-boarding new physicians and negotiation of practice acquisitions.  Mr. Holdren has lead teams in the negotiation, implementation and operating of Joint-Ventures with private physicians and for-profit ASCs and in negotiating physician services co-leadership and other arrangements with private physicians as alternatives to acquisition/employment models.  Previously, Mr. Holdren served as the Vice President for Finance for Geisinger Health System.  He was responsible for financial operations, strategy, reporting and policy, directing key financial functions. Mr. Holdren joined the System in June 1985 as Controller of Geisinger Clinic and served as Chief Financial Officer of the Clinic before his System Finance role.

Prior to joining the Geisinger Health System, Mr. Holdren was a Manager with the public accounting firm, Price Waterhouse. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. He has been a certified public accountant since 1981 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Healthcare Financial Management Association and Medical Group Management Association. He has served on the HFMA National Task Force for Patient Friendly Billing.

Meg Horgan, R.N., M.S.N.,  has over 30 years experience in the healthcare quality and informatics arena with national experience partnering with executive, physician, nursing and quality leaders in developing and executing reliable clinical processes, facilitating change management and enhancing organizational focus on population health.  

Meg is currently a Senior Vice President for xG Health Solutions where she leads the consulting practice.  Prior to the launch of xG, Meg led the Geisinger Consulting Group (which is not a part of xG) in advising healthcare providers how to improve patient care while reducing cost.  Consulting services focus on disseminating to organizations across the country Geisinger’s innovative population health management models for care delivery to achieve the triple aim and successfully enhance clinical quality and efficiency.  During Meg’s initial years at Geisinger as the Vice President of Clinical Innovations, she led projects for the enterprise-wide transformation program (GAPP – Geisinger Accelerated Performance Program) focused on achieving excellence in clinical quality, cost savings and growth.  Prior to joining Geisinger, Meg was Vice President for Premier, Inc. overseeing client education and consulting focused on clinical quality and efficiency improvement.  These programs supported healthcare leaders in their approach to today's complex quality issues through strategic planning, developing reliable clinical processes, establishing an effective performance improvement infrastructure, providing education on use of data tools, clinical data mining and analysis, and process redesign skills necessary to transform clinical performance. Ms. Horgan’s expertise in clinical risk models enables healthcare organizations to not only interpret publicly reported quality performance data, but develop solutions to improve their quality measures. Ms. Horgan also led Premier’s QUEST Program which built on the success of the Premier/CMS Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID). QUEST is a program that in partnership with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, assists in driving healthcare to new levels of performance excellence in quality, efficiency and safety with a focus on transparency.

Prior roles include Vice President of Consulting Services for CareScience, a quality improvement informatics business, and the Administrator of Quality Improvement at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Horgan has additional experience as the Director of Clinical Redesign and Outcomes Management at Graduate Health Systems managing a system-wide clinical and financial outcome improvement program, working in a peer review organization and proving direct healthcare delivery in an urban Emergency Department. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing and undergraduate degree from Gwynedd-Mercy College.

Dr. Kobylinski is Chairman of Geisinger Health System’s Community Practice Service Line (CPSL) which includes 42 Primary Care Sites throughout the Geisinger Health System. She served as Department Director for the Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Department and sits on the CPSL Performance Improvement Committee. She co-chairs the operations and further development of the 37 NCQA Level III Accredited Medical Home Models in Geisinger’s ProvenHealth Navigator.  She also chairs the Sunbury Community Hospital’s utilization review committee and holds the Chief of Medicine position.

Previously, Dr Kobylinski was the chief of staff at Sunbury Community Hospital, Sunbury, PA, and served on its board of trustees. 

She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and her skills include advanced trauma life support and cardiac life support.

After graduating with a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she majored in biology, Dr Kobylinski received her MD from St George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed her internal medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, and began working with the Geisinger Medical Group shortly thereafter.

Diane Littlewood, RN  BSN  CCM, is Director of Population Management Operations, Geisinger Health Plan.
In this role, Diane is responsible for administrative oversight of Case / Disease Management programs. She has also been responsible for the start up and maintenance of the medical home model, ProvenHealth Navigator®. This role serves as a liaison between the Geisinger Health Plan and Geisinger’s Community Practice Service Line. She is also responsible for maintenance of GHP’s disease management program. Both program interventions optimize quality and efficiency outcomes.

Ms Littlewood received her diploma in Nursing for Hahnemann Hospital and Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Misericordia University. Her experience includes disease management with a focus on diabetes as a Certified Diabetes Educator and also Certified Tobacco Counselor, case management, medical surgical, oncology and ob/gyn nursing.

Ms Littlewood is president of the Danville Chapter of CMSA and is involved in community education programs as well as educational development for case management staff.

Richard Martin, MD, FAAFP, is the Department Director of Community Practice Service Lines (CPSL) in Scranton and Monroe Counties and Director of Care Continuum for Geisinger Health System. Dr. Martin supports the Geisinger Consulting Group in the dissemination of our innovations in healthcare delivery, specifically Geisinger’s advanced medical home program and physician alignment strategies.

Dr. Martin was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  He graduated in 1974 from the University of Scranton, magna cum laude, with a BS in Biology.  He earned his MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1978.  Dr. Martin did his residency in Family Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center from 1978 – 1981.  He’s been with Geisinger Health System since 1984, serving in a variety of roles.

Dr. Martin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice.  He is a member of a variety of associations. He is married with three grown children.

KENRIC A. MAYNOR, MD, MPH, is the System Director of Hospitalist Medicine in Geisinger Health System. In this role, he has trained hospitalists on Medication Reconciliation process and has lead the Rapid Response Team initiative at Geisinger Northeast from 2007 to present.

Dr. Maynor received his bachelor’s degree in biology as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master’s of Public Health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, and medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he also served as Chief Resident.  Dr. Maynor was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Lynn Miller is Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, for Geisinger Health System.  Ms. Miller is responsible for the operations of the health system’s $2.0 billion clinical enterprise which includes four hospitals; a 1,300-member multispecialty group practice including physicians, researchers and advanced practitioners; and more than 60 primary and specialty clinic sites serving 41 counties.

She has been with Geisinger since 1989.  Ms. Miller previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of Geisinger Medical Center, the system’s tertiary/quaternary care hospital in Danville, PA.  During her tenure,  she developed programs that produced a 20 percent improvement in operating margin; directed the planning and construction of a $100 million addition incorporating a new acuity adaptable mode of care; implemented a hospital inpatient electronic medical record; and achieved Magnet status, a prestigious honor earned by only 6 percent of the nation’s hospitals.

In addition to hospital operations, Ms. Miller has experience in hospital-based human resources, finance, business office management, and information technology, as well as home health and long-term care environments.

Ms. Miller serves on the Boards of the Danville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Danville Child Development Center.  She is Chair of the Governance Committee for the Geisinger/HealthSouth Joint Venture.

Ms. Miller has a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Elizabethtown College.

Crystal Muthler, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, is the Vice President of Nursing, Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Geisinger Medical Center.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA and her Master in Health Administration from Marywood University, Scranton PA.  She holds a licensure/certification from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the ANCC-Nurse Executive Advanced – Board Certified.
Crystal started her journey with Geisinger 24 years ago as a staff nurse on a medical/surgical telemetry unit, worked as an Administrative Supervisor, Operations Manager, Clinical Director of the Surgical Suite and Associate Vice President of Nursing Services prior to her current role.  She maintains memberships with the American Organization Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and Sigma Phi Omega – Nurse Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society.

RAYMOND NUNGESSER, MD, MBA, is Regional Medical Director, Community Practice Service line for Geisinger Health System. Dr. Nungesser is responsible for the administrative oversight of primary care physicians and coordination of programming and specialty physician staffing with other service lines. After graduating from Jefferson Medical College and completing Family Medicine residency training at Williamsport Hospital in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, he received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts.  Dr. Nungesser has been with Geisinger Health System since 1995.

Ray Roth is the Chief Medical Officer for Geisinger Health Plan based in central Pennsylvania.  GHP is a regional multi-state plan within a fully integrated health system. GHP is an active member of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) and the Clinic Club. 

Ray is also the medical director for Care Support Services overseeing Enterprise Pharmacy and Supply Chain Services for the health system.

Ray facilitates the expansion and evolution of the Proven Health Navigator ®, Geisinger’s version of the patient centered medical home and assists in the transition to Accountable Care Organization designation for key strategic partners within Pennsylvania and in other states. He is responsible for quality initiatives, therapy class management, adherence for chronic conditions, biologic drug management and population health.   

Ray has been with the Geisinger Health System for 27 years serving in various administrative capacities with the group practice, as well as insurance operations.   He has responsibilities for network development and management, HEDIS performance, patient satisfaction, provider satisfaction, and provider pay-for-performance.  He has led collaborations with the Mayo Clinic, Duke University, Disney and Ritz-Carlton on Disease Management, Wellness Initiatives, and Service Excellence programs.  Ray also has credentialing, P&T, NCQA, and strategic planning responsibilities at the plan.

His membership includes the American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Alliance of Community Health Plans where he has national committee responsibilities in both organizations.  He is also a member the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), America’s of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

DOREEN SALEK, BS, RN, CCS/CPC/CPC-P, is Director of Population Health Business Intelligence for Geisinger Health Plan in Danville, Pennsylvania.  In this role, she is responsible for working closely with other Case Management leadership building out internal and external case management opportunities, focusing on transitions of care across the continuum, as well as strategies around enhancing quality and reducing readmissions, as well as innovations, such as telemonitoring.  Ms Salek led the Case Management program for the Keystone Beacon.   

Ms. Salek has worked at Geisinger for 15 years, including service as a registered nurse in the Adult Intensive Care Unit, as well as experience in hospital and professional billing and coding, project management, and medical management.  

Ms. Salek earned her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University and her nursing diploma from the Geisinger School of Nursing.  Ms. Salek holds certifications as a Certified Coding Specialist and Certified Professional Coder. 

Andy Schmid RN, MHA, is Geisinger Health System's Regional Director of IT Optimization. He is accountable to plan and direct the IT initiatives that enhance Patient Safety, Process Improvement, and Decision Support.  He coordinates and leads the day to day development of the Electronic Health Record's decision support team. Additional technology implementations he leads are: speech recognition, natural language processing, and clinical dashboards. He previously was Program Director on the Inpatient Electronic Health record team, assisting the successful implementation of Nursing Documentation and CPOE in the Geisinger Health System. He has 30 years of experience in both clinical operations and IT at Geisinger.  He has a Bachelor's Degree at Boston College and a Masters Degree in Health Administration at the University of Scranton.      


Thomas P. Sokola, FHFMA, is the Chief Administrative Officer for Geisinger Medical Center. The Geisinger Health System is a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system that serves a 31 county, largely rural area of Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania. It includes a 900 physician multi-specialty group practice located at more than 40 sites, two inpatient facilities and a 247,000 member managed care organization. GMC is a 545 bed referral center with annual total revenue of 950 million.
Tom attended Wilkes College where he obtained his M.B.A. and B.S. degrees. He is certified as a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). Tom’s journey with Geisinger began 32 years ago. 22 years were spent at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA, 10 years as Chief Financial Officer. He has spent 8 years at Geisinger Medical Center as Chief Financial Officer and now serves as Chief Administrative Officer. Tom is involved with many civic organizations and HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) where he has served as Past President.
Tom resides in Wilkes-Barre PA with his wife Patricia and their three daughters.

Earl Steinberg, MD, is a nationally known expert in evaluation and improvement of the quality and efficiency of healthcare. In addition to his CEO responsibilities, Dr. Steinberg is also Geisinger’s Executive Vice President of Innovation & Dissemination, and Chief, Healthcare Solutions Enterprise. Prior to joining Geisinger, Dr. Steinberg was Senior Vice President for Clinical Strategy, Quality and Outcomes at WellPoint, Inc., and President and CEO of Resolution Health Inc. (RHI), a leading healthcare data analysis company that provides innovative quality improvement and cost reduction services to health plans, employers, PBMs and disease management companies.

Dr. Steinberg also is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining RHI, Dr. Steinberg spent six years as Vice President of Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc., Director of its Quality Assessment and Improvement Systems (QAIS) Division, and Co-Director of its Outcomes Studies Group (OSG). Dr. Steinberg also spent 12 years on the full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he was Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management as well as Director of The Johns Hopkins Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment. Dr. Steinberg also served four years on the Federal Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC).

Dr. Steinberg received his A.B. degree from Harvard College (Summa Cum Laude), his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government. His residency training in internal medicine was performed at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Steinberg has received numerous awards, including the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar Award in General Internal Medicine (1984), the “Outstanding Young Investigator” Award from the Association for Health Services Research (1988), and a Special Presidential Visionary Award from the National Kidney Foundation (2004) for his work as the scientific director of the NKF’s landmark Kidney Disease Outcomes and Quality Initiative, which produced over 250 clinical practice guidelines for management of patients with end stage renal disease. He is also a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and Academy Health and has published more than 125 articles in peer reviewed journals.