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Spring Education Event

Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

ACHE of North Texas Spring Education Event

John Peter Smith Hospital, Outpatient Clinic Auditorium, 3rd Floor,

1500 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Feb 25, 2016

3.0 Category 1 Credits Approved


Panel 1: Becoming Accountable: Achieving Success in Population Health Management



Paul Aslin, FACHE, COO – Clinical Care Associates

Paul Aslin is the Chief Operating Officer for Clinical Care Associates and Senior Administrative Director at Wise Health System in Decatur, TX.  He leads their participation in the 1115 Waiver program and has administrative responsibility for eight DSRIP projects and system population health initiatives.  Paul received his Masters in Health Care Administration in 2011 from the University of Texas at Arlington.  As a student, Paul received the 2010 TORCH Foundation MHA Scholarship Award and was 1st place winner in the graduate division of the 2011 ACHE Richard J Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management.  He is a member of the inaugural class of the TORCH Leadership and Management Institute Healthcare Fellowship and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He serves on the Texas AHEC East North Central Advisory Board and is currently 1st Vice President of the Decatur Lions Club.    Paul resides in Haslet, TX with his wife, Amanda, and three daughters.



Daniel W. Varga, MD., Sr. Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Daniel Varga, M.D., joined Texas Health Resources in January 2013 as the system’s first chief clinical officer (CCO) and senior executive vice president. As CCO he is responsible for achieving full and seamless integration of the entire Texas Health clinical enterprise, including quality, patient safety, and patient experience initiatives. He also oversees physician relationships, clinical integration, care design, and clinical research and education.

Varga comes to Texas Health with 24 years of combined experience in patient practice, medical education and health care administration. He served in a number of senior clinical leadership roles in large health care organizations, most recently as the chief clinical officer at KentuckyOne Health, the largest health system in Kentucky.

Prior to this position, he served as chief medical officer (CMO) at Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington, Ky., regional vice president-CMO at SSM Healthcare-Saint Louis, senior vice president and CMO at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., and founder and president of Community Medical Associates, a large primary care physician group.

Varga received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and his medical education was at the University of Louisville. He is board certified in internal medicine.


Danny Irland, FACHE, MBA

Associate Vice President, Managed Care Contracting, Chief Operating Officer, UT Southwestern Health Systems, Chief Executive Officer, UT Southwestern Accountable Care Network

Danny Irland obtained his BBA degree from the Northwood University. He completed his MBA degree at University of Dallas.
Currently, Danny is responsible for the managed care contracting teams at UT Southwestern Medical Center, network development, population management operations, and running UTSW’s accountable care organization.


Brent Hardaway, MS, Vice President, Premier healthcare alliance

Mr. Hardaway has 25 years of experience in various facets of health care operations, planning and strategy development. He is currently responsible for Premier’s Population Health Management Advisory Practice. Since joining Premier (previously Phase 2 Consulting until June 2009) in 1994, he has led projects ranging from population health strategy to hospital and physician alignment to the development of clinically integrated networks. From 2004 thru 2006 he served as COO of Phase 2, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RehabCare, and was responsible for the operations and strategic direction of the 50 person firm, including transitioning the firm from a partnership to a subsidiary of a publicly traded corporation. Prior to joining Phase 2 Consulting, he held a number of positions with Kaiser Permanente, including Director of Planning of its Texas Region, and Vice President of Planning for the Texas Hospital Association.

Mr. Hardaway speaks nationally on a range of topics, but most often on the aspects of developing a population health management enterprise. He received his M.S. in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and his Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Westlake United Methodist Church and Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association’s Board.


Panel 2: Integrating the Principles of Patient Centered Care



Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

President/Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital


Nancy Vish has been with Baylor Health Care System since 1996. She currently serves in the combined role of President and Chief Nursing Officer at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital (BHVH). She is a member of the senior executive team and is responsible for all clinical areas.


Her main focuses as President and CNO are oversight of continued construction and upgrades as well as leading BHVH’s quality program to the top in the Baylor Health Care System. Vish has led the organization in attaining the VHA Clinical Excellence Award, TMF Clinical Excellence Award, the ANA Magnet Accreditation in 2007, AHA Gold Award for Secondary Guidelines and the AHA Fit and Friendly Award. BHVH was also selected by VHA for its blueprinting of the SCIP process.


Prior to becoming President and CNO in 2005, Vish was Vice President of Clinical Operations and CNO at BHVH from 2001 to 2005. In this role, she managed the clinical operations of BHVH as it opened in 2002. Vish was responsible for the overall management, policies, procedures and certifications for all clinical operations.


Vish began her Baylor career in 1996 as a program manager and director overseeing the Cardiac Cath Lab, EP/PM Lab, Coronary Care Unit and the Interventional Cardiology Unit at Baylor University Medical Center. She coordinated care provided by all members of the medical care team and ancillary departments and provided ongoing assessment and evaluation of patient care. She also provided direct patient care to critically ill adults and their families. Vish operated the budget for each of the units and directed and implemented cost-containment measures to assure the cost-effective operation of the units.


Before coming to Baylor, Vish worked various positions at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., including staff ICU nurse, nurse instructor of the education department and head nurse of the specialty care unit. She started her career at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and then in Trauma and Transplant. She also was a branch manager for the American Home Health Care of Georgia, Inc. in Dothan, Ala.


In 2004, Vish was recognized by the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council and Texas Nurses Association District 4 as one of the Great 100 Nurses. Vish currently is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals, American College of Cardiovascular Administrators, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Vascular Nurses Society, American Nurses Organization, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.


She has also been published in the American Journal of Cardiology and the American Journal of Operating Room Nurses and has delivered numerous presentations.

Vish received her bachelor’s in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa. She returned to school to receive her master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt University. Vish then continued her education by receiving her doctorate at Texas Women’s University.



Dan Bent, Director Service Excellence, Texas Health Resources

As the Director of Service Excellence for Texas Health Resources, Dan is responsible for leading patient experience initiatives for THR and directing specific patient-centered improvement efforts at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman.

With a diverse background in process improvement, relationship-building, fundraising, marketing, and public and media relations, Dan joined THR in 2013 after more than five years with Press Ganey where he managed a national consulting team and served as a consultant for non-acute services. Dan’s clients ranged from large, integrated healthcare systems to multi-specialty medical practices, surgery centers, home health agencies, and urgent care clinics.

Prior to joining Press Ganey, Dan served as Fund Development Officer for Memorial Health System of South Bend, Indiana.  In addition to growing the annual fund and obtaining private support for capital projects, Dan also received Lean Six Sigma certification from GE Healthcare. He worked on hospital projects that streamlined patient throughput and improved bed availability.

Dan received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. He also is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.


John Phillips, FACHE
President, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

John Phillips is president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, having assumed the role in August 2011. He oversees operations of a 168-bed non-profit tertiary, acute care hospital with more than 1,000 employees and 200 physicians. Phillips has been instrumental in leading and growing the hospital, currently undergoing a $118 million expansion, to continue to meet the needs of the communities in Tarrant, Johnson and Ellis counties.

Under Phillips’ leadership, Methodist Mansfield was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 calendar years and earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group® for six consecutive releases.

Under Phillips’ guidance, the hospital earned Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center accreditation and the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF Health Quality Institute for improving outcomes in patient care and specific national quality measures. Methodist Mansfield was voted Best Hospital and Best Emergency Department by Living Magazine’s Best of Arlington and Mansfield Reader’s Choice Awards. It was named Best Medical Facility in 2015 Best Hospital in 2014 and Best Maternity Ward in 2015 and 2013 by the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce and Focus Daily News Reader’s Choice Awards.  Methodist Health System, of which Methodist Mansfield is a part, was named one of the 40 Great Health Systems to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review, noting the major recognition of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, Top 10 Best Places to Work by the Dallas Business Journal, 11 years in a row, listed among the top 150 Best Places to Work in healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review five consecutive years, recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association in 2012, 2014, and 2015 and listed among Modern Healthcare’s “40 Fastest Growing Healthcare Companies in America.”

Phillips earned a MBA from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master of Health Care Administration from Trinity University.

Among his many accomplishments, Phillips was named Executive of the Year from the Fort Worth Business Press and is among Becker’s Hospital Review’s top CEOs. He serves on the Texas Hospital Association Council of Policy Development and HOSPAC. Locally, Phillips serves on the board of directors for the Tarrant County American Heart Association, Mansfield Economic Development Corporation, Mansfield ISD Education Foundation Board, and Arlington YMCA Community.


Stephen Kimmel, CFO

Cook Children’s Healthcare System

Stephen Kimmel has served as Chief Financial Officer for Cook Children’s Health Care System since February 2014.  Prior to Cook Children’s, Stephen served as the CFO of Strategic Management Services and Shared Services for Providence Health & Services, a multi-state 32 hospital system in the Northwest.  Stephen served as CFO at Hendrick Health System, a 511 bed not-for-profit system, located in Abilene, Texas from for 14 years and prior to that, as CFO of University Medical Center, a governmental academic hospital, in Lubbock, Texas, for over 7 years.  Stephen graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1984 and worked in public accounting, receiving his Texas State board of Public Accountancy certificate in 1987 prior to entering healthcare.

Throughout his healthcare career, Stephen has served as a Board member and a Finance Committee member for provider based insurance and HMO organizations.  He is currently a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and serves on the Texas Health and Human Services Hospital Payment Advisory Committee.  Stephen has served on various THA and HHSC policy and hospital advisory workgroups and committees primarily focused on Texas Medicaid reimbursement.


John Peter Smith Hospital, Outpatient Clinic, 3rd floor Auditorium, 1500 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Parking is available in both the outpatient clinic parking garage as well as the hospital parking garage. Parking will be validated. If parking in the hospital parking garage you can walk across the foot bridge from the hospital side to the 3rd floor auditorium in the outpatient building. There will be signs to direct people to the auditorium.


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Thursday, February 25, 2016
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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