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DFW Healthcare Student Summit

Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Theme:  Leading Change in Healthcare


Tentative Agenda

9-9:45am – Keynote Speaker: Lara Burnside, Chief Experience Officer, JPS Health Network

9:45-10:45am – Healthcare Leader Panel

Britt Berrett, FACHE, Former President & CEO of Medical City Children’s Hospital and Texas Health Resources; Director, Center for Healthcare Leadership & Management, University of Texas at Dallas

William Scott Hurst, MBA, FACHE, Executive Director, naviHealth

Ahmad Sharif, MD, MPH, SCPM, Sr. Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer, Fresenius Medical Care North America

Mary Wylie, DHA, MBA, MHA, FACHE, Vice President of Operations, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Plano

And others (TBD)

10:45-11am – Refreshment Break

11am-12pm – Breakout Sessions*

  • Health IT
  • Data Analytics
  • Process Improvement
  • Supply Chain Management

12-12:30pm – Lunch & Focus Group

12:30-1:30pm – Career Exploration

Note: Boxed Lunches will be Served

Questions? Contact Paridhi Sheth – paridhi.sheth@my.unthsc.edu or (817)-946-0118

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Speaker Bios:

Britt Berrett, FACHE served as the president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, a 900-bed hospital, and executive vice president of the Texas Health Resources (THR) network of 24 facilities and more than 250 ambulatory centers located throughout North Texas prior to joining UT Dallas. Previously he was the president and chief executive officer of Medical City and Medical City Children’s Hospital, the flagship medical center for the North Texas Division of HCA. He also served as a CEO as part of the SHARP Healthcare system in San Diego, Calif. With almost 30 years of both not-for-profit and for-profit executive healthcare experience, he has navigated some of the most complicated organizational and environmental challenges in healthcare. In his executive role, his organizations have achieved recognition for exceptional organizational performance and employee engagement. Berrett has experienced an inspiring level of success through his commitment to teams and organizational culture. Throughout his career, he has served on 17 boards of directors for industry and community organizations and agencies. He brings his professional and educational experience to The University of Texas at Dallas to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders.

For over twenty years, Lara Burnside has led hospital leaders and clinicians through culture change resulting in the highest levels of engagement, experience and operational excellence. Lara is currently the SVP, Chief Experience Officer/Strategy at JPS Health Network in Ft. Worth, Texas. Prior to joining JPS, Lara spent 10 years working as a leadership and organizational coach for a large healthcare consulting firm. She has worked with thousands of hospital leaders and physicians at over 150 organizations. Her experience includes 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.

William Scott Hurst, MBA, FACHE is currently the Executive Director overseeing operations in Texas and Louisiana for naviHealth, an industry leader in value-based care operations for health systems and health plans servicing Medicare patients.  In addition to his current role at naviHealth, Scott is the 2020 President of the North Texas chapter of ACHE.

Scott is an accomplished leader with over 20+ years of experience in Physician Alignment, Quality & Performance Improvement, Hospital & Clinical Operations, Provider Recruitment, Patient Experience and payment methodologies for several well-known systems in the DFW metroplex.

Before serving with naviHealth, he was blessed to serve as a Project Leader at Methodist Health System; the Senior Director of Physician Networks at Children’s Health; a Director of Physician Alignment at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, TX and as a consultant for over 10 years to hospitals in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Scott completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. (95, 97)

When he is not at work, Scott can be found hanging out with his 16 year-old daughter who is finishing her junior year at Guyer High School in Denton, listening to live music around the Metroplex or refereeing high school basketball for the NTBOA.

Dr. Ahmad Sharif is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for Fresenius Medical Care North America, the premier health care company focused on delivering the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions.  With a diverse clinical, information technology and public health background, he has worked with cross functional teams throughout the organization to optimize the company’s clinical systems, create an industry leading pharmacy and therapeutics management application for efficient medication utilization and stewardship, and improve clinician satisfaction and adoption of clinical information technology through user-centered design and change control management.  Dr. Sharif leads the Fresenius Medical Care Provider Advisory Council on Technology (PACT) and is Chair of Fresenius Technology Council responsible for enterprise technology roadmap and execution.

Dr. Sharif has been instrumental in the development and modernization of Acumen 2.0, a nephrology practice EHR powered by Epic.  He and his teams have developed nephrology-specific tools that integrate with the Epic platform and enable deep interoperability and information sharing, while keeping the focus on nephrology and the needs of physician practices.  These tools will ultimately be valuable in helping physicians transition into a risk-based environment and support population health management.  Dr. Sharif serves as the elected Chair of Epic Systems’ Nephrology Advisory Board and leads the Acumen® Physician Solutions Technology Committee.

Prior to joining Fresenius Medical Care, Dr. Sharif was the Chief Medical Information Officer for a Tenet Health Market, where he led the Information Technology department to open a near paperless, HIMSS Level 6, Greenfield Health System in New Braunfels, TX.  He and his team implemented a health information exchange (HIE) to connect physicians and hospitals in the nearby counties, which provided one longitudinal patient record that served to standardize care processes and improve efficiencies. By leveraging his public health education, he used health information technology to bring focus to the health and wellbeing of populations.

With extensive experience in health information technology, Dr. Sharif has consulted with over 25 health systems locally and internationally to design, implement and optimize clinical practice management and technology solutions.  He earned a master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Management from the University of North Texas.  He was awarded a full scholarship to attend courses at Harvard University and received an Advanced Project Management Certification at Stanford University.

Mary Wylie, DHA, MBA, MHA, FACHE, serves as the Vice President of Operations for Baylor Scott and White Medical Center Plano. She has administrative responsibilities for all ancillary services, and service line development. Prior to her current positions, she served as the Senior Director of Professional Services for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, with administrative oversight of the neuroscience, orthopedic, behavioral health, cardiovascular, oncology, spine, post-acute, trauma, emergency management, bariatrics, pharmacy, pulmonary, physics, and radiology. Dr. Wylie completed her doctorate in the area of Health Administration, from the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to her doctorate, she received two master’s degrees from Texas Women’s University in Health and Business administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Wylie is an active member of the community and serves as a board of director member for several community boards. Achievements and awards include a Healthcare Administration Fellowship from the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Texas Hospital Association. She currently is an adjunct professor for Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Wylie volunteers at Preston Hollow Presbyterian church, and enjoys water sports, traveling, playing the piano, tennis, and golf.

*Breakout Session Leaders:

Process improvement, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts, Texas Health Resources

  • Tanya Stinson, Performance Improvement Engineer, Texas Health Resources
  • Simon De Castro, Continuous Improvement Manager, Texas Health Resources
  • Jazz Patterson, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Texas Health Resources

Health IT & Data Analytics

  • Bob Barker, IT Project Management Lead, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
  • Andrew Lim, Sr. Analytics & Reporting Analysts, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Revenue Cycle & Supply Chain Management

  • Tammy Walsh, Director, Health Care Performance Advisory Services, BKD CPA & Advisors


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Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am - 1:30 pm


ACHE of North Texas
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Texas Health Resources Pavilion, 2nd Floor
600 E Lamar Blvd
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