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Multi-Chapter Education Event

June 24 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Approved for up to 6.0 ACHE Face-to-Face Credits

Once again ACHE of North Texas, the East Texas ACHE Forum and the Texas Midwest Healthcare Executives are joining forces to offer our members great educational content and a tremendous cross-chapter networking opportunity.

Special thanks to Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital for hosting their venue and Aramark for hosting the food & beverages for this event!

Date:  Friday, June 24
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano
1100 Allied Drive
Plano, TX 75093

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8:30-9am: Registration & Networking

9-10:30am: Panel 1: Improving the Health Status of Your Community

Panelists:

Vidya Ayyr, CHW; Director, Community Social Impact; Parkland Health & Hospital System
Kris Bolom, JD; Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives; My Health My Resources of Tarrant County
Danelle Parker, RN, BSN; Director of Community Health Improvement for Collin and Denton/Wise Counties; Texas Health Resources
Timothy Wilson; Senior Vice President, Population Health Management at P3 Health Partners

10:30-10:45am: Break

10:45am-12:15pm: Panel 2: Gender Equity and Intersectionality

Panelists:

Guy Cayo, FACHE; Chief Executive Officer; UT Health Pittsburg Chief
Bailey Farris RN, BSN, CEN; ER nurse; Texas Heath HEB
Suzanne Beauvoir Jackson, FACHE (Moderator); Vice President of Urgent Care Services; HCA Healthcare
Dawn Johnston, MBA, MSN, CFRN, LP; Administrative Director of Nursing and Clinical Services; CHRISTUS Flight For Life, Northeast Texas
Ajith Pai, Pharm.D., FACHE, President; Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne

12:15-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15-2:45pm: Panel 3: The Value of Developing and Implementing Alternate Care Models

Panelists:

Dawn Johnston, MBA, MSN, CFRN, LP (Moderator); Administrative Director of Nursing and Clinical Services; CHRISTUS Flight For Life, Northeast Texas
Mark S. Schnitzer, MD, CPHQ, CHCQM-PHYADV, FACS, FACHE; Surgeon, Educator, Physician Advisor, Medical Director, and Consultant
Juan Soto, FACHE; VP of Alternate Delivery; SCP Health
Michael Talley, FACHE; VP Clinical Ops; CHRISTUS Health

2:45-3pm: Break

3-4:30pm: Panel 4: Medical Staff Relations

Panelists:

Donna Bowers (Moderator); Regional Director for the Cardiovascular and Oncology Services Lines; UT Health East Texas Health System
Vicki L. Briggs, FACHE; Chief Executive Officer; UT Health Tyler, UT Health North Campus-Tyler, UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Hospital & Services, UT Health East Texas LTAC
Madhura Chandak Bajaj, FACHE, MSPT, RHIA, CLSSBB; Vice President, Provider Documentation & Education; Envision Health
Dr. Suman Sinha; Physician; CHRISTUS Health

Speakers Bios

Panel 1: Improving the Health Status of Your Community

 

Vidya Ayyr leads high-impact interventions to address the social determinants of health, with a commitment to health equity and improving the lives and livelihoods of disadvantaged, marginalized, and vulnerable populations.

As the Director of Social Impact, she provides strategic oversight to Parkland’s community outreach investments, promotes innovation in data analytics, and mobilizes a team of Community Health Workers to drive an integrated approach to population health management. Prior to this role, Vidya was a part of External Affairs at Parkland where she developed public-private sector partnerships to support diverse, multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Ms. Ayyr holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Texas at Dallas and earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, in 2011.

Vidya serves on the national EPIC (EMR) Brain Trust, the Community Leadership Forum with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC and is a Presidential Scholar with the George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson Foundations. Her work on social impact collaboration has been recognized by the National Root Cause Coalition, by the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC), and by American Essential Hospitals (AEH) for its merit as an innovative design framework.

 

Kris Bolom, J.D. is Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives at My Health My Resources of Tarrant County and has 8 years of public healthcare experience for behavioral and physical health organizations in Tarrant County. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Tulsa and his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University.

 

 

 

 

Danelle Parker is an RN, BSN and got her start at Parkland Health Systems in the Neonatal ICU. She moved to Texas Health Resources and started at the Plano Hospital in 2000 as a Community Education Manager and has been with the THR system for over 21 years, and is currently a Director of Community Health Improvement over the Collin, and Denton/Wise regions. In 2019, Texas Health began a new initiative called Texas Health Community Impact. This is where THR gets outside and upstream of the hospital walls to study why and what is sending people to our hospitals. “Your zip code should not make a bigger impact on your health than your genetic code.”

 

 

 

As Senior Vice President, Population Health Management at P3 Health Partners (P3), Timothy Wilson leads the continuous improvement efforts to help providers deliver the correct care our patients deserve, while maintaining affordability and driving down administrative costs. He believes that early intervention is key to delivering quality care to every patient, no matter the age.

Timothy, a 15-year health care veteran, has a proven record of analyzing and solving quality problems and strategically improving processes, including claims operations; systems configuration; provider services; vendor delegations; medical claims reviews; and audit and recovery.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Image Management and a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies, both from the University of Texas at Arlington. Timothy is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of North Texas, and sits on the P3 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. While with UnitedHealth Group, he earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

In his spare time, Timothy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as reading and exploring new cuisines.

 

Panel 2: Embracing a Dialogue about Gender Equity and Intersectionality

Guy B. Cayo has 15 years of healthcare experience with expertise in hospital operations, strategic planning & execution, contract management, business development & physician relations, and human capital management. He has served his community by leading improvement in health, quality of life, and through volunteerism and philanthropy.

In 2021, Guy joined the UT Health East Texas region of hospitals as UT Health Pittsburg Chief Executive Officer. UT Health Pittsburg is a 25 beds critical access hospital (5 star CMS, level four trauma, level three stroke support) located in Pittsburg, TX. The campus is also home to a rural health/specialty clinic.

Guy is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He previously served as Chair of ACHE Community & Philanthropy Committee and Co-Chair of Network & Relations for ACHE South East Texas Chapter. He has one son, Cayden A. Scott. Guy has several hobbies including scuba diving, archery, swimming, and hiking. In addition, he believes he is nothing without God’s grace and favor on his life.

 

Bailey Farris is a Certified Emergency Nurse with 10 years of patient care experience from both nursing and paramedicine. With a diverse background in emergency care, patient advocacy and lived experience, Bailey is now working from both bedside and academic perspectives to expand equitable emergency care access for LGBTQIA+ patients. As a vocal member of the Diversity Action Committee within the hospital environment, as a growing researcher within Emergency Nursing and as an MSN-Ed. candidate, Bailey is a rising voice in both patient care and nursing practice.

 

 

 

Suzanne Beauvoir Jackson, FACHE, is motivated by developing and executing strategies, leading and transforming organizations as well as scaling and managing enterprise wide operations, Suzanne is a seasoned multi service line healthcare executive with a proven track record of creating collaborative and integrated work systems.

As a result of her authentic action oriented leadership approach, Suzanne has successfully held progressive leadership roles including Chief Executive Officer of both specialty and general acute care hospitals, Chief Operating Officer, Associate Administrator, and Healthcare Consultant. Currently she is HCA Healthcare’s Vice President of Urgent Care Services; the leading hospital owned urgent care operator with over 200 urgent care clinics across 19 markets and 12 states.

Suzanne played a pivotal role in the organization’s national growth agenda increasing from 71 urgent care clinics to over 200 clinics, in addition to leading the organization in earning national quality and patient safety accreditation through the Urgent Care Association.

Additional accolades consist of past Gubernatorial Appointment to the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Council for Women, ACHE District 2’s Regent At Large, Board Member for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Institute for Diversity & Health Equity and a member of the AHA’s Equity of Care Awards Committee. Currently, Suzanne is the Chair of ACHE’s Programs, Products, and Services Committee, a Board Member of the North Texas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a Board Member of the Urgent Care Association Foundation and is serving on/establishing the inaugural Urgent Care Association Commission on Diversity.

Suzanne earned a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida – Muma College of Business, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. – Champaign.

 

Dawn Johnston has been in her Director role for CHRISTUS Flight For Life since October of 2018. With helicopter outposts at Mt. Pleasant, Wills Point, Palestine and Longview, Dawn provides clinical leadership for an amazing team of nurses and paramedics that provide critical care to the most seriously ill and injured patients in Northeast Texas while rapidly transporting them to definitive care. Dawn’s focus on organizational excellence enabled the well-respected agency to attain industry accreditation for the first time in 2021. Dawn served as Education Chair for the East Texas Chapter of ACHE in 2021 and became a Board member in 2022. She received her BSN from Western Michigan University and MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Capella University. She also obtained her BA in Communications/Journalism from Truman State University, and MBA from California Coast University.

Previously, Dawn was Project Coordinator for Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan managing hospital-wide nursing communications, completing Magnet projects, and contributing to a number of Quality Improvement projects on multi-disciplinary teams. As a member of the Trauma Research Committee, Dawn also contributed to the requirements for meeting the hospital’s Level I Trauma designation. Dawn has a broad inpatient critical care background and was also a full-time flight nurse for West Michigan Air Care for over a decade. During this time, Dawn also became Air Care’s Marketing Coordinator, managing most aspects of the organization’s public relations in Southwest Michigan, in addition to providing education for the flight crew. She has been teaching since she became a nurse, first American Heart Association courses and then many critical care subjects. Dawn has provided public education through the media on community health initiatives and was instrumental in garnering support for the introduction of a legislative bill to curb dangerous methamphetamine labs in Michigan.

Dawn’s background includes firefighting, National Ski Patrol and community health education as a Crisis Pregnancy Coordinator for the Salvation Army. Serving as a “Big Sister” for many years, Dawn was also honored as Mentor of the Year for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Battle Creek, Michigan in 2008. Dawn’s hobbies include writing and she has several publishing credits, including Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America and the International Medical Corps Training Manual, a resource for war-torn areas of the world, in which she was the Associate Editor. In addition, she has written and edited the company newsletter almost everywhere she has worked.

Dawn has been married to her husband Neal for 29 years, and they have one adult son – Harrison. She and her husband are members of Marvin United Methodist Church. Dawn resides in the Tyler area and enjoys running, traveling, writing and spending time with family, friends and neighbors. She is involved in Tyler’s Sunrise Rotary Club and Women in Tyler, which hosts an annual luncheon honoring influential women from the Tyler area.

 

Ajith Pai, Pharm.D., FACHE, became president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne in September 2018. Before joining Texas Health Cleburne, he was the professional and support services officer at Texas Health Kaufman.

Pai was born at Texas Health HEB and later began his career there in 1999 as a certified pharmacy technician. In 2011, he became the director of pharmacy at Texas Health Kaufman, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations and championed safe, quality-driven patient care through the implementation of best practices and improved clinical monitoring.

He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Texas Tech School of Pharmacy and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a graduate of Texas Health’s Talent Acceleration Program.

Pai is involved in his community through memberships on various committees including the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership North Texas, ACHE North Texas, and the ACHE Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum.

In his free time, Pai enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Myriam, and their daughter, Elyse. He’s also an avid runner and has participated in more than 15 marathons across the country.

 

Panel 3: The Value of Developing and Implementing Alternate Care Models

 

Dawn Johnston has been in her Director role for CHRISTUS Flight For Life since October of 2018. With helicopter outposts at Mt. Pleasant, Wills Point, Palestine and Longview, Dawn provides clinical leadership for an amazing team of nurses and paramedics that provide critical care to the most seriously ill and injured patients in Northeast Texas while rapidly transporting them to definitive care. Dawn’s focus on organizational excellence enabled the well-respected agency to attain industry accreditation for the first time in 2021. Dawn served as Education Chair for the East Texas Chapter of ACHE in 2021 and became a Board member in 2022. She received her BSN from Western Michigan University and MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Capella University. She also obtained her BA in Communications/Journalism from Truman State University, and MBA from California Coast University.

Previously, Dawn was Project Coordinator for Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan managing hospital-wide nursing communications, completing Magnet projects, and contributing to a number of Quality Improvement projects on multi-disciplinary teams. As a member of the Trauma Research Committee, Dawn also contributed to the requirements for meeting the hospital’s Level I Trauma designation. Dawn has a broad inpatient critical care background and was also a full-time flight nurse for West Michigan Air Care for over a decade. During this time, Dawn also became Air Care’s Marketing Coordinator, managing most aspects of the organization’s public relations in Southwest Michigan, in addition to providing education for the flight crew. She has been teaching since she became a nurse, first American Heart Association courses and then many critical care subjects. Dawn has provided public education through the media on community health initiatives and was instrumental in garnering support for the introduction of a legislative bill to curb dangerous methamphetamine labs in Michigan.

Dawn’s background includes firefighting, National Ski Patrol and community health education as a Crisis Pregnancy Coordinator for the Salvation Army. Serving as a “Big Sister” for many years, Dawn was also honored as Mentor of the Year for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Battle Creek, Michigan in 2008. Dawn’s hobbies include writing and she has several publishing credits, including Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America and the International Medical Corps Training Manual, a resource for war-torn areas of the world, in which she was the Associate Editor. In addition, she has written and edited the company newsletter almost everywhere she has worked.

Dawn has been married to her husband Neal for 29 years, and they have one adult son – Harrison. She and her husband are members of Marvin United Methodist Church. Dawn resides in the Tyler area and enjoys running, traveling, writing and spending time with family, friends and neighbors. She is involved in Tyler’s Sunrise Rotary Club and Women in Tyler, which hosts an annual luncheon honoring influential women from the Tyler area.

 

Dr. Mark Schnitzer is an experienced Surgeon, Educator, Physician Advisor, Medical Director, and Consultant.

An interest in processes and mathematics led him to pursue an unlikely course of pre-medical study: electrical engineering.  It was during his Ph.D. studies that he applied to medical school and completed his MSEE and MD concurrently.  He completed his clinical training in neurological surgery and a fellowship in neurosciences critical care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  His final year at Johns Hopkins was in the role of Assistant Chief of Service.

After fifteen years in solo, private neurosurgical practice and medical staff governance roles, he was recruited to Hawaii as the sole, full-time neurosurgeon for Kaiser Permanente with the mandate to set the groundwork for a completely internalized program.  That experience led to his invitation to serve as the inaugural medical director of neurosciences and an ambitious project to unify the neurosciences programs across the government hospitals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  Once this unification was well underway, the program was handed off to the Cleveland Clinic.  Subsequently, he served as the inaugural CMO for a start-up telemedicine company in Dubai and as an adjunct associate professor in a graduate program for healthcare administration.

He returned to the USA after four years in the Middle East and took on the role of physician advisor for SSM Health.  Initially accountable for one hospital, he was elevated to a regional, multi-hospital role where he was accountable for insurance denial management including education of clinicians in evidence-based medicine and responsible stewardship as well as holding numerous roles in quality improvement projects.

Most recently, he has taken on the role of medical director for a large accountable care organization based in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Schnitzer is board certified in healthcare quality and management by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians with added qualification as a Physician Advisor.  He is a certified professional in healthcare quality by the National Association for Healthcare Quality and is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Schnitzer has provided a number of invited presentations in the areas of healthcare informatics, patient safety, and responsible stewardship and he serves as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Dr. Schnitzer considers himself an interface professional, like most clinicians who have transitioned into healthcare leadership roles.  He maintains a state of constant inquiry and curiosity with the ever-present thought, “There is something I do not know, the knowing of which could change everything.”

 

Juan Soto currently serves as Vice President of Alternative Delivery for SCP Health, a physician-led company of clinical and operational experts. Juan has over fifteen years of healthcare consulting experience and has been a valued team member at SCP Health since July 2021.

In his current role, Mr. Soto oversees SCP Health’s Clinical Staffing and Advancement Solutions for partners that deliver care outside of the four walls of the hospital. Having consulted on several thousand projects across the healthcare spectrum, Mr. Soto uses his expertise to work with clients across a broad range of issues, from provider compensation to medical staff planning and process improvement. Mr. Soto has consulted with multiple healthcare organizations throughout the country regarding provider needs assessments, search strategies, demographic and healthcare market trends, compensation, contracts, retention, physician-hospital relations, compliance, and numerous other related issues.

Mr. Soto applies his healthcare experience to effectively assist his clients in achieving their strategic initiatives, without compromising the overall mission of the organization. He also keeps his clients apprised of the most recent industry trends.

Mr. Soto resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife Sarah and two children. He attended the State University of New York at Albany and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

Michael Talley is the Vice President for Clinical Operations & Virtual Care for the CHRISTUS Health enterprise, an international health system headquartered in Irving, Texas. Mr. Talley started his career in healthcare as an intensive care Respiratory Therapist at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, his hometown. His administrative career got its inception at Mayo Clinic where he spent 10 years leading hospital operations, provider relations, and business development. During Mr. Talley’s time in executive leadership he’s built a reputation for driving clinical innovation, strategic operations, and system integration.

 

 

 

Panel 4: Medical Staff Relations

 

Donna Bowers is the Regional Director for the Cardiovascular and Oncology Services Lines at UT Health East Texas Health System. She joined UT Health East Texas in June of 2020 as the executive responsible for both services lines. With a focus on person-centered care and quality improvement, she provides strategic direction to the health care system and establishes a cohesive organizational and governance structure that supports the UT Health East Texas care continuum. In addition, she provides oversight for clinical activities and programs; ensures the financial viability of oncology and cardiovascular initiatives; and works to establish collaborative relationships among departments, physicians, medical groups, business partners and the community.

In her previous role with SCL Health System, she served for over five years as Vice President of Oncology and Cardiovascular Services in Colorado and Montana. Before joining SCL Health, she served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Service Lines with McKesson Specialty Health, where she greatly expanded hospital business, developed the oncology service line and strategy, and built a Proton Therapy Center, among a list of accomplishments. While at Baylor Health Care System for over 30 years, she held several leadership positions, leaving as the Chief Operating Officer of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center and Vice President of Oncology.

Donna holds a Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from Texas Woman’s University. She is a Licensed Attorney in the State of Texas, and a Registered Health Information Administrator. In addition, she is certified in Healthcare Privacy by the American Health Information Management Association, and is a Certified Mediator through the Dallas Dispute Mediation Services and Texas A&M Law School.

 

Vicki Briggs, MBA, FACHE, is an experienced healthcare executive with over 30 years of

C-Suite experience in hospital and healthcare system administration in the not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare sectors. Currently she is serving as the Chief Executive Officer of UT Health Tyler, UT Health North Campus Tyler, UT Heath East Texas Rehabilitation Hospital and Services and UT Health East Texas LTAC.

Throughout her career, Ms. Briggs has had responsibility for 26 hospitals ranging from small rural, critical access, community, and specialty to large tertiary with teaching programs. She has held the positions of Division CEO, Market CEO, System COO, Hospital CEO, and Hospital CFO. She has worked with national healthcare systems including HCA, Ascension Health and currently Ardent Health Services.

While Ms. Briggs has broad experience in healthcare her most notable areas of expertise and results include organizational culture, employee engagement, physician alignment, women’s healthcare, compliance, clinically integrated systems of care, and operational excellence including LEAN.

Briggs, an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow (FACHE), earned her B.S in Accounting from Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, where she was recognized as a top 50 graduate during the 50th anniversary celebration. She completed her MBA at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. She was named the Brock School of Business alumni of the year in 2013.

She has a demonstrated her commitment to the communities where she has worked and lived through her involvement with a number of not-for-profit organizations including the American Heart Association, United Way, Salvation Army, Girl Scouts, March of Dimes, Red Cross, and Rotary. Nationally she served on and chaired the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center was a member of the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association and the Maternal Child Section. She is currently serves on the Boards of the Southwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association North East Texas Girl Scouts.

Ms. Briggs has recently to East Texas in March of 2018 when the joint venture between University of Texas and Ardent was formed to create UT Health East Texas. Her previous experience in Texas was as CEO of Longview Regional Medical Center from 1998 to 2005. While in Texas she served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Texas Hospital Association and received the American Hospital Most Valuable Political Action Player Award.

 

Madhura Chandak Bajaj’s life motto is “The grass is greener where you water it.” At Envision Healthcare, she leads strategy development and execution for the provider documentation and education function of the Medical Group.

Madhura is a data and results-driven professional with extensive clinical and business operations experience. She is passionate about service excellence, continuous quality improvement, clinical and technology integration. Prior to joining Envision she held various leadership roles in health systems, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Clinical Integration with JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas.

Madhura’s graduate degrees are in Physical Therapy and Health Services Administration. She is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Madhura actively participates in the community by volunteering and serving in advisory roles. Born and raised in India, she pursues world travel and soulful music. She lives in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex with her spouse and eight-year-old twin boys.

A fun fact about her – “Will travel for good food!”

 

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Dr. Suman Sinha earned a bachelor’s in biochemistry from the University of California – San Diego, a master’s in business from the University of Phoenix, a master’s in molecular biology from San Diego State University and his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. Dr. Sinha is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

Dr. Sinha is married with two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, reading and music.

 

 

 

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