Registration: 3 pm
Panel 1: 3:30 – 5 pm
Reception 5 – 6 pm (Hors D’Oeuvres & Refreshments)
Panel 2: 6 – 7:30 pm
Panel 1: Care Coordination: Acute Hospital Becoming a Preferred Provider in the Narrow Network
Panel 2: Improving the Bottom Line by Optimizing Patient Throughput
Aaron M. Bujnowski, FACHE
Chief Strategy Officer
Texas Health Resources
Aaron M. Bujnowski, FACHE, serves as senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Texas Health Resources. Bujnowski is responsible for developing system, zone and entity level strategy across the entire enterprise that includes wholly-owned and joint venture hospitals, as well as ambulatory and post-acute care.
Prior to joining Texas Health in 2010 as vice president of analytics and market intelligence, Bujnowski served as the director of strategy for Dean Foods in Dallas. His experience includes more than four years with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Dallas, where he served as project leader, consultant and a core member of BCG’s health care practice. Bujnowski previously held various leadership positions in business development, market development and innovation at Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas, for more than nine years.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with the highest honors. He also holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he graduated with honors. In 2015, Bujnowski became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Fluent in Spanish and basic American Sign Language, Bujnowski is co-inventor of four U.S. patents, certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and has volunteered his services through many national organizations. To name a few, he was a Red Cross volunteer for Katrina Relief in New Orleans, a full-time Latter-Day Saint missionary and humanitarian volunteer in Chile, South America, and served as an executive board member for the Boy Scouts of America.
Senior Vice President, Transitional and Post-Acute Care
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Marilyn Callies is a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in Business Administration and serves as Senior Vice-President of Transitional and Post- Acute Services at Parkland Hospital, overseeing Case Management, Social Work, Patient Transport and Parkland Nursing Homes. Prior to joining Parkland in 2013, Callies served as Director of Case Management at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, leading case management activities and overseeing hospital social work and case management programs. She is an experienced professional with 36 years in healthcare and has a 34 year track record in leadership, management, and organizational change. Marilyn is an energetic leader with a focus on team building, who cares about people and is results driven. She is an Accredited Case Manager and has received several honors and awards such as the Innovation in Case Management Award and recognized as one of the DFW Hospital Council Great 100 nurses. She is a member of the National American Case Management Association. She is an inaugural member and President of the Dallas Fort Worth chapter of American Case Management Association and is a Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Director of Business Sustainability and Development
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Francesco is the Director of Business Sustainability and Development at Parkland Health and Hospital System. After achieving a Master’s Degree with Honors in Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Francesco joined a management consulting company. During that time, he worked for several clients in different countries and industries (mainly healthcare, pharmaceutical and renewable energy) focusing on strategic planning, cost optimization, company restructuring and reorganization, and post-merger and acquisition (M&A) integrations. After the consulting experience, he joined Parkland in 2015 where he played a key role in planning and executing the relocation of the acute care hospital to the newly built campus. Subsequently, in addition to overseeing some of the 1115 Medicaid Waiver DSRIP initiatives, Francesco focused his work on improving hospital patient flow, from the emergency intake to the inpatient discharge. He achieved significant improvements in terms of throughput: 30% reduction in ED boarding time, 25% reduction in discharge turnaround time and one hour improvement in the overall patient discharge time. In his latest role, Francesco is tasked with improving the overall financial and operational performance of the hospital system by leading strategic initiatives, exploring additional revenue sources, and optimizing costs.
Debi Pasley is the System Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for CHRISTUS Health. Visionary healthcare leader with 20+ years of experience improving quality of care, reducing costs, and improving revenue potential for nationally and internationally recognized organizations. Superior business leader with demonstrated clinical and administrative accomplishments in community and academic medical systems leading multiple clinical disciplines. Proven success in creation and growth of services, recovery of struggling hospitals and services, and in achievement of regulatory and professional accreditation. Able to improve outcomes, core measurements, and patient satisfaction through mentorship and development of team members, leading to excellence in all levels of care. Experienced in improving operational efficiency, strategic planning, program assessment, establishment of new services, medical staff relations, facility creation.
A few highlighted accomplishments include:
Debi Pasley is a certified nurse executive (NEA-BC) and healthcare executive (FACHE). She has a strong background in creation of new services and reorganization of existing services. She has Last update: August 18, 2017 led a successful Magnet® journey and served in multiple Magnet® hospitals. Her leadership of multiple clinical disciplines has resulted in team successes which support employee engagement and improved operations.
Debi describes her leadership style as participative, creating teams which improve quality, reduce expenses, and optimize volumes.
John Phillips, FACHE
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
John Phillips is president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. He oversees operations of a 254-bed non-profit acute care hospital with more than 1,000 employees and 200 physicians. Phillips has been instrumental in leading and growing the hospital, which recently achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing and is currently pursuing Level 3 trauma designation.
Under Phillips’ leadership in 2017, the hospital topped-out a new $11.8M professional office building and in 2015 opened a $118 million Amon G. Carter Foundation Heart and Vascular Center and patient tower.
The hospital has achieved exceptional safety scores, outperformed other hospitals in key quality measures to provide excellent patient care, and is certified by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke and Chest Pain Center’s.
Phillips earned a MBA from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master of Health Care Administration from Trinity University.
Director 360 Services
Wish Health System
As Director of 360 Services, Leah is focused on readmission prevention initiative for the hospital. 360 Services is a program developed through the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) program. Leah has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University and Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.
Karen Watts, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Parkland Health & Hospital System
As the Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Karen has been in this role at Parkland for 3 years. She has experience as a past CNO in 3 other health systems and a background in quality management, strategic planning, business administration, physician practice management and patient safety. She has spoken nationally on patient safety and other topics including innovations in nursing, as well as clinical and financial management related to nursing. Karen is passionate about nursing and patient care and is helping to advance professional practice and supporting future Pathway to Excellence and Magnet designation. She also helped develop the first Parkland Nursing Strategic Plan. Karen served on Emory University’s Center for Ethics Consortium and the Patient and Family Partnership Advisory Council for Quality and Patient Safety Development nationally. She is a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association and the American Nurses Association. Karen holds the ANCC National Nursing Executive Advanced certification. Karen received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing of Georgia Southern University.