Top Names in Digital Medicine to Headline NODE.Health Conference

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — NODE.Health, the association for digital medicine, has announced the agenda for the 2020 NODE.Health Digital Medicine Conference December 7th to 11th, and it features some of the best minds in digital medicine with 5 days of virtual content highlighting evidence, innovation and highly relevant COVID related information.

It also kicks off with a full day of educational content on Sunday, December 6th as part of the Digital Medicine Foundation Certificate Course worth up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. The course, which includes an all day session on December 6th along with free electives during the conference, is targeted at exposing leaders, students and clinicians in all specialties to learn the fundamentals of digital medicine. It is also intended to complement the more advanced topics throughout the Conference the following week.

Together, the conference and the course include over 70+ speakers and faculty representing the FDA, health systems, pharma, payors, and technology innovators, and will feature several keynote speakers who are on the front lines of digital medicine transformation:

Leana Wen, MD, MSc is a Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at The George Washington University and practicing emergency medicine physician. As a columnist for The Washington Post, Dr. Wen contributes articles on health policy. She is also a medical analyst and on-air commentator for CNN and is recognized globally for her expertise and leadership in pandemic preparedness and response as a Former Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore. She will present the session: “Keynote: Year in Review – The Year Public Health and Population Health Became One and What that Means for the Future of Healthcare.”

Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc, MCP is Senior Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program and Principle Investigator (PI) of NYC Health + Hospitals Institute for Diseases and Disaster Management at New York City Health + Hospitals. A leading epidemiologist and public health expert in special pathogen preparedness and response, she is Safety Lead of the Enhanced Special Investigations Unit of NYC Test & Trace Corps. She will present the session: “The Evidence Behind the Quest for a Vaccine”.

John Brownstein, PhD is Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. An internationally-recognized leader in global disease outbreak tracking, his research focuses on applying computational epidemiology for public health and has resulted in the development of multiple public health surveillance systems, including HealthMap. He will present the session: “Keynote: Part II: Separating the Signal from the Noise for COVID Related Innovations.”

Ashish Jha, MD, MPH is Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. A practicing general internist and health policy expert, he conducts research on public health policy outcomes and quality and cost of health care. Previously, he was Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He will present the

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United Family Medicine Board Names Chief Executive Officer

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–United Family Medicine (UFM), a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) in St. Paul dedicated to meeting the health care demands of its community while contributing to the vitality of the region, announced today that its board of directors promoted Ann Nyakundi to CEO effective immediately.

Nyakundi joined the organization as interim CEO in October 2019, establishing priorities to re-design UFM’s care model to improve patients’ access to its services, maintain highest level health outcomes, and achieve compliance with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), its federal regulator and primary funder. The resulting transformative changes, including migrating from its Allina-leased provider arrangement to hiring its own full complement of physicians, place UFM on track to attain regulatory compliance, while improving patients’ ability to see their doctors and health care team more quickly than ever before.

“It’s my desire and our collective responsibility to provide the best health care possible to every one of our patients, at the time that they need it, and we’re making numerous changes to meet this commitment,” said Nyakundi. “I’m grateful to UFM’s board of directors for the confidence it’s placed in me as its CEO, and excited to continue our work to place patients at the center of our response to community needs.”

Through the onset and continuing stressors of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nyakundi empowered her teams to improve access to care, such as the advanced practitioners who launched telemedicine as a service. This prompt response resulted in UFM regaining most of the patient visits that were delayed due to the pandemic, while significantly reducing UFM’s operating deficit and reliance on a part-time physician workforce. These cost efficiencies will allow UFM to expand dental and other services.

“Ann’s skill as a health care leader and her ethical and motivational orientation has steered United Family Medicine forward through the extreme challenges that its operating structure posed and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to present,” said Daymond Dean, UFM Executive Committee Board Member. “Our patients’ lives and well-being depend on their ability to receive the services that a community health center provides, and Ann is immeasurably qualified to ensure that UFM delivers those services and high-quality health care to our community.

Nyakundi pursued undergraduate and graduate medical anthropology and health care administration at the University of Michigan and University of Minnesota respectively, and brings to her role expertise in community health, philanthropy, strategic planning and health policy. Having experienced homelessness as a child without access to adequate options for high quality health care, inspired her career and commitment to public health. Most recently she volunteered for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a National Expert for the New Models of Primary Care Workforce and Financing Project, provided strategic support to the National Marrow Donor Program and worked within the Primary Care Services Division of the American Cancer Society.

About United Family Medicine

United Family Medicine, a federally qualified health center in St. Paul, Minnesota, provides high quality primary care, dental services and

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United Family Medicine Board Names Chief Executive Officer – Press Release

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(Business Wire)–United Family Medicine (UFM), a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) in St. Paul dedicated to meeting the health care demands of its community while contributing to the vitality of the region, announced today that its board of directors promoted Ann Nyakundi to CEO effective immediately.

Nyakundi joined the organization as interim CEO in October 2019, establishing priorities to re-design UFM’s care model to improve patients’ access to its services, maintain highest level health outcomes, and achieve compliance with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), its federal regulator and primary funder. The resulting transformative changes, including migrating from its Allina-leased provider arrangement to hiring its own full complement of physicians, place UFM on track to attain regulatory compliance, while improving patients’ ability to see their doctors and health care team more quickly than ever before.

“It’s my desire and our collective responsibility to provide the best health care possible to every one of our patients, at the time that they need it, and we’re making numerous changes to meet this commitment,” said Nyakundi. “I’m grateful to UFM’s board of directors for the confidence it’s placed in me as its CEO, and excited to continue our work to place patients at the center of our response to community needs.”

Through the onset and continuing stressors of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nyakundi empowered her teams to improve access to care, such as the advanced practitioners who launched telemedicine as a service. This prompt response resulted in UFM regaining most of the patient visits that were delayed due to the pandemic, while significantly reducing UFM’s operating deficit and reliance on a part-time physician workforce. These cost efficiencies will allow UFM to expand dental and other services.

“Ann’s skill as a health care leader and her ethical and motivational orientation has steered United Family Medicine forward through the extreme challenges that its operating structure posed and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to present,” said Daymond Dean, UFM Executive Committee Board Member. “Our patients’ lives and well-being depend on their ability to receive the services that a community health center provides, and Ann is immeasurably qualified to ensure that UFM delivers those services and high-quality health care to our community.

Nyakundi pursued undergraduate and graduate medical anthropology and health care administration at the University of Michigan and University of Minnesota respectively, and brings to her role expertise in community health, philanthropy, strategic planning and health policy. Having experienced homelessness as a child without access to adequate options for high quality health care, inspired her career and commitment to public health. Most recently she volunteered for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a National Expert for the New Models of Primary Care Workforce and Financing Project, provided strategic support to the National Marrow Donor Program and worked within the Primary Care Services Division of the American Cancer Society.

About United Family Medicine

United Family Medicine, a federally qualified health center in St. Paul, Minnesota, provides high quality primary care, dental services and behavioral health

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Spring Hills Names Dr. Pierantonio Russo as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Clinical Transformation Officer

Veteran Cardiac Surgeon, Heart Transplant Surgeon and Health Care Executive to Lead Expansion of Organization’s Population Health Management Program

Spring Hills announced today that it has named Pierantonio Russo, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Clinical Transformation Officer of the Population Health Management Program. Russo will oversee the integration of Population Health into Spring Hills’ clinical programs and offer guidance to providers, payers, and policymakers on IT and AI enabled comprehensive population management, including complex care for high-risk, high cost, high needs patients.

Following two decades of practicing cardiac and heart transplant surgery, first at the Mayo Clinic, Russo assumed executive leadership roles providing expertise in medical informatics, machine learning (ML) and predictive modeling applications in health care, value-based insurance and outcome-based contracts, and population medicine. Prior to joining Spring Hills, Russo served as the Chief Medical Officer of HVH/Eversana, a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) and ML for health care applications and global commercial services to the life sciences industry. Among other projects, Russo led an initiative with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on early predictors and medical cost of several rare diseases.

In 2016-17, Russo served as Vice President of Health Services at Boston-based Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Insurance Council Chair and board member of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality Partners. He supported the creation of a framework for utilization, quality management and reimbursement that facilitated the launch of the virtual hospital or hospital-at-home program, Medicallyhome. From 2007-2016, Russo was Medical Director at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, where he leveraged predictive algorithms codesigned with the data science team to implement disease management and telemedicine initiatives for patients with heart failure.

“Dr. Russo is a clinician with a notable track record of driving new innovation to improve patient care and outcomes,” said Alex Markowits, Founder and President/CEO of Spring Hills. “He is keenly aware of the numerous factors that can impact a person’s health and has created programs over the past decade to close critical gaps in communication and care. His background and expertise make him an ideal fit to lead the growth of our population health management program. With his experience in cardiology, Dr. Russo also will be a key asset to our specialized cardiac program for people transitioning from hospital to home after a cardiac event.”

Spring Hills operates Post-Acute Care, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities and Home Care services for seniors and those with chronic health needs. The company is expanding to include clinical programs that will offer residents and patients uniquely comprehensive health care. Population Health Management is fully integrated into the clinical programs, including the recently established Cardiac Program.

Spring Hills Population Health associates build relationships with the patient and family while in the hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Spring Hills and provide support during their stay and for 90 days post-discharge. Services include care coordination, personal communication, follow-up appointments, home visits, remote monitoring and removing social or financial barriers to care. Through Population Health

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Providence Names Sylvain Trepanier as Chief Nursing Officer

Providence Names Sylvain Trepanier as Chief Nursing Officer

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RENTON, Wash., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Providence, one of the largest health systems in the country, today announced that Sylvain “Syl” Trepanier, D.N.P., R.N., will serve as the organization’s new system-wide chief nursing officer (CNO), effective January 1, 2021.

Sylvain “Syl” Trepanier, D.N.P., R.N., will serve as the organization’s new system-wide chief nursing officer (CNO), effective January 1, 2021
Sylvain “Syl” Trepanier, D.N.P., R.N., will serve as the organization’s new system-wide chief nursing officer (CNO), effective January 1, 2021

As the new CNO, Syl will be a critical voice for nursing at the senior executive level, advocating for nurses and advanced practitioners while supporting the practice of nursing across the health system’s seven-state footprint. He will play a meaningful role in setting the system’s clinical strategy and will be at the center of workforce planning. One of Syl’s earliest responsibilities will be continuing to build momentum for Providence’s Nursing Institute and Clinical Academy, programs that provide a sustained talent pipeline of specialty nurses, nurse practitioners and clinicians.

“The CNO serves as a champion for our nurses and the invaluable role they play caring for the people in our communities, as well as ensuring we are attracting and retaining the most skilled and compassionate nurses. I know Syl will do both,” said executive vice president and chief clinical officer, Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., to whom he will report. “With 30,000 nurses, we have a unique opportunity to show how nurses are at the heart of our mission and helping achieve our vision of health for a better world.”

Syl is currently serving as the chief clinical executive for Providence’s Southern California region. His work reduced clinical variation across the region, making Providence Southern California one of the safest places to receive care. Additionally, Syl helped lead the COVID-19 response. “Our region’s COVID-19 response demonstrates how the sharing of expertise across our system results in top-quality care, innovation and increased collaboration. I am excited to continue this work with my nursing colleagues across the Providence family of organizations,” said Syl.  

Syl will follow Deb Burton, Ph.D., R.N., who will retire at the end of 2020 after serving 12 years as the CNO for Providence. Under Deb’s leadership, Providence’s successful nursing workforce development programs have gained national recognition. The Clinical Academy, a year-long program designed to launch the careers of new graduate nurses into 22 different clinical specialties, resulted in a reduction in first-year nursing turnover from 25% to roughly 9% today. Deb also led efforts to grow distance-based academic nursing and clinical programs through the University of Providence.

Prior to joining Providence Southern California in 2017, Syl served as system vice president and chief nursing officer for Premier Health in Dayton, Ohio. He also held leadership roles at Tenet in Dallas and at hospitals in South Florida. He has a doctorate in nursing from Texas Tech University, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Montreal.

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U.S. News Names Best Nursing Homes for 2020-21

Nursing Home profiles to also include new patient safety information, highlighting up-to-date COVID-19 data.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in health care rankings, today released the 2020-21 Best Nursing Homes. As nursing homes and facilities across the nation cope with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. News remains committed to providing data-driven information and guidance to help patients, families and caregivers understand their long-term and short-term care options. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.

U.S. News & World Report Logo. (PRNewsfoto/U.S. News & World Report)
U.S. News & World Report Logo. (PRNewsfoto/U.S. News & World Report)

“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that highlights COVID-19 data paired with other measures of care arms families, caregivers and patients with the information needed to make a decision that keeps safety at the highest priority.”  

The 11th year of the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes combines comprehensive information about care, health inspections and staffing with COVID-19 outbreaks, flu and pneumonia vaccination rates, and infection control violations listed on the patient safety summary. Individuals can easily conduct customized research for a highly rated nursing home by location, size, Medicare and Medicaid coverage and Alzheimer’s care.

In addition to helping families find the best nursing home for their loved one, U.S. News published pieces on nursing home patient safety during COVID-19 and what to expect as nursing homes resume in-person visits. These pieces join new Hospital Hero profiles featuring a nursing home activities director easing pandemic-related isolation and a public policy expert calling for nursing home employees’ wages and benefits to reflect the current dangerous nature of their jobs.

This year, California has the highest number on the list, with 215 nursing homes that received a High Performing Rating in Short-Term Rehabilitation and 135 designated as High Performing in Long-Term Care, followed by Florida, Illinois and New Jersey. Hawaii, Maine and Alaska have the highest proportion of Best Nursing Homes with at least half of all Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing homes in these states receiving a High-Performing designation in either Short-Term Rehabilitation or Long-Term Care, or both. The Best Nursing Homes reflect U.S. News’ analysis of data collected and published by the federal government using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that U.S. News has determined most impact patient and resident care, safety and outcomes.

The Best Nursing Home finder features ratings on both long-term and short-term care. The Long-Term Care Rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality

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OSF names Rumph as president

ALTON — Jerry Rumph, MHA, FACHE, has been named the new president at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton.

Rumph has a 25-year history in health care in the St. Louis area as well as military leadership that includes expertise in disaster planning and use of telemedicine for primary care. He will begin overseeing the day-to-day operations of OSF Saint Anthony’s and its other medical facilities in the Riverbend starting Nov. 16.

“Jerry brings a wealth of experience in everything from strategic planning to overseeing major capital improvements and growing services in communities where Mr. Rumph has served in leadership,” according to Sister M. Mikela Meidl, F.S.G.M., interim president Saint Anthony’s Health Center, executive vice president-chief ministry officer, OSF HealthCare.

“We are blessed to have someone with his breath of experience to advance our goal of expanding access to quality, affordable health care for residents throughout the Riverbend,” she said.


Rumph takes over as president of OSF Saint Anthony’s following the departure of Ajay Pathak. Most recently Rumph was chief executive officer for Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital in St. Louis. He also has served in a variety of leadership positions with SSM Health, a Catholic not-for-profit health system based in Missouri.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my collective experience to OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center and collaborating with both the hospital staff and community leaders with the goal to continue providing exceptional care to families in the Alton and surrounding communities,” Rumph said.

Rumph has overseen and managed a $96 million hospital master facility plan and construction project that included the addition of three patient care floors on top of the existing hospital and new clinical service departments and clinics, which included a 35-bed rehabilitation facility that served as a hospital within a hospital.

As vice president of operations/chief operating officer at St Joseph Hospital-Lake St. Louis, his facility posted a consecutive hospital score in the 90th and 93rd percentile respectively for employee engagement, the highest scores of all 20 hospitals in SSM Health.

He also oversaw a $323,000 Telemedicine grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command to create a trial of a virtual primary care clinic and created crisis plans for bioterrorism, chemical, and radiological disasters/attacks.

Rumph graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and earned a master’s degree in health care administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He takes over as president of OSF Saint Anthony’s following the departure of Ajay Pathak.

OSF HealthCare is owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered in Peoria. For more information visit osfhealthcare.org.

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