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10 November 2015
AMGA Announces Officers for 2016 Board of DirectorsLeaders from Aurora Health Care, Mercy, Mount Kisco Medical Group, Ochsner Health System, Prevea Health, and Sutter Health to Serve
Newswise — ALEXANDRIA, VA-The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) today announced the new officers of its Board of Directors, to begin their tenure in January 2016. The Board of Directors represents the leadership of some of AMGA’s most prominent member medical groups.
• Chair: Donn E. Sorensen, M.B.A., FACMPE, President East Region, Mercy• Chair Elect: Jeffrey W. Bailet, M.D., Executive Vice President, Aurora Health Care; President, Aurora Medical Group• Treasurer: Ashok Rai, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Prevea Health• Secretary: Joseph E. Bisordi, M.D., FACP, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health System • At-Large Member: Christopher J. Sclafani, P.E.M.B.A., Chief Administrative Officer, Mount Kisco Medical Group• Immediate Past Chair: Don L. Wreden, M.D., Senior Vice President for Patient Experience, Sutter Health• President and Chief Executive Officer: Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Group Association
Donn E. Sorensen, M.B.A., FACMPE, President East Region, Mercy Donn Sorensen was named president of Mercy's East Region in March 2012. He had been vice president/COO of Mercy Clinic since 2010.
He was formerly Executive Vice President of Mercy in Springfield, Missouri. He joined Mercy in January 2000 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. John’s Clinic, a 470-physician multispecialty group practice in Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Mr. Sorensen began his career in health care at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also served as the Administrator, Secretary/Treasurer of the Center for Urological Treatment and Research in Nashville, Tennessee; Administrator of the Ochsner Clinic of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Vice President of Practice Operations for Premier Practice Management, Inc. in San Diego, California. Mr. Sorensen is a member and fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
He is an advocate and supporter of AMGA serving on the Board of Directors, and Past Chair of the AMGA CAO/COO Council. His dedication to the St. Louis community has been and is currently demonstrated by his leadership and involvement in various organizations such as: The St. Louis Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors; Make a Wish Foundation, Chair - Board of Directors; St. Louis Zoo; Care to Learn St. Louis, Chair - Advisory Board; Frontenac Bank Board of Directors.
Jeffrey W. Bailet, M.D., Executive Vice President, Aurora Health Care; President, Aurora Medical Group Jeffrey W. Bailet, M.D., joined Aurora in 2003 and was appointed President of the Aurora Medical Group in 2006. Dr. Bailet serves as a member of the senior leadership team for Aurora Health Care and participates in the development of the strategic and operational direction for the organization.
Under his leadership as president, the group has nearly doubled in size through practice acquisitions and organic growth to more than 1,700 physicians and 800 advance practice clinicians across 180 clinics and 15 hospitals serving eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Dr. Bailet has been responsible for the development of single-specialty departments―including Radiology, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Hospitalists, Pulmonary Critical Care, Cardiology, and Cardiovascular Surgery―to better serve Aurora’s patients at its 15 hospitals.
Aurora was recently recognized by Press Ganey for demonstrating the greatest improvement in patient satisfaction and in 2010 was recognized for the third consecutive year as one of the top two performers in the CMS Hospital Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project and the top performer in Premier's QUEST initiative for quality, efficiency, satisfaction, and transparency. In 2006, Aurora Medical Group received the AMGA Medical Group Preeminence Award and in 2015 Aurora Health Care was awarded the Optum & AMGA Award for Innovation in Population Health.
Dr. Bailet was recently appointed to the Government Accountability Office’s new Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Medical Society. Bailet is a member of the Group Practice Advisory Committee of the American Medical Association. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, he completed his residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA Medical Center and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology. He also holds a M.S.P.H. in Environmental Health from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Service.
Treasurer: Ashok Rai, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Prevea HealthOn January 29, 2009, Dr. Ashok Rai was announced as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prevea Health. In this position, he carries out the strategic mission of the board of directors. He is instrumental in leading the growth of Prevea Health, while further developing the group’s affiliation with its hospital partners. Prevea Health is a multispecialty group offering more than 60 medical specialties. They employ more than 350-plus physicians and mid-level providers, combined with employees totaling more than 1,700. Prevea is uniquely partnered with four hospitals in Northeastern Wisconsin: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; as well as two hospitals in Western Wisconsin: HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Clare and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. Dr. Rai’s passion to redesign health care has lead Prevea to embrace the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care and expand the concept bringing patient-centric care beyond the clinic and directly out into the community and workplace. Prevea’s customized care educates and empowers individuals to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle, thereby improving the total wellness of the region. Additionally, Dr. Rai’s determination to develop population health strategy innovations with the use of data to address gaps in care was nationally recognized by being published in the Journal of Population Health in 2011. In 2013, he also led Prevea to partner in a provider-sponsored health plan with the creation of Prevea360—a health plan with the largest coordinated network in Northeast Wisconsin.
Dr. Rai directs recruitment and expansion efforts that recently grew Prevea’s operations in the Sheboygan market to four health centers, with additional provider offices on the hospital campus. Another new partnership brought Prevea into Oconto Falls, and a second developed a new health and wellness service line that offers wellness initiatives directly to business, improving the overall health of our area’s workforce. Most recently Prevea expanded to Western Wisconsin by partnering with HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire in the summer of 2015. Dr. Rai was appointed as the senior vice president and chief medical officer for Prevea Health from 2006 until January 2009. In this position, he oversaw Prevea’s clinic operations, the risk and compliance office, physician recruitment, quality and process improvement, and the medical practice committee. In 2006, he established the medical staff affairs office, which now assists with all physician-related issues, including credentialing and CMEs. During this time, he also led Prevea’s expansion into other markets by forming a new partnership with HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. In 2005, Dr. Rai became Prevea’s Associate Medical Director of Operations. In this position, he provided medical leadership to operations and oversaw the creation of Prevea’s physician work standards. In 2001, Dr. Rai joined Prevea's partner hospital, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, as the medical director for Hospitalist Services. Here he developed and grew the organization's first hospitalist program, where today he continues to work occasional hospitalist shifts. He has since held the position as HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center’s Physician Quality Director, during which he implemented all Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) 100,000 Live Project Standards, helped establish the hospital's accreditation as a Chest Pain Center, and represented the hospital during Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) visits and at the National Quality Forum. His leadership extends to the community, where Dr. Rai represents Prevea Health within a variety of organizations. In 2012, Dr. Rai joined the America Medical Group Association’s Board of Directors and was elected to the executive committee of the board in 2014. Additionally, he serves on the Boards for the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, Sheboygan County Boys and Girls Club, Integrated Health Network, NTWC Foundation, Downtown Green Bay and the Weidner Center. His experience as a CEO, community leader and practicing physician is influential in promoting wellness both locally and nationally. Dr. Rai graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was enrolled in the “Target M.D.” program, an advanced, seven-year undergraduate/medical degree program. He then graduated in 1997 from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed a residency in internal medicine/pediatrics in 2001 through Michigan State University at the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.
Secretary: Joseph E. Bisordi, M.D., FACP, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health SystemJoseph E. Bisordi, M.D., FACP, is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Ochsner Health System. In that role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of physician performance and clinical operations within Ochsner’s 7 hospitals, 33 health centers and 860-physician multispecialty group practice. Additionally, Dr. Bisordi is the Executive Director of Ochsner’s Accountable Care Network and serves as Chairman of the Board of Ochsner Physician Partners, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 1,000 Ochsner and Community physicians serving Southeastern Louisiana.
Under his leadership Ochsner’s flagship facility, the Ochsner Medical Center, has received national quality recognition including Truven Top 100 Hospitals, HealthGrades Top 100 Hospitals, and US News and World Report Top 50 Hospitals in 11 categories. Dr. Bisordi has been Ochsner’s lead representative at AMGA since joining the health system in 2008. Over the years, he has spoken at the AMGA’s Annual Conference on a number of topics including electronic health Records, physician compensation, physician recruitment and retention, and physician leadership development. He also represents Ochsner on the Council of Accountable Physician Practices.
Prior to joining Ochsner, he was Associate Chief Medical Officer of the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania and Chief Medical Officer of Geisinger Medical Center. His career has included responsibilities for regional peer review and quality improvement in dialysis and transplant services as Chair of the Medical Review Board of ESRD Network 4; research ethics as President of the Applied Research Ethics National Association; and implementation of Geisinger’s electronic health record as their Senior Vice President for Medical Informatics.
A board-certified nephrologist, Dr. Bisordi is a graduate of Manhattan College and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained in Internal Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center and in Nephrology as a National Kidney Foundation Fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
At-Large Member: Christopher J. Sclafani, P.E.M.B.A., Chief Administrative Officer, Mount Kisco Medical Group Christopher J. Sclafani, P.E. M.B.A., has been with the Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG) since 2000, originally as its Chief Operating Officer and most recently as the Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Sclafani is an integral member of the executive leadership team at MKMG and is a key participant in the development of the strategic and operational direction for the Group. Under his leadership, the Group has grown from 50 to over 450 physicians.
Prior to joining MKMG, he was a Senior Vice President at Putnam Hospital Center (PHC). Before PHC, Mr. Sclafani worked for Central Hudson Gas and Electric. Right after college he served four years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.
He currently serves as Treasurer for the Bedford Physicians Risk Retention Group and Corporate Administrator for the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Westchester. He is a board member for the Westchester/Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America as well as an advisory board member for IKS Health and Brighton Health Partners. Mr. Sclafani earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Villanova University and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Fordham University.
Immediate Past Chair: Don L. Wreden, M.D., Senior Vice President for Patient Experience, Sutter Health Don Wreden, M.D., is Senior Vice President for Patient Experience at Sutter Health. He is a physician board-certified in Internal Medicine and previously served as President and CEO at Sutter Medical Group (SMG).
Dr. Wreden has practiced internal medicine in Sacramento since 1985. In 2001, he was named president and CEO of Sutter Medical Group and served in that capacity until 2013. From 1997 to 2007, he served on the board of directors of Sutter Health. During those 10 years, Sutter Health grew to be the 7th largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the United States and greatly enhanced its culture of physician integration. While on the Sutter Health Board, Dr. Wreden served as chairman of the Public Policy Council for two years. He also served on the finance committee, governance committee, and quality review committee. During his leadership of SMG from 2001 to 2013, the multispecialty medical group grew from 150 to more than 500 physicians, now caring for 600,000 patients. SMG has been recognized in multiple years since 2004 as one of the top-performing medical groups in California based on quality measures and patient satisfaction by California's Integrated Healthcare Association. For its successes, SMG, together with Sutter Medical Foundation, have received the Sutter Health President's Award 5 times since 2004 for most outstanding performance as a physician organization.
Dr. Wreden holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. He completed his medical education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and completed his residency and chief residency at the University of Arizona affiliated hospitals.
Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Group AssociationDonald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), a trade association that represents medical groups and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation’s largest, most influential integrated health care delivery systems. Dr. Fisher has been CEO of the organization (formerly the American Group Practice Association, Inc.) since October 1980. Under his leadership, AMGA has become the premier voice for medical groups in the U.S., with its membership currently responsible for delivering health care to one out of every three Americans.
Dr. Fisher also serves as Secretary of the American Medical Group Foundation, AMGA’s nonprofit arm whose mission is to enable medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. Dr. Fisher serves as Chair of the Board of AMGA’s subsidiary Anceta, LLC, a health informatics company engaged in the development and utilization of a national data warehouse comprised of comprehensive, longitudinal patient healthcare information. Dr. Fisher also serves in various capacities on all of AMGA’s subsidiary organizations. In 2014, the AMGA Consulting Services, LLC was established with Dr. Fisher serving as Chair of the Board. Prior to becoming the CEO of AMGA, Dr. Fisher served as the first Executive Director (1973-1980) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dr. Fisher is very active in other organizations, in particular those dealing with health care. He is a member of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and former Chair of the American International Health Alliance; a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives; a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a member of the American Society of Association Executives; and serves on the IAMMM Center for Health as Social Equity Senior Fellows Advisory Council. In 2009 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Alliance Bank, appointed Chair of the Board in February 2011, and when Alliance merged with WashingtonFirst Bank the end of 2012, he was appointed a Director of the new Board. Dr. Fisher also serves on the Board of Advisors for Maestro Strategies (since 2012) and Inventurus Knowledge Solutions, Inc. (IKS) (2014). In addition, Dr. Fisher has been appointed as Senior Fellow, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center Society of Fellows (2009-present); appointed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Health Equity Program Section Head for Advanced Health Information Technology and appointed as Member, Editorial Board - Health Equity and Disparities Policy Blog (2010-present). Dr. Fisher has received numerous honors for his work on behalf of the health care professions. Dr. Fisher earned a BS in Biology/Chemistry from Millsaps College in 1968, a MS in Anatomy from the University of Mississippi, School of Medicine in 1971 and a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Mississippi in 1973. He is a Certified Association Executive as designated by the American Society of Association Executives, 1980 and has maintained that certification. Dr. Fisher also received a Certificate from the Wharton School of Business in 1989 and 1990 for successfully completing two Group Practice Executive Managers Institutes. He is also licensed (one hundred ton) by the United States Coast Guard.
About AMGAThe American Medical Group Association (AMGA) represents some of the nation’s largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, accountable care organizations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to support its members in enhancing population health and care for patients through integrated systems of care. More than 170,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance. www.amga.org