Meeting a Winner!

I did not know the winner of the inaugural Hearst Health Prize until the moment that Hearst Health CEO & President Dr. Gregory Dorn and I opened the envelope on stage at our Population Health Colloquium on March 8, 2016. Therefore, it was an extra pleasure to visit the winner, Community Care of North Carolina more »


Deep Space

As a boy growing up in the 1960’s, I often dreamt of being an astronaut and envied the fighter pilots-turned space explorers who seemed to have “all the right stuff”.  Instead of blasting off into low earth orbit, I traveled to Verona, WI to the headquarters of the venerable EHR developer, Epic.  Perhaps you’ve been more »


A Heart to Heart Conversation at the ACC

Picture the largest auditorium in North America, at the McCormick Place in Chicago, overflowing with more than 3,600 cardiologists from around the country and abroad.  Now, add in the opening ceremony, including a video greeting from Michelle Obama, and you have all the ingredients for a heart pounding, educational experience.  In this setting, I was more »


A Good Way to Celebrate Doctor’s Day

Did you know that National Doctors’ Day, the US holiday created to recognize physician service, started in 1933?  I had the privilege of celebrating Doctors’ Day this year by serving as the plenary speaker for the 13th Annual National Doctors’ Recognition Day Symposium hosted by the Bronx County Medical Society in New York State.  The more »


Population Health 2020

I love working with state hospital associations!  I get to meet colleagues from a large geographic area and have an opportunity to learn about the roll-out of health reform in different parts of the country. At the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), they set aside three hours for me to do a deep dive on “Envisioning Population more »


Charleston Chew

The tall guy in the photo here is Dr. Todd Shuman, the Chief Physician Officer of a clinically integrated delivery system in Charleston, SC called Roper St. Francis.  We were together at  their annual board and leadership retreat at the famous Wild Dunes Resort on Palmetto Island, just outside Charleston.  The Roper St. Francis Board, more »


A Beacon of Hope

Almost four years ago, two community hospitals, Elkhart and Memorial in South Bend, Indiana came together to create Beacon Health.  These historical rivals overcame their competitiveness with one another to refocus their energies on the community that they serve together.  Led by a long-serving CEO, Phillip Newbold, Beacon Health System now has a unified board more »


The Role of Specialty Societies in Population Health

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), headquartered in Heart House in central Washington, DC, is arguably one of the most important and  powerful subspecialty societies worldwide.  I appreciated being asked to  open their 2-day Population Health Retreat, which included other speakers from academia, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control more »


The Governor

Yes, that’s me standing next to Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.  After only five months in office, Governor Wolf is demonstrating his commitment to improving the health of the population in our Commonwealth.  I was privileged to be part of a small group of outsiders with expertise in health care issues who were invited to more »


Blooming in the Desert

It was 104 degrees Fahrenheit when I visited Scottsdale, AZ and our colleagues at the Mediware Corporation.  Perhaps you’ve never heard of them, but I’m confident that you will!  Mediware is an information services company with a diverse portfolio of products that range from software tracking for core stem cell blood donation to home infusion and more »

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