Breakout Sessions

Similar to our program’s Alumni Institute in years past, we draw on the expertise of MHA alumni and friends to offer content-rich breakout sessions. 2018 sessions include:

This workshop explores fundamentally new ways to address the grand challenges facing our nation in educational attainment, economic strength, health status, and other key indicators of community vitality. Lowell Kruse, MHA ‘67 and Rick Norling, MHA ‘75, co-founders of Communities of Excellence 2026, will lead this workshop that examines how the Baldrige framework has been modified and applied to communities to address essential challenges and how healthcare providers are often strategically positioned to initiate and support these efforts. It will explore the mission, framework, methodology and goals of Communities of Excellence 2026. Finally, this workshop will provide examples that highlight the success of the program to date in giving leaders an understanding on how to ignite change in their own communities using the Communities/Baldrige framework.

1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits sponsored by South Dakota Healthcare Executive Group

In this session, we will explore innovative approaches to solve healthcare’s most challenging problems. With a focus on design thinking and futurism, we will explore how leaders at the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic organize and work to improve healthcare. Through case study examples, panel discussion, and audience Q&A, this group will challenge the audience to explore new and novel ways to solve problems.


Barbara Spurrier, MHA ’88

Barbara Spurrier currently serves as Managing Director of the new Well Living Lab, a Delos and Mayo Clinic collaboration and Senior Vice President at Delos. She is responsible in partnership with Delos and Mayo Clinic senior leadership for overall strategy and operations of the Lab and has been building a multidisciplinary team of scientists, technologists and program staff as well as a Joint Steering Committee, Scientific Advisory Board and Well Living Lab Alliance. From 2008 to 2016, Barbara served as founding Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI), responsible to build the CFI from the ground up, with a mission to transform the delivery and experience of health and health care and advance a competency of innovation across Mayo Clinic. Prior to 2008, she held professional appointments as Vice Chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine, Chief of Ambulatory Care at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center and Senior Administrator at HealthPartners. Barbara has been active with the University of Minnesota, serving as a preceptor for MHA students, a member of the MHA Alumni Board and most recently as a member of the Health Services Management Advisory Board. Barbara has a Leadership Quality Blackbelt Certification from the Juran Institute, is Past President of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Academic Practice Assembly, served on the MGMA Board of Directors and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive. Barbara is co-author along with two Mayo Clinic physicians of the 2015 book Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. Barbara received a BA in Economics from St. Olaf College and a Master’s in Health Care Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota and held various training positions post graduate school at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Minnesota Department of Health, VAMC and the Aga Khan Hospital in east Africa.

Elliott Wortham, MHA ’15

Edwin (Elliott) Wortham VI received a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where he completed his administrative residency at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and worked on graduate consulting projects with UnitedHealth Group. He came to Cleveland Clinic as an Assistant Administrator in the Chief of Staff Office and was responsible for managing enterprise-wide strategic initiatives. He is now the Director of Strategy and Service Design within the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute and Head and Neck Institute where his efforts focus primarily on service design, strategic planning, and business development.

Janine Kamath
Chair, Department of Management Engineering and Internal Consulting (ME&IC) and Assistant Professor, Health Care Systems Engineering, Mayo Clinic

The strategic resources in ME&IC assist with systems analysis, design and implementation, reengineering of core processes, business strategy and planning, project management, and business transformation. ME&IC serves the Clinical Practice, Research, Education, Administration and Business Development. Prior to joining Mayo, Janine worked as a manager in two large pharmaceutical companies. While at Mayo, she has supported and led multiple institutional initiatives related to Mayo’s Electronic Environment, Facilities Reintegration, Operations Analysis and Research, Care Model Redesign and Mayo’s Quality, Safety and Service program. Janine is the President of the Association for Internal Management Consultants (AIMC) and a member of the INFORMS Roundtable. She has presented at national and international conferences and educational programs. Janine has published in peer reviewed journals, authored book chapters and a book on the legacy of management engineering and consulting at Mayo Clinic. She actively participates in a number of external professional organizations and has received multiple awards and professional commendations.

Julie Rish, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Director of Design and Best Practice, Office of Patient Experience, Cleveland Clinic
Director of Communication Skills Training and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Rish’s work focuses on applying human centered design to improve patient experience and co-designing partnering with patients to transform healthcare. She is passionate about improving experience for patients and caregivers, speaks nationally on this topic, 2018 Sherman Award finalist and recipient of the 2016 Press Ganey Success Story ® award.

1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits sponsored by South Dakota Healthcare Executive Group

While women dominate healthcare jobs on the front line and manager levels, they still face significant barriers in equal representation at the C-suite level. This workshop will feature Evelyn Orr, VP and COO of the Korn Ferry Institute and investigate the findings from the Women CEOs Speak Study. In this study, the Korn Ferry Institute & Rockefeller Foundation partnered to research 57 women who are or have been CEO at Fortune 1000-listed companies and others of similar size. Through their investigation, they were able to identify distinguishing characteristics of these women and better understand how organizations can promote women in leadership. This workshop will offer an overview of the current research as well as a panel of our own female MHA alumni who will share their journeys in healthcare leadership.


Gabrielle Cummings, MHA ’02, FACHE
Highland Park Hospital President, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Gabrielle Cummings, FACHE is President of Highland Park Hospital in Highland Park, IL. In addition to leading Highland Park Hospital, she has corporate responsibilities for Cardiology, GI and Laboratory and Pathology Medicine. Prior to becoming President, Gabrielle was Senior Vice President at Evanston Hospital at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) in Evanston, IL. The NorthShore system includes Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie Hospitals, a Medical Group, Research Institute, Home Services department and Foundation. While at Evanston Hospital, she had onsite support responsibilities for hospital planning and expansion along with corporate responsibilities for Laboratory Services, Surgery, Women’s Health, Cardiology and Support Services. Prior to becoming part of the Evanston Hospital team, she was based at Glenbrook Hospital. While at Glenbrook Hospital, she managed various Support Service departments, supported hospital planning and expansion projects and worked with physician leadership to manage the Department of Family Medicine and Surgery, Oncology and GI. Prior to Glenbrook Hospital, Gabrielle was based at Highland Park Hospital where she was responsible for providing financial analysis to the Hospital President, leading the operational planning for implementation of the electronic medical record and managing various ancillary departments including GI and Oncology. Gabrielle joined NorthShore as an Administrative Fellow in 2002.

Before coming to NorthShore, Gabrielle worked at the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company as a Senior Medical Services Underwriter. In that capacity, she provided medical malpractice insurance for healthcare providers and facilities in the New England Region.

Gabrielle received her B.S. degree in Healthcare Management from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and her MHA from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in Strategic Management.

Gabrielle is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (2011) and was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40, as well as receiving the Early Career Award from the Chicago Healthcare Executives Forum. Ms Cummings has served on several Boards including Roycemore School, CASA of Cook County, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Women Employed and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Jena Hausmann, MHA ’96
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Jena has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital Colorado since May 1, 2015 where she oversees the Children’s Hospital Colorado at the Anschutz Medical campus and the Children’s Hospital Colorado network of care in 17 locations in the metropolitan Denver area. She joined Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2004 as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Network of Care Operations and assumed the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008.

Prior to joining Children’s Colorado, Jena worked at Fairview Health System in Minneapolis as an administrative fellow and then quickly rose to senior management at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She provided leadership over many operational areas, as well as planning and business development activities.

Jena is currently on the boards of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Denver Metro North Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Hospital Association, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. She is a member of the Colorado Forum and serves on the Center for Global Health Executive Committee and chairs the Butterfly Pavilion’s Advisory Board. Jena recently served on the board of directors for YMCA of Metropolitan Denver and March of Dimes Colorado. She also chaired the 2015 Colorado Kidney Foundation Walk, and the 2017 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Campaign.

Jena has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado College.

Jena, her husband Kevin and their three children find their life’s purpose is to provide much love and laughter each day.

Amanda Tufano, MHA ’10, CMPE, CPPM
Chief Executive Officer, Genevive

Amanda is the Chief Executive Officer of Genevive. Prior to her CEO appointment in April of 2018, she held a variety of roles within the company – Interim CEO, COO, and Director of Business Operations. She joined Genevive in 2012, after working in primary care management at a large health system in Minnesota. She earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota, is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE), and holds additional certifications in Lean, Six Sigma, and project management. She received her B.S. and B.A. undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. An active member of her community, Amanda currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair on the Board of the Minnesota American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), is a curriculum advisor for the Home Centered Care Institute, mentors graduate and undergraduate students, and volunteers on two non-profit finance committees.

Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA ’86, DrPH
President, Rhode Island Hospital

Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH is president of Rhode Island Hospital and its pediatric division, Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Dr. Van Bree also has responsibility for psychiatry and behavioral health services, including Bradley Hospital, the state’s only child psychiatric hospital, and Gateway Healthcare, a community mental health organization. Prior to joining Rhode Island Hospital in January 2015, Dr. Van Bree was senior vice president and chief executive officer for St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. She has also been chief operating officer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, the University of Virginia Health System, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Standards Committee of the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, and on the boards of Bryant University, Providence Chamber of Commerce, the University of Minnesota MHA Alumni Association/Foundation, and Crossroads Rhode Island. She earned a doctor of public health in health systems management from Tulane University, a masters in health care administration from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of science in community health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits sponsored by ACHE-MN Chapter

This panel will explore how ‘startup’ healthcare organizations add value in healthcare through innovation, partnerships, and challenging established models. Specifically, this discussion will explore why startups are particularly well positioned to add value in our current healthcare environment and how they can partner with established healthcare organizations to bring about or respond to change. We will discuss past examples of these partnerships, understand how the partnership was executed, how it changed the organization, and how it enabled them to better serve their communities. We will also dive into why healthcare startups are specifically well suited to adapt to changes in healthcare and how both individuals and organizations can implement this type of change in their own organizations.


Jodi Hubler
Managing Director, Lemhi Venturer

Jodi Hubler is the Managing Director of Lemhi Ventures, a health care services venture capital fund with $385M under management, where she leads an experienced team through all phases of the investment life cycle. Over her 20-plus-year career, she has held executive positions in a variety of public and private companies, including Cargill, Alcoa, and Definity Health, where she served as chief people officer. She has served as a board member or chair of over a dozen health care services companies, valued for her keen insight as a strategic advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs and CEOs. In addition to five corporate boards, she is currently a member of the Healthcare Executives Leadership Network and Women Business Leaders in Health Care Foundation. Jodi also serves on the non-profit boards of Caring Bridge and Medical Alley Association. Jodi holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Iowa.

David W. Moen, MD
Principal, MoenMD

Dr. Moen has spent his career providing clinical leadership to teams achieving nationally-recognized and market-changing Triple Aim results for high risk patients in hospital, clinic, and community settings. He is Principal at MoenMD

Consulting and has served as a strategic advisor to health system, physician network, health plan, venture capital, and Fortune 500 clients. He worked with United Health Group Ventures to attain funding to start TeamMD, a company which provides integrated primary care, nursing, and social services to vulnerable adults. He was named Board Chairman in September, 2015. After a successful launch in Des Moines, IA, United Health Care purchased TeamMD. TeamMD is now deployed in 3 states with plans to expand. He serves as Lead Physician Advisor to UHG Ventures and as Executive Chairman in two of their portfolio companies, Orthology and Renai. Through MoenMD Consulting he provides Chief Medical Officer Services to Occtegrity based in Minneapolis and Austin, TX and Healthy Interactions based in Chicago.

Mark W. Nelson, MHA ’05
VP, Corporate Business Development, HealthCatalyst

Health Catalyst is a mission-driven, venture backed, outcomes-improvement company that helps healthcare organizations of all sizes improve clinical, financial, and operational outcomes needed to improve population health and accountable care. Health Catalyst’s proven Data Operating System and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 65 million patients. As VP of Corporate Business Development, Mark has accountability for building strategic relationships with external organizations ranging from large multi-billion dollar conglomerates to small, health care focused delivery originations.

Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Mark worked for Allina Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Within Allina Health, Mark had accountability to build and lead the clinical analytic function, care loyalty initiative, and was the Director of the Office of Inpatient Stay Coordination. Within that role, he helped to lead a three-year initiative that reduced inpatient length-of-stay, generating documented savings of over $12 million. Mark is a certified Six-Sigma Black Belt and has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from The University of Minnesota. He received his undergraduate education in Economics and Management Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Tom Valdivia, MD, MS
Co-Founder & CMO, Bright Health

Tom Valdivia, MD, MS is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Bright Health, a new health insurance startup serving the individual and Medicare Advantage marketplaces. At Bright Health, Tom focuses on ensuring affordability by leveraging the strengths of each of Bright Health’s Care Partner health systems, rather than just imposing typical health plan approaches. Tom began his career as an Internist and knows first-hand how much doctors and patients can achieve when they work together. As a health informatics innovator, he also knows the value of advanced analytics and information systems that empower providers and patients alike.

Tom previously served as the Chief Health Consumer Officer of Definity Health where he helped the consumer-driven benefit program grow to span all 50 states before being acquired by UnitedHealth. He was also Co-Founder and President of Carol Corp., which pioneered a direct-to-consumer provider marketplace.

Tom is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in health informatics from the University of Minnesota.

1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits sponsored by ACHE-MN Chapter

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