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Disclaimer: Consistent with the IHI’s policy, faculty for this program are expected to disclose at the beginning of their presentation(s) any econ​omic or other personal interests that create, or may be perceived as creating, a conflict related to the material discussed. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent a speaker with a significant financial or other relationship from making a presentation, but rather to provide listeners with information on which they can make their own judgments.
Unless otherwise noted below, each presenter provided full disclosure information, does not intend to discuss an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device, and has no significant financial relationship(s) to disclose. If unapproved uses of products are discussed, presenters are expected to disclose this to participants.​


JillDuncan.jpgJill Duncan, RN, MS, MPH, Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is responsible for leading the strategic planning and daily operations for IHI’s Impacting Cost + Quality initiative as well as serving as faculty for IHI’s Leading Quality Improvement: Essentials for Managers. Jill is also the Director for a variety of new IHI Expedition programs in 2012-13.  With nearly 20 years of clinical nursing experience, Jill draws from her learning as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, pediatric nurse educator and front line nurse. Her clinical interests have developed through experiences in a variety of settings including Neonatal ICU, pediatric ER, clinical research and Early Head Start health programming. Ms. Duncan has contributed to a variety of collaborative publications in The Journal of Pediatrics and she is co-author of Pediatric High-Alert Medications: Evidence-Based Safe Practices for Nursing Professionals and Stressed Out About Your Nursing Career.


DerekFeeley.jpgDerek Feeley, DBA, Executive Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has executive-level responsibility for driving IHI's strategy across five core focus areas: Improvement Capability; Person- and Family-Centered Care; Patient Safety; Quality, Cost, and Value; and Triple Aim for Populations. His role is international in scope, guiding work to deliver on IHI's mission to improve health and health care around the world. Prior to joining IHI in 2013, Mr. Feeley was Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. In this role he was the principal adviser to Scottish Ministers on health and care issues and he provided direction to the work of NHS Boards in ensuring the delivery of high-quality health care. Mr. Feeley has a varied background in policy analysis gained during his thirty years in public service. From 2002 to 2004, he served as Principal Private Secretary to Scotland's First Minister, which then led to a new role developing a framework for service redesign in the NHS. A 2005-2006 Harkness/ Health Foundation Fellow in Health Care Policy, he spent one year in the United States working with Kaiser Permanente and the Veteran's Health Administration. Upon returning to the NHS, Mr. Feeley was appointed Director of Healthcare Policy and Strategy, with responsibility for advising the Scottish Government on all health care quality and patient safety issues, and he led work focused on health care information technology.

Katharine Luther, RN, MPM, Vice President, Hospital Portfolio Planning and Administration, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is responsible for furthering IHI's work to help hospital leaders and staff achieve bold aims. Key to this work is developing strategic partnerships that leverage innovation, pilot testing, implementation, and continuous learning across organizations, systems, professional societies, and entire countries. Previously, she served as Executive Director at IHI, designing new programs to impact cost and health care quality. Ms. Luther has over 25 years of experience in clinical and process improvement, focusing on large-scale change projects and program development, system improvement, rapid cycle change, developing and managing a portfolio of projects, and working with all levels of health care staff and leaders. Her clinical experience includes critical care, emergency room, trauma, and psychiatry. Prior to joining IHI, she held leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center. She has experience in Lean and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Lucy.jpgLucy Savitz, PhD, MBA, is the Director of Research and Education, Intermountain Health Care, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Lucy Savitz has over two decades of applied health services research experience with a focus on the implementation and evaluation of clinical process innovations.  Her applied research in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mental health service delivery improvements is supplemented by her hands-on experience in making the business case for quality.  She served for 2 years as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program Examiner.  Her research background is complemented by her work as a financial planner for a health system together with longstanding involvement with the CDC Management Academy, contributing a rich, multifaceted perspective on innovation and spread of mental health integration.

Brent C. James, M.D., M.Stat.
is Chief Quality Officer for Intermountain Healthcare and Executive Director of Intermountain’s Institute for Health Care Delivery Research.  He is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles.  Dr. James is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He holds Adjunct Professor faculty appointments at the University of Utah School of Medicine (Family Medicine; and Biomedical Informatics), Harvard School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management), and the University of Sydney, Australia, School of Public Health.  Dr. James has been honored with a series of awards for quality in health care delivery, including the prestigious Deming Cup from Columbia University School of Business in 2011.  For many years, he has been named among Modern Physician’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.”  He has been named among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” (Modern Healthcare) for over 7 years, and Modern Healthcare’s “25 Top Clinical Informaticists.”  He presently serves on several non-profit boards of trustees, dedicated to clinical improvement.  Before coming to Intermountain, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health and staffed the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

Mark Briesacher, MD is the Senior Administrative Medical Director for the Intermountain Medical Group with responsibility for implementation of patient centered medical home concepts, quality improvement and reporting, implementation of clinical and business health information technology and other related projects. Mark joined the Medical Group in 1995, began working at the Bryner Clinic in 1996, and then moved his practice to Holladay in 2001.  He served on the Intermountain Board of Trustees from 2005-2008 and is currently a member of the SelectHealth Board of Trustees and Intermountain Medical Group Board.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Central Methodist College and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Dr. Briesacher then moved to Salt Lake City and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center.

David Grauer, MBA, MHA is the Chief Executive Officer and Administrator of Intermountain Medical Center, the largest hospital in the Intermountain West and the flagship facility for Intermountain Healthcare.  He was appointed to the Intermountain Medical Center Administrator position in June, 2004.  Prior to that, David served as the Administrator/CEO of Cottonwood Hospital and The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.  He has previously held the position of Operations Officer for Intermountain Healthcare’s Urban Central Region, Executive Director of Intermountain’s health services to business, and has worked as an administrative fellow.  Before coming to Intermountain Healthcare, David was an Administrative Intern for Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.  He was also an Administrative Resident at the Evanston Hospital Corporation in Evanston, Illinois.  David received both a MBA and MHA in May of 1993 from the University of Michigan after receiving his BA degree in History.  David has served as President, Treasurer, and board member of the Children’s Service Society, and as a member of the Intermountain Organ Recovery System.  He has also served in various capacities with the Utah Department of Health and the United Way. 

David Jevsevar, MD, MBA has been in clinical orthopedic practice since 1994. He is currently the Medical Director of Orthopedic Clinical Programs for Intermountain Healthcare. He also serves as the Medical Director of Surgical Services for Intermountain’s Southwest Region. Dr. Jevsevar is the Chair of the AAOS Evidence Based Quality and Value Committee. He also served as Chair of the AAOS Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis Clinical Practice. With Intermountain, he oversees value initiatives within orthopaedic surgery, focusing especially on reduction in variation.

Joseph N. Mott earned a BS of Economics and an MBA from BYU in Provo, Utah. Upon completion of his education in 1985, Joe began his career with Intermountain in the Central Office where he spent seven years in the Capital Planning and Budgeting Departments.  Joe spent the next 20 years at Primary Children’s Hospital as CFO, COO, and as CEO from 2007 to 2011. While at Primary, Joe led the creation of the hospital’s first Patient Safety Plan, redesigned the Quality Improvement department, created the Systems Improvement Department, developed a new payer contracting model for payers, and implemented managerial accountability models that helped the hospital reach national rankings in quality while also becoming among the lowest cost children’s hospitals in the country.  In 2011, Joe was appointed VP for Healthcare Transformation for Intermountain Healthcare. In this role he leads the development and implementation of Intermountain’s Shared Accountability strategy – to move Intermountain to population-based payment.  He has served as the Chair of Child Health Quality Council for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and for seven years on the Davis County Board of Health including a term as Board Chair.

Gregory P. Poulsen is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Intermountain Healthcare. As a member of Intermountain’s four-member Management Committee, he shares responsibility for the breadth of operational and strategic issues of the organization.  Mr. Poulsen has had direct responsibility for strategic planning, research and development, marketing, and policy for more than 20 years. He joined Intermountain Healthcare in 1982.  Mr. Poulsen is a Trustee for the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which focuses on advancing medical professionalism.  He was a Commissioner for the Commonwealth Fund in Washington, DC, and helped develop the policy papers “Bending the Curve,” and “Why Not the Best,” which have helped shape the discussion on health policy in America. He has been a consultant to the Swedish Health Ministry and has provided counsel on health policy development in several other countries, including Great Britain, Canada, France, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, and Germany. He is a national faculty member of the Stanford University School of Medicine and a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He serves on the boards of many community organizations and is the co-chair of Utah’s Exchange Advisory Board and is a board member and past chair of the Utah Foundation, a nonprofit public policy research organization.  He has appeared frequently before Congressional committees and participates in many national and international health policy forums. 

Erick Ridout, MD is passionate about eliminating harm, in all of its forms, from coming to patients, staff, and our system. He is currently the Medical Director for Neonatology in Intermountain Healthcare’s SouthWest Region as well as the Physician Champion for Safety and Quality at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah. Dr. Ridout proudly serves as the State Surgeon, Nevada Army National Guard ensuring the medical readiness for the almost 4,000 Guardsmen of the Nevada Guard. He received his M.D. at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (SOM 1998) and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii (2001). Finally, Dr. Ridout completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at The University of Colorado/The Children’s Hospital, Denver (2004). Following a 4-year utilization tour at Tripler Army Medical Center, Dr. Ridout moved to St George (2008).

David E. Wennberg, MD, MPH, is Chief Executive Officer at Northern New England Accountable Care Collaborative. Dr. Wennberg is a Board Certified Internist obtaining his Medical Degree from McGill University and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. With over 70 peer-reviewed publications on the subject, Dr. Wennberg is a leader in the use of Medicare claims data to assess the relationship between unwarranted variation and its effects on outcomes and efficiency. Using a unique data set that merged clinical data from a large Medicare registry with CMS claims data over a multi-year timeframe, Dr. Wennberg, along with researchers from The Dartmouth Institute, evaluated the relationship between intensity of services and outcomes for several clinical cohorts over time as well as the tradeoffs between intensive medical versus invasive treatment. While serving as Chief Science Officer at Health Dialog, Inc (Boston, MA) he was a key developer of analytically driven population management obtaining further experience with commercial and Medicaid claims data as well as select clinical data from EMRs and other clinical systems. Using this claims data as well as other data to create and test (using RCT methods) products and services to reduce the cost and improve the care of individuals at risk of unwarranted variation in the delivery of health care led to the largest published Random Clinical Trial of analytically driven population management.