PCCI’s Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) is comprised of nationally known thought leaders and experts in healthcare. The SAG will provide strategic guidance for PCCI and its leadership team to identify innovative advances that address market needs. The group will meet several times per year to discuss innovation, industry trends, market dynamics, and the political environment in an effort to drive the clinical innovation and economic success of PCCI and its stakeholders.
PCCI Executive Advisor
Ms. Aston is an innovative healthcare technology leader, passionate art lover and collector, and philanthropist.
Living in Chicago and NYC, she co-founded and led Empower Systems, an electronic medical record company for large hospital systems. She sold her interest in the company in 2009.
Since 2009, Ms. Aston has helped her former hospital system clients build art collections as investments and to improve the wellness of patients and visiting family members. She has worked in healthcare consulting as a Managing Director and several times as interim executive management (as a turnaround Chief Executive Officer) for healthcare technology companies nationally.
Ms. Aston has maintained relationships with her clients at the C-suite levels of hospitals, health insurance companies, as well as private equity and hedge funds that focus on healthcare.
Ms. Aston has lived internationally, most extensively in Paris and Tokyo, and has consistently represented artists and galleries. Her experience includes launching new artists, elevating established artists in new markets, and placing Blue Chip art with individuals and corporations.
She has also been very active with various museums, most recently as a member of the new Directors Circle at the Crow Museum. She also writes for her own blog, as well as for “the art of,” a Greenwich, CT art gallery-sponsored publication.
Most recently Ms. Aston has balanced her work as an executive in healthcare technology with her passion for and experience in contemporary art in Dallas.
Ms. Aston has a Masters from Northwestern University and a Bachelors from the University of Illinois. She is fluent in French.
Richard D. Daniels
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente
PCCI Board Member
Dick Daniels is executive vice president and chief information officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. In this role, Daniels is responsible for the ongoing leadership of Kaiser Permanente’s Information Technology vision, strategy and execution. Daniels reports directly to the chairman and chief executive officer, and is a member of the national executive team.
Prior to Daniels’ appointment to the role of executive vice president and chief information officer, Daniels served as senior vice president of Enterprise Shared Services, which includes End User Services, National Facilities Services and National Pharmacy Operations. Daniels joined Kaiser Permanente in May of 2008 as Kaiser Permanente’s Information Technology senior vice president and business information officer of Health Plan and Hospital Operations. In that role, he was accountable for developing the strategy and ensuring the delivery of innovative, leading-edge capabilities that drive Kaiser Permanente’s technology agenda, in partnership with, and supporting all business areas. Leading a diverse team that included the Regional Business Information Organizations, National Facilities IT, Pharmacy IT, Enterprise Architecture, Information Management and Innovation, Consulting and Analytics and IT Compliance, he was accountable for the strategic alignment across regional and national IT
initiatives and the regional implementation of all national IT projects.
Daniels has more than 30 years of shared services and information technology leadership experience. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, he served as senior vice president and divisional CIO for Capital One. In addition, as senior vice president at JP Morgan Chase, he was responsible for maintenance and support for all investor services business applications globally. Daniels has a bachelor’s of applied arts and sciences degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). In 2007, Computerworld honored him as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders.
Richard Humphrey, MBA, CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System
Richard Humphrey joined Parkland in August 2017 from Texas Health Resources (THR) where he has served since 2009, most recently as Senior Vice President of Finance.
In that role, Humphrey was responsible for certain financial operations across the THR system including governmental reimbursement, financial planning, budgeting and decision support, joint venture partnerships, the THR Physician Group (including 830 physicians and advanced practice providers covering 250-plus locations in 11 North Texas counties), behavioral health, and THR’s Southwest Zone (which includes eight hospitals in the Fort Worth and Arlington metro areas). Prior to becoming Senior Vice President, Humphrey was Vice President of Finance/CFO for THR Harris Methodist Hospitals in Fort Worth. There, he was responsible for financial operations in the Fort Worth metro area, including four wholly-owned hospitals with 919 total licensed beds and $881 million in net revenue.
Along with his decades-long healthcare career, Humphrey also served as a B-52 navigator in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of Captain. During his military service, he received the National Defense Service, Air Force Commendation and Combat Readiness medals.
Humphrey earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science degree from Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, TN. He is a certified public accountant (CPA), certified internal auditor (CIA), certified healthcare financial professional (CHFP), certified treasury professional (CTP), and a Fellow of Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA).
Frederick Isasi, JD, MPH
Executive Director, Families USA
Frederick Isasi was selected to be Families USA’s second-ever Executive Director in January 2017 because of his life-long commitment to achieving high-quality, affordable health care for all. Mr. Isasi is a well-known national speaker on Medicaid, state innovation, health system transformation, behavioral health, and the social determinants of health as well as health care quality, payment, and equity issues. Mr. Isasi’s passion for health care reform began when he was growing up in North Carolina as the son of Cuban immigrants. There, he saw firsthand many of the barriers to health care experienced by the poor, people of color, people with language barriers, and rural communities. Before joining Families USA, Mr. Isasi served as the Health Division Director at the bipartisan National Governors Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices. Prior to NGA, Mr. Isasi served as Vice President for Health Policy where he founded its Health Policy Department. Prior to this work, Mr. Isasi served as Senior Legislative Counsel for Health Care on both the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) for former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), the only Democrat serving on both committees during the creation of the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in his career, Mr. Isasi served as a health care attorney with Powell Goldstein, where he worked closely with states on Medicaid reforms and represented public hospitals; prior to that, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the District of Columbia Primary Care Association. Mr. Isasi holds a JD from Duke University, an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina, and a B.S. in Cellular Biology and a second major in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin.
Russell “Rusty” Lewis
CIO and Chief Digital Officer, Southside Specialty Pharmacies
PCCI Executive Advisor
Rusty is an innovative technology executive with extensive health information technology, cognitive computing, and business experience spanning early stage to Fortune 100 companies. He served as EVP and CTO of McKesson Corporation, President of the Technology & Automation of AmerisourceBergen, CIO & CTO of VHA, and Group Vice President of Data, Analytics, and Product Delivery for Vizient Inc. He has authored and edited two HIMSS books on the impact of technology on health care and he holds over 15 US and International patents. In addition, Rusty has served in leadership positions in several successful private equity backed healthcare software companies focused on patient care and machine learning solutions. He currently is the Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer of Southside Specialty Pharmacies a recent acquisition of Frazier Health.
Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH
President and Founder, HealthBegins
Dr. Rishi Manchanda is a physician, author and healthcare leader who has spent more than a decade developing novel strategies to improve health in resource-poor communities. He has served as director of social medicine for a network of community health centers in south central Los Angeles, as the lead primary care physician for homeless Veterans at the Greater Los Angeles VA, and as chief medical officer for a self-insured employer with a large rural immigrant workforce. In his 2013 TEDbook, The Upstream Doctors, he introduced a new model of healthcare workers who improve care by addressing patients’ health-related social needs, like food, financial and housing insecurity. The book has become recommended reading in medical schools and universities across the world.
Dr. Manchanda is President of HealthBegins, a social enterprise that equips healthcare organizations and community partners with strategies and tools to improve care while tackling the social factors that make people sick in the first place. With Mathematica Policy Research and the Center for Health Care Strategies, HealthBegins was recently selected to provide technical assistance to grantees in CMS’ historic Accountable Health Communities initiative.
Thomas Maryon, DHA
Vice President, Clinical Program Operations, Health Care Service Corporation
As Vice President of Clinical Program Operations at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), Dr. Thom Maryon is responsible for driving clinical outcomes through market- leading care-management programs for key HCSC customers.
With 35 years of experience in the health care sector, he strives to improve operational performance and clinical program effectiveness at HCSC. He is passionate about delivering greater health care value for HCSC’s members across Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Montana.
Prior to his current role he was Divisional Vice President of Clinical Programs in HCSC’s Illinois plan. He has also held a variety of leadership positions at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Earlier in his career he served in clinical and leadership positions with both for-profit and not-for-profit home care providers.
Dr. Maryon is a guest lecturer in the graduate program in health care leadership and management at the University of Texas at Dallas, a clinical program advisor for the HCSC/Rush Medical Residency Managed Care Program, a published author and a conference speaker.
Dr. Maryon received both a doctorate in health administration and a master’s in health administration from Central Michigan University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Wayne State University and is a graduate of the Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit.
John S. O’Shea, MD, MPA, MS
Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Center for Health Policy Studies
John O’Shea, MD, is currently a practicing surgeon and Senior Fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, where he works on a number of health policy issues, including graduate medical education, emergency medicine reform, medical liability and implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
Prior to taking his current position, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, where he was Clinical Lead on a project with MITRE and CMMI to develop alternative payment models for specialty care.
From 2011 to 2013, he served as a senior health policy advisor with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he helped draft MACRA.
Before moving to DC he was Director of Acute Care Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.
He completed his surgical training in New York City and holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Doctor O’Shea has published widely on health policy, clinical surgery and the history of surgery and health policy.
Chair, PCCI Scientific Advisory Group
PCCI Executive Advisor
Valinda Rutledge is the Executive Policy Advisor at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) and the Chair of the PCCI Scientific Advisory Group. In these roles, she is responsible for assisting PCCI in the development of strategic initiatives that will advance PCCI’s mission and will align with emerging national and state policies.
She is also currently the Vice President, Public Payor Health Strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Greenville Health System, SC. She is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and supporting the implementation of opportunities related to government initiatives such as Bundled payments, Medicare advantage, Medicaid pilots, Dual Eligible, PCMH, and ACOs.
Ms. Rutledge previously worked as a member of the leadership team (Senior Advisor and Group Director) at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI) where she helped build the Innovation Center from its startup phase, and managed the design and launch of several of the Center’s models. In particular, she led the development and rollout of the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative, Strong Start, and other national programs related to care transformation.
Before joining CMS, Ms. Rutledge served as the Chief Executive Officer of CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina where she led the development of a 210-day bundled knee payment arrangement between CaroMont Health and North Carolina’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Ms. Rutledge received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, which is given to the top 30 individuals in the nation who demonstrate leadership and impact to the industry on a national level. She currently serves on several National Scientific Advisory Boards including NaviHealth and as a Subject Matter Expert for SG2 in payment transformation.
Ms. Rutledge holds two advanced degrees: Master of Business Administration degree from Butler University in Indianapolis and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is frequently sought as a national speaker in the area of payment, clinical innovation, and population health.
Michael A. Sachs, MSPH
Chairman, TLSG, Inc.
PCCI Board Member
A noted healthcare industry strategist and visionary, Michael Sachs currently serves as the chairman and CEO of TLSG, an early-stage venture firm focused on technology-enabled healthcare services and SAAS-based software companies.
Sachs has spent his career in the healthcare industry, developing healthcare data and information companies and insurance services companies. He was the founder of The Sachs Group, bSwift, and Sg2, all of which were purchased by leading corporations between 1999 and 2014. He is actively working with healthcare startups and early stage companies in a number of industries. He began his healthcare career as a paramedic, served as an administrator at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, and was a consultant at A.T. Kearney and Ernst and Whinney in Chicago.
Sachs earned a B.A. in science and an M.S.P.H. in health management from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is active with a number of community organizations across the U.S., including hospitals in Jupiter, Florida, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He serves on numerous Boards of Directors of private companies and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ounce of Prevention in Chicago.
He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, YPO Gold and CEO (Chief Executives Organization).