Geisinger to Present “A Century of Transformation and Innovation” Centennial Symposia

DANVILLE, Pa., Sept. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Geisinger Health System presents “A Century of Transformation and Innovation” Centennial Symposia, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25, on the Geisinger Medical Center campus.

The invitation-only, two-day event celebrates Geisinger’s history as a healthcare innovator and provides an opportunity to set a healthcare agenda for the future. The Symposia will focus on critical health topics and showcase industry experts, state and local leaders, and Geisinger care providers.

The nation’s leading voices on healthcare innovation will be keynote speakers on September 25. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, surgeon, bestselling author and public health researcher, will discuss the impact that providing high-quality care has on patients. Donald M. Berwick, former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and founding chief executive officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will speak on provider and payment reform. Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, director of Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner, will discuss value and patient care.

Geisinger President and CEO David Feinberg, MD, MBA, will provide the opening and closing remarks both days and will participate in a panel discussion on patient-focused healthcare on September 25. Susan Dentzer, senior policy advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a former health correspondent on the “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, will moderate panel discussions throughout the Symposia.

Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD, chair of xG Health Solutions and former Geisinger president and CEO,  will participate in the panel sessions and sign copies of his new book, “Reinventing Health Care: The Geisinger Health System 2001–2015,” both days.

The September 24 sessions will highlight how Geisinger has shaped healthcare in its first 100 years and how it will continue its innovative spirit moving forward. Speakers will include Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy, RN, PhD, as well as state lawmakers, university presidents and chamber of commerce leaders from throughout the region.

Events on September 25 will focus on the national healthcare landscape. In addition to the aforementioned industry leaders, Geisinger executives will deliver talks on meeting the nation’s evolving healthcare needs.

“Over the last 100 years, Geisinger has had a profound impact on the patients we serve by providing innovative, high-quality healthcare,” Dr. Feinberg said. “This event will allow us the opportunity to honor Geisinger’s legacy of serving the community while charting the future direction of the national healthcare landscape.”

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for innovatively using the electronic health record and developing innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 48 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is composed of about 23,500 employees, including a 1,200-member multispecialty group practice, nine hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a longstanding commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rocky Edmondson RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN
Senior Director, Bundled Payments, Care Redesign and Management Advisors, xG Health Solutions

Rocky Edmondson is the Senior Director of Bundled Payments for Care Redesign and Management Advisors at xG Health Solutions. Rocky has been involved in workflow redesign, program implementation, and analytic evaluation of Bundled Payment Programs across the country, and he coaches Hospitals, Health Systems, Post-Acute Providers, and Physician Groups on how to successfully implement care redesign in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) and CJR Programs.

Rocky’s passion is helping people to understand the intricacies of Bundled Payment Programs. He has a talent for teaching people how to cut through all the noise and just do the things that matter to be successful in these programs.

Rocky holds an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Hawaii Maui, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Boise State University.

Prior to joining xG Health Solutions, Rocky was the Southeast Region Director of Clinical Operations for Remedy Partners, overseeing program design, implementation and analytic evaluations for Bundled Payment Programs. Prior to embarking on a career in Bundled Payments, Rocky was a Registered Nurse for 18 years, working in a number of positions within Critical Care. Before becoming a Nurse, Rocky was an Institutional Broker at Merrill Lynch and advised a number of healthcare systems and large corporations on cash management strategies. In addition, Rocky has started several businesses and provided consulting for small business startups. Rocky served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Recon Marine.

Janet Comrey RN, BSN, MHSA
Director, Population Health Solutions, Geisinger Health System

Janet Comrey, RN, BSN, MHSA has over 30 years of diversified nursing and leadership experience at Geisinger Health system and currently serves as Director of a small department embedded within Population Health. One of her key roles is managing the Bundle Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program since January 2014 earning an overall positive net payment reconciliation to date. Janet also serves as the coordinator for Project Achieve at Geisinger which is a national PCORI funded study related to patient’s perceptions of transitions of care.

Janet received her nursing education through Geisinger’s diploma program, her BSN through Bloomsburg University, and later earned her graduate degree from Marywood University. During her tenure at Geisinger she taught quality improvement methodology and facilitated improvement teams the Geisinger Quality Institute. She is currently enrolled in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Advisory program.

Professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, American Society for Quality.

Andrew Blackmon, MBA, MHS
Chief Sales and Business Development Officer

Chief Sales and Business Development Officer Andrew Blackmon, MBA, MHS, has more than 18 years of experience in healthcare product sales, marketing, and strategy.

Before joining xG Health, Andrew was vice president of sales for population health and risk management solutions at McKesson. He came to McKesson through acquisition of MedVentive, an early population health vendor. Before MedVentive, he served as vice president of enterprise solutions development at MedAssets. He is a past president of the Georgia chapter of HIMSS, and he has held strategy and planning positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Orlando Health.

Andrew has an MBA and a Master’s of Health Science from the University of Florida Warrington, College of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rollins College.

Holly Barbella, RN, MBA

Risk Coordinator, Geisinger Health System

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Earl P. Steinberg, MD, MPP
Chief Executive Officer

Earl P. Steinberg, MD, MPP, is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare quality improvement and serves as xG Health’s chief executive officer. Earl also is an adjunct professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University and a member of Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association’s National Medical Advisory Panel.

Before joining xG Health, Earl was executive vice president of Innovation & Dissemination, and chief, Healthcare Solutions Enterprise at Geisinger Health System.

Before joining Geisinger, he was senior vice president for Clinical Strategy, Quality & Outcomes at WellPoint, Inc., the largest commercial health insurer by membership in the US, and president and CEO of Resolution Health Inc. (RHI), a leading healthcare data analysis company that provides innovative quality improvement and cost reduction services to health plans, employers, pharmacy benefit managers, and disease management companies.

Before joining RHI, Earl spent six years as vice president of Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc., director of its Quality Assessment and Improvement Systems Division, and co-director of its Outcomes Studies Group. He also spent 12 years on the full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he was professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management and director of the Johns Hopkins Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment, and four years on the Federal Physician Payment Review Commission. He co-chaired the Institute of Medicine’s panel on Standards for Development of Trustworthy Practice Guidelines.

Earl has received many awards, including the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar Award in General Internal Medicine (1984), the “Outstanding Young Investigator” Award from the Association for Health Services Research (1988), and a Special Presidential Visionary Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NFK) (2004) for his work as the scientific director of the NKF’s landmark Kidney Disease Outcomes and Quality Initiative, which produced more than 250 clinical practice guidelines for management of patients with end-stage renal disease. He also is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and AcademyHealth, and he has published more than 125 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Earl received his AB from Harvard College (summa cum laude), his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government. He performed his residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.