Russell P. Branzell is the CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and its affiliate associations, the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA). In addition to his position at CHIME, he serves on the faculty at Columbia University, where he teaches executive classes in health information technology. He also is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a position that was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce.
Mr. Branzell joined CHIME as President and CEO in April 2013 after being an active member for 15 years. He served on the CHIME Board of Trustees from 2004-2008, as chair of the CHIME Education Committee from 2004-2008 and as chair of the CHIME Education Foundation. He is currently a member of the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp.
Prior to taking his position at CHIME, he was the CEO at the Colorado Health Medical Group; Vice President of Information Services and CIO for Poudre Valley Health System; President/CEO of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS’ for-profit IS entity); and Regional Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, Mo. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2008. While on active duty, he held numerous healthcare administration positions, including CIO for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office.
A native of San Antonio, Mr. Branzell earned an undergraduate degree in business administration, specializing in human resource management and labor relations from the University of Texas. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle University with an emphasis in management.
Dee Cantrell has 24 years in health information technology leadership. She has extensive experience in strategy and operations, project planning and execution, workflow optimization and process improvement. Ms. Cantrell spent 22 years at Emory Healthcare and retired after serving 16 years as their CIO. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and innovation, including being named the Georgia CIO of the Year twice. Additionally, Dee was recognized as one of the top 50 US Health IT Leaders by Becker’s Healthcare Journal, served in a key leadership role for the strategic plan of the statewide HIE for Georgia, was the past President of GA HIMSS and currently on the board and Chair of the GA HIMSS Annual Conference.
Ann Chandler is the Scheduling and Pre-Authorization Manager at Gwinnett Medical Center, where Ann is responsible for the processes to financially clear scheduled patients from scheduling to the admission process.
Ann is a graduate of Georgia State University. She has over thirty years in the healthcare industry. Prior positions include, Patient Access Director, Regional Patient Access Director, PFS Director, Medicaid eligibility and Consulting. As a consultant, Ann has established call centers, designed training programs, redesigned Patient Access processes and determined denial root causes.
Ann enjoys a challenging, non-boring, rewarding position. She likes to say healthcare is the perfect fit for her.
Angie Connatser joined RMB in 2001 with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare collection industry. Angie is Director of Client Relations which includes the management of the Compliance and Client Service departments.
Her primary focus at RMB is developing and maintaining partner relationships with clients. She was previously the Manager of Business Development at RMB prior to taking on her role as Director of Client Relations in 2009.
Angie received her B.A. from the University of Tennessee.
Matt Crawley joined Apex in May of 2017, bringing over 20 years of focused experience in patient financial engagement and revenue cycle management. During his career in the health care industry, he has worked for companies such as Shared Medical Systems (Siemens), Change Healthcare, and Experian Health. Matt holds a degree in Psychology from BYU.
Matt resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and 5 children. He enjoys spending time in the mountains biking, climbing, and camping with friends and family.
Christian is the VP of Technology for Seal Shield LLC, an infection control company. He is responsible for many aspects of technology both within and outside of the organization. Responsibilities include the vision and strategy of various technologies to support the mission of the organization, “preventing infections and saving lives,” and the internal systems that allow an organization to develop, manufacture, and distribute infection control products globally. In 2014, he developed and commercialized a NASA based air purification system for healthcare. In a pilot study, the technology was successful in removing 67% and 100% of viable bacteria in the air of central processing and surgical OR. Christian received his B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Florida State University.
Jamie has worked for Gwinnett Hospital System for 23 years. She started her career in Patient Access, working part time in the ED on the week-ends. Jamie transitioned into full time status within 2 years, and has worked in Patient Access for a total of 5 years. Jamie is currently the Interim Director for Patient Accounts, Preauthorization, Imaging and Surgery Scheduling, Reporting Analytics, and Financial Advocacy. I serve on various teams within the Revenue Cycle ensuring denials are kept at a minimum, AR is stable, and billing is compliant.
With over three decades of experience meeting the technology needs of healthcare provider and payer organizations, his various leadership positions have included solution & program management, project and marketing management, systems engineering and business development. Through his extensive market experience and strong acumen to identify user needs and business processes and translate those needs into technology solutions, he has been directly responsible for numerous innovations spanning the continuum of care. His career spans across several start-up healthcare technology and services companies and with large healthcare IT organizations, encompassing the acute and ambulatory provider markets and the commercial and government health plan markets.
His current role has him actively involved in defining and solutioning modularity for Medicaid Enterprise System implementations and exploring the application and integration of FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) for web based solutions including mobile and IoT (Internet of things) in healthcare
Dr. Hill is the author of Stop the Noise: A Physician’s Quest to Silence the Politics of Health Care Reform and other numerous articles promoting alternate delivery models. He has been interviewed on CNN and FOX News. Additionally, he participates on panels and think tanks with economists, actuaries and healthcare thought leaders, and speaks to business, political and civic groups. He co-founded and serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of HIPnation, an innovator in healthcare delivery that provides patient-centric, personalized healthcare solutions to individuals and businesses.
Liz Hansen is an industry consultant, with over 30 years of experience in Information Technology within the ambulatory and acute Healthcare settings. A recognized expert in MACRA and Meaningful Use assessment, project management and attainment, she serves as a HIT Specialist and Senior Advisor to the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC). Ms. Hansen has assisted over 500 local providers in their successful efforts to achieve Meaningful Use. She also serves as the Director of the ONC Federal Grant for “Expanding Interoperability within South Carolina and the Southeast,” and is a member of the Southeast Regional Collaboration for HIT/HIE (SERCH). Ms. Hansen provides Small, Underserved and Rural Support (SURS) practices with assistance in their efforts to succeed under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and conducts practice assessments in support of the “Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative” (TCPI). She is the organizer and moderator of the statewide GA-HIMSS Community of Practice for HIE, Interoperability, MACRA and Meaningful Use. Liz holds certifications in Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH CCE), Meaningful Use (CMUP) and HIPAA Compliance (CHSP, CHSP).
Sandra Johnson, Vice President Revenue Cycle Management, Grady Health System. Sandra has worked in the Revenue Cycle field for 25+ years having responsibilities for all of the cycle at different periods in her career to include Patient Access Services, Medical Records, Case Management, Informatics, Managed Care, Uncompensated Care, PACS, Transplant Finance, and Patient Financial Services for both hospital and physician services. She is a fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE). She has a BS in Accounting from the College Of Great Falls in Great Falls Montana, a MBA from the University of Montana in Bozeman, Montana and a MSM in Healthcare Administration from Troy State University in Columbus, Georgia. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has served on the board of HFMA in Florida and Georgia, the board of United Way, the Volunteer Hospital Association and Baltimore Medical Services.
John Lloyd is Chief Operating Officer for RMB – Rubin & Raine where he is responsible for the daily operations including revenue cycle, human resources, client relations, and legal.
Prior to joining the company in 2013 he was with IASIS Healthcare in Franklin, TN. He has over twenty years of experience in revenue cycle management ranging from multi-specialty physician groups to acute care facilities.
John is a member of the Georgia Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is currently certified through HFMA as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.
Michelle develops and implements infection control policies designed to reduce or eliminate infections. She is responsible for facility-wide infection prevention and control measures to protect patients, staff and visitors as well as investigations for known or suspected sources of infections to determine the source and ensure control. Mrs. McMickin has 17 years’ experience in Emergency Management and as an ER nurse/Clinical Coordinator and transitioned into Infection Prevention in 2017. She received her Associates of Science in Nursing degree from Darton College, BS in Nursing from Columbus State College, and Master of Science in Nursing from Columbus State University. She is a member of American Nurses Association, Georgia Infection Prevention Network, and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Timothy Stettheimer, PhD, is Vice President of Education for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), a 2,400-plus member professional organization. In this role, Dr. Stettheimer leads all education strategy for members and affiliate associations, as well as international efforts. Education initiatives include CHIME’s Fall and Spring Forums, CIO Bootcamps, Leadership Academies as well as other summits, workshops and symposia.
Dr. Stettheimer has previously served as a healthcare CIO for two decades and has worked with healthcare information technology and healthcare leaders for twenty-five years. He most recently served as the Regional Chief Information Officer (RCIO) for the South and Central Region of Ascension Information Services (AIS), which is made up of seven geographic markets as well as all senior living locations and all medical groups. As RCIO, Dr. Stettheimer was the regional leader responsible for AIS service delivery and technology visioning. He also guided governance models, served on Ascension-level committees, and supported diverse AIS functions such as goal sponsorship, compensation committee efforts, IT general control oversight, infrastructure governance, and AIS Model Community Survey action planning.
Prior to his Ascension role, Dr. Stettheimer served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for St. Vincent’s Health System, Birmingham. In this role, he was responsible for managing the Health Ministry’s technology strategy, portfolio, and operations, while serving as the Health Ministry’s technology service delivery senior escalation point. He has also served in leadership roles at Adventist Health System and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Dr. Stettheimer earned a doctorate in information services focused in medical informatics, information theory and design, and information policy and management from the University of North Texas in Denton. He holds a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas in Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Dr. Stettheimer is a fellow with both the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (FCHIME). He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), holds the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) credential, is a certified professional in healthcare information management systems (CPHIMS), and is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He served as a fellow through a National Institute of Health grant during his doctoral studies. Dr. Stettheimer has held faculty positions with the University of North Texas and the University of Alabama at Birmingham and serves on a number of non-profit boards.
Dr. Stettheimer has earned the Certified Healthcare CIO distinction from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He also served as the CHIME 2010 Board Chair, the 2011 CHIME Foundation Board Chair and the 2013-1014 CHIME Education Foundation Board Chair. Dr. Stettheimer and his wife Carol live in Birmingham, AL and are the parents of four children.
Cynthia Ward is a lead research biologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. In this role, she is involved in the planning, implementation, oversight, and completion of programs related to public health that involve metallic elements or their isotopes. Ms. Ward has over 21 years of analytical experience related to the analysis of metals with 14 of those years spent at the CDC. Prior to working at the CDC, Ms. Ward held supervisory and non-supervisory private sector analytical chemistry positions in the industrial hygiene and environmental fields. Ms. Ward obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry from Georgia College. She obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia College and State University and both Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Master of Business Administration degrees from Mercer University.