The purpose of the Executive in Residence (EIR) Program is to enhance students’ contact with and knowledge about the world of practice. The EIR meets with students collectively and individually several times during the academic year regarding career development, professionalism and leadership. Below is the list of the current and past executives and their bios (during the time of their EIR).
2016-17: Scott Becker, past CEO, Conemaugh Health System
2015-16: Mark Sevco, president, UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport
2014-15: Ray Grady, president and CEO, Methodist, Gary IN
2013-14: Norm Mitry, president and CEO, HVHS
2012-13: Robert Henkel, president and CEO, AscensionHealth
2011-12: Cindy Dorundo, president, UPMC McKeesport
2010-11: Michael Young, president and CEO, Grady Health System
2009-10: James Collins, president and CEO, St. ClairHospital
2008-09: Leslie Davis, president, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
2007-08: Thomas Priselac, president and CEO, Cedars-SinaiHealth System
2006-07: David Hunter, former chairman, Navigant Consulting, Inc. Healthcare Management Committee
2005-06: Thomas Timcho, president and CEO, Jefferson Regional Medical Center
2003-05: Michael Blackwood, president and CEO, Gateway Health Plan
2002-03: John Zanardelli, executive director and CEO, UnitedMethodist Services for the Aging
Scott Becker is the past Chief Executive Officer of Conemaugh Health System. Strategic planning characterized his leadership from the time he assumed his position in 2005 until his retirement in 2016. Mr. Becker previously served as Vice President, Hospital and Mid-Market Sales with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh. Prior to that, he held top leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health System, where he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Hospital Division. Career highlights also include his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Butler Regional Health System and Chief Operating Officer of Monongahela Valley Hospital. Mr. Becker is active at the local, regional and national level serving on numerous advisory boards including The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) where he was recently elected Chair-Elect. In addition to his community service, Mr. Becker is a frequent speaker at the national level on healthcare strategic planning and quality.
Mr. Becker holds master's degrees in public health and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington and Jefferson College. He served as an academic preceptor for a variety of Graduate Public Health Programs including programs at the University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University, West Virginia University and the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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Mark Sevco is the president of UPMC East, the newest community hospital (opened July 2, 2012) in the Pittsburgh-based UPMC system and, effective July 1, 2014, president of UPMC McKeesport. In this dual role, Mr. Sevco is responsible for business development and strategic planning in support of the successful operation of UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport. This includes enhancing integration and collaboration with physicians and the surrounding communities. Mr. Sevco works closely with the medical staff on each hospital campus to enhance and improve clinical practice and recruits new medical staff to support the vision and goals of UPMC East, UPMC McKeesport, and the entire UPMC system.
Sevco has served UPMC in various capacities for more than 20 years. Prior to his tenure as President of UPMC East, Mr. Sevco served as vice president of Operations for UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, where he was responsible for the operational aspects of surgical services, cardiology services, physician services, imaging centers, parking, and security. Prior to that, heserved as president of UPMC Braddock, executive director of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, executive director and vice president of the UPMC Cardiovascular Institute, and business planning and development associate for Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
Sevco holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, a master’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Sevco serves on several boards, including those of the EAST District Regional Council of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the UPMC Emergency Resource Management Corporation, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Heart Association. He is active in his community.
Sevco, his wife, Christine, and their three children live in the Gibsonia area north of Pittsburgh.
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Ray Grady, FACHE, is a health care executive with extensive experience in the field of health care management. Ray has previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Aurora Healthcare; a 15 hospital integrated delivery system. In that position he provided strategic oversight of system wide initiatives in supply chain management, clinical research and Aurora Ventures, the for profit arm of Aurora. Prior to joining Aurora Health Care, hespent the majority of his career at Northshore University Health System just north of Chicago, where he served as President and CEO of Evanston Hospital the flagship of the NorthShore University Health System.
Grady has worked on issues related to health care reform on a national level as part of his service on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has chaired the Illinois Hospital Association, The Institute for Diversity and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education. He currently serves on the board of the Association of University Programs in Hospital Administration and is currently a Trustee on the Board of Directors of Northwest Community Healthcare in the Chicago area. Grady has also served on the adjunct faculty of the Marquette Graduate School of Business where he has taught healthcare management.
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Norm Mitry brings 30+ years of experience to Heritage Valley Health System, with a unique blend of responsibilities in healthcare, industry and private business. During his past four (4) years as President and CEO of Heritage Valley, he has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in developing management teams, reversing detrimental financial/operating trends, improving quality, patient safety and introducing six sigma, while implementing key information systems to assist with the strategic decision-making process of organizations.
Prior to joining the Medical Center, Beaver (pre-Heritage Valley Health System) in July 1995, hewas executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, where he worked for nine years in several positions. He served as Senior Vice President, Finance/CFO for The Medical Center from July 1995 until November, 1996 when he was named Chief Financial Officer of Heritage Valley Health System. In June 2001, Norm Mitry was privileged to be named President and CEO of Heritage Valley Health System. Before entering the healthcare field, Norm Mitry served as manager of cost accounting and special projects for Jessop Steel in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Mitry received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Robert Morris University and a master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Center Township with his wife, Peggy, and his two stepdaughters, Lauren and Kaitlin.
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Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, is the president and CEO of Ascension Health. He also serves as an executive vice president of Ascension Health Alliance. Before being named president and CEO, he served as the president of health care operations and chief operating officer at Ascension Health. Prior to 2004, he served as president of the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic States Operating Group at Ascension Health. In that role, he was responsible for healthcare operations in Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.
Henkel has held executive positions with numerous other healthcare organizations, including the Daughters of Charity National Health System, St. Louis, Missouri; Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida; SSM Health Care in St. Louis, Missouri; and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York.
He currently serves as a board member of the Marian Middle School Board of Directors in St. Louis, Missouri; board member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis; board member of Via Christi Health in Wichita, Kansas; board member with the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care; advisory board member with the Ascension Health Leadership Academy; fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; and member of the Healthcare Executives Network. He has also served as the chairman of the Columbia St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, Milwaukee.
Henkel received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Cynthia M. Dorundo has brought to UPMC McKeesport fifteen years of experience as a former chief financial officer at St. Margaret’s and health care administrator at UPMC Shadyside. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds master degrees in business administration and health administration. She continuously shares her knowledge and expertise among all levels of the health care workforce.
For health care providers in at-risk communities, the financial burden, community needs, access to quality health care services, and future growth lies on the top leader of a hospital like UPMC McKeesport. Over the past two years, Dorundo has taken UPMC McKeesport in a new direction – a direction of growth and stability where financial losses are producing positive bottom lines; and where partnerships are ongoing with service organizations, ambulance services, city government and local schools to address key issues and concerns within the UPMC McKeesport service area. Through her leadership, technological advancements in health care are taking place in cancer and radiation therapy, heart disease, diabetes, emergency services and more to provide those with the highest rates of chronic illnesses in our communities the most sophisticated healthcare resources. For UPMC McKeesport and communities served by the hospital, healthcare technological advancements are producing the highest rankings among the hospital’s surrounding competitors. In 2010, the TRIB Total Media – Daily News’ readers selected UPMC McKeesport as the top local area hospital in the Mon Valley Region. This Gold Award by the readers was made possible because of Cynthia’s outstanding leadership at UPMC McKeesport.
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Michael A. Young, president and chief executive officer of Grady Health System, brings more than 25 years of health care industry leadership to Grady Health System where he joined the health system as president/CEO on Sept. 2, 2008. Young began his career at Lancaster General Hospital and Health System in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. During his tenure there, he built a new Women’s Hospital, Orthopaedic Hospital, and cutting-edge ambulatory services program. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York. He was a key player in turning around ECMC’s historical operating losses - to its first ever operating gain in 2006, a $32 million turnaround in two years. ECMC is recognized for its clinical expertise, its unusually high case mix index and unique services in burn, trauma, adolescent psychiatry, CPEP, and many other services.
A native of Pennsylvania, Young received a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978, a master of health care administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979, and an executive MBA from the Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program) in 1998. He has been a fellow in the American College of Hospital Administrators since 1994 and has produced numerous CEOs under his tutelage throughout the United States. Young has served on numerous boards of directors throughout his career providing leadership and philanthropic support. He is married and has two sons.
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James M. Collins came to St. Clair in April 2006 as only the third president and chief executive officer in St. Clair’s 55-year history. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital since 1999. Previously, Collins had served since 1996 as senior vice president of Managed Care and Strategic Development for The Western Pennsylvania Healthcare System, the parent corporation of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. From 1998, he concurrently served as president and chief executive officer of another of its subsidiaries, Suburban General Hospital.
After his residency, Collins served from 1989 to 1995 as vice president of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, where his responsibilities included the major clinical, ancillary, and support functions, as well as academic departments. In 1992, the American College of Healthcare Executives recognized him with the Regent’s Award for Early Career Achievement.
Collins earned a master’s degree in health administration in 1987 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a fellow at the Health Policy Institute. He also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Allegheny County.
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Leslie Davis was appointed president of Magee-Womens’ Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in September 2004. She has an extensive career in health care spanning over 20 years and has held prominent positions at medical centers including Mt. Sinai Medical Center (New York), Thomas Jefferson University, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Tenet Pennsylvania (Graduate Hospital). She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and master’s degree in health and social policy from Harvard University.
In her position as president, Davis will enhance Magee’s vision and reputation for providing health care and services in Western Pennsylvania. Nearly 9,000 babies are born at Magee-Womens Hospital each year, accounting for close to 50% of all births to women who live in Allegheny County. Magee is also the regional referral center for high-risk maternal care for Western Pennsylvania. The hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit is the largest in Pennsylvania and treats more than 1,000 seriously or critically ill newborns annually. Magee also has nationally recognized clinical and research programs in breast and gynecological cancers, genetics, infectious diseases, and reproductive endocrinology. Recently, Magee expanded its medical and surgical services to provide broader, more comprehensive care for women. Gender-based programs in internal medicine and medicine subspecialties such as cardiology, rheumatology, lupus, gastroenterology, and digestive disorders, along with general surgery, thoracic, vascular, and colorectal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, bariatrics, a Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Disorders, and orthopedic surgery are now offered at Magee.
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Thomas M. Priselacis president and chief executive officer of the Cedars-Sinai Health System -- a position he has held since January 1994. Priselac has been associated with Cedars-Sinai since 1979. Prior to being named president and CEO, he was executive vice president from 1988 to 1993. Before joining Cedars-Sinai, he was on the executive staff of Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. He has served on many boards in the health care field and currently serves as the Immediate past chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He also is a member of both the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Board, where he chairs the Health Care Committee, and the Charles R. Drew University Board. A past member of the American Hospital Association Board of Directors, he also formerly chaired the Hospital Association of Southern California, the California Healthcare Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Public Health,
Priselac is an author and invited speaker on a variety of contemporary issues facing the health care field today, including policy issues related to the delivery and financing of health care, health care quality and safety, and the adoption and implementation of information technology. He is the holder of the Warschaw/Law endowed Chair in Healthcare Leadership at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, among the nation’s leading providers of health care services, medical education, and research. Physician services are provided through the Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation, a full-time academic faculty, and an active private attending staff. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, with revenues of over $1.7 billion, is the largest private hospital in the western United States and provides a full range of acute inpatient care services, rehabilitation medicine, and extensive outpatient diagnostic and treatment services. Cedars-Sinai conducts NIH and privately funded research, valued at approximately $65 million, on a broad range of research topics. The medical center also conducts graduate medical education in a broad range of specialties for over 310 residents and fellows.
A native of Pennsylvania, Priselac obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and a master’s in public health, health services administration and planning, from the University of Pittsburgh.
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David Hunter is the former chairman of Navigant Consulting, Inc.’s Healthcare Management Committee. He has directed The Hunter Group (a unit of Navigant Consulting, Inc.)’s most complex projects involving academic medical centers, public hospitals, large systems, networks, HMOs, and large medical group practices. Building on the firm’s strong base of hospital turnarounds and interim management, he has been credited with leading-edge undertakings, including: development of regional networks, innovative structured relationships between the public and private sector, integration of providers and payors, sustainable system-wide performance improvements, and strategic positioning.
Sample projects include...
• Providing court-approved interim management/consulting support following one of the largest bankruptcies in healthcare – AHERF in Pennsylvania.
• Helping several campuses of the University of California System evaluate and pursue various strategic relationships as well as operational and financial performance improvements.
• Dramatic performance improvements of several urban academic medical centers, including George Washington University and New England Medical Center.
• Consolidation of three hospitals and identification of $50 million of performance improvements for Legacy Health System of Portland, Oregon, as well as facilitating a payor provider alliance of Legacy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oregon and physician groups.
• Creation of the vision, model, and business plan for two large IDNs -- for BayCare, a three-county regional delivery system in the Tampa Bay area and the West Virginia statewide health care organization.
• Development of a regional integration plan and performance improvement plan for Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan.
• Merger analysis and/or implementation for Morton Plant Health System/Mease Health Care, Florida; Mercy Health Services in Farmington Hills, Michigan; UCSF Medical Center/Mount Zion Medical Center, UCSF; and California Pacific Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center/Santa Monica Hospital.
• A $70 million performance improvement for California Pacific Medical Center and several significant performance improvement projects for Catholic Healthcare West.
• Turnaround and interim management team for Detroit Medical Center. Performance improvement plans for UMass Memorial Healthcare and VCU Health System.
Hunter has been a leader in the health care field for more than 25 years. Among other positions, he held senior management positions at Durham County Hospital Corporation and Duke University Medical Center, and simultaneously held faculty appointments at the University. He was also chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital at Burlington County in Mt. Holly, NJ, and later assumed this role for Memorial's parent company, the Nexus Health Care Corporation. He lectures and presents throughout the country on timely issues in health care with a focus on hospitals and health systems in academic medical centers, physician groups, and community and specialty hospitals. He received a bachelor of science degree in economics and business administration from Ursinus College, and a masters of public health from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Thomas P. Timcho held the position of president and chief executive officer of Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is a fully-accredited 376-bed, non-profit, acute medical care facility offering inpatient, outpatient, and 24-hour emergency services. Mr. Timcho has a long history of service to Jefferson Regional Medical Center and prior to his current position has held positions of: interim president and chief executive officer; executive vice president, and chief operating officer and senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Prior to his service with JRMC, Timcho served as prinicpal for Primesolutions Healthcare, LLC.; senior vice president for Pitts Management Associates, Inc.; senior vice president and CFO for Alliance Home Health Inc.; president and CEO of UPMC Beaver Valley Hospital; president of the UPMC University Services Organization (USO); associate vice president of managed care, UPMC; executive vice president and CFO for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; executive responsible for the Healthcare Consulting Group, Ernst & Young Consulting. Timcho has served with distinction in the U.S. Army. He holds a masters of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Michael Blackwood is currently president and CEO, Gateway Health Plan. He has held positions as president of The Pilot Group, which is a health care consulting firm specializing in managed care; president, CEO, and board member, Health America Pennsylvania, Inc.; and assistant administrator, Montefiore Hospital. Blackwood has served as captain, Medical Service Corp, United States Army. He obtained a master of public health degree in 1980 from the Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in psychology in 1971 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Blackwood’s professional affiliations include: adjunct associate professor, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He taught the course Practical Aspects of Managed Care at the Graduate School of Public Health for three years; Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society-Omicron Chapter (elected member); board of directors, Pittsburgh Symphony, 1994-96; board of directors, Orr Compassionate Care Center, 1995-98; board of advisors, Health Policy Institute, Pitt Public Health; policy board, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation Board.
His awards include: Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 1992; in 1999, selected as one of 50 Pitt Public Health's "significant contributors" to the field of public health since School's inception in 1949; HEW Traineeship (full grant) recipient, Pitt Public Health, 1976-77; Meritorious Service Medal, Medical Service Corps, United States Army, 1976; distinguished military graduate, LSU, 1971.
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John Zanardelli, The program’s inaugural Executive-in-Residence was the executive director and chief executive officer for United Methodist Services for the Aging (UMSA). He held this position beginning May of 1993 and had 26 years of experience in health care organizations. Prior to his appointment as executive director of UMSA, he served as division executive director for Presbyterian Association on Aging (now Presbyterian Seniorcare), COO of Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, COO of Grane Healthcare of Pittsburgh, and senior operations officer at Oil City Area Health Center. Zanardelli received his master's degree in public health in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and was formerly a licensed nursing home administrator in Pennsylvania. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in a number of professional and teaching community service roles. He is a member of Delta Omega, the National Public Health Honor Society, and served as president of the Omicron Chapter.