PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Baystate Health
Chair, Board of Directors, Health New England
President, Baystate Health Foundation
Professor of Medicine, UMass Medical School
Dr. Keroack provides strategic, financial, and operational oversight for all services at Baystate Health and its subsidiary health plan, Health New England. Under his leadership, Baystate Health has expanded the reach and variety of its clinical services, incorporating two new community hospitals and growing its outpatient practices across the region. The system has been a national leader in adopting population-based approaches to organizing and financing health care, emphasizing prevention, wellness, care integration, and cost containment under a global budget for the majority of its patients. During this time, Baystate Health also enhanced its role as the sole academic medical center of Western Massachusetts, growing the scope, sophistication and reach of its tertiary services, elevating its research programs, and opening UMass-Baystate, a regional medical campus focused on the training of primary care physicians. The system has continued its long tradition of receiving national and regional awards for outstanding performance in safety, quality, and innovation during his tenure. Dr. Keroack also provides strategic oversight for philanthropic and community benefits activities in support of the health system.
Dr. Keroack served as Baystate Health’s system chief operating officer from 2013 – 2014 and as its chief physician executive and president of Baystate Medical Practices from 2011 – 2013. He came to Baystate Health from University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) in Oak Brook, Illinois, where he served as senior vice president and chief medical officer. At UHC, a national alliance of over 100 academic medical centers, he oversaw programs for clinical and operational performance improvement, faculty group practice management, and patient safety. He also led UHC’s research to define the leadership and management practices associated with top organizational performance in quality care. Prior to his national work, he served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts for 12 years, where he focused on HIV and AIDS care and won five annual teaching awards. Beginning in 1995, Dr. Keroack took on a more administrative role, serving as the first president of the 700-physician UMass Memorial Medical Group and the vice president of Medical Management for UMass Memorial Health Care. He has authored over 50 publications.
Dr. Keroack is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School and received his MPH from Boston University. He trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. He serves on several local boards focused on improving the quality of life in his native Springfield and across Western Mass, as well as several state and national Boards. He is married to Dr. Ann Errichetti, and they have two grown daughters now living in Massachusetts and Vermont.
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Office, Baystate Health
Jean Ahn oversees the strategy and strategic direction for Baystate Health, which includes advancement of Baystate 2020 that focuses on the system’s four compass points (of Safety, Quality, Patient Experience and Value) and four population health levers. Her role also involves strategic analytics oversight and partnership development and due diligence. Prior to joining Baystate Health in November 2012, Jean served as System Director of Strategic Planning & Business Development at Yale New Haven Health System, where she was responsible for landmark joint service line planning with the Yale University School of Medicine and for oversight of all Certificates of Need (CONs), including the Smilow Cancer Hospital.
Active in the community, Ms. Ahn is a recent past Board Member of the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts, and currently serves on the boards of Partners for a Healthier Community and Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services. She is also a recipient of the ACHE Service Award which recognizes contributions to healthcare management excellence.
Ms. Ahn earned her B.A. with honors from Wellesley College and a M.H.A. with academic distinction from Cornell University. She is a 2015 fellow of the Massachusetts Health Leadership College, as well as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS & EXTERNAL RELATIONS, Baystate Health
Jane Albert provides the vision, strategic direction and oversight of the health system brand and reputation in support of engaging, inspiring, and retaining relationships with all stakeholders. She is responsible for Marketing & Digital Strategy, Communications, Government & Public Relations, Community Benefits and Community Relations, and Philanthropy.
Ms. Albert has served Baystate Health since 2002 in numerous leadership capacities with extensive experience in many areas she currently leads on behalf of the health system.
Before joining Baystate, Albert served as vice president of Advancement and Marketing at Western New England University, with responsibility for all philanthropic efforts focused on engaging alumni, businesses, and foundations in support of the university. Albert holds an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and a BBA in Accounting from UMass – Amherst.
Active in the community, Ms. Albert has held leadership positions on many boards that include: Spirit of Springfield; National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ); Jewish Community Center; Rotary Club; and Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized as Woman of the Year by the Springfield Women’s Commission and as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Club International.
Ms. Albert holds an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and a BBA in Accounting from UMass – Amherst.
Chief Physician Executive and Chief Academic Officer, Baystate Health
President, Baystate Medical Practices
Regional Executive Dean, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate
Andrew W. Artenstein leads Baystate Medical Practices, a faculty practice plan comprising nearly 600 providers at Baystate Health in western Massachusetts. Additionally, he is responsible for a wide range of contracted clinical service relationships with independent medical groups, including those in anestheia, nephrology, orthopedics, and radiology. In this role he advances the vision of mutually beneficial, aligned relationships in a hybrid medical staff model. Dr. Artenstein oversees the academic educational and research enterprises at BH.
Dr. Artenstein received his B.A. at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and his M.D. at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, both in Washington D.C.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Office & Treasurer, Baystate Health
Dennis W. Chalke is responsible for the financial oversight of Baystate Health’s provider entities including three acute care hospitals and two physician organizations. His responsibilities include budgeting, financial planning and analysis, capital financing, managed care contracting, cost accounting, decision support, and oversight of revenue cycle functions. As Chief Financial Officer of Baystate Health, he is responsible for the annual budget and other critical operating activities. He also is responsible for all supply chain activities including purchasing, warehousing, value analysis and distribution.
He has over eighteen years of healthcare experience having joined Baystate in 1988. Previously Mr. Chalke was with United Technologies Corporation in Hartford, CT, where he worked in the finance organization on mergers, acquisitions and financial planning.
Mr. Chalke holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BA in Economics from Ithaca College, Ithaca , NY.
Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Baystate Health
Jo-Ann W. Davis, JD, is responsible for providing leadership, strategy and management for Baystate Health’s Legal Services, Human Resources, Risk Management, Audit/Compliance, and Governance areas. She also serves as primary legal advisor to the president & CEO and the Board of Trustees.
Jo-Ann joined Baystate Health in 2003, as director of Employee Relations and worked for 12 years in our Human Resources Division, taking on progressive responsibilities in the areas of HR Consulting, Employee and Labor Relations, HR Compliance, and Labor and Employment Law. In 2015 she became SVP and Chief General Counsel for BH. Prior to that, she worked for 15 years as a practicing attorney with a focus on Human Resources, Employment and Labor matters. She is a graduate of Wheaton College, with a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a law degree from Western New England University.
Interim President and CEO, Health New England
Vice President of Operations and Government Programs, Health New England
As Interim President and CEO, Jody Gross provides overall strategic and operational oversight for Health New England. As Vice President of Operations and Government Programs, Jody Gross has responsibility for Member Services, Enrollment, Claims, Government Program Operations and Government Programs Sales. Prior to this position, Mr. Gross served as Vice President of Sales, where he developed and executed the sales and retention strategy for the Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business.
Mr. Gross joined the company in 2001 and has served in various positions in finance and healthcare reform. First as Finance Manager and then as Director of Finance, where he provided strategic guidance for new products while ensuring profitability and marketability. From tracking cost-saving initiatives to creating and monitoring an extensive annual medical budget, he gained a perspective on all functional areas within Health New England.
He also served as Director of Business Development, where he used his excellent analytical skills and instinct as he led the design, implementation and evaluation of products, benefits, new business lines and value-added programs. He has also served as Director of Government Programs, where he oversaw the implementation and operations of HNE’s Medicare and Medicaid lines of business.
Mr. Gross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bryant College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut. He has participated in the Tuck Executive Education Program at Dartmouth College in leadership and strategy and has obtained his Lominger® certification in interviewing and professional development. He also holds Health Insurance Producers licenses in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.
He is a 2016 graduate of Massachusetts Health Leadership College, which combines an intensive and comprehensive leadership assessment, coaching, interactive lectures, and action-learning assignments to provide executives new insights about themselves, their leadership and decision-making styles and their impact on others.
Mr. Gross currently serves as a Board Member for the Springfield Regional Chamber and Revitalize CDC. Prior to joining Health New England, he worked for United Health Group and Oxford Health Plans.
Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, Baystate Health
Chief Medical Officer, Baystate Medical Center
Doug Salvador leads the Department of Healthcare Quality at Baystate Health to improve healthcare value. He has a leadership role in bundled payments initiatives, medical management, and the patient safety program. He oversees the infection control department and medical staff services. Using his training in medicine, engineering, and epidemiology, Dr. Salvador is focused on the redesign of healthcare delivery systems, diagnostic error, undergraduate and postgraduate education of quality and safety, and fostering a culture of patient safety.
A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (Biomedical Engineering) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Salvador trained in infectious diseases at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He practiced as a hospital epidemiologist after receiving a Masters in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. His post-graduate training includes Patient Safety Officer Training from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and service on the board of examiners for the Baldridge National Quality Program. He is an IHI faculty member and teaches in the Patient Safety Executive Development Course.
President, Baystate Medical Center
Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations, Baystate Health
Nancy Shendell-Falik is responsible for the coordination and integration of clinical operations across Baystate Health hospitals ensuring operational efficiency and sustainability of the Baystate Health enterprise. She provides leadership for the development of a comprehensive operating strategy within the academic center, Baystate Medical Center, and the community hospitals with a focus on care delivery, growth, financial performance, development of the leadership team, building a rewarding work environment and patient satisfaction. Ms. Shendell-Falik collaborates with senior leaders to align the strategy of the hospital and specialty enterprise to advance population health and ensure appropriate deployment of specialty resources to optimize safety, quality, experience and value. Additionally, Ms. Shendell-Falik partners with physician and administrative leaders to advance Baystate Medical Center as a regional tertiary care center. She champions a culture of safety, service excellence, and team member engagement to deliver safe, high quality outcomes and patient-centered experiences across the Baystate Health system. Baystate Health has just under 12,000 employees and is national leader in quality improvement and patient safety.
Previously, Ms. Shendell-Falik held the position of Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer from 2013-2015. In addition to her accountability for effective leadership and management of the delivery of health care services at Baystate Medical Center, Ms. Shendell-Falik was responsible for the practice of nursing at Baystate Medical Center, the development of nursing services and the evaluation and implementation of clinical programs and services in collaboration with medical staff and management. She delivered leadership direction for all aspects of nursing, particularly service excellence, patient safety and quality initiatives. Ms. Shendell-Falik also provided system-wide oversight, support and advocacy for the professional practice of nursing at three community hospitals in Greenfield, Palmer, and Ware. In 2015, under her leadership, Baystate Medical Center earned a rare third designation as a Magnet Hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
From 2009-2013, Ms. Shendell-Falik served as the Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and formerly was Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ.
Ms. Shendell-Falik has more than 25 years of experience in driving improvements in quality and safety of patient care, volume growth, hospital efficiencies and patient and staff engagement. She has authored multiple publications and received the Governor’s Nursing Merit Award, New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Executive Award, and Executive Women of NJ Salute to the Policy Maker Award.
Ms. Shendell-Falik earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rutgers College and a master’s degree in nursing administration from New York University. She is a Fellow of Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Program, an advanced leadership program for nurses in senior executive roles who aspire to help lead and shape the US healthcare system.
Chief Executive Officer, Baycare Health Partners
Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Valley Accountable Care
As Chief Executive Officer of Baycare Health Partners, Stephen J. Sweet oversees a Physician-Hospital Organization owned jointly by Baystate Health and Greater Springfield IPA.
Dr. Sweet is a practicing nephrologist, President of Western New England Renal & Transplant Associates and Medical Director of Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis Units of the Greater Pioneer Valley. Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Sweet earned his medical degree and completed his residency training at the University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, Michigan followed by a renal fellowship at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, MA . Board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Sweet remains actively engaged in clinical practice and lectures on a variety of renal and health care topics.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATICS & TECHNOLOGY
Joel Vengco joined Baystate Health in 2012 and is our leader for technology vision, strategy, and operations for the health system. He also holds the position of Chief Information Officer for the Pioneer Valley Accountable Care Organization, the ACO for western Massachusetts. He is a co-founder and architect of the Pioneer Valley Information Exchange (PVIX), the regional health information exchange platform, and is the founder of TechSpring, Baystate Health’s technology innovation center.
Among his key accomplishments at Baystate, Mr. Vengco has focused on information integration across Baystate as well as across the region through his work with PVIX; modernized Baystate’s data center and infrastructure, improving system performance and security; established new platforms for patient engagement; focused on clinical system optimization and enhancement; and most recently has overseen the Eastern Region’s IT system conversion.
Prior to Baystate, Mr. Vengco was vice president and general manager with GE Healthcare IT. He has been named one of the “100 CIOs To Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review every year since 2012. In 2016, he was appointed to Governor Baker’s Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council and has served on the Board of Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDC) since that time. Active in the community, he is also Board President of Community Music School of Springfield. He is a lecturer at Boston University’s School of Management.
Mr. Vengco holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and has masters degrees from Harvard University and the Boston University School of Medicine.