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 UMMS-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. He serves on several local boards focused on improving the quality of life in his native Springfield and across western Massachusetts, 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 and Chief Consumer Officer, 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, public relations, communications, government & community relations, community benefits, 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 marketing, public affairs, events and philanthropic efforts in support of the university.
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); Rotary Club; Chamber of Commerce; and Jewish Community Center. 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
Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate
Andrew W. Artenstein has served in senior leadership at Baystate Health (BH) since his arrival in 2012. He was recruited here from the Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University where he served as the physician-in-chief of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and the founding director of the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens from 2001-2012. From 2012-2016, he served as the chair of the BH Department of Medicine and the Tufts University School of Medicine chair of medicine at Baystate. In 2016 he was promoted to his current roles. He is responsible for all provider relationships within BH and also leads Baystate Medical Practices, the employed, academic provider group comprising 1,000 providers. In these roles he advances the vision of mutually beneficial, aligned relationships and a fully integrated system of health and care. In his roles as the BH chief academic officer and the regional executive dean of the UMMS-Baystate, Dr. Artenstein presides over the educational and research enterprises of 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 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his fellowship in infectious diseases and tropical medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), both in Washington D.C. He served as a physician scientist in the U.S. Army from 1986-1996. During this time, he was the head of the Section of Protective Immunity to HIV-1 within the Division of Retrovirology at WRAIR with vaccine field sites in northern Thailand and Washington D.C. Dr. Artenstein has published more than 100 scholarly works in the medical literature. He is the author and editor of Vaccines: A Biography, a book detailing the history of vaccines, and In The Blink of an Eye: The Deadly Story of Epidemic Meningitis, both published by Springer.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & TREASURER, BAYSTATE HEALTH
Ray McCarthy is responsible for the financial oversight of Baystate Health (Baystate), a $2.4B integrated delivery system in western Massachusetts. Baystate is comprised of four acute care hospitals with approximately 1,000 licensed beds, an employed multi-specialty practice group with 1,000+ providers, a visiting nurse and hospice organization, a captive insurance company and a managed care organization with approximately 200,000 covered lives. Baystate is also the only regional campus to the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
His responsibilities include providing system-wide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership of all aspects of Baystate’s finance areas to ensure the overall financial health of the system.
Mr. McCarthy has almost thirty years of health care experience having first joined Baystate in 1993. Other roles he’s held at Baystate include the CFO of Baystate’s provider enterprise (Baystate Medical Practices) and CFO of Baystate’s joint venture Baycare Health Partners the entity that oversees Baystate’s value-based risk arrangements through an accountable care and physician hospital organization. Over the years, Mr. McCarthy has held other healthcare finance roles with CIGNA Healthcare and Yale New Haven Health System.
Mr. McCarthy is a CPA, Massachusetts Health Leadership College Fellow and holds an MBA and BA from Western New England University, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Baystate Health
Marion A. McGowan, PhD, is a senior executive with more than 25 years in clinical leadership specializing in overseeing strategy development, operations, service models, value based payments and population health.
Marion assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Baystate Health in July 2020.
Prior to joining Baystate Health, Marion served as Chief Clinical Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of Population Health at UPMC Health Plan in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Previously, she served for ten years as EVP and COO of Lancaster General Health in Pennsylvania, overseeing their hospitals, physician practices, post-acute services, and information technology services. In subsequent roles both in Lancaster and Pittsburgh, she advanced a vision for population health management through smart technology platforms and novel care management services.
Marion began her career as a staff nurse at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, rising in the ranks over the years to Director of Nursing. After 10 years, she joined the leadership team at Lancaster General Hospital where she furthered her leadership career from 1991 to 2015. During her tenure at Lancaster, she established the Mid-Atlantic Heart Institute and Heart Care Network by partnering with five other community hospitals. She also successfully consolidated two home health agencies and developed a freestanding Women and Babies Hospital.
Marion holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, later earning a Master’s Degree in Public Management and Healthcare Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, she holds a Doctoral Degree of Philosophy from Alvernia University in Leadership and Education.
Marion is married to Michael McGowan and resides in Suffield, Connecticut.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Baystate Health
Kristin Morales-Lemieux is responsible for directing all Human Resources activities for the more than 12,000 employees across the Baystate health system, including talent acquisition, workforce planning, training and organizational development, compensation and benefit programs, employee and labor relations, employee engagement, and workforce health and wellness programs. Additionally, Kristin is responsible for leading the development and execution of strategies aimed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across Baystate Health as well as leading community-based initiatives and apprenticeship programs to offer employment opportunities in the communities served by Baystate Health and to ensure a sustainable workforce into the future.
Kristin joined Baystate Health in 2017 as director Provider Compensation, and held the position of vice president Human Resources Operations and Total Rewards from 2017-2020 and has more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare. From 2007 – 2017, she served as vice president/chief operating officer of Harrington Physician Services in Southbridge, MA.
Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Joseph University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare leadership from Elms College where she was a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma. Kristin was recognized by the Worcester Business Journal in 2010 as one of the “40 Under Forty” award recipients. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pakachoag Music School in Worcester, MA, and lives in Brimfield with her husband, Harry and her son, Matthew.
Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, Baystate Health
Chief Medical Officer, Baystate Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate
Doug Salvador leads the Department of Healthcare Quality at Baystate Health. He collaborates with colleagues throughout the system to promote a learning health system, develops strategy for quality and patient safety, and coordinates health care for the community. Using his training in medicine, engineering, and epidemiology, Dr. Salvador is focused on the redesign of health care 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 master of 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 Baldrige National Quality Program.
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 and home health and hospice ensuring operational efficiency and sustainability. 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 quality care, growth and financial performance. 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 a workforce of 12,000 employees and is a 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. Ms. Shendell-Falik 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 of 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, an affiliate of RWJ Barnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest integrated healthcare delivery system.
Ms. Shendell-Falik has more than 30 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, Executive Women of NJ Salute to the Policy Maker Award, and in 2018 was inducted into Bay Path University’s 21st Century Women Business Leaders Hall of Fame.
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. She serves on the Massachusetts Hospital Association Board and on the Executive Nurse Council of The Beryl Institute.
Chief Executive Officer, Baycare Health Partners
Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Valley Accountable Care
A well-known, highly respected, collaborative, and trusted physician in our community, Dr. Shuman brings proven leadership experience, a demonstrated ability to lead medical groups in performing well in risk-based contracting, and a profound understanding of value-based care. He has deep knowledge of the local market coupled with strong relationships and understanding of the physician community. He has broad experience in healthcare and population health, and a vision for enhancing the value of Baycare to both providers and the community.
As healthcare continues to create new challenges, Dr. Shuman has adapted to the changes while inspiring colleagues, and providing a clear vision to enable organizational success. One of his most significant achievements has been to instill a “do the right thing” culture that is based on the core values of integrity and respect. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Shuman has served as a physician leader for large multispecialty medical practices in the Pioneer Valley and Connecticut.
Most recently, he served as the president of Trinity Health of New England Medical Group representing 1,000 providers. His experience includes working as a medical director in healthcare administration, the insurance industry, as well as providing direct patient care. Dr. Shuman was active in Baycare governance since 2009, including serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair from 2015 through 2017. He also served on the Health New England Board of Directors from 2016 to 2019 and held several leadership positions in healthcare of increasing responsibility.
Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Shuman completed his residency in internal medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He received his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he earned the Sandoz Award in recognition of superior academic achievement and contribution to healthcare, and he earned an A.B. in Biology and Art History at Harvard University. Dr. Shuman lives in Suffield, Connecticut with Elinor, his wife.
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Baystate Health
Vanessa L. Smith, Esq., is a broad-based legal counselor with a depth of expertise in the range of issues that face health systems. She is responsible for the oversight of enterprise-wide legal, corporate compliance, risk management, and governance services. She oversees teams responsible for the delivery of legal services to Baystate Health and its affiliates, implementation and management of comprehensive system-wide compliance, privacy, and clinical risk management, and corporate governance programs, and the operation of Baystate’s wholly-owned insurance company, Baystate Health Insurance Company. She serves as the primary legal advisor to the President & CEO and the Board of Trustees.
Vanessa joined Baystate Health in 2016 as Associate General Counsel and became Vice President and Chief General Counsel in 2017. She is a trusted in-house counselor and strategic partner and has developed an experienced, responsive and well respected Legal Department team that adeptly supports the changing and diverse needs of the health system.
Prior to coming to Baystate, Vanessa was a partner at Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, in Springfield, where she was a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. In that role, she provided legal support and guidance to Baystate for more than a dozen years on a wide variety of health care issues and built strong working relationships with leaders across the organization.
Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Wells College and a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. She lives in Holyoke with her spouse, Elizabeth Lehman.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Health New England
Richard Swift was appointed President and CEO of Health New England in October 2020. As President and CEO, Richard is responsible for the successful operation of Health New England and driving growth across the organization, financial and service excellence, and continued improvements in clinical quality with a focus on lowering the cost of care in western Massachusetts. He continues working to further Health New England’s mission of serving our members and improving the health and lives of the people in our communities.
He is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for provider-owned health plans and a senior health care executive with over 30 years of leadership with integrated delivery systems, health plans and provider groups throughout the country. Richard has served as the President of Medwise Partners, a health insurance consulting company he founded in 1996. In that capacity, he has served in numerous interim executive roles for regional health plans throughout the United States.
Richard hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Mercer University and an MBA in Health Care Administration from the University of Miami (FL).
Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer, Baystate Health
Joel L. Vengco leads the technology and informatics vision, strategy, operations, and innovation 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. Mr. Vengco is passionate about how informatics and technology can improve the delivery, the experience, and the overall cost of healthcare. He believes that by transforming data into information, information into insight, and taking those insights and enabling providers and patients to take action by using technology, healthcare delivery can be reinvented.
In 2013 he co-founded the Pioneer Valley Information Exchange, PVIX (www.pvix.org), the region’s health information exchange platform focused on a “one patient, one record” through data interoperability across disparate systems and organizations. In 2014, Mr. Vengco founded TechSpring (www.techspringhealth.org), Baystate Health’s technology innovation center, seeded by a $9.5M state grant awarded to Baystate Health by Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. TechSpring is focused on solving healthcare’s toughest problems through the establishment of a global, technology and informatics innovation community based in the heart of Springfield. He is also the founder of baytechIT (www.baytechit.com), a joint venture between Baystate Health and VertitechIT, focused on providing IT managed services to healthcare organizations across the region. Other accomplishments at Baystate include the modernization of Baystate’s technology platforms improving system agility, resilience, and security; the establishment of new platforms for patient engagement such as mobile apps and telehealth; clinical system optimization and enhancements; and leading the conversion of EHR systems for Baystate’s previously acquired hospitals. Mr. Vengco is also the champion of Baystate Health’s initiatives in data analytics and knowledge management.
Mr. Vengco has over 18 years of healthcare information and technology experience holding senior IT leadership positions in healthcare organizations such as Boston Medical Center and Partners Healthcare. He has also held senior leadership positions at healthcare IT companies, most recently as Vice President and General Manager at GE Healthcare.
He has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “Top 100 Health System CIOs To Know” and “50 National Leaders in IT”. He has also been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in the country. In 2016, he was appointed by Governor Baker to the Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council. He is frequently asked to speak at conferences on HIT related topics and is a lecturer at Boston University’s School of Management.
Mr. Vengco holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College and has Masters degrees from Harvard University and the Boston University School of Medicine.