employer leadership summit: Healthy Living Healthy Working Series
GARY ALLEN Executive Director, Hawaii Business Health Council; Chief Operating Officer, Quality Healthcare Alliance; President and CEO, E-Storage, Inc.
experience working with both the medical and behavioral health provider community based on over 10 years of clinical and consultative practice.
She currently serves on the steering committee for National Quality Forum’s Ambulatory Care Performance Measures’ Project.
Gary Allen is executive director for the Hawaii Business Health Council, which consist of 43 large employers. In addition to fi- nancial and operational oversight of the council, Gary adminis- ters a disease management measurement and scoring system for health plans based on best practices and is implementing a worksite wellness program for council employers. He is also devel- oping a statewide medical outcomes improvement organization in partnership with Hawaii’s department of health, medical association and other key stake- holders. In addition, Gary is the chief operating officer for Quality Healthcare Al- liance, which has developed a statewide health information exchange, and the president and CEO of E-Storage, Inc., a management consulting firm that pro- vides operational, financial and IT solutions. Gary serves on the board of the Na- tional Business Coalition on Health, the Hawaii State Health Care Task Force and the State of Hawaii Patient Rights Task Force. He is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Colorectal Cancer Committee, the Hawaii Diabetes Control Project Planning Committee and the Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Control Pro- gram Cost and Insurance Committee. Gary has also led the implementation of the “Asheville Model” Patient Self Management program, which is focused on diabetes patients, for several Hawaiian employers. Gary received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN).
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
“Healthy employees are more productive, with fewer sick days, fewer accidents, higher morale and lower job turnover. If Minnesota employers convinced ten percent of their employees to start a regular walking program, the state would save $109 million in heart disease-re- lated expenditures annually. It’s good for employees and it’s good for our fiscal health, too.”
SHERRY DUBESTER, MD, MS Regional Vice President, Medical Director, WellPoint, Inc. National Accounts
Sherry graduated from University of Rochester, and University of Pennsyl- vania Medical School. She trained in psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Psy- chiatry and Neurology. Sherry subsequently completed her Masters degree in Administrative Medicine at University of Wisconsin, Madison.
SUE ESKEDAHL, CCP Vice President, Employers Association, Inc.
Sue Eskedahl currently holds the position of vice president for the Employers Association, Inc. She is responsible for consulting, survey and training serv- ices provided to member companies. Sue also coor- dinates health care-related resources for members of the association. Her professional experience includes 20+ years of progressive human resources and management experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Wells College of Aurora New York. Additionally, Sue holds designation as a Certified Com- pensation Professional (CCP) by the WorldatWork Association. Sue currently volunteers for Courage Center on their Human Resources advisory committee, as a board member for HealthFront and for WorldatWork as a technical advi- sor on publications. She has also served as a Regional Vice President for the American Compensation Association, as a member on their Group Partnership Advisory Board and as a steering committee member of the Twin Cities Com- pensation Network.
KENNETH JOSLYN, MD, MPH Medical Director, Quality & Population Health, Medica
Dr. Joslyn is trained in Internal Medicine and Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Preven- tive Medicine. He has practiced clinically in private practice fee-for-service, staff model capitated care and university-based group practice. His special in- terests are in preventive services, evidence-based medicine, systems change to enhance care delivery, trending care over time to enhance quality outcomes, enhancing collaboration to eliminate gaps in clinical care, wellness/health promotion, disease management and member education/self empowerment. He is presently medical director, quality and population health for Medica and teaches family medicine residents at Park Nicollet one-half day a week.
Dr. Dubester joined Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2000. Her primary focus has been National Accounts, providing clini- cal leadership and guidance to the care management team as well as support for sales and account management. Addition- ally, she provided clinical leadership for behavioral health over- sight and the quality program. In 2006, with the merger of Empire and WellPoint, Sherry joined Anthem National Accounts, where her role has expanded to provide clinical leadership and sup- port for the Northeast region, as well as to serve as a behavioral health expert for National Accounts. Prior to joining Empire, Sherry was executive medical director of behavioral health services at Glens Falls Hospital in New York. Prior to Glens Falls Hospi- tal, she worked at National Jewish Medical and Research Center, in Denver, Colorado, as head of inpatient behavioral health services. She has strong
SANNE JONES MAGNAN, MD, PHD President, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
Dr. Magnan is a board-certified internist and staff physician at the Tuberculosis Clinic at the St. Paul- Ramsey County Department of Public Health and a clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Depart- ment of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She was named one of the 100 Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician in 2004 and has co- authored more than 20 articles for medical and quality improvement publications. Sanne earned a medical degree and a PhD in me- dicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota.