Dr. Gregory A. Ator, MD, FACS – Chair
Chief Medical Informatics Officer – University of Kansas Hospital and University of Kansas Physicians.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery – University of Kansas Medical Center.
Dr. Ator is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the University of Kansas Hospital and University of Kansas Physicians. He is also a practicing Otolaryngologist with practice focused on medical and surgical disease of the ear.
He has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and over 10 years of practice and training in medical informatics. He has acted as the physician champion for the installation of several different electronic medical records in multiple surgical and medical ambulatory clinics as well as computerized documentation and order entry systems for the inpatient domain.
Dr. Ator, a supporter of the digitalization of medicine, feels the next few years will be incredibly important to the future of American healthcare. Heretofore, physicians have been enduring the difficulties of that digitalization with the challenging transformation of scribbles on paper to characters on computer screens. Soon we will be able to harness this information for the benefit of our patients, practices and the greater society. Health Information Exchange, as LACIE is doing, will be one great step in the right direction. However, even as these positive developments occur, physicians must be actively involved in these transformations as we replace the pen with the tools of the digital age of medicine and capitalize on newfound capabilities.
Team Leader – Mosaic Life Care
Mitzi G. Cardenas – Treasurer
Sr. VP/Strategy, Business Development and Performance Integration – Truman Medical Centers
Mitzi Cardenas is an executive with more than 18 years in the healthcare and healthcare IT industry. Cardenas came to Truman Medical Centers as the Chief Information Officer with responsibility for developing leading clinical and administrative information systems and technology. In 2011, she was promoted to the role of Sr. Vice President/ Strategy, Business Development and Performance Integration with the responsibility for strategic planning, new business and real estate development, and performance analytics while continuing to lead the IT organization.
Since her arrival in 2008, Ms. Cardenas has worked with the organizational leadership to execute an 18-month quality-focused plan to complete the roll-out of an electronic medical record. From this effort, TMC has achieved the Stage Seven designation of the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM along with only 1.7% of the hospitals in the US. TMC continues to receive “Most Wired” designation and has achieved Stage One Meaningful Use.
Mitzi was the former Co-chair of the Technology and Operations Workgroup for the Missouri Health Connection, the statewide 501c3 health information organization for the state of Missouri. Serving in this role from 2010-2012, she was instrumental in the development of the strategic and operational plan as well as operational execution of the statewide exchange.
As a leader in health information technology, Ms. Cardenas was invited to testify at the HIT Standards Committee Implementation Workgroup for the ONC. She also served as the Chair of the Missouri Hospital Association Health Information Technology Committee and has been appointed to the CAQH Provider Council to guide industry-wide decisions on administrative simplification. She has been invited to speak on a number of important topics related to healthcare and healthcare IT across the country.
Prior to joining TMC, Ms. Cardenas held leadership roles at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Tricare Management Authority (DOD), Baptist Health System in San Antonio, TX, as well as a variety of technology and healthcare vendor organizations.
She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s of science degree from Troy State University.
David Nill, M.D.
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer – Healthe at Cerner
Dr. David Nill, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, is responsible for innovation of clinical aspects of health and care services for Healthe at Cerner.
Healthe services include on-site clinic and pharmacy, condition management, wellness screening, and third-party administration. Additionally, Dr. Nill participates in health benefits design and integration of other Cerner benefits into the overall approach to health which includes fitness and nutrition.
Dr. Nill functions as the global corporate medical director for Cerner Corporation, working closely with Cerner’s benefits team regarding health and wellbeing for Cerner associates.
Dr. Nill joined Cerner in 2007 as a physician with Cerner’s on-campus Healthe Clinic for associates and family members. He continues to see clinic patients on a part-time basis.
Prior to joining Cerner, Dr. Nill practiced at the Lee’s Summit Family Care Center in Lee’s Summit, Mo., for more than nine years. He handled inpatient care, outpatient clinic care and newborn nursery care.
Dr. Nill is board-certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s six-year medical program and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Dr. Nill is interested in transformation of health delivery, expanding the medical home model and improving the consumer experience. His clinical interests include sports medicine and improvement of health status, with emphasis on lifestyle change for the better for members.
Jill Watson, MBA, CAE – Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer – Kansas City Metropolitan Physician Association – ACO
Jill Watson is the chief executive officer of the Kansas City Metropolitan Physician Association, LLC, a new organization of Kansas City area physicians that is innovating a new model for health care services and payment.
Prior to March, Jill was executive director of the Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City (Metro Med), a large professional association for physicians in the Kansas City area. During her 16 years with Metro Med, Jill gained an extensive understanding of best practices in medical care and the barriers that keep physicians from achieving them.
She left Metro Med at the end of February to become the CEO for KC’s first accountable care organization, KCMPA-ACO, a transformative, physician-led organization with the triple goal of better health care quality, more informed health care decisions, and lower total cost. Among her proudest successes at Metro Med is creation of MetroCARE, a network of nearly 900 physicians who volunteer to diagnose and treat low-income, uninsured patients.
Prior to being appointed executive director, she served as the Metro Med’s director of public affairs. A notable accomplishment in this role is the coordination of KC’s efforts to unite physicians during the medical liability insurance crisis in 2003-2005. Her efforts in this initiative eventually ended with election of a new Governor and passage of legislation to stabilize the liability insurance market.
Jill began her career in Washington, DC as a public policy assistant for Honda North America and then the American Association of Homes and Services. She also spent two years with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists as an assistant state government relations representative.
Jill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Hofstra University in New York and a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mohammad (Randy) Rahman, MBA, MISM
Chief Information Officer (CIO) – Olathe Health System, Inc (OHSI)
Prior to Joining OHSI, Mr. Rahman served as the Chief Information Officer for Uniting Care Health, a five hospitals health system in Brisbane, Australia. As a member of the UCH Executive Leadership Team (ELT), provides executive leadership vision, guidance, supervision, and fiscal accountability of all Information System projects and staff in conjunction with Uniting Care’s mission, vision and values.
From 2010-2013, Mr. Rahman was the Chief Information Officer for Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, AZ, USA where led the organization to implement 55+ Cerner EMR solutions successfully in less than 18 months. From 2009-2010 he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Information Technology and Corporate Services for West Jefferson Medical Center in New Orleans, USA, where he was responsible for overall Information Technology Systems and Corporate Services including Telecommunication, Decision Support, Bio-Med, Medical Records and Printing Services. From 2008 to 2009 he served as the Chief Information Officer position at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, MO, USA and was responsible for overall Information Technology Services. From 2000 to 2008 he served as the Director of Internet/Technology Services at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, MO; from 1997 to 2000 he served as the Chief Information Officer of an e-commerce business.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA and a Master’s in Business Administration with concentration in Information System Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, Devry University -Kansas City, USA. He is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
He has guided 3 different health systems to reach HIMSS EMR adoption level 6 and one system to achieve level 7. He also served in many HIT committees including several local and regional health information exchanges.
John G. Carney, MEd
President and CEO – Center for Practical Bioethics (Kansas City)
John G. Carney, MEd, became the Center’s second President and CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics in December 2011. His commitment to improving shared decision making for patients and families spans three decades. His devoted early career work in the 1980s-2000s to the development of hospice and palliative care in Kansas and throughout the Midwest serving in executive positions at the provider and state association levels. His policy and advocacy work in the areas of aging, advanced illness and advance care planning includes executive leadership positions at the state and national association levels as well. He also served in a senior leadership position at the Center in aging and end of life from 2004 through 2010. His passionate voice advocating for families facing difficult healthcare decisions has been heard in rural communities, town halls and national forums from coast to coast.
In 2008 Carney assisted in co-authoring a report to Congress on Advance Care Planning and working with the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health on improving end of life care for all Americans. He has also been recognized for his leadership in executive management of small healthcare organizations.
He holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Newman University (Wichita, KS) and a master’s from Wichita State University.
Stacey Holle – Secretary
Director – North Kansas City Hospital
Dr. Brandon Kennedy, MD
Director – Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics
Chief Information Officer (CIO) – Liberty Hospital