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July 28, 2009 Event

What Do We Want for the Future of WNY Health Care?
How is the WNY Health System Performing?
How Can We Work Together to Reach Excellence in Health Care?

Over the past two years, Reaching for Excellence has engaged more than 1,700 Western New Yorkers in One Friday: Four Futures, a series of community conversations about our priorities for the future of health care - the first step to amplifying the consumer voice in health care reform.

Let's Take the Next Step Together.

Tanya Alteras, MPP, Associate Director - Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project, National Partnership for Women & Families

Topic: The Importance of Patient Experience in Measuring Health Care Quality

The National Partnership for Women and Families' Consumer-Driven Disclosure Project supports leading employer, consumer, and labor organizations in helping Americans make health care decisions based on nationally standardized, publicly reported measures for clinical quality, consumer experience, equity, and efficiency. Previously, Tanya was a Senior Consultant at Health Management Associates, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Economic and Social Research Institute, and worked on a national evaluation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program as an analyst in the Department of Health and Human Services. She has a B.A from SUNY Binghamton, and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Topic: A panel of regional health care leaders in explored the possibilities for improvement. A Q&A session will follow.


Ann Abdella, Executive Director, Chautauqua County Health Network
The Chautauqua County Health Network is one of the 35 rural health networks recognized by the NYSDOH. Ann is also the Executive Director for the Chautauqua Integrated Delivery System, LLC, an independent practice association of physicians and hospitals throughout Chautauqua County. With over 25 years of experience in health promotion and disease management in both the public and private sectors, she has previously worked as a corporate wellness director for the Virginia Farm Bureau, director of Chautauqua County Success by 6, and public health planner for both the Chautauqua County and the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Michael Edbauer, DO, Medical Director, Catholic Independent Practice Association of Western New York

Dr. Edbauer is responsible for the development and implementation of the Clinical Integration program for the 850 physicians and 5 hospitals within CIPA, and as Vice President of Medical Affairs for Home Care and Primary Care for the Catholic Health System; he is responsible for providing medical leadership and assisting in the ongoing quality assurance initiatives within these ministries. With over 10 years of experience in medical management and health care consulting, he has also served as Medical Director for a Staff Model HMO as well as a multi-specialty physician group of over 120 doctors. His work as a consultant included development of Quality Management and Utilization Management programs for physician practices and long term care facilities.

Connie Vari, RN, Executive Vice President, COO, Kaleida Health
As the chief operating officer of Kaleida Health, Connie oversees more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, and has served the organization for over 30 years, with executive leadership experience in hospital operations, clinical management, quality and project management. She has also served as a research interviewer for the CDC, is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Connie is committed to giving back to the community and is passionate about mentoring young women in Western New York, serving on many community boards, including the United Way and Buffalo State College Board of Directors.

Arthur Wingerter, President, Univera Healthcare
Univera Healthcare is a nonprofit health insurer based in Williamsville that has approximately 170,000 members. Wingerter was previously Vice President of Healthcare Solutions at Genpact, where he specialized in cost containment strategies, new product development and acquisitions. He has also served as a senior vice president for North American Health Plans, where his focus was provider and network management, the development of new business strategies, and contract negotiations, and also served as CEO for Prism Health Networks.

One Friday: Four Futures

Learn how 1,700 Western New Yorkers engaged in a dialogue about the region's health care future. (...read more)