Updates as of April 30
Paul Ramey '71 sold a business he purchased in January 1995 and currently operates a consulting company whose primary client is the buyer of that business. Paul is also a partner in a business that sells alcohol-free sanitizer to commercial users like hospitals, cruise lines, etc.
Ben Richardson '73 is officially retired as principal and senior consultant of RMS. He is still very active and may continue some work including a post/discharge niche project using EMR & part-time providers with AMAJII Corporation, and some limited office practice. He remains fascinated by the response to the 2010 Affordable Care Act and he wishes it had happened 20 years ago, noting that "the next generation of health care management will have some great challenges and even more opportunities to get it right."
Bob Spurck '73 was appointed to senior partner of Spurck Branson Healthcare Solutions in Austin.
Markettea Johnson Beneke B.A. '73, M.S.-HCAD '77 was appointed vice president of operations at Legacy Community Health Services Montrose Campus in Houston.
Steve Sander '78 will retire in July after 32 years with Memorial Hermann Health System and 20 years as the CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He plans on being involved in health care in other capacities.
Bill Garrett '79 is executive view president at Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson, Md.
Bill Gracey '80 was promoted to president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
Douglas Ashby '83 retired from the Army Reserve (Colonel, Medical Service Corps) in 2007. In 2010, he retired after nearly 33 years in the field of health care administration. Since then, he completed an AAS degree in emergency management administration and homeland security and attained certification as an emergency management administration and homeland security and attained certification as an emergency management specialist (SEM). Currently, he is an independent health care administration and emergency preparedness professional with security clearance and a part-time medical courier. He also serves as a part-time scorer for NCS Pearson, a Learning Company, scoring student responses to prompts in the subjects of science, math, reading and writing. He maintains board certification (Life Fellow) in health care administration through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Karmon Bjella '85 was promoted to CEO of Alpena Regional Medical Center in Alpena, Mich.
Timothy Gibbons '85 is director of GreenCarePlus+ in Frankfurt, Germany and in Sydney, Australia. He invites those interested to contact him on Skype at Timothyox, Skype: GreenCarePlus and e-mail tfgibbons [at] gmail.com.
John Eads '97 served as hospital CEO for ten years with the Infirmary Health System in Mobile, Ala. In 2001, he and his wife founded a Christian ministry, Light of the Village, and converted a "crack house" into a place of faith, hope, and love. He is executive director of Light of the Village in Bay Minette, Ala. In 2007, he traveled to East Los Angeles to learn about gang intervention and resigned from health care. Today, they operate six days a week inside Alabama's most dangerous city. Please feel free to contact him by e-mail at john [at] lightofthevillage.org or cell phone at 251-680-4613
Carol Rogers Durham '98 is senior manager of health analytics at Accenture in Austin.
Kevin Ormand '98 is director of the senior team at Aspen Advisors in Austin. He will focus on delivery oversight of revenue cycle services and supporting methodologies. Aspen Advisors is a professional services firms with a rich mix of respected industry veterans and rising stars who are united by a commitment to excellence and ongoing dedication to health care.
Rebecca Cranford McCain '99 is COO of Electra Hospital District in Electra, Texas.
Brian Craft '01 is vice president of finance and CFO of Texas Health Dallas & Kaufman in the Dallas area.
Traci Dodderer Bentley B.S. '00, M.S.-HCAD '02 was promoted to director of client relations and Analytics at Sg2 in Philadelphia. As part of the service delivery team, Traci is responsible for overseeing the ongoing partnership between Sg2 and member health systems and hospitals. She works directly with administrative and clinical leadership clients by proactively aligning Sg2 intelligence, analytics and consulting services to each client's specific growth and performance goals. She also is responsible for a select group of Sg2's growth and performance analytics customers, helping understand Sg2's data reports, uncover meaningful data trends within those reports, and access additional resources to drive improvement.
Cliff Gallagher B.S. '00, M.S.-HCAD '02 is directory of JHD Group in Addison, Texas.
Jeff Patterson '04 was promoted to COO of Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif.
Ian Cooper '05 was promoted to CEO at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Warren, Ohio. This hospital is a Community Health Systems (CHS) facility.
Heidi Pandya B.S. '00, M.S.-HCAD '05 was promoted to director, Health Industries Advisory at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers in Dallas. She and her husband, Bobby, joyfully welcomed twins, Aiden Cole Pandya Narramore and Aviana Vivien Pandya Narramore, on July 26, 2013.
Nicole Banister '06 joined the TMF Health Quality Institute as a senior health services consultant . She is guiding the transformation of primary car in the U.S. through the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations. The CPC project aligns payers and primary care practices in seven regions to test a new model of comprehensive and accountable primary care combined with a blended payment model.
Karla Krueger Strawn '06 is administrative officer of Medical Service South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio.
Scott Forehlich '08 is vice president at Physician Practice Management for QRx Medical Managment and Questcare Partners in Dallas. Previously, he served in multiple physician practice management positions at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
Vijay Patel '10 is a senior consultant-Healthcare Advisory in the Dallas area.
Jared Shelton '10 serves as heart and vascular service line director at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, in addition to his role as senior director professional and support services.
Dan Iliff '11 is director of physician compensation for CHRISTUS Physician Group in Irving, Texas.
Elizabeth Wellborn '11 was promoted to experienced associate at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers LLP in Dallas.
Marco Alanis '12 moved to Chicago to join the University of Chicago Hospital as a clinical nurse leader for the inpatient bone marrow transplant unit.
Kelsey Schwarz Markovich B.S. '10, M.S.-HCAD '12 is strategic planning analyst with Seton Healthcare Family in Austin. She married in February 2014.