All-Star Faculty at October 3 All-Sector Sepsis Summit

All-Sector Sepsis Summit Faculty

October 3, 2018
Albany Hilton Hotel
Albany, NY

Patrick Archambeault, RN, MS, CRNI is Director of Clinical Specialties for Eddy Visiting Nurse and Rehab Association. Archambeault received his education at SUNY Institute of Technology where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing. He has over 27 years’ experience as a clinician, most of those years spent in home care. He oversees many innovative projects designed to improve patients’ outcomes and lower their risk for readmission to the hospital. He is an active member of the HCA/IPRO Sepsis Steering Committee.

Eve Bankert, MT (ASCP) is a Quality Improvement Specialist for IPRO and leads the New York division of the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Special Innovation Project: Community Based Sepsis Initiative. She previously served as Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at Ellis Hospital and was actively involved with the hospital’s implementation of “Rory’s Regulations” requiring evidence-based protocols for early recognition and treatment of sepsis in all New York hospitals. Bankert is a board-certified and state-licensed Medical Technologist with an extensive background in clinical microbiology and hospital epidemiology.

Amy Bowerman is Executive Director of Senior Network Health Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plan and Director of Quality Improvement and Privacy Officer for Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County. Both organizations are part of the Mohawk Valley Health System. Bowerman serves on the HCA’s Quality Committee, its MLTC Forum, and she is the sepsis workgroup clinical leader. She brings over twenty years of nursing experience in emergency nursing, home care, pediatrics, quality innovation, nursing administration and managed care.

Sara Butterfield is IPRO’s Senior Director of Health Care Quality Improvement and serves as Project Lead for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 11th Scope of Work Coordination of Care initiative and the Transforming End of Life Care and the Community Based Sepsis CMS Special Innovation Projects. Butterfield is responsible for facilitating and managing quality improvement initiatives addressing the national quality improvement priorities for Medicare beneficiaries, as identified by CMS. Since joining IPRO in 1998, Butterfield has coordinated collaborative partnerships with acute-care hospitals, home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities and private physician practices on a cross-setting, multidisciplinary level to facilitate performance improvement initiatives in support of CMS’ project objectives. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Russell Sage College, has a Certified Case Manager credential from the Commission for Case Manager Certification, and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality through the national Healthcare Quality Certification Board.

Dawn Carter is a registered nurse with 28 years’ experience in health care, 25 years of which have been with long term care. Carter has held numerous clinical and management positions in her career, including as Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Manager, Nursing Supervisor, MDS (Minimum Data Sets) Coordinator, and positions in staff education and development, employee health, and infection control, including antibiotic stewardship. She has been actively involved with policy and procedure development, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance.

Joseph Caruso is a Patient Advocate and Sepsis Survivor. He became septic in July 2011 in reaction to a Neisseria meningitis infection after dental work. A communications professional with extensive experience in the community development arena, Caruso has honed his craft in a number of venues. He is active in many community affairs in Utica, his hometown, and is a volunteer sepsis awareness educator for Sepsis Alliance and IPRO. An avid traveler and writer, Caruso blogged about his 200-mile walk across northern Spain as part of the over 1,000-year-old pilgrimage known as El Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, which he accomplished fifteen months after experiencing septic shock.

Jim Clancy joined HANYS in September 2016 after 20-plus years in state government, where he gained experience in local and state government relations, state budget negotiations, stakeholder engagement, policy implementation and messaging. Clancy spent seven years in the New York State Department of Health as Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Governmental and External Affairs and Director of the Center for Healthcare Facility Planning, Licensure, and Finance. He built a solid reputation through his relationships with health care providers and decision makers. Before joining DOH, he served as Director of Legislative Affairs for Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, and served on the staffs of New York State Senator Neil Breslin and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as stints in the New York State Assembly and Senate. His transition out of state government began when he joined the law and lobby firm of Brown & Weinraub as a senior health care consultant. Clancy is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.

Dana Corwin is a registered nurse with Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, currently serving as the Director of Aging Health Services.  The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging is dedicated to promoting independence, self-determination and dignity for all seniors in the county. Corwin has 27 years of nursing practice in geriatrics and in working with the aging population. Since joining the local agency ten years ago, she has had the opportunity to influence communication and understanding between practitioners and providers in the medical and social aspects of health. Recognizing that community health is a spectrum of events and opportunities, her agency works to provide a framework of advocacy, education, health awareness, and community-based services to serve older adults.

Martin E. Doerfler, MD, is Senior Vice President, Clinical Strategy and Development; Associate Chief Medical Officer; and Medical Director for the Center for Learning and Innovation at Northwell Health. He is also Professor of Medicine and Science Education, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He leads the Office of Clinical Transformation in the Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI) and is responsible for guiding the adoption of evidence-based clinical practice and helping to define and facilitate clinical improvement efforts across Northwell. Dr. Doerfler is also responsible for developing Northwell Health’s telehealth strategy. He is a member of the board of the High Value HealthCare Collaborative (HVHC) and the Rory Staunton Foundation. A board-certified internist with added certification in Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Doerfler graduated from the University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has held medical positions at the NYU-Bellevue Medical Center where he was also a medical resident. He also trained in Critical Care Medicine at the National Institutes of Health and conducted research as an NIH Fellow on the cellular mechanisms of sepsis and shock. He has authored peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Critical Care Medicine and other journals.

Dr. Carl Flatley’s life changed on April 30, 2002. It was the day his daughter Erin died from septic shock, something Dr. Flatley, a retired endodontist, had never heard of.  After Erin’s death, Dr. Flatley learned everything he could about sepsis and he was astounded at what he – and millions of other Americans – didn’t know about the condition. He was shocked to learn that sepsis killed well over 200,000 people in the U.S. every year and affected so many more survivors. In 2007, Dr. Flatley founded Sepsis Alliance to save lives and reduce suffering by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. His mission is to make sepsis as well-known as cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses, and to ensure that as few people as possible get sepsis, let alone die from it. His unending devotion to Erin’s memory has had a significant impact on many people.

Lester Freemantle has been a New York State-certified Emergency Medical Technician since 1977 and Paramedic since 1984. Freemantle serves on several local, regional and statewide EMS boards and committees and is the Immediate Past Chairman with United New York Ambulance Network (UNYAN). He is the Regional Manager/Director of Contractual Relation with Mohawk Ambulance Service.

Marcus Friedrich, MD, MBA, is Medical Director for the Office of Quality and Patient Safety at the New York State Department of Health. He works with the clinical leadership at the Department and is helping in the development of quality measurement and improvement programs within Medicaid and health insurance plans. Dr. Friedrich currently works on an ongoing collaborative of clinical providers, hospitals, and payers in a regional multi-year medical home demonstration incorporating care and payment reform. He is also involved in the statewide sepsis campaign, public reporting on cardiac services and stroke, office-based surgery, antibiotic stewardship, prenatal care and other programs statewide. Dr. Friedrich previously worked as a Medical Director for the Northwell Health Clinical Integrated IPA. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and completed his MBA at Hagen University in Hagen, Germany. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital and completed a physician administrative fellowship at Northwell Health. He is a practicing primary care physician.

Tom Heymann has been part of Sepsis Alliance since 2007, serving as a consultant, board member, and now President and Executive Director. Heymann has led Sepsis Alliance to consecutive years of growth including the organization’s drive to increase sepsis awareness from 19% to 65% and the expansion of to a site serving more than 2.5 million patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals each year. Prior to joining Sepsis Alliance, Heymann served as Chief Operating Officer for Little Kids Rock and as Executive Director at Young Audiences New York. Before entering the nonprofit sector, he held senior management roles in major media companies, including A&E Television Network and the Biography Channel. He received an Emmy for Biography: The Google Boys. He is also a published author of six books with Random House.

Renante Ignacio, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD is CEO of Geriatric & Palliative Care Specialist, PC. Dr. Ignacio is a Geriatrician and Palliative Care Physician who has been in practice for the past 17 years. He currently serves as Medical Director of various skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Dr. Ignacio has led efforts on antibiotic stewardship and reducing rehospitalizations in the post-acute and long term care sector and remains active in local, state and national organizations to champion geriatric care. Dr. Ignacio currently serves as Chair of the Clinical Practice Steering Committee of the American Medical Directors Association and as Chair of Oswego Hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee. He is a board member of New York Drug Utilization Review Board and the Friends of Hospice of Oswego County.

Lynette Mancuso, MS, RN, CPHQ, is a project manager with the New York State Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP) and co-lead for the NYSPFP Sepsis Initiative. She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Nursing and received her Master’s in Nursing Education from Daemen College. Her clinical experience includes working in a large teaching hospital in pediatrics, critical care and nursing education. Mancuso has a special interest in the use of clinical information systems in supporting quality improvement and has worked extensively with multidisciplinary teams on workflow and process redesign in the automation of clinical practices in the inpatient and ambulatory settings.

Greg Olsen is Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), overseeing day-to-day operations and the administration of federal and state-funded programs for the more than 3.7 million older adult residents in the state and their families. NYSOFA works to help New Yorkers be as independent as possible, for as long as possible. Olsen has served in several executive management positions within NYSOFA. Prior to that, he was Chief of Staff and Legislative and Policy Director for Assemblyman Steve Englebright, former chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging. Mr. Olsen was Executive Director of the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. He also served as Executive Director of the New York State Coalition for the Aging, a nonprofit membership organization representing over 200 community-based organizations providing non-medical long-term care to the state’s older adult population. He received his Master’s degree in social work with a specialty in gerontology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

Kathy Rauch has over fifteen years’ experience in health care quality, patient safety, and regulatory and accreditation compliance. While working in the acute-care setting, she has led initiatives such as adoption of the Just Culture methodology, achieving zero preventable harm, and the implementation of strategies to improve pay for performance program performance. Rauch has been published in the Journal of Healthcare Quality and presented at regional conferences where she shared readmission reduction strategies. As a Senior Director of Quality and Research Initiatives, Rauch: assists in the formulation of HANYS’ advocacy and education strategies for the Association’s quality agenda; collaborates with HANYS’ members and advocates on their behalf with regulators and policymakers; and develops information, education/collaboratives, and other member resources. She holds a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety from Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Alan Sanders is the Chief Medical Officer, Acute Care for St. Peter’s Health Partners. Dr. Sanders serves as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine/Infectious Diseases at the Albany Medical College. He has practiced as an infectious disease specialist in Albany for 25 years. Dr. Sanders is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Infectious Diseases and is a Fellow and Member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Sanders has multiple publications and is involved in multiple research studies as a sub-investigator.

Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton are Co-Founders of the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention. Since the death of their 12-year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012, they’ve dedicated their lives to improving sepsis outcomes and reducing sepsis mortality rates. Through the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention, they’ve focused their efforts on sepsis education and awareness as well as sepsis protocols. New York State became the first in the nation to adopt the Stauntons’ mandatory sepsis protocols, called Rory’s Regulations, in 2013, saving more than 5,000 lives since their implementation. The Foundation has also developed sepsis education programs for schools and the annual National Forum on Sepsis. In 2015, the Foundation established the National Family Council on Sepsis, a network of families impacted by sepsis, which provides a platform for members to find support and advocate. The Foundation has also worked with the American Federation of Teachers to establish a comprehensive k-12 sepsis curriculum and with Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan on the Rory Staunton Law, which makes New York State the first in the nation to provide lifesaving sepsis lessons to all children. The Stauntons testified at the first Senate Hearing on Sepsis and appeared on behalf of the Rory Staunton Foundation on the Today Show, Dr. Oz, and many other national programs. In June 2018, People magazine prominently featured the work of the Stauntons.

Maureen Tomisman, RN, is the Director of Nursing at Albany County Health Care Facility, a 250-bed skilled nursing facility. She has 34 years’ experience in long term care. She is a certified wound care nurse with experience in many aspects of the skilled nursing facility; SNF state and federal regulations, education, admissions, and MDS.

Dr. Amit Uppal received his medical degree at The Ohio State University and completed his residency in internal medicine from the University of California, Irvine. He came to New York for a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at NYU. He has remained at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since then.  He currently serves as the Associate Chief of Medicine and the Director of the Medical ICU for Bellevue Hospital. He has been involved in Bellevue’s sepsis efforts since 2014 and is currently the chair of the hospital’s sepsis committee.

Carla Wahls received her BSN degree from D’Youville College and has had many years of experience in both hospital and outpatient settings. She has been employed by HCR Home Care for the past five years. After spending nearly three years in the field as an RN case manager, Wahls transitioned to become the Telehealth Clinical Coordinator. Currently, she is the Clinical Educator and Infection Control Nurse for HCR. Her position is focused on the new hire orientation program, as well as developing continuing education opportunities for clinical staff.  She also recently experienced sepsis firsthand. Because HCR had already partnered with HCA to utilize the Sepsis Screening Tool, she and her clinical education colleagues had created an educational session for field staff. Carla shared much of what she learned with her family and she is confident that this is why she can be described as a “sepsis survivor.”

Benita Zahn, DPS, co-anchors NewsChannel 13 Live at 4 with Jerry Gretzinger and Live at 6 with Jim Kambrich. She is also the health reporter, covering issues including wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition and the latest health care trends. She also writes a weekly column for the ‘Live Smart’ page in the Times Union. Zahn’s work has garnered her numerous awards, including the 2015 Resourceful Woman Award (Troy YWCA) and 2014 Arthur Kapner Spirit of the Chamber Award (Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber). She was named one of the 100 Women of the Century by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, is a seven-time Emmy nominee, a NYS Broadcasters award recipient and has garnered media awards health organizations. Zahn has also covered numerous national political conventions, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Unabomber trial. She is Honorary Chair for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Run. She is also on the boards of Kelly’s Cause, Building on Love which supports Ronald McDonald House and Park Playhouse. She is an avid runner and triathlete and is active in local theater. Zahn earned her Doctorate in Professional Studies/Bioethics in 2014 from Albany Medical College/Alden March Bioethics Institute where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Bioethics.


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