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Leadership at UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare's leadership, physician faculty and dedicated staff are committed to being the leading provider of advanced specialty medical care in the region and beyond.

Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

  • Mark Newman, MD, Executive VP for Health Affairs
  • Mark D. Birdwhistell, VP for Health System Administration & Chief of Staff
  • Phillip K. Chang, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer
  • Craig C. Collins, VP & Chief Financial Officer 
  • Robert S. DiPaola, MD, VP & Dean, UK College of Medicine 
  • Jay Grider, DO, PhD, Interim Chief Physician Executive
  • Connie Jennings, MD, Medical Director, CareBlue
  • Angela Lang, Interim Chief Administrative Officer
  • Gwen Moreland, Interim Chief Nurse Executive
  • Cecilia Page, DNP, Chief Information Officer
  • John Phillips, VP for Ambulatory Services
  • Brett Short, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Colleen Swartz, DNP, VP for Hospital Operations
  • Mark Williams, MD, Chief Quality & Transformation Officer
  • Executive Committees

    Hardwiring Clinician & Administrative Input into Decisions

    Six executive groups serve as a forum for our clinicians and our managers to advise the executive team on the future direction for UK HealthCare in meeting our mission and achieving our vision to be among the top-ranked academic medical centers. Through them, transparency and communication are promoted up, down and across the enterprise.

      Executive Management Committee (EMC)

      Charge: Oversee key financial, operational, administrative, and academic goals and outcomes of the system and advise the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs on strategic clinical and academic affairs. The purpose of the committee is to promote transparency, communication, and a clear definition for decision making within the enterprise. Reporting alignments defined as needed to promote effective operations.

      Members:
      • Phil Chang, MD
      • Craig Collins
      • Bob DiPaola, MD
      • Leigh Donald
      • Sonja Feist-Price
      • Jay Grider, DO, PhD
      • C. Darrell Jennings, MD
      • Susan McDowell, MD
      • David Moliterno, MD
      • Eric Monday, PhD
      • Mark Newman, MD
      • Cecilia Page, DNP
      • John Phillips
      • Marc Randall, MD
      • Brett Short
      • Colleen Swartz, DNP
      • Mark Williams, MD
      • Kim Wilson
      • Joseph Zwischenberger, MD

      Ambulatory Oversight Committee (AOC)

      Charge: Provide combined guidance and oversight of the evolving ambulatory enterprise of UK HealthCare. Primary focus is to work with ambulatory leadership to create the support for improved ambulatory operations and efficiency resulting in enhanced patient access, patient satisfaction and value. A clear focus on enhancing communication to empower clinicians and allow decision making and accountability at the local level.

      Reports to: Executive Management Committee

      Members:
      • Mark Newman, MD
      • Raleigh Jones, MD
      • Roberto Cardarelli, MD
      • Phil Chang, MD
      • Scottie Day, MD
      • Rob Edwards, DrPH
      • Mark Evers, MD
      • Byron Gabbard
      • Jay Grider, DO, PhD
      • Wendy Hansen, MD
      • Seth Himelhoch, MD
      • Patty Hughes, DNP
      • Rick McClure, MD
      • David Moliterno, MD
      • Liz Oates, MD
      • Andy Pearson, MD
      • John Phillips
      • Marc Randall, MD
      • Sheila Sanders, MD
      • Jay Zwischenberger, MD

      Executive Finance Committee (EFC)

      Charge: Provide financial oversight for the University of Kentucky health care enterprise – UK HealthCare. Responsibilities include annual budgeting, revenue cycle oversight, short- and long-term financial planning, financial reporting and analysis along with monitoring of internal controls.

      Reports to: Executive Management Committee

      Executive Sponsors:
      • Craig Collins
      • Robert Gaiser, MD
      Members:
      • Mark Newman, MD
      • Phillip Tibbs, MD
      • Stephen Strup, MD
      • Roger Humphries, MD
      • Larry Goldstein, MD
      • Andrew Pearson, MD
      • Rick McClure, MD
      • Chris DeSimone, MD
      • Philip Chang, MD
      • Colleen Swartz, DNP
      • John Philips
      • Teresa Centers
      • Cecilia Page, DNP
      • Gary Johnson, PharmD
      • James Wray
      Ex Officio:
      • Mark Birdwhistell
      • Bob DiPaola, MD
      • Byron Gabbard
      • Jerrod Carrico
      • Lorra Miracle
      • Roxie Allison
      • Julie Floyd
      • Elaine Younce

      Executive Quality Committee (EQC)

      Charge: Senior oversight committee responsible for providing guidance and direction on the enterprise quality strategy for UK HealthCare (UKHC) and for coordinating all quality improvement, quality measurement, data reporting, patient safety, patient experience, value-based care and value-based payment efforts including the College of Medicine. The membership is comprised of UK HealthCare senior leadership, physician and nursing leaders, chairs, program directors and quality, safety, value and patient experience experts.

      Reports to: Executive Management Committee

      Members:
      • Mark Newman, MD
      • Mark Birdwhistell
      • Craig Collins
      • Mark Williams, MD
      • Colleen Swartz, DNP
      • Phillip Chang, MD
      • Scottie Day, MD
      • Wendy Hansen, MD
      • David Moliterno, MD
      • Susan Smyth, MD
      • Chester Jennings, MD
      • Eleftherios Xenos, MD
      • Jay Grider, DO, PhD
      • John Phillips
      • Cecilia Page, DNP
      • Elaine Younce
      • Amanda Green
      • Angela Lang
      • Trudi Matthews
      • Teresa Waters
      • Sandra Beck, MD
      • Vincent Sorrell, MD
      • Pattie Bondurant, DNP (Interim)
      • Andrew Menezes, MD
      • Dustin Hillerson, MD

        Hospital Operations Committee (HOC)

        Charge: Senior oversight committee responsible for governance of hospital operations.  The membership will provide guidance and direction for UK HealthCare and Easter State Hospital operations including the key areas of quality and safety, patient and staff experience, operational efficiencies (including productivity, capital submissions, length of stay work, and collaboration with variation reduction activity in the hospital setting and cost management). There will be an overall structural integration focus with innovation to support our inpatient locations and max utilization.  The HOC will ensure goal alignment with UK HealthCare strategy as well as enterprise goals. 

        Reports to: Executive Management Committee and indirectly to the Medical Group

        Members:
        • Colleen Swartz, DNP, Co-chair
        • David Moliterno, MD, Co-chair
        • Mark Newman, MD
        • Cecilia Page, DNP
        • Tukea Talbert, DNP
        • Byron Gabbard
        • Phillip Chang, MD
        • John Draus, MD
        • Chris DeSimone, MD
        • Angela Lang
        • Sarah Bentley
        • Lorra Miracle
        • Carrie Rudzik
        • Jay Zwischenberger, MD
        • Scottie Day, MD
        • Roger Humphries, MD
        • Seth Himelhoch, MD
        • Amy Gewirtz, MD
        • Gary Johnson, PharmD
        • Brett Short
        • Gwen Moreland, DNP
        • Advanced Practice Provider Representative
        • ACMO, Inpatient Services
        • Jay Grider, DO, PhD (Interim CPE)
        • Nursing Council Chair
        • Interdisciplinary Council Chair
        Ad Hoc Members:
        • John Phillips
        • Steve Clifton
        • Jan Taylor
        • Tim Elder

        IT Governance

        Charge: Optimizes the value of information technology (IT) by making key decisions regarding strategic initiatives to meet the technology needs of the health care enterprise and managing risks associated with this infrastructure.  THis council is accountable to the strategic leadership governing structure of the organization aligning strategies to accomplish enterprise strategy, goals and objectives.

        Reports to: Executive Management Committee

        Executive Sponsors:
        • C. Daryl Jennings, MD
        • Cecilia Page, DNP
        Members:
        • C. Daryl Jennings, MD
        • Mark Newman, MD
        • Rick McClure, MD
        • Philip Chang, MD
        • Phil Bernard, MD
        • Elizabeth Oates, MD
        • Lowell Anthony, MD
        • Mark Williams, MD
        • Stephen Hobbs, MD
        • Joe Babodilla, MD
        • Stephen Strup, MD
        • Byran Rone, MD
        • Carol Steltenkamp, MD
        • Amy Gewirtz, MD
        • John Phillips
        • Janie Heath, PhD
        • Colleen Swartz, PhD
        • Jay Grider, DO, PhD
        • Brad Erickson (Interim CDO)
        • Jeff Talbert, PhD
        • Craig Collins
        • Gary Johnson, PharmD
        • Byron Gabbard
        • Julie Floyd
        • Brett Short
        • Richard Chapman
        • Kristen Brown
        • Brian Nichols
        • IT Executive Team (Support)