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Top names in health care to speak at JU Public Policy Institute Healthcare Policy Conference Nov. 13


What: JU PPI Healthcare Policy Conference – The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion in Florida (use #jupublicpolicy).

When: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Where: Terry Concert Hall, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville.

Speakers (full biographies below): Ford Koles, Executive Director, The Advisory Board Company, Washington, D.C.; Pat Geraghty, CEO, Florida Blue; Will Weatherford, Speaker, Florida House of Representatives; Don Gaetz, President, The Florida Senate; Russ Armistead, CEO, UF Health; Moody Chisholm, CEO, St. Vincent’s HealthCare; Hugh Greene, CEO, Baptist Health; Jim O’Loughlin, CEO, Memorial Hospital; Dr. William Rupp, CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida; Joe Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar In Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute; Dawn Emerick, CEO, Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida; Steven T. Halverson, CEO, The Haskell Company; Richard A. Mullaney, Director, JU Public Policy Institute.

Speaker photos: See https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6TxGajVP12yVTJvMVJYbHg3VFU&usp=sharing

Details (full agenda .pdf below): This day-long event will include presentations and panels by healthcare leaders and policymakers, as well as address the Affordable Care Act in Florida, focusing on the healthcare exchanges and proposed Medicaid expansion.

Cost: Free to the public; venue capacity of 400.

Parking: Gooding Auditorium parking lot, front of campus.

RSVP: Camille Howard, JU PPI, choward6@ju.edu.

More information: Amy Lane, JU PPI, (352) 275-4000; Phillip Milano, JU Director of News and Publications, (904) 256-7042, pmilano@ju.edu.



Ford Koles, Executive Director, The Advisory Board Company, Washington, D.C.

Bradford S. Koles Jr. is an Executive Director and the national spokesman for the Advisory Board Company, a for-profit, publicly traded research firm serving more than 2,600 of America’s leading hospitals and health systems. Mr. Koles is one of the firm’s preeminent thought-leaders in health system economics and strategy, heading the faculty at the annual series of Chief Executive Officer meetings. He is also the keynote speaker at the annual series of Health Care Advisory Board meetings, the firm’s flagship program.  Mr. Koles is one of the best-known and most-requested speakers in the health care industry.

Mr. Koles is a health care economist by training, with a wide range of expertise in the provider industry.  He has been a dominant figure in the evolution and communication of every major Advisory Board Company research initiative since 1994, leaving him conversant in the history and current status of all the significant reform initiatives: coverage expansion, vertical integration and physician partnership models, managed care and payer contracting, horizontal integration and system economics of scale, quality-based competition and consumerism.

Mr. Koles has been with the Advisory Board for 21 years.  Previous to his employment with the Advisory Board Company, he worked as a management consultant for both the Hay Group and Ernst & Young.

Mr. Koles received his master’s degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College.

Pat Geraghty, CEO, Florida Blue

Patrick “Pat” Geraghty is chairman of the board and chief executive officer (CEO) of Florida Blue, the state’s largest health plan serving more than 7 million people in Florida and providing Medicare payment services to beneficiaries across 15 other states.

Prior to joining Florida Blue in 2011, Mr. Geraghty was president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSMN).  Mr. Geraghty is leading a transformation at Florida Blue from insurance company to health solutions company with a strong health, wellness and prevention orientation.

Throughout his career, Mr. Geraghty has been active in community and professional organizations. He is a board member for a diverse group of organizations, including the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, American’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Oliver Wyman Innovation Center Advisory Board. He is a member of United Way’s Board of Trustees and, in 2011, was appointed to the Florida Council of 100. In addition, Mr. Geraghty chaired the Minnesota chapter of CEOs Against Cancer and was selected the National CEO of the Year for 2011 by the American Cancer Society. Mr. Geraghty has also received many awards from the community. He received the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award from Kappa Alpha Psi for his leadership on diversity issues, the American Values Award for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the community from the North Florida Council Boy Scouts of America, The Jefferson Award for Public Service at BCBSMN, the 2012 Game Changer Award from Politic365 and the Gold Standard from the CEOs Roundtable in support of the American Cancer Society with BCBSMN and Florida Blue.

Mr. Geraghty frequently speaks on a range of health care topics including the impact of health care reform, payment reform strategies, innovation in health care and prevention and wellness. He has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart” and “Capitol Gains” programs, the Wall Street Journal’s “Money Beat,” Fox Business News and PBS Nightly Business Report. Additionally, Mr. Geraghty has been featured in Florida Trend magazine, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Florida Times Union, Miami Herald, Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times and Orlando Sentinel, among other publications.

Mr. Geraghty holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and has participated in executive education programs at Harvard University School of Public Health and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Will Weatherford, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives

Will Weatherford is a small business owner, husband and father who resides in Wesley Chapel, Fla. Will grew up in the Tampa area as the second oldest in a family of nine children. He was homeschooled and, like his six brothers, played football at Land ‘O Lakes High School.

Will’s love for the game continued as he furthered his education at Jacksonville University, where he earned a degree in business. It is also the place where he found his passion for public service. In college, he was elected Student Government Association Vice President and received the Outstanding Leadership Award.

After college, Will worked in the commercial real estate sector when Speaker of the House Allan Bense recruited him to serve in state government. Working with Speaker Bense, Will learned valuable lessons about servant leadership, integrity and fairness.

At that time, Will had no idea how important those days would be. In 2006, Will ran for the House of Representatives to represent Pasco County. He won his first race and returned to Tallahassee, this time representing his hometown as an elected official. Not a typical freshman, Will was able to use his knowledge of policy and the process to immediately tackle important issues. He has a record of championing education reform, promoting transparency and accountability in government, expanding school choice for Florida’s parents and children, and leading a redistricting process that put the process above politics that was upheld by a unanimous vote of the Florida Supreme Court.

Will’s inclusive leadership style earned him the confidence of his peers and they unanimously elected him Speaker of the House of Florida in 2012. Today, Will is the youngest Speaker in America.

Over the years, Will has been recognized as a “Champion of Business,” a “Defender of Parents’ Rights” by the Florida Catholic Conference, “Legislator of the Year” by Able Trust for Disabled and a “Top 12 State Legislators to Watch” by Governing Magazine.

Will is a citizen legislator. He owns a small business and serves on the board of directors for Florida Traditions Bank based in Dade City. He is also involved in many charitable organizations such as Jobs for America’s Graduates and Florida’s Take Stock in Children program, where he serves as a mentor.

Just as family was a great influence in the beginning of his life, it continues to affect him now with his own family. Will is married to Courtney Weatherford. They reside in Wesley Chapel with their three daughters -‐ Ella Kate, Molly and Madelyn.

Don Gaetz, President, The Florida Senate

In 2006, Don Gaetz became the first non-legislator in more than 50 years to be elected to the Florida Senate without opposition. He was reelected to represent his Northwest Florida district in 2010 and 2012. Additionally, in November 2012, Sen. Gaetz was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve a two-year term as President of the Florida Senate.

Before being elected to the Senate, President Gaetz was the Superintendent of the Okaloosa County School District.  During his term of office from 2000 to 2006, Okaloosa Schools became the highest-performing public school system in Florida and won numerous national awards for academic excellence.

President Gaetz is the retired co-founder and vice chairman of a multi-state health care corporation and is a former president of the National Hospice Organization.  He is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Niceville. President Gaetz and his wife, Victoria, have two children. Son Matt Gaetz is State Representative for District 4 in Northwest Florida.

Russ Armistead, CEO, UF Health

Russell Armistead Jr. (Russ) grew up in the small town of Mathews, Va., and started his career in public accounting as a CPA with Ernst & Young in Winston-Salem, N.C.  After six years in public accounting, he went to work at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (formerly Bowman Gray School of Medicine), where he worked for 24 years, including VP for Health Services Administration of Wake Forest University and Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Services of WFU School of Medicine.

After Wake Forest, he had his own consulting firm, working with academic health centers and hospitals.  During that time, he served dual roles at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, as interim executive director of the MCO Hospitals and vice president for finance, CFO and treasurer.  This work resulted in the hospitals becoming profitable within a year and earned him accolades from the Toledo newspaper and the medical college.

After that work and nine years ago, he was recruited to the UF Health Science Center as Associate VP for finance and planning, working in Gainesville and in Jacksonville.  In January 2013, he was asked to be CEO of UF Health Jacksonville (Shands Jax) when Jim Burkhart resigned to become CEO of Tampa General Hospital.

He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 45 years.  They have one daughter, Denise, who is married to Jeff Auton and lives near Raleigh, N.C. Russ has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Va. Tech and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Russ and Susan live in the Peninsula on the South Bank in Jacksonville.

Moody Chisholm, CEO, St. Vincent’s HealthCare

Moody Chisholm is the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. St. Vincent’s HealthCare is the Jacksonville Ministry of Ascension Health, serving the community with nearly 5,000 associates and 1,000 physicians. St. Vincent’s ministries include St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, St. Catherine Labouré Manor, St. Vincent’s Primary Care and Physician Enterprise, Consolidated Laboratory and Pharmacy Services, ambulance services, and Outreach mobile health ministries that serve a five-county region.

Mr. Chisholm ensures that the long-standing mission of St. Vincent’s HealthCare is carried out and strengthened, and is responsible for developing and implementing the future vision of the ministry, as well as goals and strategies in accordance with the Board of Directors and Ascension Health.

Prior to joining St. Vincent’s, Mr. Chisholm was with Universal Health Services for 24 years, advancing to Vice President of the Acute Care Division of the company with responsibility both as CEO and as the regional leader for multiple hospitals. He was recognized with various leadership awards from Universal Health Services, as well as awards for charitable and community leadership over his tenure in hospitals in Florida, Texas, South Carolina and Louisiana. Moody has been elected to the first class of Ascension Health’s Leadership Academy. He holds a BS in Hospital Administration and a BS in Economics from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Moody sees St. Vincent’s HealthCare as having significant opportunities for growth and for enhanced service within the greater Jacksonville and Clay County areas and is committed to being an active part of both communities. Community activities include:

JAX Chamber Board Member, JAX Chamber of Commerce Trustee, JAXUSA Partnership Advisory Council Member, Rotary Club of Jacksonville Member, Jacksonville Rotary International Service Committee Member, Jacksonville Civic Council Member, Navy League of the United States Member, UNF Dean’s Council – Brooks College of Health Member, Northeast Florida Health Information Exchange. Inc. Board Member, We Care Strategic Development Council Member, Community Hospice Board Member, Leadership Jacksonville Board Member, FHA Board Member, FHA Advocacy Committee Member, Catholic Health Executives Committee Member, THE PLAYERS Council Member, Leadership Jacksonville Class of ‘11, Jacksonville Catholic Businessmen Member.

Hugh Greene, CEO, Baptist Health

Hugh Greene is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health.  Mr. Greene holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia and a master’s degree of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.  He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wake Forest University.

Mr. Greene currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of North Florida and was named an honorary alumnus of UNF.  He was also recently asked to join the Board of PSS World Medical.  After serving on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, he served as chair in 2011 and chair of the Cornerstone economic development division in 2007.  In 2007, the Jacksonville Business Journal named him one of the area’s 12 “Ultimate CEOs,” and he was also inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame.

He has been active with the United Way of Northeast Florida.  Mr. Greene was the founding chair of JaxCare, a program for the working uninsured.  Additionally, as chair of the Sulzbacher Center Board, he received the Excellence in Healthcare Award for his efforts on behalf of healthcare for the homeless.  He serves as a member of the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida, where he chairs the Access to Care work group.

Mr. Green was a member of the 1991 Leadership Jacksonville class, and the recipient of the Leadership Jacksonville 2006 Community Trustee Award.  Outside of Jacksonville, Mr. Greene currently serves as chair of the Florida Hospital Association Board.  He was named “Grassroots Champion” for Florida by the American Hospital Association in 2009 for his political involvement on behalf of hospitals.

Jim O’Loughlin, CEO, Memorial Hospital

Jim O’Loughlin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hospital, a 418-bed comprehensive acute-care hospital affiliated with the Hospital Corporation of America.  Mr. O’Loughlin holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University, an MBA from Nova University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

Prior to joining Memorial Hospital in February 2012, Mr. O’Loughlin served as the Market Chief Executive Officer for the Carolinas Health System in Florence, S.C. Jim began his hospital career as a director of rehabilitation and advanced to Director of Planning and Development, then to Associate Administrator, then CEO and subsequently Market CEO.   Throughout his 25-plus years of experience, he has served as CEO of hospitals in Florida, Oklahoma and Alabama, as well as South Carolina.

Under his leadership, his facilities have been recognized for excellence in one or more areas, including such honors as being named by HCIA as a Top 100 Hospital in the US, being named in the Top 25 Teaching Hospitals in the US, being awarded as a top-performing hospital in the company, and being recognized in the top 15 places to work in the state.  In addition, in 1997 Jim received the Columbia CEO Leadership Award.

Jim is known for his community involvement and has served on multiple organizational boards throughout his career, including the American Heart Association, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, and the Federation of American Hospitals.

Dr. William Rupp, CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida

William Rupp, M.D. has served as Chief Executive Officer at Mayo Clinic in Florida since November 2008, coming to Jacksonville from Luther Midelfort – Mayo Health System.  Dr. Rupp served five years as President and CEO of Immanuel St. Joseph’s – Mayo Health System in Mankato, Minnesota. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Luther Midelfort, Mayo Health System’s largest practice, 11 of those years as President and CEO.

He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Dr. Rupp is a physician-leader who brings a combination of health care knowledge, operational excellence, and an understanding of how health care issues impact patient care to his role. He has a great deal of experience in quality improvement efforts and has worked collaboratively on both the enterprise and local levels to improve practices and operations. He has a reputation for forging strong community ties and bringing physician groups together.  Dr. Rupp has served as a faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

In his many leadership roles, Dr. Rupp has helped physician organizations, hospitals and health systems develop shared organizational vision, strengthen leadership and governance, accelerate the pace of change and improve patient safety. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine team that wrote the report Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses.

Joe Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar In Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a nonpartisan public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.  He is also a member of the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office. He recently completed two terms as a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, which regulates payment rates and oversees the financial performance of all hospitals in the state.  His research focuses on the economics of health policy, including Medicare and broader health system reform, health care financing and the budget, health insurance regulation, and the uninsured.

Prior to joining AEI, Mr. Antos was Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office from 1995 to 2001.  He held several senior management positions in the Healthcare Financing Administration (now called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), including Director of the Office of Research and Demonstrations from 1987 to 1993.  He also was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget and Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1986 and 1987.  He also held senior positions in the Office of Management and Budget and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, from 1983 to 1986.  Antos has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.

Dawn Emerick, CEO, Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida

Dawn Emerick, M.D. relocated to Jacksonville in 1991 from the D.C./Maryland metropolitan area after graduating from Frostburg State University in Cumberland, Md.  In 1992, she began her career as a chronic disease health educator with the Duval County Health Department.  She crafted her leadership, evaluation and health communication skills at various non-profit organizations in Northeast Florida.  Prior to accepting the CEO position at the Health Planning Council, she served as the Senior Public Affairs Consultant for First Coast Service Options, Florida’s Medicare Administrator and subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.

She is a two-time alumni of University of North Florida where she received her Masters in Public Administration and Health Administration in 1995 and her Doctor of Education Leadership and Social Marketing in 2008.  That same year, Dr. Emerick accepted the CEO position with the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida.

Dr. Emerick was voted as one of Jacksonville’s Up and Coming Leaders by the Jacksonville Business Journal and was recently voted as one of the Top 40 Influencers in Healthcare in Northeast Florida by 904 Magazine for two consecutive years.  She is a three-time Florida Public Relations Association Image Award winner and was the vision behind the Peabody Award Winning documentary “Behind Closed Doors” with WJXT TV-4 and Hubbard House.  She has presented at several national and statewide conferences and has served as a peer reviewer for health related journals. In 2010, Dr. Emerick completed Leadership Jacksonville and was recently named by the Surgeon General of the Florida Department of Health to the Stateside Steering Council charged with developing Florida’s Health Improvement Plan.  Dr. Emerick is an active member of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, Regional Community Institute, the National Association for Community Health Initiatives, and Jax2025.

Dawn is married to Al Emerick and has three children: Natasha, a graduate student at Purdue; Richard, a student at Florida State College Jacksonville; and Dylan, a student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.  In short, Dawn is a DMV transplant who works a lot, laughs loud, loves sports, sings horribly, travels often and loves spending time on the Oregon coast.

Steven T. Halverson, CEO, The Haskell Company

Steve Halverson is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Haskell Company, one of the nation’s largest integrated design-build organizations, with operations throughout the United States and Latin America and headquarters in Jacksonville.  During his 10-year tenure as CEO, Haskell expanded its operations internationally throughout Latin America and more recently into Asia; and its stock value increased 498 percent.

Mr. Halverson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University, his Juris Doctorate degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and has completed executive business courses at Dartmouth University and Wharton.  He is co-author of two books, as well as numerous articles in professional publications.

Mr. Halverson is active in professional and civic organizations.  He is past Chairman of the Design Build Institute of America and the National Center for Construction Education and Research and is a director of the Construction Industry Roundtable.  He is also a corporate director of CSX Corporation, PSS World Medical Inc. and ACIG Insurance Company, a private A-VIII rated insurance carrier.  In terms of civic activities, Mr. Haskell serves as Chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the Florida Council of 100, and is a trustee for St. John’s University.  He is a life trustee of the Council for Educational Change in Miami, past chairman of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, past Vice-Chairman of Regis University and the University of North Florida and was 2002 campaign chair for the United Way of Northeast Florida.

Mr. Halverson is a 2007 recipient of the Prime Osborn Distinguished Business Leader Award and was elected by the Florida Council on Economic Education to the First Coast Business Hall of Fame.

Richard A. Mullaney, Director, JU Public Policy Institute

Rick Mullaney grew up in Jacksonville and attended the University of Florida on a George Smathers Debate Scholarship, receiving a BA in Political Science and graduating Phi Beta Kappa and first in the College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1980, serving as Executive Editor of the Law Review. After working as a business lawyer for Carlton, Fields, then the state’s largest law firm, Mr. Mullaney was a prosecutor and was named Prosecutor of the Year for the state of Florida in 1991.  While a prosecutor, he taught business law in the MBA program at the University of North Florida.

He subsequently worked for nearly 20 years on diverse public policy issues, including economic development, municipal finance, healthcare, education, and infrastructure development as legal counsel and public policy advisor to the City of Jacksonville and former mayors Ed Austin, John Delaney and John Peyton. During this time, he served as Head of the City’s Tort Litigation Department, Chief of Staff to former Mayor John Delaney, and General Counsel to Jacksonville’s $5 billion a year consolidated government.

Mr. Mullaney currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Gateway Community Service. He is past Chairman of the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation, serving on the board since 2004, and has served on the Board of Directors for the St. Vincent’s Healthcare since 2005. He is a member of Leadership Jacksonville (1988) and Leadership Florida (2001) and ran for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2011.

Mr. Mullaney became the Founding Director of the JU Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University in 2012.