Hixny Announces 2014 Officers and Board of Directors

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Officers and Board of Directors represent a healthcare and business leaders throughout the Capital District and Northern New York.

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This Board represents a unique cross-section of healthcare and business leaders who share the common goal of improving the coordination of care and reducing healthcare costs in our region.

Hixny announces that John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO of CDPHP, has been re-elected to serve a second, one-year term as Chairman of the Hixny Board of Directors.

“2014 will be an important year in the continued evolution of Hixny. This Board represents a unique cross-section of healthcare and business leaders who share the common goal of improving the coordination of care and reducing healthcare costs in our region,” said Dr. Bennett. “This year Hixny will provide patients access to their electronic medical records, which represents our most recent efforts to engage the 1.55 million residents in our region to become more active in their care.”

The 16 directors of Hixny’s collaborative include physicians, hospitals, payers, government/education, consumers, and employers. In addition to Dr. Bennett, other Hixny board officers include Kallanna Manjunath, MD, chief medical officer, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services as vice chair; David Kile, director of continuing education and professional development of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as treasurer, and George Hickman, executive vice president and chief information officer, Albany Medical Center, as secretary.

The Executive Committee also includes, James Hopsicker, vice president of pharmacy, MVP Health Care and Louis Snitkoff, MD, medical director, CapitalCare Medical Group were elected to at-large board members. John Collins, MD, chief medical officer, continuing and long term care, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and former Hixny board chair was named ex-officio.

“Hixny’s strength comes from our unique community collaboration and we are fortunate to have a diverse team of leaders serving on our board,” said Mark McKinney, CEO of Hixny. “2013 was a transformational year for our organization and through the vision of our board of directors we are looking to improve and expand our services to support physicians and patients with real-time access to health records to make timely, informed care decisions.”

In addition to the newly elected officers, Hixny also named its entire slate of directors. These include: Phil Deleel, director of information systems, Adirondack Health; Barbara Morris, MD, chief medical officer, Community Care Physicians; Joseph Gambino, CEO, Hometown Health Center; Barbara Hess, Chief Administrative Officer, SEFCU; Paul Macielak, president and CEO, New York Health Plan Association; Katherine Alonge-Coons, commissioner of mental health, Rensselaer County; Brian O’Grady, vice president, BlueShield of Northeastern New York; Wouter Rietsema, MD, vice president of quality and information services, CVPH Medical Center; and Bonnie Chavin, president, Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation. All officers and directors are elected to serve a one year-term.

Hixny (“hix-knee”) is a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) which serves 1.55 million people in a 17 County area in the Capital District and Northern New York. Hixny connects providers, patients and organizations to better coordinate care and reduce healthcare costs across our community. Hixny’s programs and services give patients and clinicians real-time electronic access to patients’ comprehensive medical history for making timely, informed care decisions. As a not-for-profit, Hixny collaborates with health plans, hospitals, physician practices, employers, government agencies, patients and others in its region who share the common vision and goal of substantially transforming healthcare and improving population health. To learn more about Hixny, visit http://www.hixny.org.

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