Hixny Announces 2016 Board of Directors

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Hixny announces its 2016 Board of Directors which includes 16 thought leaders representing physicians, hospitals, payers, government and educational institutions, consumers, and employers.

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"Paul Macielak has been part of Hixny from the beginning, and I am confident he is the right person to lead our board through this next chapter,” Mark McKinney, CEO of Hixny

The board of directors of Hixny, the Regional Health Information Organization serving more than 1.6 million patients in the Capital District, Northern New York and the Mohawk Valley, has elected Paul Macielak, CEO of the New York Health Plan Association, as chairman for 2016.

Macielak, whose organization helped form Hixny in 1999, will head a board made up of 16 thought leaders representing physicians, hospitals, payers, government and educational institutions, consumers, and employers. He succeeds Dr. John Bennett, president and CEO of CDPHP, who led the Hixny board for three years. Dr. Bennett remains on the board.

“We thank Dr. Bennett for his steadfast leadership during a time of incredible growth at Hixny,” said Mark McKinney, CEO of Hixny. “We enter 2016 in a strong position to expand our role in improving healthcare in our community, with new tools and services and statewide reach through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). Paul Macielak has been part of Hixny from the beginning, and I am confident he is the right person to lead our board through this next chapter.”

Hixny empowers modern healthcare by improving the way the healthcare community and patients access, analyze and collaboratively act upon patient-specific information to promote operational efficiency, eliminate unnecessary cost, improve patient-outcomes and advance community wellness.

In addition to Macielak, other board officers include Joseph Gambino, CEO of Hometown Health Centers as vice chair; David Kile, Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as treasurer; and Dr. Wouter Rietsema, Vice President, Chief Quality and Information Officer for The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.

Rounding out the board are: Dr. Lou Snitkoff, Chief Medical Officer, CapitalCare Medical Group; David Shippee, CEO, Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Services; Sumeet Murarka, Chief Technology Officer, Community Care Physicians; Bill Duax, Vice President- Information Systems, Albany Medical Center; Scott Groom, Vice President-Chief Information Officer, Bassett Healthcare Network; Chuck Fennell, Chief Information Officer, Saint Peter's Health Partners; Dr. Kirk Panneton, Regional Executive and Medical Director, BlueShield of Northeastern New York; Jim Hopsicker, VP of Pharmacy Programs, MVP Health Care; Barbara Hess, Chief Administrative officer, SEFCU; Katherine Alonge-Coons, Commissioner, Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health; and Bonnie Chavin, President of the Seymour Fox Foundation.

Directors and officers are elected to serve a one-year term.
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Hixny empowers modern healthcare by improving the way in which the healthcare community and patients access, analyze and collaboratively act upon patient-specific information. Hixny is a not-for-profit based in Albany, NY, is a recognized national leader in population health management support.

Hixny supports care coordination of more than 1.6 million patients in the Capital District, Northern New York and the Mohawk Valley. To learn more visit http://www.Hixny.org

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