Keynote Speakers

Traditional plenary sessions have been transformed into TED-style "talks" led by health industry leaders. These 20 minute keynote presentations provide attendees with maximum exposure to key insights from leaders in the industry including:

 
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Barry M. Smith

Chairman and CEO, Magellan Health

Barry M. Smith is chairman and chief executive officer of Magellan Health, a leader in managing the fastest growing, most complex areas of health, including special populations, complete pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare.

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Marcus Osborne

Vice President, Health and Wellness Transformation, Wal-Mart

Marcus Osborne is the vice president, health and wellness transformation of Wal-Mart. In his role, he focuses on driving the strategic vision, business development and key initiatives for the transformation of the health and wellness business.

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George Kellar

Executive Director, Zen Hospice Project

George Kellar is the Executive Director at Zen Hospice Project, responsible for directing its pioneering integration of social and clinical caregiving services grounded in spirituality and humanity.  He also leads all operations across the non-profit organization. 

 

Roy Remer

Director of Education and Training, Zen Hospice Project

Roy Remer has been an end-of-life caregiver and educator since 1997.  He trained to become a volunteer with Zen Hospice Project (ZHP), served at the bedside for six years at the Guest House facility before serving for seven years at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care Ward. Roy served on the ZHP board of directors from 2002 until 2008. In 2008, he completed a yearlong end-of-life caregiver training at the Metta Institute in Sausalito, CA.

Roy assumed a leadership role at ZHP in 2010, and currently is the organization’s Director of Education and Training. In addition to leading in-house training and teaching Mindful Caregiver Education courses for ZHP, Roy facilitates grief support workshops and Open Death Conversations, and guides wilderness-based rites of passage programs in partnership with EarthWaysLLC of Sebastopol, CA.
 

 

Charlotte Weaver, RN, PhD, FAAN, FHIMSS

Board Member, Visiting Nurse Health System

Charlotte Weaver is a visionary senior executive with 25+ years of experience in nursing informatics, patient safety and quality, evidence-based nursing practices and healthcare automation in acute, ambulatory and post-acute care. She created a breakthrough in the nursing educational curricula by introducing learning using an electronic health record in virtual environments and pioneered the Chief Nurse Officer role. She also has board experience in the public/non-profit sectors, as well as 15+ years of experience at the chief executive level in the corporate HIT industry and healthcare delivery organizations, with Board-reporting responsibilities. As SVP, Chief Clinical Officer at Gentiva, she oversaw clinical-care delivery and quality/regulatory compliance of >460 Home Health/Hospice Programs. Before, at Cerner Corp., Ms. Weaver was Chief Nurse Officer/VP, Patient Care Systems, and supported international sales/systems implementations.

 

Robert Fazzi, EdD

Managing Partner, Fazzi Associates

Bob is the founder and Managing Partner of Fazzi Associates, one of the oldest and largest home care and hospice consulting, training, outsourcing, benchmarking and research firms. Bob is a nationally recognized speaker, author, futurist and change expert. He is widely published in trade journals and the author of a number of books including Management Plus™, published by McGraw Hill and named a main selection on Fortune Magazine’s Book of the Month Club. He has been Director or Co-Director of many of Fazzi’s national studies including serving as lead researcher for Fazzi’s four best practice National State of the Home Care and Hospice Industry studies. He has provided organizational, planning and change services to home care agencies, hospices, associations and a broad range community based health care systems for over forty years. Most of all, Bob is zealous about making a real difference in health care by strengthening the quality, value and impact of home care, hospice and community based services.

 

Dr. Richard Popiel, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Cambia Health

Dr. Richard Popiel leads medical strategy for Cambia's regional health plans and provides executive leadership on care initiatives and cost management.

He came to Cambia Health Solutions from Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey company, where he was president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, he served as vice president/senior medical director for The Permanente Company.

Professional activities include chairing the National Council of Physician and Pharmacy Executives, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association council comprising chief medical and chief pharmacy officers, leading the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Group at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and serving on the AHIP board of directors.

His philanthropic activities include board membership for the George Washington University Alumni, where he has also been honored as an Outstanding Alumnus.

Richard earned a B.S. in biology and his M.D. at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He is board-certified in internal medicine.

 

Erik G. Wexler

Chief Executive, Providence St. Joseph Health - Southern California Region

Erik Wexler serves as Chief Executive, Providence St. Joseph Health - Southern California Region, Los Angeles, a regional organization with approximately $3 billion in net revenue, 11,000 caregivers and anchored by six-award winning hospitals, numerous outpatient centers and programs, two large physician groups and Providence High School.  Previously, Wexler served as CEO of the Northeast Region for Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

Wexler started his career in 1985 at the University of Hartford in fund raising and community outreach, ascending to Director of Development in 1989. He was recruited to the health care profession in 1992 as the Vice President for Development and Community Relations at Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT, taking on the additional responsibilities in 1996 for leading the business development activities for the corporation. He then joined MidState Medical Center, Meriden, CT as the Executive Vice President and COO in 2000. LifeBridge Health, Baltimore, MD, appointed Erik its system Senior Vice President and President of Northwest Hospital in 2004 where he remained until joining investor owned Vanguard Health’s Saint Vincent Hospital in 2011 as President & CEO. While retaining his role at Saint Vincent Hospital, he assumed responsibility for Vanguard’s hospitals in the New England Market. Upon the merger of Vanguard and Tenet in 2013, Erik was promoted to CEO of the Northeast Region and was given the additional responsibility for the Chicago and Philadelphia markets. 

Wexler has a bachelor of arts in sociology and a master of business administration from the University of Hartford. In 2013 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Sciences from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  He serves as a Trustee for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care and MCPHS University in Boston, MA.