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A Message From Your President
Dear NESHS Colleagues,

As I draft my first letter as NESHS President, I am procrastinating, looking out my dining room window at the beautiful spring flowers and wondering, "what can I possibly write that will be of interest to my NESHS colleagues?" You see, I've always been a "numbers" person - not a writer. Can you imagine how excited I was in business school to realize "business writing" could be done with bullets and PowerPoint slides? Over the years, I even grew to appreciate the power of storytelling for communicating complicated analytical concepts and business plans. That doesn't mean I like writing now, but having these business writing skills and an interest in storytelling does make it a little easier to overcome my writer's block.
So, enough procrastinating, it's time to update you on our progress year-to-date. Thanks to all of you, and most especially to the volunteers on the Board and Committees, NESHS is off to a great start in the first Quarter of 2017.
  • The Membership Committee, led by new Board members, Kathleen Rush and Evan Dressel is working on a number of cool new initiatives to meet our FY17 strategic membership growth goals including:  a new membership brochure, a new member webinar, outreach to college students (our healthcare strategists of the future), and an outreach program to welcome new members. 
  • The Webinar Committee, led by Michelle Wilkinson and Matt McKennan has booked a compelling lineup of webinar topics and has reported steady increases in webinar attendance these past three months - exceeding 40 attendees for the February Webinar. 
  • The Program Committee, led by Claudio Capone and Cheryl Bourbon has been hard at work lining up great speakers and planning the NESHS Spring conference scheduled for May 12th.  This next conference will feature timely topics as we all try to lead our organizations in planning for, and anticipating the impact of, changing federal and state health care policy changes.
  • The Marketing Committee, led by Jason Aldous and Karl Banty is promoting the Spring conference with their well-choreographed marketing plan. 
We all know "it takes a village" to run a volunteer organization, so I invite you to join us for the fun! We would love to have more volunteers on our committees and are particularly looking for volunteers to join the Membership and Marketing Committees. Our committees meet via conference call to accommodate your busy schedules, and participation is a great way for you to connect with colleagues from around New England and expand your professional networks. 
Finally, I hope to see you at the NESHS spring conference Uncomplicating Complicated Matters on May 12th at the Framingham Sheraton. I welcome your feedback and suggestions and am happy to answer any questions you may have. 
Deb Fiumedora
President, New England Society for Healthcare Strategy
Fall Conference
Uncomplicating Complicated Matters

Friday, May 12, 2017
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
1657 Worcester Road | Framingham, MA

"Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." That's the now infamous comment by President Trump early in his term. The vote to "repeal and replace Obamacare" has now come and gone, but we know this discussion will come around again. Meanwhile the uncertainty remains. The debate continues to rage whether health care is a right or a privilege. And we continue to experiment with different programs and models to improve access, ensure continuity of care, and reduce the rate of cost increases.

The New England Society for Healthcare Strategy is all about connecting experts. As we try to make sense of what is complicated about the impact of our healthcare policy, Federal and local, we have devoted our Spring Conference to this topic and invited experts working in Washington, assisting clients in our region with new offerings, advising payors, providers, and policymakers, and anticipating the next development. We hope you will add your expertise into the mix and join us for this session

KEYNOTE: Lisa Tofil, Partner, Holland and Knight

Health Reform at the Federal and State Level: Medicaid Trents and Other Complications
Tom Dehner, Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

What's Driving Health Care Costs: Understanding the MA Market
Eric Linzer, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Operations, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans

Healthcare: A View from Two State Capitols
Jim Iacobellis, Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Connecticut Hospital Association
Michael Sroczynski, Vice President, Government Advocacy, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association

The Impact of Value Based Care on Post Acute Providers: What's Changing and What's Not - SNF Industry Perspective
Gene Huang, Vice President, Business Development, Remedy Partners
NESHS Members: $125 
Non-Members: $175
Students: $25
Our complimentary series of monthly education webinars provide NESHS members with opportunities for direct interaction with speaker and colleagues via webinar. 

Webinars are held the 3rd Thursday of the month September - June.

8:30-9:30 AM
International Referral Management: Tools and Challenges

8:30-9:30 AM
All Eyes on MACRA: The Latest Accelerant to Value-Based Care - Are Your Ready?

8:30-9:30 AM
Harnessing Evidence and Experience to Change Healthcare Culture: A Guiding Framework for Patient and Family Engaged Care

Virtual Institute
 The Virtual Institute contains:
  • Archived audio, video and PowerPoint files of past webinars
  • Archived PowerPoint files and videos of past conferences
Latest event downloads include:


Achieving Strategic Value From Community Benefits (3/16/2017)

Mergers and Acquisitions: The Effect of Rapid Integration on Culture at Lahey Health (2/16/2017)

Legislative and Regulatory Soup: Heathcare Post Election (ACA, ACO, FTC, CON, etc.) (1/19/2017)

Looking for a new healthcare position or have one you want to promote?

Current Job Postings

Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH TeleHealth Program Director
Member News
Thank you to those who have renewed their membership recently and welcome to our new members who have joined NESHS in the last couple of months. 

Anthony Berry, UMass Memorial Health Care
Lisa Breen, Lowell General Hospital
Rose Candelieri, Lowell General Hospital
Bonnie Chabra, MGPO Phys. Analytics & Bus. Intelligence
Geoff Coffman, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Nancy Connolly, Hammes Company
Luis Cunha, Genesis Healthcare
Denise Dumont-Bernier, Maine General Health
Ann Erwin, MGPO Phys. Analytics & Bus. Intelligence
Christen Foy, Tufts Medical Center
Keith Garratt, TRO
Monica Hanley, DiGiorgio Associates, Inc.
Greg Heppner, TRO
Sally Herlihy, Western Connecticut Health Network
Terri Ann Hockenberry-Songer, Boston Eye Care Consultants
Nan Jones, MGPO Phys. Analytics & Bus. Intelligence
Kara Jose, Western CT Health Network
Jessie Joseph, Western CT Health Network
Mark Jussaume, TRO
Elizabeth Kelley, MassHealth
Wendy LaBate, Genesis Healthcare
Tom Lam, DiGiorgio Associates, Inc.
Tiffany Mackay, Lowell General Hospital
Allison McCarthy, Barlow/McCarthy
Peter Middlemass, Genesis Healthcare
Lisa Morella, Mass General Physicians Org.
Reem Nouh, Adams & Knight, Inc.
Nellie O'Gara, HES Advisors
Suze Scholl, Scholl + Associates
Alexandra Schweitzer, Tringale Health Strategies
Matthew Smith, Lowell General Hospital
Anna Smith, Springfield Medical Care Systems
Leigh Snow, TRO
Sean Stevenson, Genesis Healthcare
Norma Stracener, Post-Acute Care Planning Services
Angela Strunk, Lowell General Hospital
Judy Taylor Patel, UMass Memorial Health Care
Peggy Thrappas, UMass Memorial Health Care
Greg Toot, Vibra Hospitals of Massachusetts
Jeryl Topalian, Western CT Health Network
Tom Walsh, Brigham and Women's Hospital
John Weaver, DiGiorgio Associates, Inc.
William Wyman, Lowell General Hospital
Paul Young, DiGiorgio Associates, Inc.
Leighann Zagami Dreyer, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Please let us know how we can meet your needs by emailing us at

Donna Powell
NESHS Administrator