2018 Conference Speakers
Jordan Albritton, PhD, MPH
Sr. Statistical Data Analyst
Dr. Albritton joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2016 after completing his PhD in Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Sr. Statistical Data Analyst and a key member of the business intelligence team for TeleHealth Services at Intermountain Healthcare. In addition to developing key value metrics for new and existing services, Dr. Albritton conducts program evaluations and supports other TeleHealth-related research activities.
Northwest TeleHealth (NWTH)
Tammy Arndt is Director of Northwest TeleHealth, a regional video conference network, providing a platform of connectivity to thirty-three communities in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Utilizing collaborative tools and established protocols, Northwest TeleHealth facilitates and supports healthcare administration, distance education, and clinical services to improve access to healthcare and promote healthy communities.
With over 20 years' experience in the healthcare industry, Tammy has a pragmatic approach to program development and delivery. Focusing on workflow integration of virtual services, she has facilitated the successful launch of multiple telemedicine programs, extending care to rural hospitals, clinics, and patient's homes. Tammy is proud to represent Northwest TeleHealth, a founding organization of the NRTRC, and Eastern Washington on the advisory board.
Justin Benson, M.Ed.; CCC-SLP
Ashley Regional Medical Center
Justin Benson is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist currently working with children and adults in the medical setting and in early intervention in Vernal, UT. Moving to Vernal just under two years ago, Justin has developed the hospital’s speech therapy department and guided it through its infancy into a great resource in the Uintah Basin. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University and his Master’s Degree in the same field from the University of Virginia. Justin enjoys spending time with his family exploring the small town experiences Vernal has to offer.
Telehealth Alliance of Oregon, CSBritain Consulting
Catherine Britain is a co-founder and a past president of the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon (TAO) and currently serves as the Executive Director. She is the principal and owner of CSBritain Consulting. Catherine served as the chair of the TAO reimbursement workgroup which was responsible for developing Oregon’s telehealth reimbursement legislation in 2009 and 2015.
University Developmental Assessment Clinics
Amy Boynton is the Program Coordinator for the University Developmental Assessment Clinics (UDAC). She has worked for the Department of Pediatrics for 11 years as the URLEND coordinator, administrative assistant and currently as the Telehealth coordinator for the UDAC clinic.Katie Brown, MBA, CPC, CPC-I
Manager Revenue Integrity and University Medical Billing
University of Utah
Katie Brown is the Manager of Revenue Integrity and University Medical Billing, which supports coding and billing for the majority of departments in the School of Medicine, in addition to other health sciences colleges at the University. In this role, Katie leads a team that assesses the revenue cycle to mitigate risk of incorrect billing, revenue leakage and revenue cycle inefficiencies. Katie has more than nine years of experience in billing, coding and auditing in the academic medical setting, and she has spent five years in her current position. Prior to joining University Medical Billing, she spent four years working with the Billing Compliance Office as an auditor. Katie is highly dedicated to ensuring correct and efficient documentation practices, coding and billing so that academic institutions remain sustainable and can provide excellent quality care for years to come.
Laura Carter, MSN, RN
Intermountain – Primary Children’s Hospital
Laura started her nursing career 29 years ago, at Primary Children’s Hospital and has worked in the CVICU/PICU for 26 years. The last 12 of which she has been one of the Nurse Managers in the units. In 2015 she attended a conference about Telehealth and was very excited about the possibilities of improving the quality of care delivered to the Pediatric critical care patient by utilization of a Telehealth platform. In 2017 an opportunity presented to be part of the management over the Pediatric Telecritical Care pilot and program at Primary’s. Laura has been part of an extraordinary opportunity to see benefits and rewards of the program, related to improving patient safety, outcomes, and staff support.
Marjan Champine, MS, MBA, LCGC
Associate Clinical Director
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Marjan Champine is a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor with a MS in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University and MBA from the University of Utah. She has 10 years of clinical experience in prenatal and oncology genetic counseling. Marjan currently serves as the Associate Clinical Director of Genetic Counseling services at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). In this role, she is actively engaged in the development of the Institute’s Telegenetics program and works closely with health care providers, administrators, and patients across the Intermountain West to improve access to genetic counseling services. Under her leadership, the HCI Telegenetics program has grown from a single site to a network of hospital systems serving patients residing in parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, and Nevada.Sue Chase-Cantarini, DNP RN CHSE
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
University of Utah, College of Nursing
Sue Chase-Cantarini, DNP RN CHSE, is an Assistant Professor (Clinical) at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. Dr. Chase-Cantarini joined the faculty in 1998 and has served in multiple capacities teaching across the curricula, holding various administrative positions and leading special projects. Most recently her teaching and scholarship has resided in interprofessional education, simulation, transition to professional practice and innovative teaching strategies. In 2016, she completed leadership of a 3 year Advanced Nursing Education HRSA grant “An Interprofessional Education Model for Telehealth Management of Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Rural Populations” introducing best practices of interprofessional collaboration and telemedicine technology. Dr. Chase-Cantarini is a Fellow in the Academy of Health Science Educators at the University of Utah and certified as a Healthcare Simulation Educator.
Christina Choate, B.S
Program Coordinator, Project ECHO®
The University of Utah Health, Office of Network Development & Telehealth
Christina Choate is a Program Coordinator for Project ECHO® at the University of Utah. Within this role, she develops and manages programs that provide best practice and case-based learning opportunities for primary care providers throughout the Mountain West. Additionally, she has experience in patient advocacy at both the federal and industry levels – previously she lobbied on behalf of those impacted by type 1 diabetes in Washington, D.C. Her passion lies in working towards improved outcomes for those living with chronic disease, by engaging with policy makers, health care leaders, and patients to tackle health care challenges. Christina graduated from the University of Iowa in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Physiology.
Kathy J. Chorba
California Telehealth Resource Center
Kathy Chorba’s background includes 21 years of telemedicine and health informatics experience, gathered from her current role with the California Telehealth Resource Center (since 2012), as well as previous roles at the Center for Connected Health Policy, the University of California Davis, in the Center for Health and Technology, and the Health Informatics Program. In her current role as Executive Director (2012 to present) for the California Telehealth Resource Center, Ms. Chorba has completed over 300 on-site telehealth implementation, equipment and patient presentation technique training sessions throughout the state, facilitated 24 multi-site implementation workgroups, and participated as panel and workshop presenter at over 75 state- and nation-wide conferences and events.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine, University of Utah
Lee S. Chung is a stroke fellowship trained academic neurologist with an interest in clinical stroke education. His areas of focus include pre-hospital and ED management of acute ischemic stroke, as well as acute neuroimaging of stroke penumbra and selection for reperfusion therapies. Dr. Chung is a telestroke liaison with the University of Utah Comprehensive Stroke Center and has worked with many of the University of Utah’s 25 spoke sites to develop acute stroke routing protocols and training paradigms. He co-developed with Dr. Peter Hannon the Stroke Project ECHO, a tele-mentorship program to optimize recognition and treatment of acute stroke in the community setting. He is also one of the first telestroke consultants with the new VA National TeleStroke Program and directs the Scan ECHO tele-education series. Dr. Chung also founded and directs the Fourth Street clinic for the homeless and unfunded population in downtown Salt Lake City.
Jennifer Colarusso, BSN, RN, CCRN-K
TeleICU Program Coordinator
The University of Utah
Jeni has worked at the University of Utah Hospital for 18 1/2 years. 12 of those years were spent on the Surgical ICU caring for cardiovascular, trauma, transplant and surgical patients. During this time, she also managed the Critical Care Internship Program for one year. Jeni’s next 4 years were spent as a member of Cardiac Mechanical Support Team (VAD team). She worked with critically ill patients from pre-op evaluation, to the OR and through the entire process of their cardiac medical device care. In her current role, Jeni is the TeleICU Program Coordinator. During her 2 1/2 years in this position, she has grown the program from 1 to 10 sites, started the weekly didactic offerings, developed the Nursing Support Center, implemented the clinical hands-on experience and built the structure for day to day program management. She excels in developing and teaching patient care methodologies and protocols, building education programs for hospitals and providers, and conducting outreach education and training programs for providers and first responders. Jeni is married to her college sweetheart from BYU and has 4 children - 3 boys and 1 girl. She has a passion for traveling, skiing, cooking, hiking and exploring with her family, and humanitarian relief initiatives.
Taunya Cook, BSN, RNC-LRN
Unit Education Consultant for Newborn Intermediate Care
Ms. Cook is the Unit Education Consultant for Newborn Intermediate Care at American Fork Hospital. She is an early adopter and champion of telehealth technologies to support newborn resuscitations and quality improvement projects. She is a key stakeholder in newborn quality improvement initiatives that have been adopted throughout Intermountain and foundational to newborn outreach services.Krysten Cosway
Krysten Graduated from McGill University in Montréal, Quebec, Canada with a BSc in Physiology and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She loves helping care organization and health systems learn how to leverage innovative solutions to help provide comprehensive and compassionate care to their communities. She has been with Iris Telehealth since September 2017 and has been consulting in behavioral health and neurology for the past 4 years. She enjoys spending time with her parents, sisters and her family’s two Boston Terriers out on Lake Travis, listening to true crime podcasts and knitting.
Session: Telepsychiatry 101
Sarah E. Curtright, DNPs, FNP-Ed, CLNC
Performance Improvement Coordinator
Old Dominion University
Sarah Curtright is the Performance Improvement Coordinator for Mortality at St. Luke’s Health System. She is also a part-time Nurse Practitioner in a Direct Primary Care Clinic. Previously, she worked for three years for Veteran’s Health Administration as a direct care provider, clinician manager, and the subject matter expert for interdisciplinary telehealth primary care services through their V-IMPACT program. Ms. Curtright graduated with her FNP and Educator Certificate from St. Louis University in Missouri in 2013. Currently, she is a DNP Candidate at Old Dominion University in their Nurse Executive Tract. Ms. Curtright’s research interests include access to care in rural areas via telehealth modalities, student-centered graduate education, healthcare for Deaf community, and education techniques for illiterate patients.
William Daines, MD
Medical Director, Intermountain Connect Care
Dr. William Daines is a primary care internist in Salt Lake City, Utah and Medical Director of Connect Care, Intermountain Healthcare’s direct-to-consumer telehealth program. Dr. Daines received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed an internship at the University of Utah and a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University. Following residency, Dr. Daines worked as a hospitalist at Stanford Hospital and held academic appointments at Stanford University. Dr. Daines joined Intermountain in 2014. He was appointed Medical Director of Intermountain Connect Care in 2015 and maintains an active primary care practice in Salt Lake City.
Neurology Clinic Pharmacist
University of Utah, Clinical Neurosciences Center
Sarah received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in 2006. She then completed 2 years of residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has practiced in many settings including the emergency department, ICU, inpatient, and outpatient areas. Sarah is a full-time clinical pharmacist caring for outpatients with a variety of neurological conditions. She regularly participate in 2 separate neurology teleclinics.
Kathleen DeLapp-Cohn, MS, CCC-SLP
Rock Creek Therapy, LLC
Kathleen is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Kathleen developed and implemented one of the first telepractice programs in the state of Montana. She founded her company to fulfill a mission to provide access to quality therapy in rural and under served areas of the state. Kathleen earned her bachelors degree from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree from Texas State University. Kathleen is a certified provider of LSVT eLoud a voice and speech treatment for people with Parkinson's Disease, and is a certified provider of Vital Stim for swallowing disorders with her "on ground" patients. With vast experiences in a variety of settings, including brain injury rehabilitation centers, hospitals, home health, skilled nursing facilities and schools, Kathleen continues to serve clients in the 5 states she is licensed and internationally by telecommunications. Kathleen and her staff at Rock Creek Teletherapy, LLC provide speech, physical and occupational therapy services via telecommunications to over 200 students and clients a week.
Certified Special Education and Early Education Teacher, Child Psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral Level
Program Director, The Pediatric Feeding Program at Seattle Children’s Autism Center
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Danielle N. Dolezal is a certified special education and early education teacher, licensed Child Psychologist, licensed Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level in the State of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2006. From 2005-2007 she completed predoctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Following her fellowship, she remained on as a faculty member at the Kennedy Krieger Institute for two years as part of the Pediatric Feeding Program. Dr. Dolezal then moved to her current position and created and directs the Pediatric Feeding Program at Seattle Children’s Autism Center. This program includes an interdisciplinary team of psychology, behavior analysts, medical, dieticians, and speech and language pathologists who help children with significant feeding disorders across a continuum of care intake, outpatient therapy and day treatment services. She’s also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Washington. Dr. Dolezal’s research and clinical practice focuses on the use of Applied Behavior Analysis and biologic variables to assess and treat individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities who engage in severe food refusal, gastrostomy tube dependence, and disruptive behavior. She is also highly committed to increasing access to specialty care programs in underserved regions by using telehealth models. The Pediatric Feeding Program uses telehealth throughout the continuum of care through intake clinic, outpatient therapy using clinic-to-clinic and clinic-to-community/home models, and telehealth classes for parents or community providers.
Special Counsel and Business Lawyer
Foley & Lardner LLP
Kyle Faget is a special counsel and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Government & Public Policy Practice. Her practice focuses on advising clients regarding regulatory and compliance matters involving the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the AdvaMed Code, and the PhRMA Code.
She has extensive experience in health law, life sciences, and a range of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) corporate and regulatory areas within the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. Additionally, she has provided clients with strategic and tactical advice regarding government and internal investigations. Her experience includes operationalizing and monitoring compliance with Corporate Integrity Agreements and Deferred Prosecution Agreements and managing Independent Review Organizations.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Faget held several in-house positions. She has experience in all health care regulatory and compliance matters, including medical affairs, sales, marketing and promotion issues, health care provider grants and charitable donations, and health care professional research grants. She also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating agreements commonly utilized in the life science industry, including health care professional consulting agreements, informed consents, pre-clinical and investigator initiated and sponsor initiated clinical trial agreements.
Sarah Gallant, MS, CCC-SLP
University of Utah
Sarah Gallant is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in neurogenic speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders. Sarah is a certified provider for the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy program and the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program. She received her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Utah, and has worked in the acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Sarah has been a clinical fellowship supervisor for new speech-language pathologists and has mentored student-clinicians. Her professional interests include community integration after TBI or stroke, improved outcomes with intensive swallow therapy programs, and educating speech students. In her free time, Sarah enjoys alpine skiing, camping and trail-running with her German Shepherd.
Michelle L. Halgren, MHA
Intermountain Healthcare, Telehealth Pediatrics
Michelle has always been passionate about healthcare and started working in hospitals several years ago as a CNA. She has loved being a part of the Intermountain Healthcare Telehealth Team for the last year. Through her experiences she has gained an enthusiasm for telehealth and its potential to use technology to better patient care. Michelle is a proud Alumni of Weber State University, where she earned a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration. As a Project Coordinator for TeleHealth Pediatrics at Intermountain Healthcare, she has had the opportunity to work with incredible teams across the Intermountain Healthcare enterprise, including teams at Primary Children’s Hospital, on telehealth program implementation and expansion.
Track Director of Primary Care DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
University of Utah, College of Nursing
Susan Hall is an Assistant Professor-Clinical and Track Director of Primary Care DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. Dr. Hall earned her Bachelors of Nursing Science from Montana State University. In addition, she has earned a Masters of Nursing Sciences in Community Health Nursing, a Post-Masters Certificate as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and a Post-Doctoral Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Utah. Her Doctor of Nursing Practice focused on delivery of evidence based prenatal care for Hispanic Women in inter-city areas. Currently, Dr. Hall’s focuses are women health, vulnerable populations, community health, interprofessional education, and usage of telehealth in rural health care.
Division of Vascular Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of Utah
Dr. Hannon’s Academic career has been shaped by his passion for clinical stroke care and research, medical education, quality improvement and outcomes, and investigating novel methods of care delivery. He has been involved with neurology-specific medical education since medical school, and has taught nationally and internationally. Dr. Hannon was Co-Director of the core Brain and Behavior unit for 2nd year medical students in 2015 and has been an active member of the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee for 2 years. He is core faculty of the School of Medicine MS1/2 Clinical Methods Curriculum (CMC), and is involved in interprofessional education (IPE) both as a facilitator of IPE small group sessions and as a member of the IPE Curriculum Subcommittee. Dr. Hannon is a Director of the Neurology Clerkship, Associate Program Director of the adult neurology residency program, and member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Undergraduate Education Subcommittee. He lectures regularly to medical students and PA students both in large group and small group settings, and has presented at regional and national meetings on topics in the areas of neurology, stroke care and quality improvement. He is integrally involved in ‘tele-education’, and co-produces and presents quarterly live and interactive ‘Stoke ECHO’ sessions. Additionally, he has been involved in the development of online education modules related to acute stroke telemedicine training.
He has been involved with quality improvement (QI) initiatives since residency. In fellowship, he took part in two LEAN Methodology training projects, one of which resulted in him starting a novel tele-follow-up clinic at a community health center in 2014 for stroke patients after discharge from the hospital. In 2015 he developed and implemented a general Neurology teleclinic in rural southern Utah, in which he teams with a Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Provider over the camera to provide specialty Neurology care to a population would otherwise have significant barriers to this type of care.
Additionally, he has investigated rounding patterns on the Neurology Acute Care (NAC) floor and developed a novel electronic rounding checklist to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, resulting in presentation of this project at the national Neurohospitalist Society meeting in 2016.
Finally, Dr. Hannon is active and engaged in research in his department, and has the honor of being the first StrokeNet Fellow at the University of Utah. He has been author on multiple publications within the fields of stroke and telemedicine. He is the University of Utah site PI for NN104 Rhapsody, a NIH NeuroNEXT funded study investigating novel medications in acute stroke care, and will be site PI for ARCADIA stoke trial, a NIH StrokeNet trial investigating novel oral anticoagulant use in patients with cryptogenic stroke and atrial cardiopathy. Dr. Hannon currently serves as co-investigator on multiple NIH and industry sponsored trials including; SHINE, GAMES, ATHERSYS, DEFUSE-3, NAVIGATE-ESUS, CREST 2 and PRISMS. Thus, his background and experiences provide him with the motivation and background to collaborate with the UT StrokeNet team as a Co-Investigator, to advance translational stroke research.
Joseph Humphry, MD FACP CPHIMS
Medical Director and Director of Quality
Lana’i Community Health Center
Dr. Joe Humphry is an internist with special interest in diabetes and chronic disease management and the Medical Director of the Lana’i Community Health Center. He is a founding member of the NRTRC Board of Director, a tech doc with 20 years of telehealth experience and more than 30 years’ experience in health information technology. Under his leadership, Lana’i Community Health Center was awarded a HIMSS Davies Award for 2017.
In April 2013 he accepted the additional role of the LCHC Medical Director. He has spent the majority of his clinical career working with minority and underprivileged patients including Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. He has worked within the FQHC health care system for over 25 years. He is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and completed his internship at San Joaquin Medical Center in Stockton California and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester and UCLA. He retired in December 2011 as part time Medical Director for the last 22 years with HMSA. His interest in computers and medicine date back to the late 80’s when he programmed a diabetes registry program for the Hawaii State Diabetes Control Program. In 2000, he developed Ohana Health Project for monitoring diabetes. In 2005, he joined the Joslin Diabetes Center team developing the Chronic Disease Management Program (CDMP).
Mei Wa Kwong, JD
Center for Connected Health Policy Brief
Mei Wa Kwong, JD has over two decades of experience in state and federal policy work. She is the Executive Director for the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. She has written numerous policy briefs, crafted state legislation and led several coalition efforts on a variety of issues. Ms. Kwong has published articles on telehealth policy, is recognized as an expert in her field and has been consulted by state and federal lawmakers on telehealth legislation and policy. Ms. Kwong is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School.
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for the Master and DNP Programs
College of Nursing, University of Utah
Gwen Latendresse is an associate professor and Assistant Dean for the Masters and DNP Programs at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. Dr. Latendresse engages in interdisciplinary research and is the PI on a current research project funded by the Utah Department of Health: Telementalhealth: A Promising Approach to Reducing Perinatal Depression in Utah’s Rural and Frontier Communities. The project provides mental health services to childbearing women in rural and frontier counties in Utah. Dr. Latendresse is the Chair for the Maternal Mental Health Committee for the Utah Women and Newborns Quality Collaborative (UWNQC) supported by the Utah Department of Health.
Program Director and Principal Investigator
Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center
Utah Telehealth Network (UTN), a service of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN)
Deb LaMarche is Program Director and Principal Investigator for the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center, and Associate Director of the Utah Telehealth Network, a service of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN). Deb has been with telehealth since its inception at the University of Utah in 1996. She worked with health care providers to implement diverse telehealth applications such as telestroke, prison telemedicine, and distance education for nursing Ph.D. programs. During her tenure, the telehealth network has grown from a single site to an extensive network connecting rural and critical access hospitals, clinics, community health centers and local health departments throughout Utah. Deb has successfully filed for broadband and telecommunications discounts for eligible Utah health care providers through the Rural Health Care Program since the late 1990s.
Laurie Lesher RN, MBA
Director of Operations, University Developmental Assessment Clinics
Working with University Health in several capacities over the past 35 years has afforded Laurie Lesher opportunities of involvement, growth and quality initiatives in multiple arenas. After over 22 years working in the Newborn ICU and 10 years directing research for OBGYN, she is currently the director of operations for the University Developmental Assessment Clinics (UDAC), The UDAC provides state of art developmental exams and diagnosis of Utah’s children with or at risk for developmental delays. Clinics include the Neonatal Follow-up Program, Heart Center Neurodevelopmental Program, and the Child Developmental Program. These services were implemented under her leadership in 2015 and utilize a full multidisciplinary team. To provide more efficient care, especially to rural Utah’s children, the UDAC begun telehealth services (TH). These services have shown tremendous success with patients and providers and quickly became a University leader in TH. Projections for 2018 will reach over 500 TH appointments.
Darcy Litzen, MS, BSN
Business Development Officer
Darcy is responsible for telemedicine expansion, service implementation and customer retention. Darcy has over 23 years of experience in a variety of settings including clinical patient care, business development, marketing and sales. She has also held leadership positions in hospitals and health care organizations.
Her educational background includes a Masters of Science in Business Management from the University of Mary, (Bismarck, ND) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD). Darcy joined the eCARE team in November 2010.
Becky Lowe, BSN, RN
Pediatric TeleCritical Care Expanded Role RN
Primary Children's Hospital
Becky has been a nurse for 13 years, and a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse for 10 years. Adventure called and she took a brief 2 year break from pediatrics to work in a small rural community hospital in an adult ICU. Intermountain Healthcare’s Adult TeleHealth Critical Care team began monitoring her patients during this time. She immediately came to respect and appreciate the value of having additional help from experienced intensive care nurses and physicians via telehealth technology. All the while, Becky was missing her pediatric patients. Upon returning to Primary Children's Hospital, the opportunity arose to implement internal monitoring of pediatric patients in their Pediatric and Cardiac intensive care units using telehealth equipment. She could certainly speak to the value of adding an extra set of experienced eyes on their critically ill patients, particularly during respiratory season and looked forward to the chance to implement a program that increased safety for their patients and their staff.
Brenda K. Lyman, OTD, OTR/L
Division of Allied Health, Division of Health Professions, School of Health Sciences, Salt Lake Community College
Brenda is an occupational therapist of 35+ years and college educator and administrator for 20 years. As the Associate Dean, Brenda wrote and secured two grants for the Salt Lake Community College to implement a telehealth clinic for the Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments. Since then, the Salt Lake Community College has been on the forefront of implementing therapies via telehealth to both adult and pediatric clients throughout Utah. Around 100 students thus far have had the opportunity to learn to how to deliver therapy services as part of their education at the Salt Lake Community College.
Lory J. Maddox, MSN, MBA, RN
Clinical Manager for Connect Care Pro: Pediatrics
Ms. Maddox joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2007 after working in military and academic healthcare settings. She is a founding member of the TeleHealth team and currently works as a Clinical Manager for Connect Care Pro supporting women, newborn and pediatric initiatives. A lifelong learner, she is currently a PhD candidate within the College of Nursing, University of Utah with a research focus on newborn telehealth program evaluation.
Natalia Martinez-Paz, MPA, MA
University of Washington Tele-Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (UW TASP)
Natalia Martinez-Paz is the Program Manager for the University of Washington Tele-Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (UW TASP), a collaborative project that builds and supports antimicrobial stewardship programs across hospitals in WA state. UW TASP’s high quality, high impact, Infectious disease education empowers healthcare frontline providers to invest in and expand AMS implementation.Before working in the stewardship telehealth field, Ms. Martinez-Paz managed the University of Washington HIV ECHO project for seven years.Talbot “Mac” McCormick, MD
President and CEO
A board-certified internist, Talbot “Mac” McCormick, M.D., began as a hospitalist in 2003, and has since served in various physician leadership roles, most recently at Eagle Hospital Physicians. As the current President and CEO of Eagle Telemedicine, Dr. McCormick is responsible for oversight of clinical operations, comprehensive best practices, leadership development and innovation. Eagle Telemedicine was one of the first companies to emerge in the telemedicine physician service arena, and is still pioneering the industry nearly a decade later, providing telemedicine programs to health systems, critical access hospitals, acute care hospitals, micro-hospitals, and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). Dr. McCormick has spoken at numerous healthcare conferences across the country on a variety of telemedicine topics and is often cited in trade and industry news articles and has appeared as a guest expert on various
Stephanie Merrell MSN, RN
Uintah Basin Medical Center
Ms. Merrell is the nurse manager for labor and delivery, postpartum and newborn nursery at Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt, Utah with 20+ years’ experience. She loves being a nurse and the joy of helping mothers bring a new baby into the world. The past two years Stephanie has been working to bring TeleHealth: Newborn Critical Care to UBMC. Her goal is to keep babies with their moms at UBMC. Stephanie earned her Associates of Science in nursing from Weber State University, her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Phoenix and her Masters of Science in nursing from Westerns Governors University. As a wife and mother of four, Stephanie loves to spend her free time with her husband and children sitting on the beach in Playa Del Carmen reading a murder mystery and drinking a coke.
Stephen D. Minton, MD, FAAP
Chief of Neonatology and Medical Director of the Newborn Intensive Care
Utah Valley Hospital
Stephen D. Minton, MD, FAAP is the Chief of Neonatology and Medical Director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Utah Valley Hospital which includes rural hospitals in the south region of the State of Utah; Medical Director, Intermountain Healthcare Newborn Services, as well as the Director of Neonatal LifeFlight.
In 1979, he opened the first non-academic Newborn Intensive Care Unit in the United States. Dr. Minton and his colleagues were instrumental in changing the platform for neonatal ventilation and have taught over 900 physicians throughout the world high frequency ventilation. He was influential in the initiation of the Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Integration Program for Women and Newborns. Dr. Minton has been a leader in NICU Redesign. He has been involved with the development of the iCentra Medical Record for NICU patients. He is a recipient of Intermountain Healthcare’s Osler Cloak Award for Excellence in Caring and Curing.
He is active in research in areas such as neonatal high frequency oscillation for the prevention of lung injury, early lung recruitment with non-invasive ventilation, neonatal abstinence syndrome, hypoglycemia in newborns, neonatal cerebral perfusion and cardiac function, premature adrenal/thyroid function, and neonatal health care quality improvement and redesign, and TeleHealth.
Jonathan Neufeld, PhD
Great Plains Telehealth Resource Center
Jonathan Neufeld, PhD, is Program Director of the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center. Dr. Neufeld joined gpTRAC in February of 2017, having previously served as the Clinical Director of the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center in Indianapolis. He has consulted on a wide range of projects related to rural health and telehealth over the past 15 years. He has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of telemedicine, clinical decision support, mental health services evaluation, and clinical outcomes.
Dr. Neufeld was formerly the Vice President of Information Technology and Integrated Care at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center in Goshen, Indiana. In this role, he oversaw the IT programs and services at Oaklawn as well as leading a team of clinicians providing mental and behavioral health services in primary care settings across Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties. Oaklawn has been using telehealth technology since 2011.
Dr. Neufeld received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Integrated Primary Care in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.
Primary Care Provider
Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS)
Mr. Russell Pincock grew up in Blanding, Utah. He worked as an emergency room and trauma Registered Nurse before going back to school for his Doctorate of Nursing Degree. He graduated with his DNP from University of Utah College of Nursing in 2011. Since graduation he has worked as a primary care provider with UNHS in Blanding and on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Southeastern Utah.
B. Keith Price
Director, Community Programs Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Medical Director of Outreach and Innovation
Dr. Rhone serves as Avera eCARE’s Medical Director of Outreach and Innovation. In this role, she is responsible for physician engagement and retention, program development of telemedicine services, and educating medical professionals on telemedicine and change management. Dr. Rhone has been practicing emergency medicine for over 10 years and joined Avera eCARE to help bring cutting-edge emergency and critical care to the patient’s bedside, regardless of location.
She serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota - Sanford School of Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Rhone completed her medical education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and her emergency medicine training at HealthPartners-Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.
Telehealth Program Development Manager
ANTHC Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network (AFHCAN)
Cindy is the Telehealth Program Development Manager for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). ANTHC is a non-profit Tribal health organization that serves over 158,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people throughout the state of Alaska. The system includes approximately 200 telemedicine access locations.
Cindy has worked in telehealth for the past seven years and has a total of more than 30 years of nursing experience. Cindy's team currently offers telehealth consultation and training services to all of the Tribal organizations and clinics throughout Alaska. Her team provides support for video and store & forward telehealth which is used broadly in primary care and in over 30 specialty care services. Cindy has also designed, coordinated and taught classes and courses on dozens of clinical and technical topics to local, national and international audiences.
Cindy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a Master of Science in Business Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne. Her board certification is in Nursing Professional Development.
Session: Telehealth 101: Getting Started
Executive Director Patient Care Services
Grande Ronde Hospital
Doug is the Telehealth Director for Grande Ronde Hospital. Grande Ronde is a 25 bed critical access hospital which provides a wide variety of inpatient, outpatient and specialty services. Doug has been involved with telehealth for ten years and has developed a robust remote presence healthcare system for its community and region. As a result of these accomplishments Grande Ronde Hospital has been honored with multiple awards including Outstanding Rural Health Organization from the NRHA, ECRI Health Devices Achievement Award, the 2017 NRHA Top 20 CAH and the 2017 Most Wired Award. Doug holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Eastern Oregon University.Session: Using Telemedicine to Keep Care Closer to Home in Oregon: A Critical Access Hospital Case Study
FCHIP Technical Assistance Coordinator
Montana Hospital Association
Kimberly Seligman is the FCHIP Technical Assistance Specialist for the Montana Health Research and Education Foundation at the Montana Hospital Association. A graduate of Montana State University, Billings, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communications and Health Administration. Kim has ten years of professional experience in healthcare project management as well as data analytics for quality improvement. She is also an active member of the Montana Telehealth Alliance working to advance telehealth knowledge, advocate for policy change, and improve healthcare through telecommunications throughout the state of Montana.
Jaleen Smith, BS
TeleStroke Program Coordinator
University of Utah Hospital
Jaleen Smith was born and raised in Bountiful, UT. She graduated from Southern Utah University in 2010 with Bachelor in Public Relations and political science. She began working for the University of Utah in 2011, and has been the telestroke program coordinator since 2014.
Telehealth Services, St. Luke’s Health System
Krista M. Stadler is a Registered Nurse who is passionate about improving a patient’s access to quality, cost effective care regardless of their geographic location. She currently serves as Senior Director of Telehealth Services at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho.
Prior to relocating to Idaho in 2015, Krista spent 7+ years building one of the largest Telehealth programs in the country. Her experience in Telehealth includes the design and implementation of a variety of programs including TeleICU, Teleneurology, Telebehavioral Health, Telepharmacy, Remote Patient Monitoring, and other applications in the acute, post-acute and ambulatory settings.
In her current role she is responsible for the development and execution of the overall Telehealth strategy supporting St. Luke’s Health System. She has direct oversight of the implementation and support of new and existing Telehealth programs including Transfer Center Operations.
Krista is optimistic about the future of healthcare and passionate about Telehealth as one way to transform the care delivery model. She sees telehealth and virtual care as mechanisms that ensure patients have access to quality, cost effective and convenient healthcare regardless of geographical location.
Kathie Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT
Associate Professor, Director: Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program
College of Nursing, University of Utah
Kathie Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, and the director of Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She teaches Interdisciplinary Approaches to Palliative Care for graduate students in Pharmacy, Social Work and Nursing, and Geriatric Care Management. Dr. Supiano’s research is in clinical interventions in complicated grief, prevention of adverse grief outcomes, suicide survivorship and prison hospice. She has been a practicing clinical social worker and psychotherapist for over 35 years. Her clinical practice has included care of older adults with depression and multiple chronic health concerns, family therapy, end-of-life care, and bereavement care. Dr. Supiano is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, a Fellow of Thanatology, and a founding member of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. She received her PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah as a John A. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellow.
Robyn Thompson, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Salt Lake Community College
Robyn Thompson is the Assistant Professor and program director in the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Robyn holds a Master’s degree and PhD in special education from the University of Utah (UofU). While attending the UofU, she was also employed by the division of occupational therapy as an adjunct and full-time faculty member. She also developed a pediatric outpatient occupational therapy program at the UofU, that continues to be in operation. At SLCC, Robyn oversees the operation of the OTA program, including the occupational therapy pro bono clinic that serves community clients during fall and spring semesters. Robyn helped design and implement the telehealth occupational therapy program at SLCC and was among the first occupational therapy practitioners in the state of Utah to provide occupational therapy via telecommunications. Robyn Thompson, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Salt Lake Community College
Rebecca Utz, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology & Gerontology
University of Utah
Rebecca Utz is an associate professor at the University of Utah. Her research interests are focused on supporting families who are facing end-of-life health care and caregiving responsibilities.Sarah Woolsey, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Sarah Woolsey, MD, is board-certified in Family Medicine and a current Medical Director with HealthInsight, Utah’s Quality Improvement Network, and Regional Health Improvement Collaborative. She is passionate about patient engagement in care and preventing chronic disease. She is actively engaged in the advancement of community quality and cost metric to improve care through the Transparency Advisory Group. She has worked in primary care for 20 years with underserved populations in Salt Lake City as a full-spectrum family doctor. She believes telehealth can democratize the delivery of health care for Utah patients. ll copies.