Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP is a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute, based in Oakland, California. His primary focus of research and fieldwork is nonprofit hospital governance, management, and operations as it relates to fulfillment of their charitable obligations as tax-exempt institutions. A particular emphasis is on the investment of charitable resources in multi-disciplinary, collaborative approaches to health improvement in low income, ethnically and culturally diverse communities. Dr. Barnett is currently the principal investigator of a multi-state demonstration project involving 75 hospitals that focuses on the development and implementation of uniform standards to strengthen hospital commitment and accountability in this area. Dr. Barnett's research and fieldwork also focuses on the role of teaching hospitals in increasing health care workforce diversity and addressing health disparities in local communities through health professions education and training programs. A recent report from a study funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides a set of guidelines to support increased engagement of teaching hospitals, and was included as a commissioned paper in the report entitled "Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions" by the Sullivan Commission.
Bernadette M. Broccolo, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP based in its Chicago office. She is a member of the Health Law Department, and has been counseling health industry organizations for 27 years on legal and regulatory compliance matters, information technology acquisition and health information privacy. Ms. Broccolo also currently serves as chair of the Life Sciences Steering Committee of the Firm's Health Law Department. Bernadette is a frequent speaker and author on topics in her areas of practice. She is co-author of Tax-Exempt Status of Health Care Organizations, which is part of BNA's Health Law & Business Series. She also serves in leadership positions for organizations serving the health industry and the legal profession, including the American Health Lawyers Association, the Illinois Association of Hospital Attorneys and the American Bar Association. Most recently, she served as a member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association's Health Law Section and as the Chair of the Health Law Section's Tax & Accounting Interest Group. Ms. Broccolo has been named as a Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association. She has also been selected by her peers to be included in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her expertise in health care law, a listing she has made for the past 16 years. Ms. Broccolo is listed as a leading individual in health care in Illinois in Chambers USA 2007: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. She was named a 2008 Illinois Super Lawyer based upon a survey of 47,000 attorneys throughout Illinois; only 5 percent of Illinois attorneys received this distinction.
Lawrence Prybil, PhD is professor of health management and senior advisor to the dean of the University of Iowa (UI) College of Public Health. Prybil's recent research has focused on governance of high performing hospitals. He also is well known for his work in healthcare ethics and the organization and management of multi-unit healthcare systems. With his appointment as an HRET Senior Fellow, Prybil continues his governance research and advises HRET on other studies and health policy issues. Prybil's recent research has focused on governance of high performing hospitals. He also is well known for his work in healthcare ethics and the organization and management of multi-unit healthcare systems. With his appointment as an HRET Senior Fellow, Prybil will continue his governance research and advise HRET on other studies and health policy issues. Before joining the UI faculty in 1999, Prybil spent 15 years with the Daughters of Charity National Health System, including 10 years as CEO of a six-state division. Previously, Prybil was vice president for administration for the Sisters of Mercy Health Corporation and was a faculty member at the Medical College of Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University for 10 years, where he chaired the department of health administration and served as deputy assistant provost for the health sciences campus. Prybil currently serves as vice chairman of the board of the Sisters of Charity Health System - Leavenworth and as a member of the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network's board of managers. He received his Ph.D. in hospital and health services administration from the UI.
Donald Wegmiller, MHA has more than 35 years of experience in health care administration. He is the former Vice Chairman and President of HealthSpan Health Systems Corporation, Minnesota's largest health care network.Mr. Wegmiller continues to hold policy positions in state and national health care associations. He has served on the boards of numerous publicly held corporations over the past 20 years, and currently serves on the boards of a large, diversified utility; an emerging medical device company; a medical diagnostic equipment company; a company with a proprietary, interactive, customized health plan design for health insurance; and a software and services company relating to documenting and coding medical procedures. Mr. Wegmiller has written and lectured extensively about a number of health care topics and his work has been published in a variety of national health care publications. He currently teaches health care administration at the University of Minnesota, Duke University and Arizona State University. From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Wegmiller served as a chairman officer of the American Hospital Association, serving in 1987 as the organization's chairman, the highest elected office. He also has been named a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and in August 2002 was named by Modern Healthcare as one of "Healthcare's 100 Most Powerful People." Mr. Wegmiller received both his bachelor's degree and master's degree in health administration from the University of Minnesota.
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