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Atrius Health Leadership Team



Steven Strongwater, MD
President and CEO

Dr. Steven Strongwater, MD became President and CEO of Atrius Health in August 2015. He is responsible for all aspects of leading this non-profit accountable care organization of 8,500 employees serving 675,000 patients across eastern Massachusetts with coordinated medical care, home health and hospice. The Atrius Health practices include Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and VNA Care Network Foundation.

From September 2012 to July 2015, Dr. Strongwater served as Geisinger Health System’s Chief Transformation Officer and provided leadership for transformation through implementing new models of care and developing strategies and tactics to improve quality, patient experience and value, while leveraging analytics and simulation models to improve care. More than 90 million dollars of improvement have been identified within two years and novel predictive models introduced. Dr. Strongwater additionally assumed the role of Chief Medical Executive for Transition Integration and was responsible for developing programs and serving as a liaison to newly acquired hospitals and physician practices.

Dr. Strongwater has served in a variety of leadership positions as Assistant Chancellor, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief of Staff and Chief Executive Officer, at UMass Medical Center, the University of Connecticut Health Center and Stony Brook University Medical Center, respectively. At Stony Brook, he initiated a program to achieve high reliability, built advanced clinical programs (e.g. interventional stroke, robotic electrophysiology) and oversaw major capital and information technology implementations as well as fund raising initiatives.

Dr. Strongwater has served on several regional and national boards. Currently, he serves on the American Health System Pharmaceuticals Commission on Goals, Healthcare Productivity Expert Advisory Panel for the Singapore Ministry of Health Committee on Health Professions and recently completed a term as the Chair of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Health Professions as well as an Advisor to the Association of American Medical Colleges for the CMS Bundling Project. He has a long standing interest in quality and patient safety, health policy, organizational governance and population health.

Dr. Strongwater completed his undergraduate medical education at Upstate Medical Center and a research fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Michigan. He is a member of AOA and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies.

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William Boyd, MD
Senior Vice President, North Region

Dr. Boyd, an internist with Harvard Vanguard since 2003, has been in practice since completing a residency in Internal Medicine with a focus in primary care at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA in 1998.  He joined Lynnfield Medical Associates in 1999, becoming the medical director in 2001.  In 2003, Dr. Boyd managed the affiliation of Lynnfield Medical Associates with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.  He became the Chief of Internal Medicine and Site Medical Director in 2008 for the Harvard Vanguard Peabody site.  His administrative responsibilities for Harvard Vanguard expanded in 2012 as the Regional Medical Director for the now nine locations in the North Region.  Dr. Boyd received his BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross and his MD from the combined Dartmouth and Brown Medical School.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine.  An avid New England Patriots fan, Dr. Boyd lives with his wife and three children on the North Shore.
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Robert Calway
Senior Vice President, South Region

Since 2011, Bob Calway has served as the Chief Operating Officer at Granite Medical Group. He is the former Vice President for Business Development, Physician Services and Compliance Officer at Northern Berkshire Healthcare (NBH), a vertically integrated health system in northwestern Massachusetts. At NBH he was responsible for the organization's ancillary services, employed hospital and community physicians, Compliance program and business development initiatives. Bob holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and a graduate degree in Health Law and Healthcare Administration. Bob has extensive experience in clinical operations, healthcare design and development, clinical program development, healthcare quality improvement, healthcare regulatory compliance, revenue cycle and clinical operations. Prior to his work at NBH, Bob served as Vice President for Clinical Services and Chief Operating Officer at Boston's Joslin Diabetes Clinic. He served as Senior Vice President, responsible for product development and leadership of the consulting division at MedSafe, a for profit healthcare consulting company specializing in accreditation, risk management and regulatory compliance programs. Bob held several leadership positions at Harvard Community Health Plan as well.
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Kathleen T. Gardner
Interim Senior Vice President, West Region

Kathy Gardner brings a unique perspective to our organization, combining more than twenty-four years of health care experience in various clinical, operations management and business development roles within the Atrius Health family. Kathy began her career as a surgical staff nurse at Harvard Vanguard (then part of Harvard Community Health Plan) and went on to become a clinical supervisor at Harvard Vanguardís Medford practice. Over the next fifteen years, Kathy worked in various management positions within Medical Specialties including serving as the program Administrator for four years. In 1995 Kathy created a new data analysis and reporting department for the Medical Directorís Office and later served as Director of Case Management. In 2002, Kathy led the business development effort that expanded Harvard Vanguardís Kenmore practice to offer MRI, CT, Nuclear Imaging and Endoscopy Services. In 2004, Kathy was appointed Executive Director of Atrius Health to help design and facilitate the development of new collaborative clinical programs across the Atrius Health medical groups, including the launch of the shared electronic medical record, and the opening of the Commonwealth Atrius Cancer Center and the Atrius Health Womenís Center in Weymouth. Kathy received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Salem State College in 1982 and her Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University in 1989.
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Beth Honan
Chief Contracting Officer

Beth Honan, Chief Contacting Officer, is responsible for leading Atrius Health’s overall health plan contracting strategy, negotiations, contract performance and relationship management efforts. Additionally, Beth oversees Atrius Health’s contracting initiatives in support of key hospital and other provider partnerships. This work involves monitoring contract performance and implementing improvement initiatives, developing new approaches to alternative financial arrangements, identifying strategic business opportunities and aligning incentives through innovative contracting models between Atrius Health and its’ key health plan and hospital partners. Beth joined Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Atrius Health largest affiliate, in 2000 as Assistant Vice President of Contracting. Prior to joining Harvard Vanguard, Beth served in various leadership roles including Regional Director for Tufts Health Plan – Rhode Island, Director of Contracting at Lowell General Hospital and Executive Director of the Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization. Beth’s responsibilities have included network development, product development, provider contracting, business development, strategic planning, provider relations and provider operations. Beth received her Bachelor of Science from Connecticut College and her Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Simmons College.
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Beth Honan

Elyse Kaplan
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Elyse Kaplan joined Atrius Health as Interim Chief Human Resource Officer in October, 2014. Elyse has spent 30 years creating and leading high performing human resource organizations. She is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, organization transformation, high growth and downsizing scenarios, and business start-ups in both domestic and global organizations. An entrepreneur and seasoned business executive, Elyse has worked in healthcare, banking, telecommunications, hospitality and professional services with such quality leaders as Marriott Corporation, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Kelly Services, COMSAT, IBM Business Consulting Services, Mercy Health System and Adventist Healthcare. She earned a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Maryland and completed doctoral coursework at Michigan State University.
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Tom Denberg

Steven Lampert, MD, MBA
Chief Clinical Officer
Interim Senior Vice President, Urban/River Region

Dr. Lampert began his medical career in 1982 at the Lown Cardiovascular Group in Brookline, MA as an associate cardiologist and later a partner. In 1994, Dr. Lampert joined Harvard Vanguard and was named Chief of Cardiology in 1996. In 2001, he served as Chief, Division of Medicine at Brigham and Womenís/Faulkner Hospital where he served on the Care Improvement Committee which reported to the Board of Trustees. In 2002, Dr. Lampert was named Director of Medical Specialties for Harvard Vanguard, managing 12 medical specialty departments. Dr. Lampert received his bachelorís and medical degrees from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Boston University. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.
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Tom Denberg

Richard Lopez, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Richard Lopez, a physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Atrius Health in January 2009. In this position, Dr. Lopez works collaboratively with senior clinical and executive leadership across a wide range of clinical and quality initiatives. Specifically, Dr. Lopez’s focus includes clinical program development relating to population health, clinical aspects of payer/hospital contracting, clinical informatics, medical management, and safety and quality, as well as collaborating to develop quality standards and the outcome reporting measures and clinical dashboards that support the Atrius Health practices meeting those standards. More than a 30-year veteran of Harvard Vanguard, Dr. Lopez has made many significant contributions to the organization and is the recipient of Harvard Vanguard’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the Becker Healthcare Leadership Award in 2014.

Dr. Lopez received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Dr. Lopez received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University . As a board certified internist, Dr. Lopez has practiced primary care internal medicine at Harvard Vanguard’s Medford practice since 1982. Dr. Lopez serves on the Board of the Risk Management Foundation and several committees including Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Quality of Medical Practice and the Massachusetts Statewide Quality Advisory Committee.

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Richard Lopez, MD

Rick Markello
Chief Integration Officer

Rick Markello has over thirty-five years of experience in healthcare management, working for physician groups, hospitals and insurers, both public and private, not for profit and for profit, as well as state and city government.  He is currently the Chief Integration Officer at Atrius Health.  Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer (COO/CFO) for Joslin Diabetes Center, Coo/CFO of the Cardiovascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and as COO/CFO of the Harvard Medical Faculty Practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Rick was the CFO for Columbia Metrowest Healthcare Systems, HMO Planning Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Budget Director at Boston City Hospital and worked in State government at the Department of Public Health and Rate Setting Commission.  Rick has a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an MBA from Boston University.
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Daniel Moriarty
Chief Information Officer

Dan Moriarty joined Harvard Vanguard and Atrius Health in January 2010 as Chief Information Officer. Previously, Dan was at Harvard University since 1995, most recently as University CIO for the past 10 years and as CIO of Harvard Medical School for the preceding 6 years. In this most recent position, Dan was responsible for managing enterprise-wide information technology initiatives, including administrative systems, academic computing, and IT infrastructure in the areas of networking, telecommunications, data center operations, and core user services. Dan has taught at Harvard for 15 years in graduate degree and executive programs in HealthCare IT and Strategy. In previous positions, Dan was director of the information technology practice at APM in New York and president of the John Snow, Inc.-Software Division in Boston. Dan holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and an MBA from Clark University. He has numerous publications and has lectured nationally on topics such as strategic planning, information systems management, information technology assessment, health care management, and software development.
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Deb Morsi, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President of Nursing

Deborah Morsi joined Harvard Vanguard in November 2012 as the Vice President of Nursing.  She brings to our practice an enormous breadth of knowledge, experience, and compassion focused on what is best for patients.  Prior to joining the organization, Deborah served as Vice President of Patient Care Systems for Baystate Medical Center and Chief Nursing Officer of Baystate Health for the past eight years.  In her total of 30 years at Baystate, Deborah served in various leadership roles including Nursing Operations, Nursing Practice & Research, and as a Nurse Manager.  Deborah has also previously worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Deborah received her BS in Nursing from SUNY Brooklyn, an MS degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a PhD in Nursing from University of Massachusetts.  Deborah has numerous publications covering such topics as patient safety, process improvement, and nursing job satisfaction.
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Kimberly Nelson
Chief Legal Officer

Prior to becoming Chief Legal Officer in April 2010, Kimberly Nelson served as Vice President and General Counsel since September 2000. Kim's responsibilities include advising all levels of management and staff on a broad range of health law and general corporate issues, including governance, regulatory compliance, contracts, employment, licensure issues, network management, accreditation, patient care and professional staff matters. Previously, Kim was Associate General Counsel/Director of Risk Management at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from 1996 to 2000 and Assistant General Counsel at Harvard Community Health Plan beginning in 1992. Kim began her law career as an associate with a law firm focused primarily on medical malpractice defense and employment law. Kim is also a registered nurse and was on the nursing staff at Beth Israel Hospital in the early 1980s.
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Mary Ann O'Connor, RN, BSN, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, VNA Care Network Foundation

Mary Ann O’Connor has more than 35 years of health care management experience, with 24 years at the senior executive level. Her career spans the acute care, home health, hospice, long term, and private duty sectors of health care as well as coordinated disease management programs across the continuum of care. Prior to being named President and CEO of VNA Care Network & Hospice in January 2012, Mary Ann was Regional Director of the Manhattan Region for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest not-for-profit home health agency in the United States. She also served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for the Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut in Bridgeport, CT, President and CEO of United Visiting Nurse Association/Yale New Haven Health in Trumbull, CT, and Executive Director/Director of Nursing of Trumbull Public Health Nursing Service in Trumbull, CT. Mary Ann holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. She has worked to further nonprofit home health care at the national level as a member of the Board of Directors and Government Relations Committee of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and at the state level as a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association for Home Care. She has also been on the Board of Directors of Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing and President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She has currently been appointed to the Massachusetts Health Advisory Council.
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Mary Ann O'Connor

Marci Sindell
Chief External Affairs Officer, Atrius Health
Interim President and CEO, Atrius Health Foundation

Marci Sindell, Chief External Affairs Officer for Atrius Health, is responsible for public policy, government relations, and leads the overall marketing program for Atrius Health and its largest affiliate, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, including all aspects of internal communications, public relations, marketing communications and advertising, health education and promotion, and community relations. Additionally, Marci serves as interim President and CEO of the Atrius Health Foundation, leading development efforts in support of care delivery innovation and patient service. Marci joined Harvard Vanguard in January 2006 as the Vice President of Marketing. Previously, Marci held a variety of senior management positions at Haemonetics Corporation, a medical device company, including Senior Vice President, Business Design and Vice President, North American Marketing, and positions in operations at Millipore Corporation and Corning Glass Works. Marci received her bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Marci serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Health Council, on the WGBH Corporate Executive Council, on the Hebrew Senior Life Board of Trustees, the Leadership Council of Greater Boston Aligning Forces for Quality, the planning committee for Massachusetts Health Leaders for Appropriate and Affordable Care, and served for the last 5 years on the Executive Leadership for the Team Boston Heart Walk.
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Marci Sindell

Leland Stacy
Chief Financial Officer

Leland Stacy was promoted to Interim Chief Financial Officer for Harvard Vanguard as of October 1, 2013  and then for Atrius Health as of July 1, 2014.  Previously he served as the Vice President of Finance for Harvard Vanguard since its inception in 1998. Prior to 1998 Leland was Vice President of Finance – Health Centers Division of Harvard Pilgrim. Bud has 29 years of progressive experience working in treasury, accounting, financial services, insurance claims processing, medical billing, and systems at Harvard Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim, and Harvard Vanguard. Leland received his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business.
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Bud Stacy