The Team at Strategy Healthcare

The Team at Strategy Healthcare is a collaboration of seasoned professionals that have come together to bring to the public some of the best thoughts and insights on the topic of Healthcare in the US.

Gene Lindsey, M.D.

Gene Lindsey, M.D. served as President and CEO of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates between 2008 and 2013. Dr. Lindsey has been an internist and cardiologist since 1975, practicing at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and its predecessors until his recent retirement. During his tenure as CEO, he continued a limited practice by exploring the concept of shared medical appointments. Meeting with groups of patients who had complex chronic cardiovascular disease in common, Dr. Lindsey found their self-reported experience was often beneficial to others in the group.

Dr. Lindsey has a long history of physician-group leadership. He is interested in how physicians and other healthcare professionals can partner to meet the challenges of providing sustainable healthcare as an entitlement for every member of the community. From the mid-1980s on, he was involved in the governance of Harvard Community Health Plan (HCHP). He became the Chairman of the Physicians’ Council in 1990 and served on the HCHP board. As part of the HCHP management team, he represented the voice of the practice from the early days of quality improvement through a series of acquisitions that eventually created Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in 1995.

In 1997, when Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates–a non-profit, 500-physician multi-specialty medical group–was created from the staff-model practice of the old Harvard Community Health Plan, Dr. Lindsey became their first Chairman of the Board. In 2004-2005, when five groups affiliated to form Atrius Health (formerly HealthOne Care System), Dr. Lindsey joined the Atrius Health Board, and in January 2007 he became its Chairman, a position which he held until he was appointed CEO the next year.

As CEO of Atrius Health, Dr. Lindsey championed the importance of healthcare reform, not just for all citizens but also for the total economy of the community. Seeking to make Atrius Health an organization that was exemplary in pursuing the Triple Aim, he advocated for balancing the renewed focus on quality, safety, and cost reduction with the established focus on service to patients and families.

During Dr. Lindsey’s time at Atrius, the organization instituted several new initiatives that included an extensive leadership academy as well as Lean-based transformation and continuous improvement. Atrius Health developed under his leadership into an organization with every practice as a level III NCQA Medical Home, augmented by an integrated medical record system and a patient portal available to a million patients. Atrius Health also expanded its data-warehousing skills to support innovation in population health with large-scale use of “big data.” The new competencies were key to Atrius Health’s success in the Alternative Quality Contract of Blue Cross of Massachusetts, and they enabled Atrius Health to succeed as one of the CMMI Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations.

Dr. Lindsey advises organizations that are working to support a spectrum of healthcare institutions and delivery systems. He has served on the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council, as well as the Special Commission on Price Variation. He now serves on the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and the boards of Guthrie Health (in New York and Pennsylvania) and VNA Care and Hospice (in Massachusetts). Since 2008 Dr. Lindsey has published a weekly letter where he explores topics pertinent to the evolution of better care for everyone at a sustainable cost. Dr. Lindsey continues to be a sought-after speaker on the healthcare topics of payment reform, accountable care organizations, practice innovation, physician engagement, patient service and engagement, and quality and efficiency. In all his capacities he continually advocates for the principles of the Triple Aim.

Dr. Lindsey received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, where he was an intercollegiate athlete. He was an intern, resident in medicine, and clinical fellow in cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital), where he practiced from 1975 to 2008.

More on Dr. Gene Lindsey on Wikipedia.

Peter Kriff

Peter, President of PDI Creative Consulting and a graduate of Brown University, has over 25 years’ experience in concept development, marketing, and planning to help clients reach and exceed their communications goals. He specializes in managing integrated marketing campaigns, strategic planning, image and brand development, and public outreach.

As a creative director, designer, and media producer, Peter has won numerous national and regional awards. His client experience ranges from public health issues to corporate communications. His broad experience across these sectors includes travel and tourism, captive insurance, banking, and festival marketing, in addition to his specialty in health organizations.

In a mid-life career refinement Peter has become an advocate for disability rights. As Executive Director of Vermont’s Statewide Independent Living Council, he coordinates the efforts of the citizens’ council to disburse federal funds towards improving the quality of life for Vermonters with disabilities. Under his guidance, the council in 2013 launched Accessible Adventures, an original on-line peer-to-peer review system for accessible places to go in Vermont.

Peter is also a lifelong musician who has been performing professionally on jazz drums since the age of 14. Comfortable on both sides of the glass, he is at home as a recording musician and also as a producer of music, radio, and television. The Vermont Jazz Ensemble has featured him as the principal drummer since 1983; with the VJE and in smaller groups, he has performed on stages and bandstands in every corner of Vermont.

Robyn Warhol

Robyn brings 32 years of professional experience in writing and editing to PDI Creative Consulting, having taught writing and literature at Stanford, the University of Vermont, Harvard, Brandeis, Rice, and the Ohio State University. Since completing her Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1982, she has written and published numerous articles and university press books, and she is co-editor of several significant textbooks. Her areas of research expertise include narrative, serialized television, Victorian literature, life writing, and representations of addiction and recovery in contemporary popular culture.

As a published author and instructor of college writing, Robyn specializes in the conversation that a piece of writing creates between the “I” who writes and the “you” who reads. Committed to brevity and clarity, her editorial approach cuts out wordiness, jargon, and clichés wherever possible. In Robyn’s view, the fewer syllables, the better: if “use” means the same thing as “utilize,” it’s better style to use the shorter word.

After 26 years as a professor at the University of Vermont, Robyn joined the faculty at the Ohio State University, where she is currently Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and a core faculty member of Project Narrative.

Cecily Hill

As an assistant Project Manager, Junior Copywriter, Event Planner, and Social Media Developer, Cecily wears many hats for PDI Creative Consulting that reflect her own varied expertise. At the beginning of her career, she has already won grants for her research, published work in national journals, managed improvements in website content and social media presence, and spearheaded a successful student wellness program at the Ohio State University.

As the chair of an Ohio State University committee for graduate and professional student programming, Cecily has developed and launched an aggressive, university-wide wellness series that is currently in its third year. The series, which has attracted more than 2,000 students to its events, has become a model for interdepartmental collaboration and wellness innovation. Her recent overhaul of the committee’s social media presence resulted in a 40% increase in Facebook followers and a drastic rise in community engagement both on and off the Internet. At the same time, she has worked as a content developer and editor of OSU’s Graduate Studies in English website, transforming it into one of the most effective and informative such websites among peer institutions.

Currently pursuing her PhD and teaching writing, literature, and popular culture at the Ohio State University, Cecily has had her own articles and reviews accepted for publication at leading academic journals such as Studies in English Literature and presented her original work at top national and international conferences. As a successful grant writer, she has won funding for her doctoral research from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Lilly Foundation, and the Children’s Literature Association of North America, as well as the Ohio State University. While earning a fully funded master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, Cecily managed national job searches for the Department of English, successfully balancing departmental demands against federal and state requirements.

Cecily is a volunteer member of the Board of Trustees for Glass Axis, a non-profit dedicated to expanding arts education and access in its Columbus, Ohio community. There, she contributes her grant writing and editing expertise, assists with major event planning, and consults on Glass Axis’s developing social media program.

Russ Morgan

Owner and operator of Inet Ops Online and RMSEO. Russ brings expertise in website development, website hosting, and internet technology coaching to the PDI Creative Consulting team. Russ joins technical knowledge of the web with a special interest in health and human services and the insurance industry.

Russ worked with health insurance companies as President and Director of Nashua Industrial Machine Corporation from 1984 through 1998 to purchase and provide the most affordable health insurance choices for hundreds of employees. His company’s participation in the startup of Healthsource as a pilot corporate customer resulted in another health insurance alternative in New Hampshire to compete with Blue Cross/Blue Shield traditional insurance and H.M.O. and the Matthew Thornton H.M.O.

Since 1998 Russ has turned his energies to information technology and management information systems. He has spent the past 16 years in corporate IT management and consulting on networks, server rooms, security, and internet technology. Recognizing a need for web hosting to catch up with current changes on the internet, Russ started, a full-service hosting company providing solutions to all types of business. With one quarter of the internet already converted to WordPress and the numbers increasing daily, Russ’s services include WordPress security, maintenance, webmaster, and search-engine optimization. He holds degrees in computer science from Daniel Webster College and Management Information Systems from New Hampshire College.