population health champions to be recognized for their exemplary work at the 5th annual virtual accountable care symposium


Kansas City, MO – Caravan Health today announced the winners of the annual Population Health Pioneer Awards, presented to Caravan Health ACOs and partners who have best served their patients, community, and the health care industry through their leadership, dedication, and innovation over the past year. 

This year’s awards highlight the nominees who have incorporated innovative approaches to care during the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion either in the workplace or the communities they serve. 

Recognized as the nation’s leader in accountable health care, Caravan Health recently released their 2019 results which demonstrated another year of exceptional performance. Caravan ACOs brought home $50 million in shared savings and earned 94% in quality scores which once again led the nation. 

“Caravan Health’s Pioneer Award winners have proven to be tireless advocates for population health during a challenging year. I am thrilled to be able to publicly recognize the impressive work of these individuals and health systems. As a group, they ramped up virtual care services, supported patients with complex medical needs, addressed social needs and implemented innovative ways to connect with their patients and their communities throughout the public health emergency” commented Nicole Banister, Vice President, Practice Transformation, Caravan Health. 

The award winners will be formally honored at the fifth annual Caravan Health Accountable Care Symposium which is being held virtually this year, from December 7-10. There is still time to register and participate in the Symposium which includes notable keynote speakers and a variety of educational sessions. 


The ACO group award winners recognize communities who have distinguished themselves in the area of care delivery. 

ACO Community of the Year - Springhill Medical Services 

For transforming care delivery, promoting primary care initiatives even during a pandemic, and supporting the team with training. This organization is part of our full services branch, the Comprehensive ACO program. 

ACO Community of the Year – Crouse Health 

For transforming care delivery, promoting primary care initiatives even during a pandemic, and supporting the team with training. This organization is part of our consultative services branch, the Partnership ACO program. 

Commitment to Preventive Care - Coal Country Community Health Center 

For leading a robust annual wellness visit program. 

Leadership in Care Coordination - Fisher-Titus Medical Center 

For commitment to supporting and treating patients with multiple chronic conditions.  



The individual awards recognize those health care professionals who serve as models of high-quality care delivery. 

All Star ACO Champions – Kelly Fluharty, Winona Health & Margaret Rose, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital 

For overall ACO leadership in advancing the cause of improving quality and reducing costs. 

Most Valuable Population Health Nurses – Ashley Kilpatrick, Sullivan County Community Hospital & Karen Koenig, Alcona Citizens for Health, Inc. 

For excellence in addressing patient needs and tangibly improving their quality of life. 

Outstanding Physician Leadership – John Rudolph, Tri-State Memorial Hospital 

For going above and beyond to lead care teams, improve patient’s lives, and serve as models of successful care transformation. 

Most Valuable Partnership Managers – Adriana Arbelaez, WakeMed Physician Practices & Kristen Ford, Carle Health 

For excellence in managing operations to optimize quality of care and enhance team-based care. 

CPC+ MVP of the Year – Shilpa Chawla, Ajay Chawla, MD 

For exceptional, results-driven management of a practice in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative. 


Join our award winners and keynotes speakers this December - register for the Accountable Care Symposium here.

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