The Population Health Pioneer Awards are presented each year to honor those who have best served their patients, their community, and the healthcare industry through their leadership, dedication, and innovation over the past year.



 
We honored the following individuals and communities at the 6th Annual Accountable Care Symposium.
 

Community Level Recipients


 

2022 Community of the Year

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2022 Community of the Year

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2022 Award for Innovation in Prevention and Wellness

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Individual Recipients
 
 


2022 ACO Champion of the Year
Honoring the ACO Champion who is doing the most to pull together different groups and advance the cause of improving quality and reducing costs.
 
Krystyna Sienkiewicz
Director of Clinical Integration, Inspira Health

As the Director of Clinical Integration in Mullica Hill, NJ, Krystyna is involved in the daily oversight of the Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  Krystyna focuses on practice engagement and meeting program requirements to help transition the care delivery model for providers to a value-based environment. Read More>>

Chastity Dolbec
Director of Patient Care & Innovation, Coal Country Community Health Center

Chastity Dolbec, BSN, RN has over 30 years in the nursing profession with practice experience in the areas of long-term care; home-health and hospice; acute and primary care; population health management, quality improvement, care coordination, team-based care redesign, operations, and leadership. Chastity also functions as the ACO Champion for Coal Country Community Health Center and Sakakawea Medical Center facilitating innovative value-based models of healthcare delivery within a patient-centered medical neighborhood.



2022 Physician Leader of the Year
Recognizing the physician who is more than just a practitioner. This nominee goes above and beyond to help change the delivery of healthcare and improve patient lives. 
Verlin K. Janzen, MD, FAAFP
Medical Director of Population Health and Medical Informatics, Hutchinson Clinic

Dr. Janzen is a family physician recently retired from patient care at the Hutchinson Clinic in Hutchinson, KS but continues in roles as Medical Director over Population Health and Medical Informatics.  He also serves as Medical Director of the clinic's laboratory serving approximately 65 physicians, outreach clinics, and local nursing homes. Read More>>
Alex Courville, MD
Family Physician, Allen Health

Alex Courville, MD was born and raised in Kinder, Louisiana and returned home after completing his training. He received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Courville then completed his Residency in Family Medicine at LSU in Lake Charles, where he served as Chief Resident for two years. Dr. Courville returned to his hometown where he served in his family's practice alongside his brother, then later joined Allen Parish Community Health Care. Dr. Courville is dedicated to serving high quality care to his community. He is active in various community projects and church. He resides in Sugartown, Louisiana with his wife and two kids on their family farm where he follows his hobby/obsession, gardening.
 


2022 PHN of the Year
Celebrating the nurse who demonstrates excellence by best addressing patient needs and improving their team’s ability to contribute to ACO success.
Lynn Nelson
RN, Chronic Care Management Department, Knox Community Hospital

Lynn Nelson works at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She began her current position as a Registered Nurse in the Chronic Care Management Department in December, 2018 as a Chronic Care Navigator. As a navigator, she is responsible for the day to day management of her patient caseload. Patients are her passion, and her daily goal is to do whatever she can to assist her patients reach their goals. Her current position in Population Health allows her to work on this objective every day. Her plan is continue to work with the patients, and to embrace the many changes and directions of Population Health.
Stacy Epling
Population Health Team Manager, Bitterroot Health 

Stacy received her BSN from the University of Arizona. She spent the first 10+ years of her nursing career as an ICU nurse in varying specialties, took advantage of traveling nursing opportunities and enjoyed precepting new grads, taking on the most challenging of circumstances and learning opportunities with them.  After getting married and starting a family, she transitioned to a “calmer” level of intensity to gain knowledge and skill in PACU & Days Surgery, Implantable Cardiac devices and transfusion therapies.  It was during this time that an opportunity presented to pilot a Chronic Care Management program, this is when her Care Management journey began. Care management unveiled a whole new nursing passion in the opportunity to deliver and provide patient care as motivator, investigator, creator, listener, and collaborator.


2022 340B MVP Award
Acknowledging the person who actively works with Caravan Health staff to improve care coordination, leverages Coach referral tools, and manages pharmacy opportunities in the 340B program.
Jill Ender, Pharm D, BCPS, DPLA
Pharmacist, Winona Health Services

Dr. Jill Ender graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 with her doctorate of pharmacy degree. Jill is board certified in pharmacotherapy and completed the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy program in 2020. She spent time in retail and long term care pharmacy before entering health-system pharmacy in 2010. Read More>>


2022 ACO Innovator of the Year
Honoring the ACO participant, for their leadership and innovation within the ACO and population health,  that drives noticeable change and serve as an example for best practices.
Dale Aggen
Tampa General Hospital

Dale is a seasoned Managed Healthcare Executive having worked on both the provider and the payer side of the Managed Care equation. Before joining Tampa General Hospital, Dale worked for Humana as Vice President of Provider Development in Central and North Florida and also for Florida Blue as Senior Director of Medicare Operations.  Dale spent over a decade working in Florida, South Carolina and Puerto Rico for Universal Health Services. He specializes in complex negotiations, healthcare operations and ACO development and operations, including and Value Based risk reimbursement and management. 
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