Dr. Ralph de la Torre is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Steward Health Care System LLC, New England's largest fully integrated community care organization with eleven hospitals, 17,000 employees and other affiliates, including a home health care company and an imaging company. Within two years of becoming CEO of Caritas Christi, Dr. de la Torre dramatically improved the system. During this time, Dr. de la Torre implemented changes in governance, operational structure and strategy, leading to the creation of a fully integrated community care organization with significant participation in risk contracting. Before joining Caritas, Dr. de la Torre was the founder and CEO of the Cardiovascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and of Cardiovascular Management Associates, one of the nation's first totally integrated systems for treating cardiac patients. At the same time Dr. de la Torre was Chief of Cardiac Surgery at BIDMC and a Harvard Medical Faculty Physician at BIDMC. He has founded several health care-related businesses and has numerous issued or pending patents. A frequent commentator on national health care policy issues, Dr. de la Torre has bylined and/or been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune and CNBC, among others. He was recently voted one of the 25 most powerful physician executives in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine. Dr. de la Torre graduated from Duke University in 1988 (BSE), where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, and from a joint program between Harvard Medical School (MD) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS) in 1992.
Dr. Carr is Chief Medical Officer of Steward Health Care System. Prior to that, she was the Chief Medical Officer of Caritas Christi Health Care. She is a hematologist and formerly held assistant professor positions in Medicine, Surgery and Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Carr received her medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and trained at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Carr has broad experience in organizational aspects of health care delivery, including quality and safety, clinical resource management, work flow redesign and health information technology in service of care delivery. Dr. Carr has chaired the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, an 18-member public advisory board to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health data strategy and implementation of HIPAA privacy and administrative simplification. She also chaired the Working Group on HHS Data Access and Use within NCVHS.
Brian Carty is Chief Marketing Officer of Steward Health Care System. Mr. Carty is nationally recognized as a preeminent authority on marketing in service companies. He has served as president of three advertising agencies, including Hill Holliday in Boston. There he and his team doubled the size of the company in 18 months and acquired new clients, including Verizon Wireless, Fidelity Investments, Dunkin' Donuts and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. After leaving Hill Holliday, Mr. Carty became the CEO of one of the hottest marketing service companies in the Internet boom, Wheelhouse Corporation. He also spent time in the health care industry. Under Governor Michael Dukakis, Mr. Carty was the CEO of MIFA, the state's investment bank, where, among other things, he issued more than $1 billion in health care bonds for Massachusetts hospitals. Additionally, Mr. Carty, an honors graduate of Harvard College, was the global-partner-in-charge of marketing at Coopers & Lybrand, one of the world's largest private companies.
Dr. Mark Girard is President of Steward Hospitals and a national leader in disease management, population health, accountable care, clinical integration and alternative payment models. An architect of Steward’s ACO and community care model, he previously served as President of Steward Health Care Network, the second largest physician network in Massachusetts. Prior to being named President of Steward Health Care Network, Dr. Girard served as Vice President of Specialty Care and Vice President of Network Imaging Services for Caritas Christi Health Care Network. He is an interventional radiologist and was formerly President and CEO of Commonwealth Radiology Associates, and the Medical-Staff President at North Shore Medical Center. Dr. Girard is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Bowdoin College with a B.A. in physical chemistry. He also holds an M.B.A. from Salem State College Graduate School of Business.
John Polanowicz is the Executive Vice President of Network, Insurance and Physician Operations. In this role, he is responsible for Steward Medical Group, Steward Health Care Network (SHCN), business and network development for the System. Through SHCN, he oversees Steward’s Pioneer ACO, accountable care operations and contracting for services to support the integrated delivery system and care provided by Steward’s growing network. Mr. Polanowicz previously served as the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services from 2013 – 2015 and the President of Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center from 2011-2013. He attended the United State Military Academy at West Point and served in the United States Army where he served in a Blackhawk Assault Helicopter Company during overseas military operations. After his military service, he earned a M.B.A. from Stanford.
Dr. Sanjay Shetty is President of Steward Health Care Network, the second largest physician network in Massachusetts. Established in 2008 as the physician network for the hospitals of the Steward Health Care System, Steward Health Care Network extends across eastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and northern Rhode Island. Prior to being named President of Steward Health Care Network, Dr. Shetty served as the Vice President of Radiology at Steward Health Care System, Vice President of Radiology and Pathology at Steward Medical Group, and Chairman of Radiology at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. He was recognized as one of “Boston’s 40 Under 40” by the Boston Business Journal in 2012 and as a “Rising Star” by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2013. He is a practicing radiologist and an Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Shetty is a graduate of Harvard College (AB summa cum laude), Harvard Medical School (MD), and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA).
Dr. George Clairmont is President of Steward Medical Group, a network of physicians employed by Steward Health Care System that includes both specialists and primary care physicians. Prior to joining Steward, Dr. Clairmont founded and served as president of Compass Medical, P.C., a fully integrated healthcare community in the south shore region of Massachusetts, for nearly 20 years. He was also a practicing internist in Abington, Massachusetts until joining Steward in 2014. Dr. Clairmont is a graduate of University of New Hampshire and Tufts University School of Medicine.
Joseph Maher Jr., Esq., is General Counsel of Steward Health Care System. Attorney Maher is one of the top health care lawyers in New England and has vast experience in governmental affairs. As a partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, he served as the partner-in-charge of the firm's Boston office and chaired the firm's health care practice. In addition, Attorney Maher chaired the governmental affairs practice at both Foley, Hoag and EAPD, respectively. He has also served as an executive vice president and chief legal officer of a major regional health care group-purchasing company doing business in New England and the Middle East. Attorney Maher has been involved in many of the region's largest hospital merger transactions and has been active in the creation of many hospital-physician ventures. As vice-chairman of the University Hospital board of trustees, Attorney Maher was instrumental in creating Boston Medical Center. He also was instrumental, as a board member, in merging Brigham and Women's Hospital and Faulkner Hospital. Attorney Maher is an honors graduate from Boston College and received his law degree from Boston College Law School.
Karen Murray is the Chief Compliance Officer of Steward Health Care System. Previously, she served as the Chief Compliance Officer for the Yale New Haven Health System. Ms. Murray has over 15 years of experience implementing and managing effective compliance and privacy programs. She obtained her MBA with a graduate certificate in finance from Southern New Hampshire University and is certified in health care compliance, privacy and research compliance. Ms. Murray is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mark Rich serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Steward Health Care System. Previously, he was Executive Vice President for Corporate Strategy where he led Steward’s acquisition program resulting in the doubling of the System’s size in its first 18 months. Prior to that, Mark was the Chief Financial Officer of Caritas Christi Health Care. During his tenure as CFO, Caritas Christi saw a $50 million turnaround in earnings, a significant improvement in cash flow, an increase in working capital and substantial increases in managed care rates. Mr. Rich previously served as partner and director in the Health Care Consulting Division at Feeley & Driscoll, P.C. Mr. Rich graduated from the State University of New York, Binghamton.
Julie Berry is Chief Information Officer of Steward Health Care System. Ms. Berry has over 20 years of experience in delivering technology solutions to support business strategy in the healthcare industry. Most previously she served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Steward system and prior to that she was on the IT executive team at Partners Health Care System and IT Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Ms. Berry received a BS from Suffolk University and has served as a member and advisor on several boards including Massachusetts Health Data Consortium Technical Advisory Board.
Dr. Michael Callum is Executive Vice President for Business and Corporate Development of Steward Health Care System. He is responsible for all new venture integration and tertiary affiliations for the system. Prior to this role, Dr. Callum served as President of Steward Medical Group. Under Dr. Callum’s leadership Steward Medical Group emerged as a national leader in clinical integration, quality performance and patient outcomes based reimbursement. In 2013, Dr. Callum also served as interim President of Steward’s St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. In this role he recruited a number of prominent physicians, improved quality and oversaw operational success. Dr. Callum currently serves as chair of the board of directors at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. He is the former President of Urology Consultants of the North Shore and was Associate Chief of Urology at North Shore Medical Center. He remains an active member of Steward’s Urology Specialty practice and has authored several studies focused on urologic health and screening. Dr. Callum is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, where he received his MA in medical science and his MD. He also holds an MS in public health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Callum is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology and has received numerous awards and recognition.
Dr. Ralph de la Torre is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Steward Health Care System LLC, New England's largest fully integrated community care organization with eleven hospitals, 17,000 employees and other affiliates, including a home health care company, a nursing college and an imaging company. Within two years of becoming CEO of Caritas Christi, Dr. de la Torre dramatically improved the system. During this time, Dr. de la Torre implemented changes in governance, operational structure and strategy, leading to the creation of a fully integrated community care organization with significant participation in risk contracting. Before joining Caritas, Dr. de la Torre was the founder and CEO of the Cardiovascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and of Cardiovascular Management Associates, one of the nation's first totally integrated systems for treating cardiac patients. At the same time Dr. de la Torre was Chief of Cardiac Surgery at BIDMC and a Harvard Medical Faculty Physician at BIDMC. He has founded several health care-related businesses and has numerous issued or pending patents. A frequent commentator on national health care policy issues, Dr. de la Torre has bylined and/or been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune and CNBC, among others. He was recently voted one of the 25 most powerful physician executives in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine. Dr. de la Torre graduated from Duke University in 1988 (BSE), where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, and from a joint program between Harvard Medical School (MD) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS) in 1992.
W. Brett Ingersoll serves as a Co-Head of Private Equity and is a member of the Investment Committee at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., a private investment firm with over $24 billion in capital under management. He currently serves as a director of ACE Aviation Holdings, AerCap Holdings NV, IAP Worldwide Services, Talecris Biotherapeutics, EnduraCare Therapy Management, Inc. and EntreCap Financial, LLC. Over the course of his investment career, Mr. Ingersoll has served on the boards of over 25 public and private companies in which he has sponsored investments primarily in North America and Europe. Approximately 10 of those companies have been U.S.-based health care services or product companies, while the remainder have focused their business activities on the transportation, aerospace, specialty finance, consumer products, defense/government services and general industrial sectors. Prior to joining Cerberus in 2002, Mr. Ingersoll was a General Partner at JPMorgan Partners, where he headed the investment firm's Healthcare Services investment practice and served as a member of its Investment Committee. Mr. Ingersoll received his MBA from Harvard Business School and received his BA from Brigham Young University.
Lisa Ann Gray, Esq. is the General Counsel of Cerberus Operations Advisory Company, LLC and a member of its executive team. In this capacity, Attorney Gray is responsible for matters involving the oversight of companies in the private equity portfolio of Cerberus Capital Management, LP., a leading global investment firm. With special expertise in legal resource management and business strategy, Attorney Gray helps transform under performing companies into financially and operationally sound organizations. Attorney Gray has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards and has particular interest and expertise in the field of health care. Attorney Gray was previously a member of the Ethics Committee of United Hospital (now part of Allina Medical Systems). She also served as Vice Chair of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Home Care Advisory Board, a private, non-profit health and human services organization dedicated to promoting the social welfare of the most vulnerable residents in the greater St. Paul area. She holds a BA in sociology and education from Hamline University and graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law. She has also completed graduate coursework in special education at St. Thomas University.
Arthur H. Halper is a Senior Operations Executive at Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Cerberus Capital Management, LP. In this capacity, he is responsible for a range of activities relating to the review, acquisition and board oversight of companies in the Cerberus investment portfolio. Prior to joining Cerberus in 2006, Mr. Halper served as President and Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Active Health Management, Inc., an information-driven health care services company. Previously, Mr. Halper served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tricordia Health, LLC, a health care services industry venture capital firm. Prior to that, Mr. Halper held a variety of financial and executive management positions, including President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Merit Behavioral Care Corporation, an $800 million behavioral health care company. Mr. Halper is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BA in business administration from Rutgers University.
James J. Karam is President and founder of First Bristol Corporation, a developer of retail shopping centers, office buildings and hotels throughout southern New England. As a general partner and co-developer of several major award winning residential developments, he has been recognized for his contribution to three Massachusetts award-winning historic rehabilitation projects, and in 2007 one of his hotel developments was selected as the "Outstanding Hotel Conversion" in the United States by Hilton Hotels. Mr. Karam is also the co-owner of WSAR and WHTB, radio stations serving the South Coast region of Massachusetts. He has devoted significant time to civic and charitable organizations by acting as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Caritas Christi until its sale, and is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Massachusetts, Co-Chairman of the Southcoast CEO Group, and Southcoast Economic Development partnership. Mr. Karam is an alumnus of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Ruben King-Shaw, Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mansa Equity Partners, Inc. The firm specializes in growth companies in the health care services and health care technology sectors as they prepare for expansion, acquisition, privatization or IPO. Mr. King-Shaw served as Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2001 to 2003. He was also Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, where he led the Administration's Health Coverage Tax Credit policies to finance coverage for the uninsured. Prior to joining the George W. Bush Administration, Mr. King-Shaw was the Secretary for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Mr. King-Shaw has served on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees since September 2005 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board. In addition, Mr. King-Shaw is a member of the Cornell University Council and Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations Advisory Council. Mr. King-Shaw was awarded his B.S. from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He earned his Master of International Business at the Center for International Studies in Madrid, Spain, and the Chapman Graduate School of Business in Miami, Florida.
James T. Lenehan is a Senior Operations advisor to Cerberus Capital Management, LP. Prior to Cerberus, he was Vice Chairman and President of Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Lenehan held various executive positions at Johnson & Johnson during his 28-year tenure, including President of McNeil Consumer Products Company and Worldwide Chairman, Consumer Pharmaceuticals & Professional Group. Mr. Lenehan served on the Foundation Board of Abington Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. He also was a member of the Quality and Safety Committee of the hospital from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Lenehan earned his BA in economics from the University of Akron and his MBA from Northwestern University.
Chan Galbato is Chief Executive Officer of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC. He serves as Chairman of three Cerberus portfolio companies: Blue Bird Corporation, North American Bus Industries, Inc., and YP Holdings LLC. Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Galbato owned and managed CWG Hillside Investments LLC, a consulting business providing operational and strategic turnaround expertise to CEOs of portfolio-based companies. Prior to that, Galbato was President and CEO of the Controls Group of businesses for Invensys and President of Services of the commercial distribution arm of companies for The Home Depot. Mr. Galbato also served previously as President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Floor products and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Parts, a joint-venture start-up. He spent 14 years with General Electric Company, holding several operating and Finance leadership positions as well as holding the role of President and CEO, Coregis in G.E. Capital. Before beginning his business career he played professional baseball with the Montreal Expos in their minor league system. Mr. Galbato holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York.