Executive Leadership

The Leadership Team for CIA4H combines the strength of representatives from several key organizations within the region and state along with key representatives from the hospitals and physician groups, as well as representatives from businesses, consumer groups, health plans, and other leaders.

Nancy Meadows
Project Director
Central Indiana Alliance for Health

Glenn Jay Bingle, M.D, Ph.D., F.A.C.P.
Chairman of the Board
Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety

Carol Birk
President
Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety

Mary Jane Hall
Director of Clinical Excellence
Community Physicians of Indiana

Karin Kennedy
Vice President of Client Services
Health Care Excel

Dr. Komal Kochhar, MBBS, MHA
Health Services Researcher
Indiana University School of Medicine

Betsy Lee, BSN, MSPH
Director
Indiana Patient Safety Center

Jill LeMasters, RN
Project Manager
Indiana Health Information Exchange

Anita Ohmit
Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Thomas L. Otto (Chair, Consumer Participant Group)
Retired
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

Keith Reissaus (Consumer Representative)
Vice President of Community and Workplace Initiatives
Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana

Calvin Roberson
Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Chandana Saha, PhD, MPH
Research Associate
Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Bernice C. Ulrich
Vice President, Data Services
Indiana Hospital Association

Rick Zachary
President
United Auto Workers, Local 662


Nancy Meadows
Project Director
Central Indiana Alliance for Health
Nancy Meadows currently serves as the Project Director for the Central Indiana Alliance for Health (CIA4H). She has a diverse background in healthcare that includes over twenty-five years in the clinical, quality, and regulatory environment. Meadows has worked in collaboration with numerous stakeholders in Indiana and Kentucky and has assisted in program planning and development for Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) initiatives, special projects, and educational activities aimed at improving processes and outcomes of care. Currently she has been involved with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) National Care Transitions Initiative whose focus is to improve outcomes of care by (1) enhancing the role of patients and caregivers in improving the quality of their care transitions across health care settings and the community; (2) measuring quality of care transitions from the perspective of patients and caregivers; (3) facilitating implementation of system-level quality improvement interventions; and (4) encouraging the use of health information technology to promote safe and effective care transitions.

Glenn Jay Bingle, M.D, Ph.D., F.A.C.P.
Chairman of the Board
Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety
Glenn Bingle is currently chairman of the board of the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety. He helped found the organization in 2003 and has led the organization to be recognized by the Rand Corporation as one of the most successful community based efforts in patient safety they have studied. In 2009, Bingle stepped down as chief medical officer for the Community Health Network. For 25 years, he led the quality improvement and safety effort for the organization, which garnered recognition through awards for quality and safety from the JCAHO Codman award, the State of Indiana, Voluntary Hospitals of America, Anthem and Wellpoint insurance companies, Health Grades and Thompson. He has received awards from the Indianapolis Business Journal and the Indiana Public Health Organization as a pioneer in patient safety, the Deans council leadership award from the Indiana University school of Medicine Deans Council, a Distinguished Wrege Physician of the Community Health Network, a laureate of the American College of Physicians. He has served on many local and national boards, which currently include the Regenstrief Institute, Meniscus Limited and the Fairbanks Institute.

Carol Birk
President
Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety
Carol Birk is President of the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, a not-for-profit hospital member organization dedicated to assuring safe, quality care for patients of Central Indiana. Birk has 10 years experience in Performance Improvement and 23 years of experience in hospital practice. Birk’s hospital experience combined with performance improvement work with VHA Central, Purdue University, and the Safety Coalition allows her to lead/facilitate teams devoted to patient safety and quality care.

Mary Jane Hall
Director of Clinical Excellence
Community Physicians of Indiana

Mary Jane Hall, RN, MSN, MBA has been the Director of Clinical Excellence for Community Physicians of Indiana for the past six years. In this role she has created an environment that fosters a physician driven quality system that aids physicians in achieving outcomes consistent with the organizational vision. In addition she drives the development, implementation, and management of the organizations’ quality plan. Hall’s past experience includes Administrative Director of the Indiana University-Methodist Family Practice Center, Physician Recruiter, Clinical Educator and Practice Administrator for the Methodist Medical Group, and over 10 years of Critical Care bedside nursing. She received her Bachelor’s of Nursing at the University of Evansville, a Masters of Nursing and a Masters of Business Administration from Anderson University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, nursing honor society.

Karin Kennedy
Vice President of Client Services
Health Care Excel

Karin Kennedy is vice president, client services, for Health Care Excel. She oversees client-fulfillment units, including contracts and grants with utilization, prior-authorization, community-development, external quality-review, and quality-improvement components. Ms. Kennedy objectively evaluates operations on a continuous basis, prioritizes opportunities for improvement, manages risks and guides contract managers to successful outcomes. She has extensive knowledge of quality-improvement techniques, including root-cause analysis and plan-do-study-act. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, public relations and customer service. Prior to joining the Health Care Excel team in 1999, Ms. Kennedy was the director of marketing at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Ms. Kennedy holds a master’s degree in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University. She has held an adjunct faculty role for Saint Mary-of-the-Wood College’s business department.

Dr. Komal Kochhar, MBBS, MHA
Health Services Researcher
Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Komal Kochhar, MBBS, MHA, is an experienced health services researcher with the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Bowen Research Center. Dr. Kochhar has a medical degree from University of Delhi, India and a masters degree in health administration from Indiana University. Her clinical training, management skills and cultural background position her to serve as a project lead for the race, ethnicity and language standardization component of the Central Indiana Alliance for Health.

Betsy Lee, BSN, MSPH
Director
Indiana Patient Safety Center

Betsy Lee, BSN, MSPH has directed the Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC) at the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) since 2006. In that role, she leads statewide efforts to facilitate the development of safe and reliable systems to prevent harm to patients and partners with many organizations to provide programs to hospitals and providers. Lee received her nursing degree from Duke University and her master’s degree in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, specializing in health policy and administration. In addition to leading quality efforts in both inpatient and ambulatory settings, she has led national quality and safety projects through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and independent consulting activities. Lee served as director of two key IHI projects over a five year period - the Achieving Workforce Excellence Collaborative, in partnership with the American Hospital Association, and the Transforming Care at the Bedside project, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She currently serves on the IHI faculty for Transforming Care at the Bedside. Additionally, she serves as adjunct faculty for an inter-professional graduate course in patient safety at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Jill LeMasters, RN
Project Manager
Indiana Health Information Exchange

Since 2006, Jill LeMasters has been with the Indiana Health Information Exchange, which operates the nation’s largest health information exchange. In her current role, she serves as Project Manager for several of the organizations’ clinical quality efforts. Specifically, she works with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for the organization’s Medicare Health Care Quality Demonstration project. She is also the lead for the organizations’ participation in CIA4H. LeMasters has a strong clinical and quality management background, with a deep knowledge base to support IHIE’s efforts in providing support and value to all healthcare stakeholders, including providers, purchasers, health plans and consumers.

Thomas L. Otto
Retired
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions
Tom Otto retired from CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions in October 2008, after serving for more than eleven years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. CICOA (formerly the Central Indiana Council on Aging) provides a wide range of services to older adults and those with disabilities of all ages in central Indiana. He served on the corporation’s Board of Directors (1986-1996), and as chairman (1992-94). Prior to joining CICOA, Otto served as Executive Director of the Healthy Indy Partnership—a collaborative effort of eight local hospitals and the Marion County Health Department aimed at improving the health status of Marion County residents. Previously, he directed local infant mortality reduction efforts—first as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Campaign for Healthy Babies, Inc. beginning in 1992 and subsequently as Administrator of Indianapolis Healthy Babies, when Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County adopted the Campaign. Otto holds an undergraduate degree in Business and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University.

Keith Reissaus
Vice President of Community and Workplace Initiatives
Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana

Keith Reissaus serves as the Vice President of Community and Workplace Initiatives for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. Reissaus has held various human resources positions in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York with major corporations that included Kraft General Foods, General Electric and RCA. He is currently Vice Chairman of The Leapfrog Group in Washington, D.C., a member of the Indiana Employers Quality Health Alliance Planning & Operating Committee, and a founding board member for Better Healthcare Indiana. Reissaus holds a Bachelor’s of Science in business from the University of Evansville and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Public & Environmental Affairs. He holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and has attended corporate leadership and graduate school programs at the London Business School, Ball State University and Rutgers University. He received the 2006 Indiana Youth Soccer President’s Award and 2004 Human Resources Professional of the Year award sponsored by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Chandana Saha, PhD, MPH
Research Associate
Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Chandana Saha currently serves as a Research Associate at the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, a not for profit organization committed to reduce health disparities among minority population. She received her PhD in Physiology from University of Calcutta, India and Masters in Public Health from Indiana University, Indiana. Her extensive experience in health research and work with diverse populations set her in a unique position to serve the executive leadership team and the consumer participation group of the Central Indiana Alliance for Health.

Bernice C. Ulrich
Vice President, Data Services
Indiana Hospital Association

Bernie Ulrich is vice president of the Indiana Hospital Association’s data services. As such, she oversees IHA’s Inpatient Discharge Studies, Outpatient Study, Comparative Outcome Profile, HR benchmarking survey, and other data collection projects. Ulrich directs association staff in organizing and summarizing the data collected into useful information. Ulrich has more than 35 years experience in the area of health information management. Ulrich earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and has pursued graduate studies in allied health.