History of St. Vincent’s Health Partners

In January 2011, the voluntary medical staff leadership, along with the senior leadership team at St. Vincent’s, created at Physician-Hospital Advisory Board (PHAB) to explore new opportunities for physician-hospital alignment.  The purpose of PHAB was to create a Clinically Integrated infrastructure of shared-governance that ensured ongoing success and autonomy of our medical community under health care reform.  Members of this board were selected by the voluntary medical staff officers and approved by the Medical Executive Committee.

The Board’s first objective was to define the elements of a meaningful physician-hospital alignment effort and its relevance to the voluntary medical staff.  An effective model of clinical integration requires that providers, physicians and hospitals alike, take responsibility for population health management; expand access to the continuum of care and improve outcomes at lower costs.  Focusing on quality metrics and clinical outcomes allows us to provide optimal care for our patients, as well as the ability to respond to future reimbursement models such as bundled payments, accountable care organizations (ACO’s) and financial penalties for re-admissions and complications.

The Board thoroughly evaluated several models of physician-hospital integration such as clinical co-management by service line, medical foundations, physician-hospital organizations (PHOs), and accountable care organizations (ACO).  Ultimately, the final model selected for our community offers an array of services that meets the needs of all types of physicians and medical practices, but most importantly a model founded on equally shared governance between the physicians and the hospital.  An underlying principle in creating our physician-hospital organization was the ability to allow the physician members to remain independent yet benefit from the resources that would be available as part of a larger organization-such as practice management resources, patient navigators, electronic health records, group purchasing discounts, contracting, and shared data analytics on quality measures.

In order to establish a successful physician hospital network in our community, St. Vincent’s agreed to provide funding for a national consulting group to guide the PHAB to establish the legal entity, create a governance structure, and organize the resources needed by its members.  A Request for Proposal (RFP) was distributed to four organizations specializing in clinically integrated projects.  A final consultant was selected by the PHAB and the infrastructure was put in place.  The next six months were spent creating the governance structure, aligning resources, and identifying physicians who became members.  A CEO was hired and St. Vincent’s Health Partners was started on June 11, 2012.

Michael Hunt, DO

Chief Executive Officer and President

Dr. Hunt is Board Certified in Pediatrics. He completed his Masters in Medical Informatics at Northwestern University in 2012. He is an associate professor of informatics at St. Louis University. During his clinical experiences, he accepted challenging leadership positions and was promoted to Chief Medical Information Officer at Mercy, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. He looks forward to remaining active in Connecticut.
Colleen Swedberg, MSN, RN, CNL

Director for Care Coordination and Integration

Colleen Swedberg MSN, RN, CNL is certified with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Leader. As Director for Care Coordination and Integration she appreciates the capacity of SVHP as a clinically integrated network to be successful in simultaneously pursuing the three dimensions of the ‘Triple Aim’: to improve our patients’ experience of health care, to improve the health of the population with whom we have been entrusted and to reduce the per capita cost of that health care.

Sophia Jackson, RN

Care Coordination and Integration Manager

Sophia Jackson is a Care Coordination and Integration Manager with St. Vincent's Health Partners, Inc. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The College of New Rochelle in 1999. Sophia brings 10 years of patient advocacy and care management experience from working with a prominent Colon and Rectal Surgeon in Westchester, NY. She has also served as a Patient Experience Associate in the Patient Relations Department for a large healthcare system. In support of and in collaboration with the local healthcare team members, Sophia is committed to increasing the capacity of patients to manage their health, rather than having their health issues manage them.
Mary Corazzelli, MHA, BSN, RN

Care Coordination and Integration Manager

Mary Corazzelli, MHA, BSN, RN, is the Care Coordination and Integration Manager for St. Vincent's Health Partners. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT and her Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. Prior to joining SVHP, Mary was a Nurse Manager at St. Vincent's medical Center for 5 years and has experience in the outpatient private practice setting, as well as acute care. Mary is committed to improving patient outcomes and helping to ensure safe transitions of care.

Pani Stanton, MS, PT

Care Coordination and Integration Manager

Pani Staton, MS, PT, is the Care Coordination and Integration Manager for St. Vincent's Health Partners and will be working with St. Vincent's Medical Center and our Post Acute Partners with the Bundled Payment Care Initiative.
Kyle Lanning, JD

Information and Integration Manager

Kyle Lanning, JD is SVHP's first Information and Integration Manager to be working in the Medical Management Services Department. The role leverages data from the patient’s Medical Home to focus office resources on managing outstanding preventative and chronic disease requirements; ultimately improving the health of the population. Kyle holds a BS in Business and Technology Management and a Juris Doctor.

Erika Foster

Manager for Strategic Network Engagement

Erika Foster is currently working as the Manager for Strategic Network Engagement at Saint Vincent's Health Partners, Inc. As Manager for Strategic Network Engagement, Erika is responsible for engaging, establishing, and promoting network relationships while supporting programs pivotal to attaining the quality and utilization goals of organization's strategic direction. She is a graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.
Asma Ahmed, MSHI

Healthcare Informatics Analyst

After successfully completing her Graduate Capstone project on the implementation of Risk Management System, Asma received the Gold Medal of Excellence with her MS Healthcare Informatics degree for having the highest CGPA in the batch at Sacred Heart University. In 2014, Asma was the New England HIMSS Dvora Brodie Grant recipient. At St. Vincent’s Health Partners she is part of the Healthcare Informatics Team working with several data sources and payer applications. In the past year she has worked with several pioneering projects including Tableau™ Dashboards, Tableau™ reports, and PatientPing™. Asma will continue to utilize relative data to support the needs of the organization including data analytics, data visualization, and report generation.

Susanne Salgado

Operations and Communications Associate

As the Operations and Communications Associate, Susanne will be responsible for the overall day to day operational support of the SVHP team. She will also assist with maintaining the website. Susanne comes to SVHP with extensive experience as an Executive Assistant not only in the finance and banking industry but also corporate healthcare.
Edward Jones

Integration Associate

Edward Jones is an Integration Associate with St. Vincent’s Health Partners in Bridgeport, CT. Edward works alongside the Care Coordination team assisting in implementing clinical integration practices and population management at the individual patient level, provider level, and with community organizations. Edward is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and is interested in technology and how it can benefit people’s lives.

Brian Schotts

Health Navigator

Brian Schotts will be working for SVHP as one of our Health Navigators assigned to St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, NY as well as Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY. In his position he is responsible for improving population health for the associates as well as their dependents covered by SmartHealth within those ministries. Brian comes to us with a background working in Human Resources and compensation at St. Mary’s Healthcare. Having lived in Amsterdam he is able to bring with him established relationships with both the associates as well as the physicians.
Michael Petroski

Health Navigator

Michael Petroski is the Health Navigator assigned to St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD and Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. In his position he is responsible for improving population health for the associates and dependents covered by SmartHealth within those ministries. Michael has extensive experience on both the insurer and patient sides of healthcare. His previous employment includes eight years in physician contracting for several regional, as well as, a national managed care insurer. He also served as the General Manager of a five physician, General and Vascular Surgical practice.

Emily Iannazzi

Integration Associate - Student Intern

Emily Iannazzi is a junior Psychology student at Boston College. She engages in cognitive neuroscience research at BC and is interested in the clinical applications of psychology and its relation to healthcare. Emily is working as a student intern at St. Vincent’s Health Partners this summer and will be assisting the SVHP team with both day to day tasks and long-term projects, providing support to each SVHP department.

Population Health Pharmacist

Sally (Yeo Jung) Lee, PharmD is the Population Health Pharmacist within the Care Coordination Team for St. Vincent’s Health Partners. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from St. John’s University in Queens, NY and completed her PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency training at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT. As a new practitioner in an innovative field of pharmacy, Sally hopes to bring her clinical and community pharmacy experiences to support the mission and goals of St. Vincent’s Health Partners.