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

Vice President of Strategy

Colleen Swedberg MSN, RN, CNL is certified with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Leader. As Vice President (VP), Strategy she is focused on examining strategic performance of the organization, innovation and empowerment of the relevant teams aligned with the organization to implement creative actions plans, exceeding competitive organizational goals. By continually building the future of the organized delivery system on the foundation of our model, SVHP anticipates the expectations and needs of our stakeholders: consumers, providers and staff; this is accomplished by innovation, clear strategy and operational competence to deliver the strategic intent. But in the end, it boils down to this simple truth: our membership makes all the difference. The SVHP team is honored to be in this work together.

Sophia Jackson, RN

Associate Director of Transformation

Sophia Jackson is the Associate Director of Transformation for St. Vincent's Health Partners, Inc. Her goal is to provide partners with continuous innovation and quality improvement, to actively engage, manage and monitor patients and patient health outcomes. The transformation team’s work is grounded in the values of St. Vincent’s Health Partners and aligns with the organizations strategic goals, mission, and vision. Sophia has successfully guided physician practices in their transformation to receive recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. She has developed stronger relationships with community partners and created new ones offering patients and families an expanded spectrum of services to support their needs.
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

Associate Director of Medical Management

Director of Medical Management. In this position, she oversees the Medical Management Team which is responsible for ensuring that our network achieves the quality metrics set forth in SVHP's numerous contracts. She works closely with St. Vincent's Medical Center and our Post Acute Partners for many of these contracts, including the Bundled Payment Care Initiative.
Kyle Lanning, JD

Associate Director of Operation & Administration, In-House Counsel

Kyle Lanning is an Associate Director of Operations and Administration and In-House Counsel at Connecticut’s leading Clinically Integrated Network, St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc. Kyle works with providers across the care continuum as well as hospital and group administrators to help them adapt to the changing healthcare landscape and meet the Quadruple Aim.

Asma Ahmed, MSHI

Manager of Healthcare Information Technology

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

Executive Coordinator

Susanne came to SVHP with extensive experience as an Executive Assistant for more than 20 years across the finance, banking, and corporate healthcare business sectors. Now serving as the Executive Coordinator, Susanne is responsible for a wide range of complex administrative support for the organization executives and administration and operations team.

Edward Jones

Integration Associate

Edward Jones is an Integration Associate with St. Vincent’s Health Partners in Bridgeport, CT. Edward works on the transformation team guiding best practice implementation and striving to increase efficiency of communication and cooperation across various healthcare settings.
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.
Jessy DiDio

Care Coordination Associate

Jessy DiDio, BSN, RN, is currently working as a Care Coordination Associate with St. Vincent’s Health Partners.

Sally (Yeo Jung) Lee

Population Health Clinical Pharmacist

Sally (Yeo Jung) Lee, PharmD is the Population Health Clinical Pharmacist within the Transformation 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.
Ayemen Almeen

HIT Student Intern

Ayemen Almeen, Pharm.D, student intern of Health care IT department at SVHP, is persuing masters of HI at Sacred Heart University. She completed 2 research projects on the role of the clinical pharmacist while an undergraduate in India. At SVHP she is working on process management and automation. With her combined knowledge of clinical and information technology, Ayemen hopes to provide her best possible service in health care and IT.

Emily Iannazzi

Integration Associate Student Intern

Emily Iannazzi is a junior Psychology student in the Honors Program 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 and will be assisting the SVHP team with both day to day tasks and long-term projects, providing support to each SVHP department.