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United States of Care Adds Twelve Founder’s Council Members

Published On June 19, 2018

By: Tom Kise

Washington, DC United States of Care is pleased to announce the addition of twelve new members to its Founder’s Council. These members represent doctors, nurses, patient advocates, and professionals from across the health care industry. Together, their guidance and expertise will help us continue changing the direction of the health care conversations and placing health care over politics.

They will join our current 59-member Founder’s Council. The Founder’s Council upholds United States of Care’s mission to work with Americans from across the country. With members including Atul Gawande, M.D., former astronaut Mark Kelly, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and Kaiser CEO and Chairman Bernard Tyson, United States of Care is dedicated to bringing together respected and influential members to offer perspective and diversity of thought on our work.

Peter B. Bach, M.D.: Bach, a pulmonary and critical care physician, serves as the Director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Center for Health Policy and Outcomes. An expert in drug pricing, he focuses his research on pharmaceuticals and their relation to Medicare.

Donald M. Berwick, M.D.: Berwick is both President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Additionally, he is the former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama. Berwick is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and works globally on improving the quality of health care systems.

David Brailer, M.D., PhD.: Brailer serves as the Chairman of Health Evolution, an organization committed to educating health care leaders and improving health care. Additionally, he was the nation’s first National Coordinator for Health Information Technology during George W. Bush’s presidency and is a leader in health information technology.

Matthew Cortland: Cortland is a chronically ill patient, patient advocate, and lawyer. His work revolves around helping patients access health care, and he is a great proponent of disability rights.

Charles Grim, D.D.S.: Grim serves as the Executive Director of Cherokee Nation Health Services. Formerly, he was the Director of the Indian Health Service under President George W. Bush, where he advocated and provided health care for American Indians and Alaska Native people. Grim also has a background in dentistry.

Beverly Malone, PhD., R.N.: Malone is the CEO for the National League for Nursing and Past President of the American Nurses Association. A leading health care and policy professional, she was also elected to the boards of the Institute of Medicine and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Thomas M. Priselac: Priselac is the President and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System, a Los Angeles healthcares services, education, and research organization. He has also chaired the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Throughout his work, Priselac advocates for increased access to health care and researches how policy issues affect this access.

Ninfa Saunders: Saunders is the President and CEO of Navicent Health, a hospital in central Georgia that strives to provide medical aid to its patients at low costs. With over fifty years of hospital administration experience, Saunders has worked in health care facilities throughout the country and has a strong understanding of rural health disparities.

Lan Sena: Sena brings with her knowledge and experience as a community leader and health care advocate. A cancer patient, Sena’s personal stakes in these issues have motivated her to take action.

Meena Seshamani, M.D., PhD: Seshamani is the Director of Clinical Performance Improvement at MedStar Health. Prior to working at MedStar, she served as the Director of the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Randi Mayem Singer: Singer is a screenwriter, producer, and showrunner. Her advocacy for Alzheimer’s Disease and support for Medicaid highlight Singer’s dedication at expanding and maintaining health care access.

Gary Wertish: Wertish was elected Minnesota Farmers Union President in 2017 and has a long history of work with the Union. Prior, Wertish was the Agricultural Director for Senator Mark Dayton and has worked on multiple committees in the Department of Agriculture.

“These new members bring even more depth to our Founder’s Council. Adding to our already strong list of members, they reinforce our commitment to bringing a diverse set of voices to the table in search of solutions that make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans,” said Emily Barson, Executive Director.

United States of Care values the voices of patients and patient advocates as particular individuals who navigate health care on the ground level. New members Lan Sena, Matt Cortland, and Randi Singer will join members including Elena Hung, Natalie Weaver, Alice Wong, Rebecca Cokley, and Pete Davidson as patients and patient and disability advocates on the Founder’s Council. Their experiences will guide us as we work to improve health care for everyone.

The United States of Care’s Founder’s Council members participate in learning events, provide informal counsel, and act as resources and ambassadors for United States of Care in its mission. Members engage with United States of Care individually or in groups, not as a single body, with no policymaking, voting, or governance responsibility.