The evening’s schedule:
6:30 PM | Cocktails & Networking Reception
7:30 PM | Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Each year, the Gala & Awards is attended by over 250 elite C-suite executives, leaders, and policymakers from New York State’s largest and most prominent health systems, health plans, associations, and public sector organizations.
Transformative Leadership Award
David Blumenthal, MD
The Commonwealth Fund
David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues.
Dr. Blumenthal is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, with the charge to build an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system and to support the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. He succeeded in putting in place one of the largest publicly funded infrastructure investments the nation has ever made in such a short time period, in health care or any other field.
Previously, Dr. Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician, director of the Institute for Health Policy, and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of more than 250 books and scholarly publications, including most recently, Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. He has also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research; is the founding chairman of AcademyHealth, the national organization of health services researchers; and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Dr. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical, and public policy degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. With his colleagues from Harvard Medical School, he authored the seminal studies on the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States. He has held several leadership positions in medicine, government, and academia, including senior vice president at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Management and lecturer on public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He served previously on the board of the University of Chicago Health System and is recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rush University and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Claremont Graduate University and the State University of New York Downstate.
Eugene Heslin, MD
First Deputy Commissioner
New York State Department of Health
Eugene Heslin, MD, was recently appointed First Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Heslin is a board-certified family practice physician practicing in Saugerties, New York and is the owner of Bridge Street Medical Arts, LLC.
Dr. Heslin has been actively involved in several healthcare organizations within his community, throughout the Catskills, and in the Hudson Valley. He has previously served as Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Board Director for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). Additionally, Dr. Heslin has served as Board Chairman of Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley and board member of Kingston Hospital, and HealthlinkNY, in addition to other local healthcare organizations.
Dr. Heslin is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Ulster County Medical Society. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and is actively involved in Boy Scouts of America activities. Dr. Heslin is a loving husband to his wife Jeanne and a devoted father to his daughter Mary Katharine.
Paul Macielak, Esq.
President & Chief Executive Officer
New York Health Plan Association
Paul F. Macielak is president and CEO of the New York Health Plan Association (HPA), an Albany-based organization that represents 29 health plans across New York State. Collectively, those plans provide comprehensive health care services to more than eight million New Yorkers.
As the chief executive of HPA, Mr. Macielak is responsible for development of policy positions for the organization, advocacy with the executive and legislative branches of government, and serves as lead spokesperson to the media and the public on issues relating to the managed care industry.
Prior to joining HPA, Mr. Macielak was Vice President and Vice Provost for Government, Community and Public Affairs for the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Before that, he served as Counsel to the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate (1989-1992) and Chief Counsel to the Assembly Minority Leader (1983-1988).
Mr. Macielak is a gubernatorial appointment to the NYS Immunization Council, Governor’s Advisory Task Force on Federal Health Care Reform and is a former member of the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council (SHRPC). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Island Peer Review Organization (IPRO) and is a founding member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY).
A graduate of Albany Law School in 1975, Mr. Macielak received his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester in 1972.
Patrick J. Roohan
Vice President of Data Management and Analytic Solutions
MVP Health Care
Former Director of the Office of Quality and Patient Safety
New York State Department of Health
Patrick J. Roohan is currently the Vice President of Data Management and Analytic Solutions at MVP Health Care, where he is responsible for the development of enterprise-wide data management and analytics to drive strategy and innovation throughout the organization. Mr. Roohan is working with stakeholders in the community and within MVP to provide information for provider engagement, value-based contracting, and quality improvement.
Mr. Roohan is the former Deputy Commissioner/Director of the Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS), New York State Department of Health (DOH). As director, he was responsible for monitoring quality of care and patient safety across the entire healthcare spectrum of NY. He was the lead in quality and evaluation of the Medicaid program, led the DOH’s Health Information Technology advances including the SHIN-NY (Statewide Health Information of New York), the All Payer Database, and OPEN.DATA.NY, New York’s open data portal. Mr. Roohan was part of the leadership team to implement Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), as well as the State Innovation Model (SIM).
Mr. Roohan is the former director of the Division of Quality and Evaluation in DOH, where he was responsible for the evaluation of Medicaid and managed care program initiatives, the development of data systems for research and cost evaluation, development of risk adjustment premium models, implementation of value based purchasing models, and evaluation of quality performance measurement, including the Quality Assurance Reporting Requirements (QARR). He has published in the areas of health services research, quality of care and evaluation. Mr. Roohan received his Masters of Science in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
James R. Tallon, Jr.
President Emeritus, United Hospital Fund
James R. Tallon, Jr., is Former President of the United Hospital Fund of New York. Mr. Tallon’s numerous leadership roles have included serving as chair of The Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. He was Secretary/Treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform; on the boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, the New York eHealth Collaborative, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the Center for Health Policy Development; and a member of the advisory board for the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. He also served for fifteen years as a member of the New York State Board of Regents.
A member of the New York State Assembly for nineteen years, Mr. Tallon chaired the health committee from 1979 to 1987 and served as Majority Leader from 1987 to 1993. He has held visiting lecturer appointments at the Columbia University and Harvard University Schools of Public Health.
Master of Ceremonies
Erin Billups has been NY1's health reporter since February 2013. She focuses on health problems confronting New Yorkers, such as the high rates of asthma in the Bronx, and policy issues, such as the city’s plan to combat the Zika Virus. Billups also reports on medical innovations in New York—a leading center of medical research in the nation.
From 2015 to 2017 Billups hosted NY1’s weekly health program “City Health Beat.” She was previously the first reporter stationed at Time Warner Cable's Washington D.C. Bureau, which launched in July 2011. She covered President Obama's announcement of the end of the Iraq War and U.S. Supreme Court arguments on cases ranging from immigration policy to healthcare reform.
Prior to working in Washington, Billups reported on state government and politics in Albany for NY1, a period that spanned the end of Gov. David Paterson's administration and the beginning of Andrew Cuomo's governorship. In 2011, she covered the historic passage of legislation authorizing same-sex marriage in New York.
Billups began her broadcasting career with an internship at TWC News' Albany station, then known as Capital News 9. She also has worked as Time Warner Cable’s morning reporter in Albany, and as the political reporter for Time Warner Cable's news channels across upstate New York. On her first day of that job, news broke of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal. Billups also worked as a general assignment and health reporter in Elmira-Corning for the ABC affiliate WENY-TV.
Billups grew up in Hollis, Queens, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University at Albany. She now lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with her husband and two children.