BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC) Board of Directors includes prominent clinicians, administrators, researchers and representatives from national organizations capable of responding to a variety of analytic, evaluative, research, policy, and strategic planning questions.
Dr. Veltman has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2010. Dr. Veltman practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Portland, Oregon for 31 years. While he was in practice, he was Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for ten years at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Veltman is past chair of the Committee on Professional Liability for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and served on ACOG's Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee.
He is currently a consultant with respect to a variety of subjects dealing with medical malpractice, patient safety, and risk management as they relate to perinatal care.
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
Dr. Cox has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2008. Dr. Raymond Cox currently serves as Executive Director of the Volunteers in Medicine clinic on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He also serves as consultant to the Perinatal Steering Committee for Ascension Health. He served as Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC and as Chair of Ob/Gyn at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. .
Dr. Cox received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital. He received his MBA in Medical Management from Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Cox has spent most of his career caring for underserved populations, with an emphasis on maternal and child health. He has served on several committees for ACOG, including Chair of the Committee on the Health of Underserved Women. He recently served on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality and on the Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee for March of Dimes and is Immediate Past Board Chair for the National Perinatal Information Center.
Healthcare Risk and Safety Strategies, LLC
Ms. Gaffey has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2014. Ms. Gaffey is President, Healthcare Risk and Safety Strategies, LLC. She is an industry-recognized career risk management, quality and patient safety professional with over thirty years of experience in healthcare.
Ms. Gaffey provides innovative consultative services to improve and enhance enterprise risk management and patient safety programs with emphasis on risk identification, assessment, analysis and prevention as well as risk management and patient safety education.
Ms. Gaffey is a frequent speaker on topics related to risk reduction and management strategies in healthcare. Ann has authored articles such as "Electronic Health Records: Communication and Documentation Considerations" in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management and co-authored a chapter in the Risk Management Handbook for Healthcare Organizations, 6th edition.
Ms. Gaffey has acute care risk management experience, with responsibilities including managing self-insurance and captive insurance programs, insurance purchasing, claims management, and traditional risk assessment and mitigation activities. Ann also has extensive consultative experience working with hospitals, physician offices and long term care facilities in identifying areas of risk and developing risk reduction, patient safety and mitigation strategies. Significant accomplishments include design and implementation of risk and claims management programs in group captive programs.
Ms. Gaffey is a member of the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP), a Steering Committee member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, and a representative to the Alarm Management Task Force of the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
Ms. Gaffey received her degree from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management from The George Washington University. Ann has achieved the CPHRM and DFASHRM designations. She serves as Adjunct Faculty at The George Washington University in Washington, DC., and is Faculty for the Risk Management Certificate Program of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM). Ann is the Immediate Past President of ASHRM.
The Joint Commission
Ms. Henrikson has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2009. She presently works for The Joint Commission as a Hospital Nurse Surveyor with a focus on women's and children's speciality hospitals. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, she served as the Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer of St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center in Frisco, CO. Previous to her postion with St. Anthony's she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Carondelet St. Joseph Hospital in Tucson, AZ and the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns in San Diego, CA.
Ms. Henrikson has served as a member of the Editorial Board and as a Reviewer for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Nursing for Women's Health and the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing professional publications. She has held board positions at both the district and national levels for AWHONN, and served as its national president in 2002. In addition, she is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She served on the American Hospital Association Committee for Performance Improvement. Ms. Henrikson was the Vice President and President for the Council of Women and Infants Specialty Hospitals from 2009 to 2011. She is also an accomplished author and national speaker.
Ms. Henrikson received her BSN from Montana State University and a MN in maternal-infant nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1981, she received her nurse practitioner certificate from the Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. She is certified in Executive Nursing Practice.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Pursley has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2013. Dr. Pursley is Chief of Neonatology and Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a member of the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH).
Dr. Pursley is a graduate of Stanford University, HMS, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in Pediatrics at BCH, remaining for a fourth year as chief medical resident, and then completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine through the Joint Program in Neonatology, a collaboration of BIDMC, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and BCH. His interests include NICU quality improvement, resource utilization, and racial and social disparities in infant outcomes.
Dr. Pursley is immediate past chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Perinatal Section. He was recently elected to the neonatal-perinatal medicine sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member-elect of the board of directors of the National Perinatal Information Center. He is a member of the expert panel to identify drug priorities as part of the federal government's Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act and the AAP liaison to the National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program.
Dr. Pursley recently served as a contributor to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development "Disparities in Perinatal Medicine: Focus in Infant Mortality, Stillbirth and Preterm Birth" workshop; served on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Newborn Issues workgroup of the "Pandemic Influenza Revisited: Special Considerations for Pregnant Women and Newborns" workshop; provided testimony to the Food and Drug Administration on the effect of critical drug shortages on children; and was a member of the NIH Consensus Panel on Inhaled Nitric Oxide for Premature Infants.
Dr. Pursley is a recipient of the Harvard Medical School Dean's Community Service Award, the Massachusetts Chapter March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award, the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the HMS Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, and the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. English has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2013. Dr. English received a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University 1972 followed by his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1976. He completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Magee-Womens Hospital, 1976-1980 serving as Chief Resident 1979-1980.
Dr. English is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed a Masters of Medical Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and a diplomat of the American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. English, now retired, is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chairman of Clinical Operations of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences of the University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In his tenure at Magee Womens Hospital, Dr. English served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Physician Advisor to the Health Management Department. Dr. English currently serves on the Board of Directors of Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC.
Former Reba McEntire Endowed Chair in Neonatology
and Chief of Section of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Dr. Escobedo has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 1998. Dr. Escobedo received her undergraduate education at Baylor University and her MD at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her pediatric residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital and her neonatology fellowship at Vanderbilt University under Dr. Millie Stahlman. She started her academic career at Indiana University then moved to University of Texas at San Antonio where she was Division Chief for 23 years. In 2000, she accepted the Reba McEntire Endowed Chair in Neonatology at the University of Oklahoma where she was Division Chief, Director of all Neonatal Services for OU Medical Center until October 2017. She has been named Professor Emeritus University of Oklahoma.
Among many other national leadership responsibilities, she was elected as the first woman chair of the national organization of neonatologists, the Perinatal Section of the AAP and has organized a multi-center research consortium. Dr. Escobedo has also been recognized as an outstanding educator in neonatology. In 2004 she was named as the recipient of the National Neonatology Education Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 2009 received the Founders Award for Research and Service, the highest award of the Southern Society for Pediatric Research. She has served the American Board of Pediatrics and the National Board for Medical Examiners. She served on the Initial Planning Committee for NeoPrep, the popular and successful AAP review course for neonatologists around the world and was integrally involved in every subsequent course for 20 years. She served for six years on the steering committee for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and is currently in her second term as the co-chair of the committee. She remains on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and is the current chair of the writing committee. She is often invited to be an international speaker and teacher having served in diverse places from Canada to Mexico, from Sweden to the United Arab Emirates to China.
She is best known for her research in respiratory care, particularly for the development of a premature baboon bronchopulmonary dysplasia model, a research resource which has produced a wealth of knowledge on both prevention and treatment. Recent research includes the Relationship of the Neonatal Microbiome to Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Retinopathy of Prematurity. Her current interests center on Neonatal Resuscitation in the USA and globally.
Cognitive Medical Systems
Dr. Fry has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2013. Dr. Fry, a neonatal intensive care specialist by training, has over 15 years of experience in the design and development of enterprise clinical information systems for the Department of Defense.
With a particular interest in cognitive science and workflow optimization, Dr. Fry was the Principle Investigator for numerous research initiatives in Clinical Decision Support (CDS), the original architect for the Military Health System's Nationwide Health Information Network program during 2008-2009, and the Technical Director for the Department of Defense Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record demonstrations in San Diego, 2010.
Dr. Fry retired from the US Navy in 2012, and is co-founder/Chief Executive Officer at Cognitive Medical Systems. Cognitive specializes in standards-based solutions for clinical workflow, decision support, and legacy system integration challenges.
University of North Carolina Hospital
Dr. McCaffrey has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center since 2007. As the Specialty Leader for Neonatology, he developed a keen appreciation for the need for large health systems to evaluate, refine and act on the large amounts of data they regularly collected and reported. He has been a key advisor and champion on our Department of Defense contract.
Dr. McCaffrey retired from the Navy Medical Corps in September, 2006 to assume a position as Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. McCaffrey is the Director of the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina (PQCNC) and a recognized expert in the pursuit of quality in perinatal care.
Dr. McCaffrey is a 1982 graduate of the University of Connecticut and Albany Medical College. He did his pediatric residency at the Naval Hospital San Diego and a postdoctoral fellowship in neonatology at the UNC, Chapel Hill. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His military career included duty at the Naval Hospital Guam as Department Head for Pediatrics and Naval Medical Center San Diego where he was Director of the NICU for ten years prior to his retirement in 2006.
University of South Carolina Institute for Families in Society
Dr. López-De Fede joined the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center in 2017. Dr. López-De Fede is a Research Professor at the Institute for Families in Society, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and Affiliated Faculty with the Department of Special Education in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of South Carolina. At the Institute, as head of the Division of Medicaid Policy Research (MPR), Dr. López-De Fede currently directs interdisciplinary research dedicated to exploring the links between health, health service delivery systems and well-being.
During her professional career, she has directed community-based organizations, served as a consultant with programs addressing the needs of at-risk vulnerable populations, worked as an advocate for enhanced health care and educational services for individuals with disabilities, and performed as a university unit administrator. She has served as a standing member of the AHRQ, Health Services and Systems Research Review Panel, which is a federal appointment authorized by the US HHS Secretary, and as a member of the CDC Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis. Additionally, Dr. López-De Fede has served as a reviewer for various journals including Public Health Reports, The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and Ethnicity and Disease.
Her publications and professional interests are in health care systems change, Medicaid and Medicare financing of health care, health care reform, spatial analytics, service delivery to rural and minority communities, and the social and cultural determinants of health. Dr. López-De Fede has a proven track record in the field of applied research and in bringing together different entities to build collaborative efforts, and has been cited her work with stakeholders to improve birth outcomes in the state of South Carolina.
Dr. López-De Fede received her PhD in Health Services Research/Health Policy from Union Institute University, MEd in Vocational Counseling, and MA in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Magee-Womens-Hospital of UPMC
Dr. Simhan joined the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center in 2017. Dr. Simhan is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Executive Vice Chair for Obstetrical Services at Magee-Womens-Hospital of UPMC. He is Chief, Women's & Outpatient Telehealth Services for UPMC. Dr. Simhan completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at Boston University. Following completion of internship and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Simhan completed fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Immunology. He also received a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Simhan is an experienced clinical and translational perinatal researcher, with focus on preterm birth and developmental programming. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on "Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention" and a co-author of the Committee's report. He is active in establishing and implementing obstetrical patient safety and health care quality efforts, including obstetrical crisis medical emergency teams and labor induction process improvement. These efforts have been acknowledged through receipt of the Fine Award for Health Care Quality Improvement from the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, Achievement Award for Health Care Quality Improvement/Patient Safety. His clinical and translational efforts are directed towards the prediction and prevention of preterm birth, and understanding the factors during fetal development that predispose offspring to obesity, abnormal neurodevelopment, and disorders of aging.
Mr. Smith joined the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center in 2017. Mr. Smith is currently vice president of Risk Management Services for MedStar Health and the president of MedStar Health's captive insurance company, Greenspring Financial Insurance Limited, Inc. of Cayman. In this role at MedStar he is responsible for the design, implementation and administration of MedStar Health's broad and comprehensive risk management, self-insurance and commercial insurance programs.
Prior to joining MedStar Health in 2001, Mr. Smith was the vice president and chief risk officer for UCSF-Stanford Health Care in San Francisco, California. There he designed and oversaw the insurance and self-insurance program established to meet the needs of a large complex integrated healthcare delivery system that included the academic and community healthcare programs of both Stanford University and the University of California Medical Center at San Francisco.
He served for a number of years as executive vice president and general counsel of Tufts Medical Center (Tufts) in Boston, Massachusetts. As Tuft's general counsel, he served as chief legal advisor to the center's board, its senior management and medical staff leadership.
A member of the Massachusetts and California Bars, Larry has served as a member of various corporate boards, including the Captive Insurance Council of the District of Columbia as well as a member of the DC Captive Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Brigance Brigade Foundation Board.
He was the recipient of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia's 2005 John Benjamin Nichols Award for his "contributions toward improving the health of the Washington, D.C. community". That same year he was awarded the Maryland Hospital Association Award for his work to promote medical liability reform in response to the medical liability crisis in Maryland.
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