Solutions Team

 

Cappella_Bruno_Accelero_PartnersBruno Cappella

Care Continuum Division Lead

Bruno is responsible for the program management and implementation of Accelero’s suite of Advantage programs. Since joining Accelero in 2006, Bruno has worked with several large health systems to develop effective program infrastructures in a variety of musculoskeletal programs.
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Bruno delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Strategic planning and forecasting.
  • Process reengineering and improvement.
  • Joint replacement program strategy, design, and implementation.
  • Program infrastructure development and deployment.
  • Physician recruitment, engagement and integration.
  • Referral source development.

Prior to joining Accelero, Bruno worked as a Controller with responsibility for operational support/management for a mutual fund firm and has a background in developing and implementing information management systems. Bruno graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor’s in Finance. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership and Information Technology at Duquesne University.


Sweeten_Tim_Accelero_PartnersTim Sweeten

Division Lead, Perioperative

Tim is responsible for leading Accelero projects globally. He and his team work with physicians, hospital administrators and staff to identify opportunities for improvement, and constructing realistic plans to make changes and realize a quantifiable ROI. This is achieved by using a mix of technology solutions alongside LEAN/Six Sigma based improvement methodologies.

Since joining Accelero in 2006, Tim has led partner hospitals across the country and internationally leveraging data and observation to improve efficiency, create capacity and reduce costs throughout the perioperative continuum.

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Tim delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Increase perioperative throughput by reducing procedural time elements.
  • Apply scheduling best practices to minimize overruns and unused block time.
  • Improve financial margins by identifying and reducing avoidable costs.
  • Enhance management effectiveness to perpetuate a high performance culture.
  • Optimize surgeon-procedure mix for the best use of operating room resources.
  • Improve patient flow, reducing bottlenecks in post-operative backups allowing patients to begin their recovery sooner.

Prior to his arrival at Accelero, Tim worked at an international management consulting firm to implement organizational change and operational improvement initiatives. He received his BA from Xavier University and his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.


Desormier_Jenna_Accelero_PartnersJenna Desormier

Senior Product Lead

Jenna is responsible for leading all clinical transformation within hospital, ASC and physician practice orthopedic programs. Over the 10 years she’s been with the company she has guided the transformations of hospital and practice programs through the development and implementation of the Accelero suite of products, services and technologies. Jenna also leads more directed projects such as: total joint replacement bundle payment programs, and The Joint Commission Disease Specific Care Certification achievement programs.
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Jenna delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Process improvement and clinical advancement based on industry best practices, and current literature.
  • Analyzing and improving clinical, functional, and operational outcomes.
  • Designing and implementing preoperative risk reduction programs.
  • Creating, updating and deploying OP joint replacement surgery programs.
  • Advancing marketing and referral source strategies.

Jenna earned a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Kinesiology from Whittier College in California. Jenna practiced as a Physical Therapist prior to working for Accelero Health Partners and earned her certification in Athletic Training in 2006.


May_Michael_Accelero_PartnersMichael May

Senior Product Lead, Perioperative

Mike is responsible for leading perioperative engagements for hospital partners that are focused on improving patient care and increasing efficiency. This is achieved by observing processes, interviewing key individuals and most importantly, using objective data and evidence to communicate and measure performance. Mike also leverages ORControl™ to assist physicians and administrators better manage their patients through the perioperative environment.

Since joining Accelero in 2006, Mike has worked with caregivers and administrators to deliver perioperative solutions that have demonstrably reduced waste in increased overall performance.

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Michael delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Designing dedicated teams for elective major joint cases.
  • Developing operational protocols that improve coordination and communication.
  • Collaborating with in-house technology resources on creative solutions for data analysis and business intelligence.
  • Working with surgeons one-on-one to identify opportunities and agree ON sensible solutions.
  • Supporting the teams; doctors, nurses, managers, with recommendations, best practices and staff education.

Prior to his arrival at Accelero, Michael held the title of project manager for an international management consulting firm helping organizations achieve operational effectiveness. He received his MBA from Robert Morris University and his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the Zimmer Institute.


Nickolas_Matt_Accelero_Partners-154Matt Nickolas

Senior Product Lead, Perioperative

Matt is responsible for working with physicians, hospital administrators and staff to identify opportunities for improvement and implement change management to realize quantifiable ROI. This is achieved by using a mix of technology solutions alongside LEAN/Six Sigma based improvement methodologies.

Since joining Accelero in 2007, Matt has worked with partner hospitals across the country and internationally leveraging data and time with care givers observing work process to create capacity and reduce costs throughout the perioperative continuum.

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Matt delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Process design enhancement increasing perioperative throughput.
  • Improve financial margins by identifying and reducing avoidable costs.
  • Enhance and standardize communication flow increasing patient safety.
  • Apply scheduling best practices to minimize overruns and unused block time.
  • Designing management systems and analytics drive sustainability.

Prior to his joining Accelero, Matt worked in the financial sector for a global investment bank. He received his BA from Clarion University and is a certified LEAN/Six Sigma Black Belt.


Demarest_Dawn_Accelero_PartnersDawn Demarest

Senior Product Lead

Dawn is a registered nurse and clinical resource expert for Accelero Health Partners. Since joining Accelero in 2015, Dawn has been responsible for the assessment, development and implementation of Accelero’s suite of products and services. Using her formal training as a hospital administrator and practicing nurse, Dawn ensures that Accelero’s solutions result in high quality care for partner facilities.
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Dawn delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Collecting, analyzing and improving clinical outcomes.
  • Driving improvements in customer service and operational metrics.
  • Patient optimization.
  • Using technology and process improvement methodologies to improve efficiency and lower costs.
  • Change management and coaching.

Prior to joining Accelero Health Partners, Dawn served on numerous hospital committees, managed and directed multiple nursing units and led several service lines for two leading hospital networks in the Cleveland area. Dawn earned an MBA in Health Care Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN and a Master of Science in Nursing specializing in nursing informatics from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.


Amend_Ed_Accelero_PartnersEd Amend

Consultant

Ed has been successful in positively affecting clinical outcomes through reducing length of stay, implementing processes to enable industry leading patient and employee satisfaction, initiating physician and employee productivity improvements and cost reduction through protocol use.
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  • Specific areas of expertise include:
  • Service line data analysis
  • Facilitating physician and staff strategic planning
  • Service line marketing

Ed previously worked as a department director for two different national hospital chains. Additionally Ed had the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the hospital/physician integration movement occurring the past several years as a leader for multiple physician practices. Ed has a BS in Health Services Management from California College for Health Sciences and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.


Miller_Sue_Accelero_PartnersSue Miller

Consultant, Clinical Transformation

Sue is responsible for the clinical transformation elements and initiatives within Accelero’ s suite of products and services including technology solutions with the intent to lower cost and increase the quality of orthopedic programs. Since joining Accelero in 2004, Sue has worked with a number of hospitals, including both large systems and community hospitals, to successfully implement various musculoskeletal programs and services.
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Sue delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Total joint replacement program development in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Outpatient sports medicine program development.
  • Improving clinical outcomes and reducing readmissions.
  • Reducing physician variation and adoption of evidence based practice.
  • Implementing and managing patient reported outcomes measures and tools.

Prior to joining Accelero, Sue was an administrator for a primary care network affiliated with an integrated healthcare system with responsibility for operational support/management of a multi-location PCP practice. Prior to working in healthcare, Sue worked as a financial analyst in the retail industry. Sue graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business Administration.


Popp_John_Accelero_PartnersJohn Popp

Consultant, Perioperative

John works directly with hospitals and physicians across the country to identify opportunities for improvement and quickly implement changes using data and technologies along with LEAN / Six Sigma efficiency improvement methodologies.

Since joining Accelero in 2008, John has worked with partner hospitals across the country leveraging data and observations to create capacity and reduce costs throughout the perioperative continuum. In his time at Accelero, John has a track record of creating improved processes that lead to more capacity and, therefore, increase volume capability.

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John delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Improving throughput within perioperative areas by reducing waste and procedural times.
  • Enhanced patient flow from arrival to discharge from PACU.
  • Improve utilization of data within perioperative management to improve performance.
  • Apply scheduling best practices to minimize overruns and unused block time.
  • Positive impact to hospital culture via setting expectations and following up.

Prior to Accelero, John worked at an international IT consulting firm to implement solutions across the telecommunications, healthcare, and hospitality industries. He received his BA from Duquesne University.


Pry_Jason_Accelero_Partners-154Jason Pry

Consultant

Jason presides over our fracture care franchise. He has worked with over 50 hospitals and specializes in building programs in large hospital systems.
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Jason and his team works directly with Accelero’s partner hospitals in the following areas:

    • Creating Joint and Spine Centers of Excellence.
    • Developing Fracture Care programs of distinction.
    • Strategic planning and implementation of joint replacement bundle payment projects.
    • Improving and managing patient outcomes.
    • Achieve nationally recognized quality endorsements.

Jason has previously worked in analysis and leadership roles at a leading technology consulting organization. Jason received his Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College.


Turk_Greg_Accelero_PartnersGreg Turk

Consultant

Since joining our team in 2005, Greg has been leading the implementation of
Accelero programs in several partnerships across the country and has been instrumental in the development of Accelero’ s European market. He has helped to lead strategic growth initiatives within our hospital partners and has direct responsibilities in the sale and implementation of Accelero’ s Practice Advantage service offering. Greg has also been instrumental in creating Accelero’ s Joint Replacement, Fracture Care, and Spine programs.
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In addition, Greg provides focus and expertise in the following areas:

  • Service Line Development Planning and Analysis.
  • Programmatic Infrastructure.
  • Project and Operations Management.
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives for physician engagement, referral source integration, marketing and community programming.
  • Productivity and Performance Systems (Clinical & Non-Clinical Based).
  • Continuous Process Improvement.

Prior to joining Accelero, Greg worked as a management consultant traveling internationally and working with several fortune 100 companies. Greg graduated with a Master’s Degree in Economics and International Affairs from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Marketing from Robert Morris University and holds Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Greg is also bilingual in English and German.


Heidi DeVries_Accelero_PartnersHeidi DeVries

Product Implementation Specialist

Heidi is part of the Care Continuum team and is responsible for implementing and managing new technology platforms. Since joining Accelero in 2016, she has strived to improve the care, cost, and outcomes of the total joint replacement episode of care, by encouraging hospitals to incorporate telerehabilitation and patient engagement programs into every day practice.
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Heidi delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Technology implementation and education.
  • Driving improvements in patient engagement and practice efficiency.
  • Process improvement and ongoing management.

Prior to joining Accelero, Heidi assisted in the support of a telerehabilitation platform. Heidi gained experience in management, customer service, and assisted patients in their recovery from a variety of orthopedic procedures as a personal trainer. Heidi graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in Kinesiology, and is a certified holistic health and wellness coach.


Tom Kelly_Accelero_PartnersTom Kelly

Product Systems Senior Specialist, Perioperative

Tom is responsible for working with physicians, nurses, staff and ISD in creating workflow improvement initiatives. This is achieved through the implementation and utilization of a real-time, workflow solution designed to automate and coordinate all day of surgery activities.

Since joining Accelero in 2016, Tom has worked with partner hospitals across the country providing implementation, training, application support and sales support.

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Tom delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Implementing and supporting applications in a health care setting.
  • Providing training to end-users with differing needs.
  • Building a bond with the end-user, while cultivating a relaxed learning environment.
  • Resolving customer reported incidents through timely problem investigation.
  • Evaluating projects and applications to assure that project goals are achieved.

Prior to his arrival at Accelero, Tom worked in the healthcare sector for a health system in Pittsburgh. He received his BSBA from Robert Morris College and his MS from The University of Pittsburgh.


John Kotwick_Accelero_PartnersJohn Kotwick

Consultant

John assists hospitals in their effort to improve their perioperative departments via technology and workflow changes. Since joining Accelero in 2016, the trademark of John’s engagements has been the ability to implement program initiatives and coordinate cross functional team deliverables in accelerated timeframes.
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John delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Technology implementation and interoperability.
  • Care team engagement and coordination for the goal of improving patient care.
  • Process reengineering and operational transformation to a high performance culture.
  • Project management in a highly regulated and complex environment.
  • Motivating teams toward shared goals in a matrixed environment

Prior to joining Accelero, John worked for RespondWell, a healthcare technology startup company, which was acquired by Zimmer Biomet in June of 2016. Prior to his work in the digital healthcare space, John worked as a technical engineer for an international services company. John graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Dalton Winterbach_Accelero_PartnersDalton Winterbach

Product Implementation Specialist

Dalton is part of the Care Continuum team and is responsible for implementing and managing new technology platforms. Since joining Accelero in 2016, he has strived to improve the care, cost, and outcomes of the total joint replacement episode of care, by encouraging hospitals to incorporate telerehabilitation and patient engagement programs into every day practice.
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Dalton delivers expertise in the following areas:

  • Developing implementation procedures.
  • Helping hospitals leverage patient satisfaction metrics.
  • Working with hospital IT staff to facilitate seamless software integration.
  • Patient onboarding education.

Prior to joining Accelero, Dalton provided onsite technical support for a telerehabilitation platform.  Dalton graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Development and Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Dalton also has 8 years of experience as a U.S. Marine including five deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.


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