Presenter & Panelist Biographies: 2016 CAPE Symposium

Findings from Healthy! Capital Counties Needs Assessment

Linda S. Vail, MPA
Linda Vail is the Chief Health Officer for Ingham County, a position she has held since April 2014. In her role, she provides leadership to the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) for carrying out its local health department functions, including environmental health, communicable disease control, and a variety of health promotion and maternal child health programs; and its primary care network of community health centers with Federally Qualified Health Center status. ICHD plays a leadership role locally, statewide, and nationally in the work of health equity and social justice in the community including a focus on a Health in all Policies approach for decision making bodies across all sectors. Ms. Vail currently serves on the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Health Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee,

Ms. Vail holds a faculty appointment with the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine and is a part time faculty member at the Western Michigan University, College of Health and Human Services, where she teaches upper level undergraduates in the area of health policy analysis and collaborates with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program, as well as other HHS degree programs including social work and occupational therapy.
Prior to assuming her position at Ingham County Health Department, Ms, Vail served as the Director of Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services for seven years, where she was responsible for the strategic leadership, management and overall performance of a consolidated human service agency including public health programs, Area Agency on Aging, Community Action Agency, and Veteran’s Services.

Community approaches to recruiting and retaining physicians and primary care providers

Allison B. McCarthy, MBA
Allison McCarthy is a Principal Consultant in Barlow/McCarthy Hospital-Physician Solutions. Allison’s passion is working with hospitals and physician groups to ensure their physician strategy programs demonstrate real value and results.

Specifically, she focuses her consulting practice on medical staff development, physician recruitment, new practice on-boarding and retention. The goal is always to educate and inform so that clients are better prepared to work the market than they were previously. Allison understands these challenges first-hand having held physician strategies leadership positions in both a community hospital and academic medical center.

Also an experienced speaker, Allison presents at national and regional conferences and is a lead faculty member at the Physician Recruitment Intensive Training program provided by the American Academy of Medical Management (AAMM). She is the author of A Practice Development Primer and Past President of the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy. Allison and her husband Joe divide their time between Massachusetts and Florida.

Panel Discussion: Challenges and opportunities in the Capital Area

  • David Walsworth, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Walsworth is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and serves as both associate chair for clinical affairs and medical director for the Family Health Center. He came to MSU from Oakwood, where he was vice chief of Family Medicine at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital, associate program director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, and unit medical director of their Healthcare Center in Westland. He received his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his family practice residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, Dearborn. He then completed the OMERAD Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship in 2002. He serves on the board of directors for both the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Deborah Collier, Director, Provider Recruitment, McLaren Health Care
Deb Collier works for McLaren Medical Group as the Director of Provider Recruitment, serving McLaren subsidiaries across Michigan in 9 regions. With over 20 years of experience in provider recruitment, medical staff planning, practice development and retention solutions, Deb has served as a resource for training programs and professional associations delivering lectures and presentations on industry topics. Past President of Michigan Recruitment and Retention Network, Deb serves as a board member of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties.
  • Barbara Hilborn, Manager, Provider Recruitment, Sparrow Medical Group and Sparrow Health System
Barb is the Manager of Provider Recruitment for Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan and has been with Sparrow for almost 16 years. She is responsible for provider recruitment activities for the health system. Prior to that she was Director of Provider Relations, for Select Specialty Hospital of Ann Arbor, and worked for several years at St. Joseph Mercy Macomb in physician recruitment and retention. Barb received both her undergraduate business degree and her Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University. Barb is a member of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) Michigan Recruitment and Retention Network (MRRN) – (Past President, 2001-2002) and Capital Area Physician Experience (CAPE) Committee. Barb is a Certified Medical Staff Recruiter through the American Academy of Medical Management.
  • Brenda R. Lever, Director, Provider Network Management, Blue Cross Complete
Brenda R. Lever has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare field. Her focus has been in Medicaid managed care health plans and on all aspects of provider relations and community outreach. Brenda graduated from Spring Arbor University with a BA in Health Services Management and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. She was a faculty member at the University of Phoenix, with a concentration on leadership, marketing and human resources. Brenda currently serves on the Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan Board of Directors. She joined Blue Cross Complete of Michigan in 2012 as the Director of Provider Network Management, where she was responsible for directing the expansion of the provider network from three counties to thirty two. In her role as Director Brenda is responsible for provider contracting, communications, provider data management and maintaining provider relationships. Brenda and her husband, Dietrich, enjoy travel and spending time with their three grandchildren.
  • Jennifer Stanley, MD, Medical Director, Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties
Jennifer Stanley, MD, is the medical director for the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI). She obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Economics from Case Western Reserve University and obtained her medical degree from The Ohio State University. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at Michigan State University, where her training included rotations at CMHA-CEI. Following residency she worked as an inpatient psychiatrist for almost two years before returning to CMHA-CEI, where she was a staff psychiatrist for six years until she became medical director in 2013. She continues to provide 15 hours per week of clinical care to patients of CMHA-CEI in both Eaton and Ingham counties. Dr. Stanley is also appointed as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Michigan State University. She is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
  • William D. Strampel, DO, FACOI, Dean, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. William D. Strampel serves as the dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and as a tenured professor in its Department of Internal Medicine. Preceding his appointment as dean in 2002, he held the positions of senior associate dean and was the first medical director of the MSU HealthTeam.
Dr. Strampel has gained a reputation for decisive innovation and implementation. To meet the projected demand for physicians, he increased MSUCOM’s entering class size from 125 to 300. He established preclinical education programs and facilities at three sites – on the MSU campus in East Lansing, at the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, and at the Detroit Medical Center downtown. Under his leadership, MSUCOM is now conducting research, teaching and clinical care on five continents, including in many impoverished developing nations, and a program has been implemented to produce osteopathic physicians for Canada. Major curricular innovation, streamlining and refinement are underway.
Prior to joining the university in 1999, Dr. Strampel spent 26 years on active duty with the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Some of his assignments have included: deputy commander at Evans Army Hospital (a Congressional Managed Care Demonstration site); consultant to the surgeon general for quality assurance and risk management; Department of Defense (DoD) representative to the Executive Committee for the National Practitioners Data Bank; commander at Brooke Army Medical Center and the Great Plains Regional Medical Command; chief of quality assurance and risk management for the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs; DoD representative to the Institute of Medicine; chief medical officer for DoD’s TRICARE Management Activity; and senior medical advisor to the DoD’s National Formulary Committee. His military awards include: the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; and the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He is the recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit and the “A” Proficiency Designator in his specialty.
Dr. Strampel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College in 1970, and his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. During his postdoctoral education, he was the president of his intern class and served as the chief resident of medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center. In addition, he completed the Pulmonary Fellowship Program at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.
Dr. Strampel is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He holds memberships with the following: the American College of Physician Executives; the American Osteopathic Association; the Michigan Osteopathic Association; the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States; the National Association of Managed Care Physicians; the Military Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons; the American Society for Quality Assurance, and others. In addition, he is a delegate to the American Osteopathic Association and Michigan Osteopathic Association, serves on the boards of the Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation, Michigan Osteopathic Association, Michigan Center for Rural Health, Michigan Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Board, MSU HealthTeam, and others.
In 2010, Dr. Strampel received the Presidential Citation from the American Osteopathic Association, and in 2011, he received an award from the Governor of Yucatan for helping to gain D.O. recognition in Mexico.