BYU Healthcare Industry Network Conference 2022
Dow Wilson is a retired CEO of Varian Medical Systems and Advisor to the Board of Siemens Healthineers. He was previously Varian’s chief operating officer and president-worldwide oncology. Dow also serves as an outside director at Agilent. In 2014, Dow was made a founding member of President Obama’s Doing Business in Africa Council. He serves on boards at the US-India Strategic Business Partner Forum and Advamed. Prior to joining Varian in 2005, he spent twenty years at GE and ran several significant businesses for GE Healthcare and GE Plastics. Dow earned his bachelor’s degree in English from BYU and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth. He is currently serving as an Area Seventy. Dow and Lynne have seven red-headed children and five grandchildren.
Phil’s career as a healthcare executive has taken him to a variety of places, from Washington DC to Oregon and many in between, as well as a variety of facility sizes, from large academic and teaching centers to rural, critical access hospitals. Most recently he and his family have (once again) called the Midwest home. He is known for his operational, strategic and financial acumen, as well as his ability to connect with the people whom he serves. He has led financial turnarounds, flipping 7-figure losses to 7-figure gains, as well as cultural turnarounds—resulting in large improvements in employee, medical staff and patient satisfaction. He has extensive regional and market leadership experiences and has frequently juggled multiple formal roles simultaneously.
Harrop earned a bachelor of science in business management—finance from Brigham Young University and four degrees from The Ohio State University: a Master of Health Administration, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in public health and a PhD in health services management and policy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and was elected ACHE's Regent for Idaho for 2015-2018. He has published numerous articles on a variety of healthcare topics and has lectured on healthcare and leadership in several universities across the country.
Phil has served on multiple boards for local, state, and regional organizations. He and his wife, Heidi, served as the inaugural co-chairs for the Brigham Young University Alumni Association—Iowa Chapter. He has been involved in his community as a little league coach, Scout leader, and through Church callings. He and Heidi are the parents of six children. The Harrops love Church history and are frequently found working on and enjoying their properties in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Dr. Ize-Ludlow serves a Chief Health Information Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, he leads teams that focus on making it easier for caregivers to provide high value care with the use of Health Information Technology. He also provides clinical care at the Primary Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.
Prior to joining Intermountain, Dr. Ize-Ludlow served as Associate Chief Health Information Officer as well as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Ize-Ludlow is originally from Mexico. He completed his pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology and Clinical Informatics.
Dr. Joseph is Lasker Clinical Research Scholar Tenure Track Clinical Investigator and Chief of the Section of Sensory Science and Metabolism (SenSMet) in Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research (DICBR) at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism with a joint appointment at the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Joseph is conducting preclinical, clinical, and translational studies to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and management of chemosensory disorders.
After earning her Ph.D. in Nursing with a focus in Genomics from the University of Pennsylvania and conducting her research at The Monell Chemical Senses Center, Dr. Paule Joseph completed a Workforce Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at the NINR, in the laboratory of Dr. Wendy Henderson. Her postdoctoral research focused on combining clinical and basic research in a single research program by examining the brain-gut interactions related to gastrointestinal disorders (i.e., obesity and diabetes). In 2017, she was appointed as Assistant Clinical Investigator and Chief of the Sensory Science and Metabolism Unit (SenSMet) in the NINR Division of Intramural Research. Dr. Joseph has a Master's of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pace University, an AAS in Nursing at Hostos Community College, and a BSN from the College of New Rochelle. She is also a certified nurse practitioner.
Seraphine Kapsandoy-Jones, PhD, RN is the Vice President of Population Health Clinical Innovations and Programs at Centene Corporation. In this role she leverages Centene’s strengths and innovative partnerships to bring new clinical programs to market that fill gaps that are identified in the healthcare industry and further Centene’s whole-health strategy. She was also the former Chief Clinical Information Officer at Intermountain Healthcare, where she partnered with business and clinical leaders to provide strategic vision and leadership to help them leverage industry leading technology to achieve patient care strategic goals and initiatives.
She continues to apply her clinical care, technology, and advanced healthcare education backgrounds to deliver on strategy and projects in support of increasing access to quality healthcare and empower people to live their healthiest lives possible.
Dr. Kapsandoy-Jones’s nursing and clinical informatics experience including, cardiovascular clinical programs, medical surgical, wound/enterostomal therapy, trauma and transplant, emergency, and rapid treatment. She has experience in integrating new HIT software across large, complex hospital systems and managing multi-disciplinary teams. She is also an associate professor at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. She received her PhD in informatics and her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Utah.
Dan Liljenquist is the lead architect and Board Chair of Civica Rx, a new nonprofit generic drug company established to reduce chronic generic drug shortages and price gouging, which have negatively impacted patient care for over a decade. Dan is also Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, where he also oversees Intermountain’s Enterprise Initiative and Market Intelligence & Planning Offices. Prior to joining Intermountain, Dan served in the Utah State Senate and was nationally recognized for his work on Medicaid and public-sector pension reforms. He is a former strategy consultant with Bain & Company, Inc. Dan received his JD from The University of Chicago Law School and his BA in Economics from Brigham Young University. Dan and his wife, Brooke, are the parents of six children and reside in Bountiful, Utah.
Emeobong "Eme" Martin has a passion for serving people who are placed on her path. She believes that we all achieve when we help others to believe in and better themselves. With this passion in mind, Eme studied biochemistry in college, conducting laboratory research on cancer-eliminating drug therapies throughout all four years of her education, earning a bachelor’s of science from Brigham Young University. After working in the biochemistry industry for three years, Eme determined that she has a greater passion for people in non-laboratory settings then pipettes and pursued a master’s in public health with an emphasis in behavioral science and health education from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.
During her graduate studies, Eme earned a graduate assistantship where she coordinated two key projects focused on addressing health disparities among African-American men with chronic and infectious diseases (i.e., hypertension and HIV/AIDS). Following her graduate studies and research, Eme joined the Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness in Gaithersburg, MD where she held several positions focused on community health, health equity, immigrant health and provider education.
Recently, Eme began a new role as Lead Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer with ZERO to THREE, a national non-profit focused on the well-being of infants and toddlers. In this role, Eme is the internal and external voice for the organization’s strategy and implementation of addressing the needs of underserved communities.
Prior to her current role, Eme was the Regional Director for Health Systems with the Alzheimer's Association where she was responsible for building strategic partnerships with the top 25 healthcare systems throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and led the partnership strategy with the Veterans Health Administration for the Association.
Defining herself as a “cheerleader for health equity”, Eme is a frequently requested presenter for national and international audiences on topics related to cultural humility, racial and gender equity, and immigrant health. Eme is also the 2016 recipient of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Award. She has more than a decade of experience working in and consulting with healthcare and community-based organizations.
Eme resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband who serves as bishop of a Young Single Adult Ward and where she serves as the Seneca Maryland Stake Relief Society President.
Lisa Paletta is the Hospital Administrator for the new Primary Children’s Miller Campus in Lehi. Lisa joined Intermountain Healthcare in 1994 and has served in various caregiver and progressive leadership positions throughout the organization. Her roles have included Department Manager, Service Line Director, Operations Officer/Nurse Administrator, Regional Chief Nursing Officer, AVP Enterprise Care Management, and CEO/Administrator at Intermountain Healthcare’s Alta View Hospital.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from University of Utah, ADN from Laramie County Community College, BSNA from Stevens-Henagar College, MPA from Brigham Young University, and DNP from Rush University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has received Nurse Executive Advanced Certification. She is a past-president of the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders and the current Utah Regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Outside of work, Lisa and her husband Tracy have four awesome children along with their wonderful spouses, and two grandsons, whom they adore. They enjoy traveling, boating, golfing, ATV drives, and playing pickleball.
As Chief Operating Officer, Steve Smoot oversees all of SSM Health’s hospital, medical group and other major business operations across Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
Mr. Smoot became Chief Operating Officer of SSM Health in July 2018. He has more than 25 years of health care industry experience and a strong track record of success in strategy, operational transformation, physician partnership, philanthropy and community service. Most recently, he served as Associate Chief Operating Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, overseeing 23 hospitals including a Level 1 trauma center and a children's hospital. Mr. Smoot previously held several other senior leadership roles at Intermountain, including Region President of Intermountain’s south region and President at both Cedar Hospital in Cedar City, Utah, and Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah. Prior to joining Intermountain, he also led operations at community hospitals in Kentucky and Montana.
Mr. Smoot holds a bachelor's degree in hospital administration from Weber State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a recipient of the ACHE Regents Award in both Montana and Utah.