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UnityPoint Health Executive Team

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Our leaders put your needs first, and we provide appropriate tools and direction to every team member employed with UnityPoint Health. Additionally, we are dedicated to sharing our expertise with health care, media and policy professionals. If you are interested in contacting a member of our executive team for a speaking opportunity, please call (515) 241-3728.

Kevin Vermeer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Vermeer

Vermeer assumed the role President and CEO of UnityPoint Health (formerly Iowa Health System) in January 2016. He's served the organization in a variety of leadership roles since 2000. 

Vermeer has over two decades of experience managing financial operations for leading health care organizations, including his role as chief financial officer for Iowa Health System (2009-2012). He served as interim CEO of Unity HealthCare in Muscatine, Iowa (2009), as well as chief financial officer for two UnityPoint Health hospitals: Trinity Regional Health System in Rock Island, Illinois (2003-2009) and Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa (2000-2003). Prior to joining Allen Hospital, Vermeer worked for Precedent Health Center (1997-1999) and Sisters of Charity Healthcare System in Colorado (1990-1997).

Vermeer received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science degree in Management from New England College, New Hampshire. Locally, Vermeer participates in community organizations, such as the Iowa Business Council and Greater Des Moines Committee. Vermeer also serves on the American Heart Association Regional Policy Board, University of Nebraska CBA Advisory Board and the Healthiest State Initiative Board.

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Dan Carpenter

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Carpenter transitioned to the role of Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in January 2017. Prior to this, he served as CFO for UnityPoint Health – Dubuque at Finley Hospital. While there, Carpenter also created a shared analytics and business development team between two UnityPoint Health regions, Dubuque and Waterloo. All told, he's served the health system for more than 15 years in numerous roles. Carpenter has a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and a master's degree from St. Ambrose University. He is a member of the Healthcare Finance Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Denny Drake

Senior Vice President, Corporate Integrity and General Counsel

Denny DrakeDrake joined Iowa Methodist Medical Center (now UnityPoint Health – Des Moines) in 1986 as general counsel and has served in his current position with UnityPoint Health since the position's inception in 1995. He also has served as Compliance Officer for UnityPoint Health since 1997. Prior to joining Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Drake had nine years of experience in civil litigation and corporate law. He received his juris doctorate from Drake University Law School, and in 1991, he completed the Stanford Executive Program in the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Mark Johnson

Vice President, Supply Chain Management

Mark JohnsonJohnson became Vice President, Supply Management at UnityPoint Health in 2012. He began his health care career at UnityPoint Health – Sioux City in 1987 and remained there for 25 years, serving as CFO from 2000 to 2011. Johnson also recently served as the Interim COO for UnityPoint Health Consolidated Services, from 2010 to 2011. He received his bachelor's degree in math and finance from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. Johnson is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Brian Jones

Vice President, Payor Innovation; CEO, UnityPoint at Work

Brian JonesJones became Vice President, Payor Innovation for UnityPoint Health in 2013, providing leadership and strategic direction for system-wide payor strategies, relationships and practices to support the UnityPoint Health value-based care model. In March 2015, Jones also assumed the role of CEO of UnityPoint at Work, a new organization from UnityPoint Health designed to meet the unique needs of employers and third party administrators. Prior to joining UnityPoint Health, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development for Health to You, LLC, a subsidiary of HCA in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a bachelor's degree in management from St. Louis University and a master's in business administration from University of Dallas. Jones is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Finance Management Association.

Matthew Kirschner

Vice President, Treasury
Matthew KirschnerKirschner joined UnityPoint Health in 2013, after spending 14 years in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan. Prior to working in the banking sector, he spent four years at Ernst & Young in management consulting. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University at Albany and a master's degree in business administration from the Columbia Business School.

Kent Lehr

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Lehr became Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for UnityPoint Health in January 2017. In this role, Lehr leads the formation and deployment of system strategy, innovation, project management and business development efforts. Lehr previously led the strategy and business development for UnityPoint Clinic, driving synergy between system and clinic efforts. Lehr is also a fellow in the Health Management Academy.

Lehr holds a bachelor's in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Cornell College, a master's of health administration and a masters of business administration from the University of Iowa.

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Betsy McVay

Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer
McVay is Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer for UnityPoint Health and works with a team that's located across the UnityPoint Health footprint, including Madison, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. While she splits her time in three different cities, she calls West Liberty, Iowa home. Her passion for using data and information to improve care quality, efficiency and experience has supported the system's focus on analytics maturity. Under McVay's leadership, her team focuses on mastering the use of both descriptive and predictive analytics, which has helped position UnityPoint Health in the top decile for performance measures. Her work prioritizes partnering with clinical and business leadership to solve today's health care challenges. McVay earned her Master of Health Administration and Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University.

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Art Nizza

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Nizza moved into the first-ever role of Chief Operating Officer for UnityPoint Health in 2017. Prior to assuming these duties, he served as the CEO of UnityPoint Health – Meriter in Madison, Wisconsin. Nizza is responsible for developing and prioritizing best practices throughout the system to sustainably manage resources and share data in the areas of supply chain, owned and partnership entities, pharmacy and system operating performance. He also works to drive synergies across UnityPoint Health entities and guide long-term strategic goals. Prior to being with UnityPoint Health, Nizza worked extensively in New York. He was the first President of MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center. Nizza also served as President and CEO of St. Francis Hospital and Health Center and President and CEO of the Stellaris Health Network. Nizza holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree and doctorate in social welfare.

Mary Ann Osborn

Vice President, Care Transformation

Mary Ann Osborn, Vice President, Care Transformation

Osborn, MARO, joined UnityPoint Health as Vice President of Care Transformation in December 2015. She is responsible for the deployment of T.H.E. Care Model and other related care transformation strategies across all sites of care. She is also responsible for leading, directing and fully deploying the core competencies that fundamentally transform the models of care, which support the unique individualized needs of customers, patients and families.

Prior to this role, Osborn served as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids and held roles in administration for St. Luke's Hospital since 2002. During her tenure there, she was passionate about the integration of clinical practice and performance improvement and led large-scale change, such as an electronic medical record conversion. Osborn's professional achievements include leading St. Luke's Hospital to Magnet Designation (2009) and contributing to Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Gold Award (2010). She received her BSN from McVey University and her master's in nursing at the University of Iowa, with an emphasis on executive leadership.

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Emily Porter

Senior Vice President, Talent and Marketing Communications Officer

Porter became Vice President of People Excellence for UnityPoint Health in 2011. For seven years prior to that, she served as Director of Human Resources for UnityPoint Clinic, where she oversaw human resources, physician recruitment and communications. In her current role, Porter oversees system-wide human resources functions and marketing and communications, prioritizing the connection between culture and brand in both team engagement and overall communications strategy. Porter holds a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Iowa.

Renee Rassmussen

Vice President Revenue Cycle
Rasmussen transitioned to the role of Vice President Revenue Cycle in January 2015. Prior to this, she served as SVP/CFO of UnityPoint Health – Waterloo for 14 years. She has a total of 30 years Healthcare Finance experience. Renee has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Accounting and Computer Information Systems and her MBA from the University of Iowa. She has earned her CPA certificate and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She served 4 years on the National HFMA Board of Examiners.

Gary Robb

Chief Pharmacy Officer
Robb, RPh, MBA, became UnityPoint Health Chief Pharmacy Officer (CPO) in March 2017. In this role, Robb develops and leads a transformative system pharmacy structure, designed to improve patient care. Specifically, Robb oversees improving medication management, care coordination and the clinical and financial performance of pharmacy services across UnityPoint Health.

Most recently, Robb served as Director of Pharmacy Services at UnityPoint Health – Meriter. Robb's career also includes six years in various pharmacy leadership roles with Ascension Health. Additionally, his professional experiences include three years as a Pharmacist Consultant with Joint Commission Resources, pharmacy leadership roles with Ministry Health Care in Wisconsin and executive positions with Nihan & Martin, an Omnicare Company, which provides long-term care pharmacy services. Robb received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and his master's from Walden University.

Sabra Rosener

Vice President, Government & External Affairs

Sabra RosenerRosener became Vice President, Government Relations in 2010 after serving as Director of Government Relations at UnityPoint Health for three years and law department attorney for four years. Prior to that, she held positions at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ruan Transportation and the Iowa Court of Appeals. She also served as an adjunct professor at Drake University Law School. Rosener received her bachelor's from the University of Northern Iowa and her juris doctorate, with honors, from Drake University Law School.

Laura Smith

Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Laura Smith

Smith assumed the role of Vice President, Chief Information Officer in 2016. In this capacity, she is responsible for a centralized Information Technology Department across the entire system. She is passionate about creating an environment where team members can do their best work and providing business process-enabling technology solutions to the customers she serves.

Smith has been with UnityPoint Health for sixteen years serving in many roles within the Information Technology department. Before being named CIO, she held the position of Vice President, Information Technology Operations where she was responsible for Information Technology Governance and Operations of the IT Enterprise including the areas of new affiliate integration, financial sustainability, clinical and business applications and customer service.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Iowa. She is a member of Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and trained in the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework. She also serves on the Boards of the Technology Association of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College Iowa Industry Partnership and the Cedar Rapids Boys and Girls Club.

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Susan K. Thompson

Senior Vice President, Integration and Optimization 

Thompson, MS, RN, serves as Senior Vice President of Integration and Optimization for UnityPoint Health. In this role, she partners closely with Chief Operating Officers, and other members of the senior leadership groups, to evaluate, identify and deploy initiatives that support hospitals' abilities to achieve the Triple Aim of improving care, improving the health of populations and lowering costs.

Previous to assuming this role, Thompson was the Chief Executive Officer of UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge. She received her master's in health services management from Clarkson College.

As an active member of the Fort Dodge community, Thompson was named the 2010 Catalyst by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, an award recognizing outstanding leadership and contributions to the community. In 2015, Thompson was named as a Commissioner to MedPAC.

David M. Williams, M.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home

David Williams, MD

Dr. David M. Williams serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home, which together service as the ambulatory division of UnityPoint Health. 

Dr. Williams is residency trained and board certified in pediatrics and has more than 18 years of clinical experience. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his pediatric residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a licensed physician and surgeon in the state of Iowa. Dr. Williams is also a graduate of the UnityPoint Health Physician Leadership Academy, the American College of Physician Executives Physician Leadership Development Program and a Certified Physician Executive. In 2017, he completed his Masters of Medical Management program at Carnegie Mellon University.

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