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Jeffrey Burnich, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical and Market Networks, Sutter Health, and Richard Umbdenstock, President Emeritus of the American Hospital Association, Bring Experience and Commitment to C-TAC’s Board


August 9, 2016—The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) appointed two new members to its Board of Directors: Jeffrey Burnich, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical and Market Networks, Sutter Health and Richard Umbdenstock, Former President and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The appointments were announced at C-TAC’s Board Meeting held in Washington, DC, on July 29, 2016.

“The expertise that Rich and Jeff bring respectively to our board is unparalleled.  Both have dedicated decades to improving hospital systems, care delivery, implementation, and payment model reform.  This incredible experience will help C-TAC immeasurably as we move from identifying care delivery models that work to the implementation of advanced care models,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, Co-Chair of C-TAC’s Board of Directors.  “We look forward to their contributions to the organization and are confident that their leadership will help C-TAC move to the next level in advocating on behalf of those living with advanced illness.”

Dr. Burnich oversees Sutter Health’s Medical and Market Networks – a function unique among health care systems which enables the organization to present, in an aligned and coordinated manner, its externally facing products, services and networks to key customers, including employers, insurance brokers and health plans. In this role, Dr. Burnich oversees the Sutter Medical Network (SMN)—a network of 5,200 primary care and specialty physicians striving to provide consistently superb care to patients across Northern California. He also directs operations for Sutter Health Plus, Sutter Health’s commercial HMO health plan; and for SutterSelect, Sutter Health’s self-insured product.

He serves on the boards of the Integrated Healthcare Association and the California Association of Physician Groups. Prior to joining Sutter Health in 2008, Dr. Burnich served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of System Care Management for Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Burnich worked in private practice as an internist for more than a decade before joining Mount Carmel.

“In my experience both as a physician and in my current role overseeing the Sutter Medical Network, I’ve seen first-hand the devastation a diagnosis of a serious illness has on a patient, their families and their friends.  A health care delivery model that treats the whole person can help by providing comprehensive coordinated care at each stage of an illness,” said Dr. Burnich.  “I share C-TAC’s commitment to patient-centered care, and know from my own work how transformative that can be for those living with advanced illness. I look forward to helping C-TAC achieve their vision and know that together we can do great things.”

Richard Umbdenstock led the AHA from, 2007–2015. In 2006, he served as the elected AHA board chair. In that role, he helped AHA lead, represent and serve more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 43,000 individual members. Umbdenstock’s career includes experience in hospital administration; health system governance, management and integration; association governance and management; HMO governance; and health care governance consulting. He has written several books and articles for the health care board audience and has authored national survey reports for the AHA, the Health Research & Educational Trust and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“We stand on the brink of enormous change in care delivery, payment models, and community supported care for those living with advanced illness. How we move forward will affect millions of people at an incredibly vulnerable time in their lives,” said Umbdenstock.  “C-TAC has worked to help find and implement care delivery models that work.  They are well-poised to act as a continuing catalyst for change and I look forward to bringing my experience and perspective to the table.”

C-TAC welcomes the expertise, passion and decades of dedication to improving healthcare delivery and the lives of all Americans.  With their help, C-TAC will continue to work towards our shared vision of comprehensive person-centered care for all people living with advanced illness.

Rich and Jeff join C-TAC’s current Board of Directors, which includes: Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association; Alexandra Drane, Founder, Chief Visionary Officer, and Chair of the Board, Eliza Corporation; Bud Hammes, Director of Medical Humanities, Gundersen Health System; Tom Higgins, President and CEO, Prosetta Corporation; Rev. Dr. Major Lewis Jemison, Senior Pastor, St John Missionary Baptist Church and, former President and CEO, Progressive National Baptist Convention; Randy Krakauer, MD, Strategic Advisor, C-TAC and Former National Medical Director of Medicare, Aetna; David Longnecker, MD, Chief Clinical Innovations Officer & Secretary Treasurer, C-TAC; Ann F. Monroe, President, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York; Leonard Schaeffer, Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor, University of Southern California; and Jeff Weiss, Founder and Director, CCI.

About C-TAC
The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) is a national non-profit, non-partisan alliance of patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professional and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers committed to the vision that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, will receive comprehensive, high quality, person-and-family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity. For more information about C-TAC, visit TheCTAC.org

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  1. Avatar Rhonda Anderson DNSc,RN on August 10, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I Have worked as an AHA board member for three years, HRET board member for six years and TJC board member for nine years with Mr. Umbdenstock. I know he will add great value to the work of this board. What a fabulous addition to this organization.

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