|New WSHEF Board Member Spotlight|
Introducing the new 2017 Board Members!
Brian S Barry, MA, COO, Kadlec Clinic, Kadlec Regional Medical Center
Barry grew up in a healthcare family and was very familiar with walking the halls of a hospital throughout his youth. After spending a few tumultuous years in the dot.com bubble, he found himself wanting to pursue a career direction that provided a more significant impact on his community. Barry was able to redirect his career path in to health system strategy and became infatuated with the dynamics of the healthcare business and the mission and values related to serving.
Barry first became involved in ACHE when he served as the Western-Slope representative for Colorado’s ACHE chapter; this provided a great introduction to the value of ACHE and the local connectivity provided through the state chapters. When Martin Benning, the immediate past president, called Barry to inquire about his interest in running to serve as a Board member, it was a simple decision to make! Welcome to WA and to WSHEF Board Barry!
Aaron Hefel, MBA, MHA, Senior Manager of Physician Services at Providence Health
Aaron had the great fortune to start his career on the front lines in a top research lab where patients were receiving care and contributing to find a cure for a rare disease. For Aaron it was a pretty formative experience - he became aware that it was important to him that his work provide a connection back to the community. Aaron also got to learn the value of strong leadership in action, and how it can change the world. Aaron recalls that, not having a lot of cures at his disposal, the number one thing to do for patients in the lab was to re-engage an emotionally very discouraged patient who was on track to losing 100% of their vision. Aaron and his colleagues would say “Yes, there IS something you can do! You can help us understand the disease and help us build the cure.” That was leadership’s brilliant vision in a place of ambiguity. The key was staying focused on the patient in the midst of all the science. It resonated with him and healthcare ended up being a lucky, natural fit.
In Aaron's current role at Providence, he is supporting Providence's systemwide On-Demand Care strategy and implementation across a seven state market. Prior to this, he held roles within Providence, CHI, and University of Iowa Health Care in System Strategy, Medical Group Business Development, and Analytics.
Aaron first became involved with ACHE during his time in the MHA and MBA program at the University of Iowa, his home state. ACHE was and remains an important organization supporting healthcare leaders, particularly early careerists. So now, further on in his career, it is an exciting opportunity to be able to step up to support the future of the local chapter and get connected. Welcome to the WSHEF Board Aaron!
Sheridah Lemmon is a second year student in the University of Washington Master in Healthcare Administration program with an anticipated graduation in the spring of 2017. She is currently an Administrative Intern at Providence Health and Services in Olympia. She serves as a board member at large for WSHEF. She is also a volunteer on the WSHEF communications committee where she focuses on the management and enhancement of WSHEF’s social media presence.