Board of Directors
Board meetings are open to the public, if interested in attending, please call 844.840.0050 for details.
Chairman of the Board
- Lindsay Farrell, MBA, FACMPE - Open Door Family Medical Center
Lindsay Farrell, MBA, FACMPE
Open Door Family Medical Center
Lindsay Farrell, MBA, FACMPE has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Open Door Family Medical Center since 1998. Over the course of her tenure, Open Door has added new sites, programs and technologies to more than double the number of low-income people served. Farrell began as a volunteer at Open Door, and later served as Director of Operations, overseeing the center’s initial JCAHO accreditation, and as Director of Development, responsible for capital fund drives for major facility expansions.
At the request of the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Farrell served as a member of the expert panel initiating the patient visit redesign collaborative directed by the Bureau’s Quality Center. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Health Care Association of New York State, Hudson Health Plan, HITCH (Health Information Technology for Community Health), and of the Port Chester Council of Community Services. She served as chair of the Westchester Women’s Agenda.
Vice Chairman of the Board
- Rajesh Davé, MD, MBA - Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer, UHS Hospitals
Rajesh Davé, MD, MBA
Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer, UHS Hospitals
Rajesh Davé, MD, MBA is the Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer at United Health Services Hospitals, a 518 bed hospital system in Johnson City, New York. He is accountable to the CEO and Board for the organization and conduct of the medical staff including: medical staff credentials and privilege determination, quality assurance/improvement, clinical resource utilization, medical staff development, laboratories and cardio-pulmonary services. He also manages the medical education programs at UHS Hospitals which includes four residency programs and four affiliate residencies.
Board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatology, Dr. Davé obtained his Medical Degree from Bombay University, completed his residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and finished his fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Binghamton University.
Dr. Davé is the Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education for Clinical Campus, and a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the State University of New York. He served as Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UHS Hospitals from 1980-1999.
Dr. Davé is actively involved on various community boards and educational institutes. He is Past President of the South Central Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, and of the South Central New York State Perinatal Association.
- David Scarpino, MBA - HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley
David Scarpino, MBA
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley
David Scarpino, MBA, has over 30 years of experience in hospital financial operations. David is currently the President and CEO of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley.
Prior, Mr. Scarpino served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Kingston Hospital and Kingston Regional Health Care System since August 2006. His responsibilities were extended to include Benedictine Hospital and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley in February 2008.
He came to Kingston after 27 years at St. John’s Riverside Hospital System in Yonkers, NY, a hospital system that includes two hospitals, a school of nursing, a skilled nursing facility and other corporate entities. He rose from Staff Accountant to Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Scarpino is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Northern Metropolitan Healthcare Association, Greater New York Hospital Association and is an Adjunct Professor at Iona College. Mr. Scarpino holds a BS in Accounting from Manhattan College and an MBA from Pace University.
- Claudia Edwards, MS - Retired Public Health Director, Broome County Health Department
Claudia Edwards, MS
Retired Public Health Director, Broome County Health Department
Claudia Edwards has retired after many years of service as the Public Health Director for the Broome County Health Department in Binghamton, NY. She directed the operations of the Health Department’s five divisions: Environmental Health, Clinics, Maternal Child Health, Children with Special Needs, and Administration, including management of 113 staff members, an $18,000,000 operating budget and 37 grants totaling $3,500,000.
Ms. Edwards’ responsibilities included proper regulatory control of licensed facilities to prevent food-borne outbreaks, unintentional injuries and contamination of water supplies, and the prevention of the spread of designated infectious and communicable diseases. She supervised the development and quality management of the health department data management infrastructure to ensure accurate community health assessment projects, public health research and reporting. She lead strategic planning with 34 community agencies to provide countywide emergency preparedness planning and response to terrorism events and natural disasters.
Ms. Edwards holds a BA from Queens College and a MS from New York University. In addition to directing clinic services for five Broome County public health services, her prior experience includes direction of the Women, Infants and Children’s Program. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the New York Medical College School of Public Health and SUNY Binghamton, a Board Member of the American Cancer Society, and an Advisory Board Member of the Physician’s Free Clinic.
HealthlinkNY Board Members
- Afzal ur Rehman, MD PhD - Vice President of Informatics & CMIO, UHS Hospitals
- Arthur Aaron Levin, MPH - Founder and Director, Center for Medical Consumers
- Christina Boyd, MBA - Vice President Marketing and Community Relations, UHS Hospitals
- Duncan Sze-Tu, MD - Endwell Family Physicians
- Eugene P. Heslin, MD - Bridge Street Medical Group
- Helene Kopal, MPA/MPH - Health IT and Innovation Consultant
- Lisa Harris, MD - Senior VP Medical Affairs and CMO, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
- Patricia Hale,MD, PhD, DACP, FHIMSS - Associate Medical Director of Informatics Albany Medical Center
- Paul Kaye, MD - Executive Vice President of Practice Transformation, Hudson River HealthCare
- Susan S. Stuard, MBA - Consultant, Lake Fleet Consulting
Afzal ur Rehman, MD PhD
Vice President of Informatics & CMIO, UHS Hospitals
Dr. Afzal ur Rehman is Vice President of Informatics & CMIO at United Health Services. He also serves as the Director of Medical Informatics at UHS Hospitals, Vice President of UHS Medical Staff and Chair of Quality Assurance at United Health Services. He is a past president of Broome County Medical Society.
Dr. Rehman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and maintains an active cardiology practice. He is a graduate of King Edward Medical College, Pakistan and has a PhD from University of London, Kings College School of Medicine, where his research focused on cardiac
ultrasound and echocardiography. In 2006 he obtained the degree of Master in Healthcare Management from Harvard University, School of Public Health.
Dr. Rehman brings a unique combination of in-depth knowledge and more than 20 years of experience in both practice of Medicine and Information Technology. He has developed many successful software packages and is proficient in many computer languages. His group Cardiology Associates, PC implemented an Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) seven years ago and has successfully participated in all Medicare quality initiatives using the EHR.
Arthur Aaron Levin, MPH
Founder and Director, Center for Medical Consumers
Arthur Aaron Levin, MPH, is Co-Founder and the Director of the Center for Medical Consumers, a New York City-based non-profit organization committed to informed consumer and patient health care decision-making, patient safety, evidence-based, high quality medicine and health care system transparency. Levin is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board for Health Care Service and has served on a number of IOM committees, including the Committee on the Quality of Health Care that published the “To Err is Human” and “Crossing the Quality Chasm” reports. He is co-chair of the NCQA Committee on Performance Measures and chairs the NQF’s Consensus Standards Approval Committee; he has also participated in a number of NQF steering committees and technical advisory panels. He is on the boards of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision-Making and the Citizens Advocacy Center. He represents consumers on select FDA advisory committees as a consultant expert in drug safety and risk management.
In New York, Levin has served on numerous state health department task forces and workgroups focused on safety, quality, informed consent and bioethical concerns. Most recently he served as a member of a workgroup formed by the Commissioner of Health to set state policy with regard to office- based surgery, leading to new safety and transparency protections for consumers. He has written and worked to pass legislation on physician profiles, hospital profiles (including performance reporting) and most recently a state law mandating nosocomial infection reporting by hospitals. He was appointed in 2009 to be a member of the State Hospital Review and Planning Council. Levin earned his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Reed College and his Masters of Public Health degree in Health Policy from Columbia University School of Public Health.
Christina Boyd, MBA
Vice President Marketing and Community Relations, UHS Hospitals
Christina Boyd, MBA, is Vice President for Marketing and Community Relations for United Health Services. In this role, she oversees public relations, marketing, and patient and community education initiatives for the organization. Christina received a Bachelor’s degree in French and Art History from Wichita State University and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College. She served for five years as a Vice President with New York City- based Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies, and later held similar positions with Riger Advertising in Binghamton and Ericson Marketing & Communications in Nashville, TN.
Christina is also very engaged in community service work, serving on the board of The Family & Children’s Society and is the current President of the Board of Advisors for the American Cancer Society.
Duncan Sze-Tu, MD
Endwell Family Physicians
Duncan Sze-Tu, MD, is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his Residency and Teaching Fellowship at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Sze-Tu is a partner in and has an active practice at Endwell Family Physicians/The Walk-In in Endwell, New York. Dr. Sze-Tu is also a Sub investigator for Regional Clinical Research and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the NY State Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the NY State Medical Society and the Broome County Medical Society.
Dr. Sze-Tu is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at SUNY Upstate University. He has professional interests in Family Practice, Adult and Pediatric Care, Geriatric Care, Electro-Therapeutic Point Stimulation, Colposcopy, Gynecological Care, Endometrial Biopsy, Minor Office Surgery and Clinical Research.
Endwell Family Physicians, L.L.P. is a primary care group practice composed of doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other trained health care personnel committed to providing healthcare consumers with the best possible care. They are strive to allow their patients to see “their Provider” whenever possible. An important advantage of the Endwell Family Physician group practice is that patients have medical coverage 24 hours a day, even though their specific health care provider may not be available. EFP also offers a full array of online services via their Patient Portal.
Eugene P. Heslin, MD
Bridge Street Medical Group
Eugene P. Heslin, MD, is lead physician of Bridge Street Medical Group, a private practice which he began as a solo practitioner in 1992 in Saugerties, NY. Over the years he has expanded his practice to include six primary care physicians serving the community. Under his guidance, and with the engagement of the entire office staff, the practice has achieved NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home status in 2009. In 2001, he became a member on the Kingston Hospital Board, and subsequently became chairman in 2006. Heslin was instrumental in the successful integration of a Catholic hospital and a secular hospital under a single corporate parent, now known as HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, which he currently serves as chairman of the board.
Heslin earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemistry from Fordham University, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston. He returned to his home state of New York to complete his training in family practice at the Mid-Hudson Family Health Institute Residency program in Kingston.
Heslin serves as Medical Director for the HealthAlliance diabetes programs, and serves as a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and the Medical Society State of New York House of Delegates. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a member and past President of the
Ulster County Medical Society. He has been active in health information technology initiatives, serving as one of the founding members of the Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) board, as well as on the NYeC board and executive committee.
Helene Kopal, MPA/MPH
Health IT and Innovation Consultant
Helene is currently a health services consultant. Previously she was the Senior Director, IDS Operations at Westchester Medical Center’s Center for Regional Health Care Innovation (CRHI), Helene was responsible for the information technology and other systems and processes required to create an integrated delivery system as part of the New York State’s DSRIP initiative. Prior to joining CRHI, Helene worked for ten years leading HIT-driven change among safety net health care providers as the Executive Director of Hudson Information Technology for Community Health (2012-2014), and Director of Emerging Initiatives at Primary Care Development Corporation (2005-2011). Other HIT experience includes inpatient and outpatient system implementations, systems testing, and strategic planning as a Consulting Senior at Ernst & Young. At Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and Oxford Health Plans, Helene oversaw disease management and health improvement initiatives leveraging clinical and claims data to identify and manage at-risk health plan members.
Helene holds an MPA/MPH in health policy and management from Columbia University and a BA in History from Connecticut College.
Lisa Harris, MD
Senior VP Medical Affairs and CMO, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Lisa Harris, MD, is the Senior VP of the Physician Network, Medical Affairs and CMO at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, a member of Ascension Health. Previously, she was the President and CEO of Temple Medical, a private practice which serviced nearly 3,000 covered lives.
Dr. Harris was born in Oneida, New York and is the eldest child and only daughter of the Honorable Roy W. and Mrs. Lucille King. Dr. Harris attended Monroe Jr. Sr., High School in Rochester New York, and furthered her education at the University of Rochester where she received a B.S. in Neurosciences. Dr. Harris received her Medical Degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Her training in Medicine and Pediatrics was completed at the Detroit Medical Center, Detroit Michigan. Dr. Harris maintains certification in 2 specialties, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, allowing her to care for both the adult and pediatric populations. She also holds board certification as a Physician Executive.
Prior to relocating to Binghamton, Dr. Harris was the District President for the Rochester Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the past President of the Medical Staff at Highland Hospital, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Monroe Plan for Medical Care, a fellow of The American College of Physicians, a fellow of The American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of The American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. Harris is a regular guest on “Second Opinion” shown on PBS. She is also a licensed evangelist in the Church of God in Christ, as well as president of the Christian Women’s Council at her church. She serves on numerous boards in the community and is an avid seamstress.
Patricia Hale,MD, PhD, DACP, FHIMSS
Associate Medical Director of Informatics Albany Medical Center
Dr. Patricia Hale, MD, PhD, DACP, FHIMSS is our newest board member! Welcome!
Paul Kaye, MD
Executive Vice President of Practice Transformation, Hudson River HealthCare
Paul Kaye, MD, is the Vice President for practice transformation for Hudson River HealthCare and has been a pediatrician for 30 years. He directs a community health center network that serves more than 45,000 patients at 14 sites. Since 1998, Hudson River HealthCare has worked with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Bureau of Primary Health Care to implement new models of care delivery, using clinical information systems to guide improvements in health.
Kaye is co-chair of the Pay-for-Performance and Medical Homes Workgroup of the National Association of Community Health Centers. He is the chair of the Clinical Committee of CHCANYS, the community health care association of New York State. He represents the National Association of Community Health Centers on the AQA Alliance. He is currently serving on the technical advisory panel for the Commonwealth Fund's Transforming Safety Net Clinics into Medical Homes project.
Susan S. Stuard, MBA
Consultant, Lake Fleet Consulting
Stuard is an independent consultant that advises clients on issues related health policy, including state innovation programs, practice transformation models and implementation, multi-payer reimbursement models, and regional population health planning. Current engagements include serving as multi-stakeholder faculty for CMS’s Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and developing the practice transformation strategy for a state’s State Innovation Model (SIM) project. Stuard serves on the Standards Committee for the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Community Advisory Board for the New York State Health Foundation, and the United Hospital Fund’s Quality Institute Advisory Group. She co-chairs the Integrated Care Workgroup for the New York State’s Health Innovation Plan and serves on the NYS Health Innovation Council.
From 2008 to 2015, Stuard led, THINC, the not-for-profit convening organization that established research-based criteria to enhance health care quality and value in the Hudson Valley. Under Stuard’s leadership, THINC championed multi-payer physician practice transformation project that rewarded practices that achieved NCQA PCMH certification. THINC also sponsored the Hudson Valley Health Information Exchange and an EHR adoption program. Stuard was the primary liaison with THINC’s constituent organizations and its board of directors. Starting in 2014, THINC joined together with Southern Tier HealthLink to merge their two organizations, resulting in formation of HealthlinkNY in 2015.
Prior to THINC, Stuard was the director for technology policy development at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). Stuard managed NYPH’s health information exchange projects and developed the hospital’s position relative to legislation and regulation of health information technology. Ms. Stuard was also the vice president of regulatory affairs for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) where she led GNYHA’s efforts with respect to clinical information technology and the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. She has also held regulatory affairs and hospital operation roles at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College.
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