About The Board

The OCHI board of directors is made up of experienced professionals from a wide range of healthcare and business backgrounds – all focused on improving the state of healthcare in Oklahoma.

 

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Board Members

 

Teresa meinders burkett, partner, conner & winters, llp

Teresa Meinders Burkett is a partner in the healthcare practice group of Conner & Winters, LLP. A native of Okarche and a graduate of Norman High School, she worked through law school as a cardiac care nurse and now represents a wide variety of healthcare providers in her law practice with an emphasis on health information exchange and privacy issues.  

Ms. Burkett is a community volunteer with a focus on quality of life issues for Oklahomans, serving as the Chairman of the City of Tulsa Park Board and the Board of Trustees for Gilcrease Museum. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement, she also has served for many years on the Boards of Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, the Tulsa Community College Foundation, The Oklahoma Academy and the Potts Family Foundation. Ms. Burkett recently became Chairman of the Neighborhoods and Built Environment Task Force for the North Tulsa Community Coalition, a project of the Tulsa County Health Department to reduce health outcome disparities in the Tulsa community. A member of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XVIII, Ms. Burkett was named the Top Healthcare Lawyer in Tulsa in 2015 by Best Lawyers in America and is regularly listed by Oklahoma Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women attorneys in Oklahoma. 


Joseph Cunningham, MD

Joseph Cunningham, MD, is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and spent nearly 21 years in private practice, serving as staff physician at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. He then joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma in 2007 as the Medical Director of Medical Services over the Utilization Management and Case Management departments. He has served as the company’s Vice President of Health Care Management and Chief Medical Officer, the Vice President of Health Care Delivery and Chief Medical Officer overseeing both medical and network/provider areas. In July 2015, Cunningham was named Divisional Senior Vice President of Health Care Delivery and Chief Medical Officer. He also is responsible for the transition from fee-for-service to fee-for-value and leads value-based program development.

A native of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Cunningham earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and attended medical school at the University of Arkansas. He also conducted post-graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and he is a member of both the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Tulsa County Medical Society.

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Jeffrey Galles, DO

 Dr. Galles is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist, and has been associated with Utica Park Clinic (UPC) at Hillcrest Medical Center, Since 1992.  He currently practices Internal Medical in Owasso, Oklahoma.  In addition, he has served as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Utica Park Clinic since 2003.  He oversees the UPC Quality Improvement program as a variety of administrative functions.

He oversaw the four-year CMMI Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative from 2012-2016 at UPC and now leads the 5 year extension of the program referred to as CPC Plus.  UPC now has over 120 primary care providers at 29 locations participating in CPC+ with the goal of achieving the “Triple Aim” by providing comprehensive care coordination, team based care and improving healthcare costs for our patients.

The UPC Population Health Department coordinates QI activities within UPC Dr. Galles currently directs the value-based strategies for UPC which includes telehealth outreach for behavioral health and diabetes education.     He also holds a green belt in lean six sigma training.


Robert b. Hauger, Md FACP

Robert Hauger, MD has practiced general internal medicine in Tulsa at the Saint Francis Health System as a part of the Warren Clinic since 1994. In addition to his practice of both hospital and ambulatory internal medicine, he is currently serving as the President of the Medical Dental Staff of Saint Francis Hospital. He has participated in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative.  His interests include quality improvement and high functioning teams in healthcare.

A lifelong Tulsan, Dr. Hauger attended the University of Oklahoma earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.


Mike Maxwell, md, facp

Mike Maxwell, MD, is a general internist who has been in practice in the St. John Health System since 1988. With his partner he started the first patient portal in Tulsa, enabling patients the ability to communicate with their providers in a secure format. He has been on the OCHI board since its inception in 2009 and is serving as its president for a two-year term through 2016.

Maxwell has been actively engaged in quality improvement work for many years. He has been a participant in the nationally recognized Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and is currently serving as an Academic Detailer in the Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma Program – a peer-to-peer academic outreach program designed to prepare physicians and their teams for many of the new challenges primary care offices are facing.  As an “almost native” Tulsan, he attended Tulsa Public Schools and then the University of Oklahoma for his college and post graduate education and training. 


Connie Mcfarland

Connie S. McFarland is president of McFarland Architects, P.C. Her expertise is practice management, and she is an expert in healthcare architecture.

She served as Fellow and President of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) in 2014. For many years, McFarland has been an active participant on both the local and national levels of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), where she is a Fellow. She also served on the National AIA Risk Management Committee and the AIA Trust in Washington, D.C.

McFarland authored a nationally recognized publication entitled, “Americans with Disabilities Act: Accommodating the Public” and has been a speaker at a national conference on this topic. Her article “Environments for Palliative Care” was published in HFM Magazine in September 2013. She presented her research of palliative care at Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando in November, 2013, and at the International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal, Canada, 2014.

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bill nole

Bill Nole, MBA, CPHQ, CPXP, has served Saint Francis Health System as Director of Quality for the past 16 years. Working with James Shirley and Doug Stewart, Nole was one of the three original founders of OCHI.

He has been honored both nationally and locally for his work in patient experience. Nole was the first winner of Professional Research Consultants' Leading Light Award for his contributions in staff education related to patient experience. He was selected as one of five Values Awards winners for the Saint Francis Health System for his work on ensuring an excellent patient experience for every patient, every time.

He earned a BS in Communications and MBA from the University of Tulsa and has earned certifications in both health quality (CPHQ) and patient experience (CPXP).


stanley schwartz, md

Stanley N. Schwartz, MD, FACP, FIDSA, currently serves as a healthcare consultant for Hub International Mid-America and is a Principal at Tallgrass Analytics LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He organized and serves as CEO of WellOK, Inc., the Northeastern Oklahoma Business Coalition on Health, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare for Oklahoma businesses.

He previously practiced infectious diseases medicine in Tulsa and was also hospital epidemiologist for Saint Francis Hospital. Later, he became Medical Director for Warren Clinic, a 350+ provider organization that is part of Saint Francis Health System, until 2013. In 2013 he became Medical Director for Special Projects and was responsible for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative at Warren Clinic until 2014.

 A graduate of New York University School of Medicine, Schwartz did residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, served in the United States Air Force and did fellowship training in infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.


chandini sharma, md

Chandini Sharma, MD, graduated from medical school with one desire -- to serve her patients. She has always been a person-centered care provider who was naturally steeped in Geriatric principles. 

Sharma believes in slow medicine. Her greatest diagnostic tool is "listen to the patient." She shares the enthusiasm of OCHI in educating patients and their families on health and healthcare. Improving the quality of life and quality of care for seniors is her mission at Geriatric Center of Tulsa.


jim shirley, phd

Jim Shirley is President of James Shirley Management Consultants, Inc. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management. He is a specialist in continuous improvement in healthcare operations in clinics and hospitals.

Shirley has more than 40 years of experience as an engineer, management consultant and educator. He was on the faculty of College of Business Administration at the University of Tulsa and is a recognized leader in improving processes in Oklahoma healthcare.


Jan slater, jd, mba

Jan M. Slater teaches and consults in healthcare law, business and bioethics with the Oklahoma University Tulsa School of Community Medicine, Bioethics Center.  She also is Executive Director of the Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement (OCHI).

She holds a JD and MBA from the University of Tulsa and has served as administrator of rural hospitals in Pawhuska and Ponca City, Oklahoma as well as CEO of Oklahoma State University Medical Center, an urban teaching hospital. Slater has taught post-graduate courses in Hospital Administration and End-of-Life law, and her career includes an 18-year assignment as Corporate Legal Counsel for St. John Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She speaks on a regular basis concerning legal, administrative and ethical issues in the healthcare industry.


jack sommers, md, mba

Jack Sommers, MD, has been Chief Medical Officer with CommunityCare since 1997. He studied pharmacy, then medicine at the University of Oklahoma.  He completed his residency in Family Practice in Tulsa in 1984.  He practiced primary care at Springer Clinic for the next 13 years and, during his tenure there, completed an MBA from Oklahoma State University. He became the first full-time medical director of CommunityCare in 1997. 

Sommers has been an influential part of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI), a collaborative effort with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within CMS, to develop and implement advanced primary care practices – essentially changing the way primary care is delivered. He has also developed a team to work within the hospital system and network of skilled nursing units to increase the quality of healthcare, reduce admissions and lower readmission rates.


roger b. trammell, cphq

Roger Trammell, an Oklahoma native, is a graduate of East Central University with a B.S. in Business Administration. A retired Army Reserve Officer, he is a member of the National Association Healthcare Quality.  He has 26 years’ experience in pharmaceutical industry and has served in several roles in sales and sales management, along with a role in healthcare consulting and process improvement within his organization. 

Trammell’s current position is with Sanofi Pharmaceuticals U.S. Market Access group as an Account Executive for the areas of Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Texas, where he serves as both Market Access/ Managed Care Contracting coordinator and as a population management specialist working with organized medical practices. He has a Master’s level certificate in Quality from Loyola University Chicago, is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and has his Certification in Health Care Quality (CPHQ).


barrett waller

Barrett Waller is president of Waller & Company Public Relations and has learned the communications/public relations business from nearly every angle, having served as a reporter for the Tulsa World, medical writer for St. John Medical Center, public relations director for Oklahoma Special Olympics, and as owner of a full-service public relations firm. He has worked closely with a wide range of clients – including several hospitals and health systems – to provide strategic public relations and marketing counsel.

Waller is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In June 2003, he received the “PR Professional of the Year” award from the Tulsa PRSA chapter.