Vermont Business Magazine The OneCare Vermont (OneCare) Board of Managers has appointed six new members—Dan Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gifford Health Care; Thomas Dee, President and CEO, Southwestern Vermont Health Care; Dr. Joseph Haddock, Independent Primary Care Physician, Thomas Chittenden Health Center; Tomasz Jankowski, President and CEO, Northeast Kingdom Human Services; Dr. Sally Kraft, Vice President of Population Health, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and Grant Whitmer, Executive Director, Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region. The OneCare Board has responsibility for oversight and strategic direction of OneCare and provides guidance to OneCare’s management team on the accountable care organization’s day-to-day activities.
“As the OneCare community of providers grows, it is important to include new voices and perspectives at the table to represent the full continuum of care from across the state,” said Dr. Stephen Leffler, Chair of the OneCare Board of Managers.
Daniel A. Bennett
Dan Bennett is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gifford Health Care. He previously worked for eleven years at Waldo County Healthcare in Belfast, Maine where he served as their director of community services (3 years) and chief operating officer (8 years). Prior to that Dan was the executive director and chief financial officer at the Mid-Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland, Maine. Raised in Brandon, Vermont, Bennett received a BS in Accounting from St. Michael’s College and held staff-level accounting positions at Gifford Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont before accepting a management-level position with Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, VT. He later received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Thomas A. Dee
Thomas A. Dee is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) an integrated delivery system in Bennington, VT. He joined Southwestern Vermont Health Care as its chief executive officer in 2009 and upon his appointment he inherited a $7.5 million budget deficit. Since 2010 under Mr. Dee’s management, the health system has been sustainable with a strong operating margin. He led in the planning and implementation of affiliating SVHC with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, culminating in 2012 when the two formed Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians—a 120 member multi-specialty physician group based at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). Before SVHC, Tom worked for Health Alliance in Kingston, NY, an integrated health system of three hospitals. Tom was president and chief executive officer of the 222-bed Benedictine Hospital for more than 17 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a master's in Healthcare Administration, both from Xavier University in Ohio.
Joe Haddock, MD
Dr. Joe Haddock grew up in rural western Illinois, attended undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University, did his postgraduate training at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and spent 3 years in the military at Camp LeJeune, N.C. Since 1978 he has practiced family and internal medicine at Thomas Chittenden Health Center, and has been involved in various capacities with UVM and FAHC. Outside interests include raising sheep, guitar, woodworking, and grandchildren.
Tomasz L. Jankowski, DPT, MHA, MBA is President and CEO of Northeast Kingdom Human Services with offices in Derby and St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Prior to that he has served as Director of the Neuroscience Institute and Director of Ambulatory Rehabilitation at the Mercy Health and The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, respectively. His professional career spans almost three decades and includes multiple branches of the healthcare industry, such as neurosciences, mental health, rehabilitation, physician group practice, and home healthcare. Jankowski holds a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, Master’s Degree in Hospital and Health Administration, and Master’s Degree of Business Administration, both, from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jankowski is an avid endurance athlete who has raced in over twenty Ironman triathlons, including the Ironman Hawaii World Championship.
Sally Kraft, MD, MPH
Dr. Sally Kraft is VP of Population Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock where she leads a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to improving the health of populations and communities across the region served by Dartmouth-Hitchcock faculty and affiliates. She served as the Medical Director of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative from 2014-2015, leading efforts to disseminate evidence-based practices in health systems across the US. Prior to coming to Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2014, Dr. Kraft served as the Medical Director of Quality, Safety and Innovation at the University of Wisconsin Health system from 2007-2014. Dr. Kraft received her MD and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan, completed a residency in internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine at Stanford University.
Grant Whitmer is Executive Director for Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region (CHCRR). During that time, CHCRR became a Federally Qualified Health Center and has expanded from a three location primary care practice employing 13 providers, to an integrated primary care, urgent care, behavioral health and dental practice employing over 60 providers working out of eight locations throughout Rutland and Southern Addison Counties. CHCRR provides over 140,000 visits to almost 40,000 individual patients annually. Grant has over 35 years of experience in both the hospital and primary care settings in Vermont. Grant earned an MBA from Purdue University and is also a member of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
The full Board of Managers roster can be found at www.onecarevt.org.
About OneCare Vermont ACO
OneCare is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) working with Medicare (Next Generation Model), Vermont Medicaid, Commercial, and Self-Funded insurance programs to improve the health of Vermonters and lower health care costs. Established as an ACO in 2013 by Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the University of Vermont Medical Center, in 2019 the OneCare network includes the communities of Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Lebanon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, and Windsor. OneCare Vermont comprises an extensive network of providers, including hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire, hundreds of primary and specialty care physicians, skilled nursing facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Home Health Agencies, Area Agencies on Aging, and Designated Agencies for Mental Health and Substance Use. Over 172,000 Vermonters receive care from a provider in the OneCare network.
Source: (Colchester, VT) OneCare 4.5.2019