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Two CHE Leaders Selected for New Nationwide CMS Innovation Advisors Program

January 10, 2012

Anna Marie Butrie
CHE Vice President, Strategy
Management & Operations Imporovement

Maureen Thompson
Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse
St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Del.

Newtown Square, Pa., Tuesday 10, 2012 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that it has selected 73 individuals from 27 states and the District of Columbia for its Innovation Advisors program.

Two Catholic Health East leaders are among this distinguished group: Anna Marie Butrie, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., CPHQ, FNAHQ, CHE’s vice president, strategy management and operations improvement, and Maureen Thompson, B.S.N., R.N.-BC, CWOCN, wound, ostomy, continence nurse at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Del.

The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October 2011, was designed to help health care professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. According to CMS, after an initial orientation phase, these individuals will work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities. They will also create partnerships to find new ideas that work and share them regionally and across the United States.

Funding for this initiative was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

“There has been an incredible groundswell of interest in becoming an Innovation Advisor. It’s clear that doctors, hospitals and health care providers are enthusiastic about implementing the Affordable Care Act and strengthening our health care system,” said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

“We’re thrilled that both Maureen and Anna Marie will be representing Catholic Health East and helping CMS with this important new initiative,” said Judith Persichilli, CHE’s president and chief executive officer. “Through our implementation of Vision 2017, CHE already has a track record of developing and introducing new models of care. This new CMS program will facilitate and help accelerate the innovation process for the benefit of patients everywhere.”

The 73 individuals were selected from 920 applications through a competitive process, and include clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators and others. By attending in-person meetings as well as remote sessions to expand their skills and applying what they learn, the Advisors will be able to deepen their knowledge in health care economics and finance, population health, systems analysis, and operations research.

“We’re looking to these Innovation Advisors to be our partners—we want them to discover and generate new ideas that will work and help us bring them to every corner of the United States,” said CMS Innovation Center Director Rick Gilfillan, M.D.

Among other duties, the Advisors will be expected to support the Innovation Center in testing new models of care delivery, to form partnerships with local organizations to drive delivery system reform, and to improve their own health systems so their communities will have better health and better care at a lower cost.

Each Innovation Advisor’s home organization will receive a stipend of up to $20,000. The stipend will support an individual’s activities while serving as an Innovation Advisor.

More information about the Innovation Advisors Program, including a fact sheet and list of participants and their home organizations, can be found at:

Catholic Health East (CHE) is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by nine religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The System includes 33 acute care hospitals, five long-term acute care hospitals, 24 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 11 assisted living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, seven behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 39 home health/hospice agencies and numerous ambulatory and community-based health services. Catholic Health East facilities employ approximately 55,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry. Catholic Health East is the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of programs.