Over his 20-year career as an executive in healthcare, Gary has earned a reputation for strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit. As the co-founder of Imperium, Gary received a White House Innovation Award in recognition of the public private partnership between Imperium and the City of Louisville, and was instrumental in the development of CMMI’s Advanced Payment Model Initiative.
Prior to Imperium. Gary was President at Soteria Imaging Services, a nationwide provider of Imaging Services where he created payer-provider-institutional partnerships, and led growth from 7 to 24 facilities. Gary earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University, an MBA from Madison University, and serves on the Board of Directors of NAACOS, The National Association of ACO’s.
President/Chief Strategy Officer
Benjie Levine, President / Chief Strategy Officer, is responsible for enterprise strategic growth initiatives, business development, ACO strategic development planning, and ACO performance track consulting. Under Levine’s leadership, Imperium Health has developed an industry-best 36 ACOs across 25 states, including independent physician-led ACOs and clinically-integrated health system-sponsored ACOs. Having transitioned from a private equity and consumer products background, Levine brings fresh, innovative thinking to a fast-changing healthcare landscape. Levine earned an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Colorado – Boulder.
Sean has lead teams for the past 6 years responsible for engaging clients along with developing and executing personalized strategies to generate results for value-based contracts. His experience in population health management, value-based care reimbursement, and healthcare information technology has allowed him to create a proven track record for driving mutually beneficial partnerships with healthcare organizations aspiring to meet the challenges of delivering high-quality care in risk-based models.
He has been engaged/responsible for the implementation and “go live” of enterprise population health management software and strategies for over 50 healthcare organizations, representing over 10 million patient lives. Based on the need from the market he has developed extensive value-based care methodologies/playbooks to ensure success in accountable care organizations (ACOs), Medicare Advantage plans, full capitation commercial plans and other advisory program initiatives. These initiatives have produced proven results saving CMS over $700 million over the last 4 performance years (16,17,18,19). In addition, Sean has helped companies become recognized by KLAS, Gartner, Black Book, and Becker’s Hospital Review in the healthcare technology and population health management space.
Director of Operations, West Region
Shekinah is based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and directs ACO participants in Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico. Shekinah has 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is an expert in practice operations and CMS value based payment models. She joined the Imperium team in 2018 and is a strong ally for physicians who are motivated to be successful in bringing both improved patient outcomes and shared savings to fruition. Shekinah is Certified by MGMA as Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) and by NAMSS as a Professional Medical Staff Manager (CPMSM). She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Healthcare from Mid-America Christian University.
Director of Quality
Angela is an RN and Certified Risk Coder. She is responsible for Quality Improvement and reporting for Imperium ACOs nationwide which are made up of independent physician-led ACOs and Hospital led ACOS. Angela holds the bar high for Imperium Quality achieving an average quality score of over 95% for the past 3 years. Angela is a subject matter expert in Quality Measures/Quality Improvement strategies and GPRO Audit Coordination and performance. Angela began with Imperium in 2014 initiating, implementing and maintaining high touch clinical ACO models and developing / creating Transitional Care Management Programs for Ky ACOs. Angela has a long history in healthcare with a strong clinical focus including a background in Population Health, Private Practice-Internal Medicine, Long Term Care and Skilled Nursing Facility with Material Data Set certification, Home Health, Surgical Services and both in-patient and out-patient addiction treatment.
Director of Operations,
Brantley Judah graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition. She then attended The University of Alabama School of Medicine before pursuing a career in value-based care program management. Brantley Judah is the Director of Operations for Imperium Health’s Accountable Care Organizations in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. She manages seven ACOs with varying levels of performance-based risk and experience, of which all have generated Medicare savings. Four of these ACOs achieved Medicare Shared Savings in 2018, two in their first year of participation. Brantley specializes in quality and cost analysis, providing individualized comprehensive performance improvement strategies for ACO participants. She has worked with hospital-based ACOs and independent physician-led ACOs providing education and improvement strategies to hospital corporations, primary care and specialty physicians, resident physicians, and healthcare administrators.
Director of Operations, Atlantic Region
Melissa earned a Master of Healthcare Administration, is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), holds a Six Sigma Green Belt in Healthcare, and is also a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) . Over 12 years, she has gained substantial experience in healthcare operations, value-based care, including Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI), Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR), and episodic care. Melissa has experience managing risk, and patient quality and outcomes for acute and post-acute facilities, ambulatory clinics, home health agencies and hospitals. She has successfully completed multiple home health and hospital Joint Commission and Medicare site surveys and is adept in creating cost saving strategies and quality improvement initiatives.
Vice President of Commercial Contracting and Preferred Network Development
Carter brings extensive experience in ACO Development, Hospital Administration, and Strategic Planning. Prior to joining Imperium, he served as Director of Strategy and ACO Operations for Alliant Management Services, one of the country’s largest hospital management organizations. During this time he successfully led the enrollment and management of nine hospitals into four CMS approved ACO’s.
He is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned his Bachelors in Finance, as well as a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration/Public Administration.
Director of Implementation and Integration
Kelly brings substantial experience directing implementations, system integrations and overall project/account management. Prior to joining Imperium, she worked as an experienced consultant leading payor, provider and employer organizations on HIT best practices to maximize ROI, system effectiveness and data accuracy. Kelly’s background also includes experience in Population Health, RPM, Home Health and Hospice sectors of healthcare.
Director of Data Analytics, Integration and Development
Timothy Hollowell is an experienced Analytics Director who has been working with CMS claims data since 2013. He joined Imperium in early 2017 to focus on the developing Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Timothy builds and maintains the underlying data for the Imperium Analytics platform, helping ACO’s and their stakeholders achieve better patient outcomes. He has developed into a subject matter expert in CMS MSSP regulations, particularly as they relate to member attribution and ACO benchmarking methodology. Timothy earned a Master of Arts degree in Actuarial Science from Ball State University in 2013, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Anderson University in 2008. In addition to his love of data science, Timothy enjoys cats, playing piano, walking his elderly beagle, and playing games with his friends and family.