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.
Dr. Praveen Arla
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Arla is a board-certified physician practicing both internal medicine and pediatrics and a nationally-recognized authority on technology-enabled care innovation and practice transformation. In 2012, Dr. Arla co-founded Southern Kentucky Health Care Alliance, one of the nation’s top performing physician-led ACOs. As Chief Medical Director, Dr. Arla has helped shape clinical policy and practice transformation strategies.
Dr. Arla has provided healthcare technology consulting to practices throughout the region, and has helped shape health policy on local and national levels; serving as the Health Department medical director in his County, working closely with Kentucky legislators on state health care initiatives, and as a speaker on behalf of President Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.
As Chief Medical Information Officer, Dr. Arla is spearheading Imperium’s efforts to develop and partner with best-in-breed technologies in support of value-based reimbursement models. Dr. Arla holds a medical degree from Rush Medical College and degree in Public Health Policy from Des Moines.
Director of Quality and Technical Support
RN for past 12 years (since 2005) LPN prior (since 1993) for total of 24 years as a licensed nurse.
Background in Population Health, Private Practice-Internal Medicine, Long Term Care and SNF with MDS certification, Home Health, Surgical Services, and Addiction Treatment (in-patient and outpatient)
Last 4 years working with Imperium.
Initiating, implementation and maintenance of high touch clinical ACO model. Development of TCM program in Ky. ACOs, Liaison for ACO providers with out of network resources for Care Coordination, Subject matter expert in Quality Measures and Quality Improvement strategies, Development of resource materials for Imperium staff and practice use, Onboarding and education of new ACO providers/practices, GPRO Audit coordination and performance, Staff development and training, Project Managing multiple areas of focus. Currently Operations Manager / Team Lead for 6 Kentucky ACO’s. Currently working on Risk Coding Certification.
Director of Corporate Communications
Allison is a seasoned communications expert, starting her career as a reporter, then spending over a decade in various communications roles for statewide political candidates and elected officials before transitioning to healthcare in 2014.
She served as the head of Community Outreach and Marketing for Aetna’s Kentucky Medicaid Plan before coming to Imperium in August. Along with a passion for conveying messaging that makes a pos- itive impact, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boys.
Director of Operational Performance and Analytics
Adam has worked to drive positive change in healthcare organizations for over eight years. He has experience in Medicare and commercial insurance ACOs as well as hospital leadership. Adam earned his BS from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MHA from the University of Minnesota.
Outside of work, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and family.
Director of Operations,
Director of Operations, Atlantic Region
Melissa has substantial experience in healthcare operations, value-based care and payment innovation. She holds a Master of Healthcare Administration and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).
Director of Operations,
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 Operations,
Dustin Summers joined Imperium Health in October, covering parts of Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director of the West Tennessee Physicians’ Alliance (WTPA), an independent physicians’ association representing over 200 health care providers.
A native of Paris, TN and graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin, Summers also holds a master's degree in Education from Lipscomb University and a master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Global Health from George Washington University.
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