The IHC Annual Forum | Innovation Born from Distruption

Convening providers and community stakeholders come together to work toward the common goal of exceptional healthcare in Iowa and across the nation.

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The Annual Forum sessions will benefit physicians, CEOs, CFOs, senior administrators, nurses, quality assurance professionals, trustees/ board members, clinic managers, infection control professionals, hospital pharmacy directors, clinical pharmacists and other healthcare personnel.

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Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, convening providers and community stakeholders work toward the common goal of exceptional healthcare in Iowa and across the nation.

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Jennifer Brockman, MHA, BSN, RN, Chief Clinical Program Officer, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Des Moines

Jennifer Brockman is chief clinical program officer at Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. She has 20 years of clinical nursing experience including acute and long-term care, quality management and infection prevention. She received a bachelor’s degree in science and nursing from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Walden University. Brockman has developed and led multistate healthcare improvement initiatives, engaging and supporting healthcare organizations and providers, to achieve large scale positive results through continuous quality improvement and process implementation.


John Chessare, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Medical Center Health System, Baltimore, MD

John Chessare, MD, is president and CEO of Greater Baltimore Medical Center Health System. Dr. Chessare is a pediatrician, hospital executive and a national expert and leader in quality improvement and hospital flow. He led his organization in achieving the Malcolm Baldrige Award, one of only five organizations nationally to achieve this distinction in 2020.


Tom Evans, MD, President and CEO, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Des Moines

Tom Evans, MD, has been president and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) since 2005. Dr. Evans received bachelor and master degrees from Drake University. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa and completed his family medicine residency at Broadlawns Medical Center. He practiced family medicine for 13 years before serving as chief medical officer for the Iowa Health System. Dr. Evans has served as president of both the Iowa Medical Society and the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. He has also served on the delegations for the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Dr. Evans is a faculty member with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the College of Medicine at Des Moines University and the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Zandra Glenn, PharmD, RPh, Independent Consultant, Tallahassee, FL

Zandra Glenn, PharmD, is a talented clinical pharmacist and national quality improvement leader who has worked with thousands of clinicians, executives and others to provide servant leadership and support to communities of practice in clinical pharmacy, hospital patient safety, practice transformation and more. She has led several initiatives, most recently, the Medication Management and Opioids Initiatives, and works to systematically integrate comprehensive medication management as a critical component of the healthcare delivery system.


Kedar Mate, MD, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Kedar Mate, MD, is the president and chief executive officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), president of the Lucian Leape Institute and a member of the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mate’s scholarly work has focused on health system design, healthcare quality, strategies for achieving large-scale change and approaches to improving value. Previously Dr. Mate worked at Partners In Health, the World Health Organization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and served as IHI’s chief innovation and education officer. Dr. Mate has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and white papers and has received multiple honors including serving as a Soros Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, Zetema Panelist and an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in American History and from Harvard Medical School with a medical degree. You can follow him on twitter at @KedarMate.


Brianna M. McQuade, PharmD, BCACP, MHPE, Clinical Pharmacist, Mile Square Health Center and Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL

Brianna M. McQuade, PharmD, is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy (UIC COP) and a clinical pharmacist at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health). She maintains a practice site within a family medicine clinic at Mile Square Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center located in Chicago, IL. Dr. McQuade specializes in primary care pharmacotherapy for complex underserved populations, including patients with severe mental health and substance use disorder.


Pat Merryweather-Arges, Executive Director, Project Patient Care, Chicago, IL

Pat Merryweather-Arges serves as the executive director of project patient care bringing the voice of patients, residents, families and caregivers to policy and performance improvement initiatives. She has served as an executive director of a three-state QIO and senior vice president with the Illinois Hospital Association. Merryweather-Arges serves on the IHC Board of Directors and state, national and international healthcare, quality and safety boards and committees. She also is a child life volunteer at a children’s hospital for the past 28 years.


John Scanlon, PhD, Executive Architect

John Scanlon, PhD, is an executive architect who has teamed with leaders and executives throughout the nation for nearly 30 years to develop and implement a powerful “Signature Style” of management and leadership. These mindsets and methods have helped colleagues in hundreds of organizations generate results that matter.


Don Stader, MD, FACEP, Emergency Physician, Opioid Expert, Film Producer and Innovator, Golden, CO

Don Stader is a board-certified emergency and addiction medicine physician, innovator and entrepreneur. He practices at Swedish Medical Center and Craig Memorial Hospital in Colorado. Through his consulting group Stader Opioid Consultants LLC (, he provides consulting services for quality improvement organizations, hospitals, governmental agencies, nonprofits and other organizations looking to improve pain control, opioid stewardship and treatment of Opioid Use Disorders. Stader holds a medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine, where he was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and attended emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He is the former president of Colorado ACEP and the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA). He is the founder and chair emeritus of The Emergency Medical Minute which provides free online emergency medical education. In addition to medicine, he co-founded and works as a film producer for Triage Films LLC and was the creative force behind the Emmy winning documentary 24|7|365 - The Evolution of Emergency Medicine and producer of Palliative and Dying in Your Mothers Arms, an award-winning documentary on end-oflife care in the pediatric population.


Katelyn Thompson, DO, Medical Director, UnityPoint Health Berryhill Center, Fort Dodge

Katelyn Thompson, DO, is a proud Iowan who grew up in Webster City. She attended medical school at Des Moines University and completed a residency in psychiatry at Creighton University/ University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Thompson is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She serves as the medical director of UnityPoint Health Berryhill Center, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic in Fort Dodge. As a passionate educator, she serves as a teaching attending for the Broadlawns/UnityPoint Health Psychiatry Residency and Des Moines University third year medical students.


Dennis Wagner, MPA, Principal and Managing Director, Yes and Leadership, Alexandria, VA

Dennis Wagner is a national and international leader in quality improvement, hospital patient safety, organ donation and transplantation, social marketing and the environment. He and teams that he has led have supported large public and private sector communities of practice in achieving unprecedented improvements and results. Wagner believes in committing to and achieving bold goals in work and in life.

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