Senior Leadership

Our Senior Leadership and Board of Directors utilize their combined years of industry and clinical experience to set strategic direction and provide oversight in support of achieving our mission:

Develop and provide innovative and evidence-based consultation, education, tools and resources that measure and improve the quality, safety and value of person-centered healthcare.
H. John Keimig, MHA, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Gail Patry, MS, RN, CPEHR
Senior VP of Quality Programming
Susan Amelotte, BS
Chief Financial Officer
Kara Butler, MBA, MHSA
Director, Administrative Services & CHRO

Board of Directors and Governance Advisory Council

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Healthcentric Advisors. It establishes the overall mission and strategic direction for the organization and provides fiduciary oversight of its finances and performance. Members of the Board represent consumers, healthcare providers, and the business, civic, and academic communities. They serve voluntarily and without compensation.

Stephen J. Kogut, Ph.D., MBA, R.Ph.
Board Chair

Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island

Matthew R. Trimble, CHNA
Board Vice-Chair

President & CEO, Saint Elizabeth Community

Claire M. Iacobucci, CPA

Partner, Director of Audit, KLR

Donna Huntley-Newby, PhD., RN

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Rhode Island College

Neil J. Galinko, MD, MS, FACP*
Hugh Hall

Retired, Former Administrator, West View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Honorable Thomas J. Izzo

Former Senator, Rhode Island General Assembly
Retired, Former School Administrator, City of Cranston

G. Alan Kurose, MD, MBA
Augustine A. Manocchia, MD

Physician Advisor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Paul F. McKenney, MD, FACP

Physician, Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center

Paula Parker

Retired, Former Assistant Director, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs

Allyson Ventura-Tesillo

Case Manager, Rhode Island Workforce Development Hub

H. John Keimig, MHA, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Healthcentric Advisors
Ex officio

*Non-voting advisory board member

H. John Keimig, MHA, FACHE

President & Chief Executive Officer

John Keimig is an accomplished health care industry executive with over 30 years’ experience providing effective leadership and strategic direction for both institutional and consultancy organizations.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Healthcentric Advisors, John Keimig is responsible for leading the organization’s work on a diverse range of significant and complex federal, state and private contracts, research projects, and engagements focused on hospital and nursing home quality, patient safety, outcomes measurement, health information technology and population health management.

Previous experience in hospital and health system leadership includes 16 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island.

A regular lecturer on healthcare quality improvement issues, Mr. Keimig serves on the Board of Directors of the American Health Quality Association and the Rhode Island Quality Institute. He is the recipient of the ACHE’s Regent’s Award and the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the Xavier University Graduate Program in Health Services Administration.

Gail Patry, MS, RN, CPEHR

Senior VP of Quality Programming

Gail Patry, RN, is Senior VP of Quality Programming for Healthcentric Advisors. Ms. Patry has more than 30 years of work experience in healthcare and quality improvement. As SVP of Quality Programming she is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the QIN-QIO program for New England including staffing and fiscal management. She also is responsible for development of new business opportunities.

Ms. Patry’s experience includes leading both local and national projects in topics such as pain management, pressure ulcer prevention, and organizational culture change. On the national level, Ms. Patry managed the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Support Center (QIOSC) contract, funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assist all Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) in implementing continuous quality improvement programs with nursing homes in their respective states.

Prior to joining Healthcentric Advisors, Ms. Patry was the nurse manager of a 40-bed sub-acute unit. Ms. Patry received her Nursing degree from the University of Nebraska School of Nursing, Omaha, NE, a Certificate in Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Practice from the University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI a Certificate in Electronic Health Records from Health IT Certification, a certificate in Lean Methodology from Bryant University and a certificate in Business Management from Bryant University.

Susan Amelotte, BS

Chief Financial Officer

Susan Amelotte, BS, is the Chief Financial Officer at Healthcentric Advisors. In her position, Ms. Amelotte is responsible for the general financial operations of the organization and the New England QIN-QIO contract, including general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, budgeting and cash management in a contract-based environment. Ms. Amelotte is responsible for preparing all financial statements and cost/operating reports. She works with management to help them understand this information and best utilize it to manage their projects/contracts. Ms. Amelotte also works with the Finance Committee of the Board to keep them informed about the financial position of the organization.

Kara Butler, MBA, MHSA

Director, Administrative Services & CHRO

Kara Butler, MBA, MHSA is Director of Administrative Services. In her position, Ms. Butler manages all aspects of Human Resources for the organization’s three offices. Additionally, she oversees the communications, information technology services and contracts administration and compliance departments. She has over 16 years of experience in healthcare and academic settings serving in a variety of roles supporting operations, quality improvement, communications, strategic planning, board development and human resources.