Posted on: January 30, 2018

Macielak Re-elected as Board Chair, Rietsema named Vice Chair

Paul Macielak, President and CEO of the New York Health Plan Association, has been re-elected as Chair of the Hixny Board of Directors for 2018. Hixny is a non-profit healthcare collaborative supporting care coordination to more than 1.7 million patients in the Capital District, Northern New York and the Mohawk Valley.

The board is made up of 16 thought leaders representing Hixny’s many constituencies, including physicians, hospitals, payers, government and educational institutions, consumers, and employers. Macielak, who was first elected chairman in 2016, worked with other thought leaders to form Hixny in 1999.

“Paul’s leadership of the past two years has helped guide Hixny through a period of incredible growth and change, both internal and external,” said Mark McKinney, Chief Operating Officer of Hixny.  “We are grateful to him, and to all of the board members who give of their time and energy to help us achieve our goal of improving healthcare for the people of our region.”

Hixny empowers modern healthcare by enhancing the way the healthcare community and patients access, analyze and collaboratively act upon patient-specific information to promote operational efficiency, eliminate unnecessary cost, improve patient outcomes and advance community wellness.

In addition to Macielak, other board officers are Dr. Wouter Rietsema, Vice President of Quality and Information Services for The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital as vice-chair; David Kile, Executive Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as Treasurer; and David Shippee, CEO, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services, as Secretary.

Rounding out the board are:  Dr. John Bennett, President and CEO, CDPHP; Dr. Louis Snitkoff, Medical Director, CapitalCare Medical Group;  Julie Bazell,  Chief Operating Officer of Hometown Health Centers; William Duax, Vice President of Information Services, Albany Medical Center; Scott Groom, Vice President, Bassett Healthcare Network; Charles Fennell, Regional Chief Information Officer, St. Peter’s Health Partners; Dr. Kirk Panneton, Regional Medical Director, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York;  James Hopsicker, Vice President of Pharmacy, MVP Health Care; Barbara Hess, Chief Administrative Officer, SEFCU; Bonnie Chavin, President, Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation; Charles Welge, Director, Public Health Planning and Education, Albany County Department of Health; and Dr. Tucker Slingerland, Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

Directors and officers are elected to serve a one-year term.

Hixny will be performing extended maintenance beginning Thursday, December 31 through Friday, January 1. During this time, all services
will be impacted and unavailable—including access to the provider portal.