Prior to becoming president of ICSI in late 2016, Dr. Abelson was the Senior Executive Vice President of HealthPartners and the CEO of Park Nicollet Health Services. In these roles, he led the combined integration of care delivery with over 1,700 physicians and clinical professionalsat Park Nicollet (including Methodist Hospital, TRIA and Park Nicollet Clinic), Regions Hospital and HealthPartners Clinics.
Before that, Abelson was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Medical Education for the State of Minnesota, and has held many other health care leadership positions, including Medical Director of Information Management and Care Improvement and Vice President of Strategic Improvement Park Nicollet Health Services, where he led a three-year integration project of hospital, clinic and home care electronic medical record information.
Abelson has served on the boards of VigiLanz Corporation; HealthPartners, including Quality and Transformation committees, Regions Hospital, HealthPartners Institute of Research and Education; Park Nicollet Health Services; and the Minnesota Hospital Association. He was in private practice at Internal Medicine Physicians PA and received his M.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. Read Dr. Abelson's blog.
Craig Acomb, MS
Prior to being named CEO of ICSI in late 2016, Acomb served as Interim President and CEO following the retirement of Sanne Magnan, MD, PhD. He previously served as its Chief Operating Officer and prior to coming to ICSI served for three years as the Assistant Commissioner and COO for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), where he oversaw the operations and administration of a broad portfolio of the state’s public health programs and the agency’s 1,500 employees. His duties included organizational leadership, business direction, financial management and oversight, policy development, strategic and operational planning, workforce development, information technology, corporate communications and government relations.
Before that, Acomb was MDH’s Chief Financial Officer and oversaw the agency’s $500 million budget, which included leading budget negotiations during the passage of Minnesota’s 2008 landmark health reform legislation that created the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP).
Acomb serves on the boards of MN Community Measurement, NRHI and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society He holds a master’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota.
Lisa Carlson is Team Director at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). She has over 25 years of experience working in health care, including the dental industry and at Group Health. In her time at ICSI, Carlson has held several other positions, including Executive Assistant to Dr. Gordon Mosser, ICSI’s first President, and Operations Manager. Lisa is responsible for ICSI’s annual Colloquium and also oversees the Guideline Enhancement and Member Engagement teams.
Jodie Dvorkin, MD, MPH is an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Project Manager/Health Care Consultant working on guideline development. Prior to joining ICSI, Dr. Dvorkin worked at the American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, where she focused on measure development and strategic initiatives. Before that, she helped establish a colon cancer screening program at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Dvorkin holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. She received her medical degree from Emory University and a master of public health from the University of Illinois. Dr. Dvorkin completed an internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago and a preventive medicine residency at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
Audrey Hansen is an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Project Manager/Health Care Consultant. Her projects include health care guidelines, clinical decision support, and member relations. Hansen’s previous experience includes practice facilitation in the ambulatory clinic settings of primary care, cardiology and oncology, where she led quality improvement, culture change, EMR implementation, and clinical program development. This experience across the health care spectrum enables her to facilitate the development of chronic condition management programs in various clinic settings. Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a Public Health Nurse certification from The College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN; a Project Management Professional certification; and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Bethel University in St. Paul.
Senka Hadzicis an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Clinical Systems Improvement Facilitator. In this role, she facilitates the revision of health care guidelines, and provides measurement and data analysis education and support for various other projects. Senka holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and bachelors of arts and science degrees in statistics and economics, respectively, from the University of Minnesota.
Carla Heim is an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Project Manager/Health Care Consultant, and currently works on the Minnesota State Innovation Model (SIM) Practice Facilitation grant project She recently worked on COMPASS, a collaborative care management model for improving depression and diabetes/cardiovascular disease treatment in primary care. Heim has also worked on projects related to health care home, member relations, health care affordability, and Choosing Wisely MN.
Her previous health care experience includes positions at the HealthPartners member services call center and human resources department. Heim holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Minnesota in Mankato.
Tani Hemmila is an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Project Manager/Health Care Consultant working to advance initiatives in behavioral health integration, health care/community connections, learning communities and training workshops. Her projects include COMPASS, a collaborative care management model for improving depression and diabetes/cardiovascular disease treatment in primary care; Screening, Brief intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for addressing risky substance use in primary care; SBIRT for first-time DWI offenders, and multiple learning initiatives.
Hemmila is an ambassador for the HealthDoers Collaborative Health Network through the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement. She is also a motivational interviewing trainer and coach. She has a background in management, entrepreneurship, and training, and prior to joining ICSI, worked as a facilitator and consultant with various community collaborative mental health initiatives.
Hemmila holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health care administration and inter-professional leadership from the University of California-San Francisco.
Sarah Horst Evans is an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Project Manager/Health Care Consultant. Prior to joining ICSI, she was a performance improvement consultant at Optum working with local community health centers participating in the Federally Qualified Health Center Urban Health Network (FUHN) ACO pilot program. Before that Horst Evans was at HealthPartners Medical Group, where she served in a variety of roles. Her more than 10 years of health care experience includes process improvement and workflow redesign, measurement, total cost of care, patient experience and creating healthy workplace dynamics. Horst Evans holds a bachelor's degree in English from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and a master’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica.
Elizabeth Melby (Liz) is the Executive Assistant at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), supporting the President & CEO, and other staff. She also supports the Board of Directors and is responsible for planning and execution of those meetings. Melby has been with ICSI for 13 years, and previously worked at HealthPartners for three years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in library and information systems from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Jeyn Monkman is an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Project Manager/Health Care Consultant with expertise in quality improvement implementation and measurement. She is currently working on the Minnesota State Innovation Model (SIM) Practice Facilitation grant project. Monkman is also a motivational interviewing trainer and coach, and leads ICSI’s Patient Advisory Council. She also worked on COMPASS, a collaborative care management model for improving depression and diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease treatment in primary care. Before joining ICSI, Monkman held various leadership positions in large integrated health systems and critical access hospitals.
Monkman holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN. She is nationally certified as a nurse executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Claire S. Neely, MD, is the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement’s (ICSI) Chief Medical Officer, responsible for leading ICSI’s evidence-based medicine work, including guidelines, and dissemination and implementation of projects. She served as the operations director for COMPASS (Care of Mental, Physical and Substance-use Syndromes), a $17 million innovation award from CMMI, which focused on disseminating evidence-based practices to improve the care of people with depression, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
As a Bush Medical Fellow, Dr. Neely studied team structures and interactions, and is skilled in applying adult learning tools to spread the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enhance team performance. She has a long-standing interest in effective communication and has led numerous workshops on motivational interviewing and shared decision-making.
Dr. Neely practiced pediatrics at HealthPartners for more than 27 years, and held a number of leadership positions during that time. Dr. Neely earned her MD from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, is board certified in pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Patty Staack is a Senior Administrative Assistant at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) where she helps staff with projects, and plans and schedules workshops and meetings. She has been at ICSI for 10 years, previously in the role of Technical Administrative Assistant. Before coming to ICSI, Staack worked at Cenex and First Bank Systems. She received a certificate in Data Entry from St. Paul Technical College and a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding from Inver Hills Community College.
Cally Vinz, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Vice President, oversees business development, member relations, and strategic initiatives. She leads the exploration of innovative practices and serves as a consultant to ICSI members, partners and customers. Vinz has over 40 years of experience in clinical, administrative, educational and leadership roles with several Minnesota health care organizations.
She has worked in large, integrated systems as a psychiatric nurse, educator and leader, and in mid-sized settings where she was responsible for quality, patient relations, infection control, employee health, emergency preparedness, safety and JCAHO/MDH accreditation. Vinz also has worked as a nurse in an industrial setting. She holds a nursing degree from Rochester Community College in Minnesota and has extensive training in leadership and quality improvement.