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Advocate for Physician-Led ACOs Shares Secret of Success

Posted by Matthew Smith on Jun 13, 2013 1:12:00 PM
By Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2013

Health Leaders Media, Health DirectionsThe former president of Advocate Physician Partners says it's a slow process to get newly hired physicians smoothly cobbled into an accountable care organization. But "culture is the main determinant" of an ACO's success.

Marty Manning built "one of the nation's leading clinical integration programs," as his new bosses describe it. The former president of Advocate Physician Partners, Manning helped design managed care contracts and other personnel ventures involving 4,000 physicians in nine hospitals within the Advocate Health Care System, based in the Chicago area. In that role, he worked to build consensus among private and employed physicians.

He did the job for eight years, and it was fun, Manning told me. "We had gotten to be a mature and successful organization … and I enjoyed the business incubation in different circumstances." In the process, he saw in accountable care organization development "so much opportunity."

So much that the prospect of more ACO development work effectively prompted Manning to leave his job. In May, he resigned from Advocate Physician Partners and joined Health Directions as executive VP to lead physician integration, clinical integration and especially ACO practices at the healthcare consulting firm based in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

He wanted to do something slightly different.

Health Directions, Marty Manning, ACO

Topics: ACO, Health Directions, Marty Manning, Healthcare Consulting, Accountable Care Organizations, Advocate Health

Health Directions Teams Up with CHEF to Mentor Future Leaders

Posted by Matthew Smith on Nov 26, 2012 11:17:00 AM

Chicago health executives forumHealth Directions is proud to be a part of the Chicago Health Executive Mentoring Program, a unique initiative aimed at connecting local healthcare leaders in the areas of health administration, health insurance and health technology with protégés. Protégés are undergraduate or graduate students as well as emerging leaders looking for guidance and support as they navigate their academic and professional careers in healthcare.

The Notre Dame Executive MBA program in Chicago in partnership with the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), the Chicago Health Executives Forum (CHEF), an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and the Healthcare Leaders Innovation Forum (HLIF) launched the mentoring program in the Spring of 2012 and received approximately 20 protégé applications and 20 mentor applications.

Mentors hail from many local organizations including Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, Greenway Medical, Sinai Health System, Health Directions LLC, University of Illinois Chicago Hospital & Health Science System among other esteemed organizations. Ellen A. Ensher, Ph.D. is a Professor of Management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA and adjunct faculty at Notre Dame’s Executive MBA program has designed the curriculum for the Chicago Health Executive Mentoring Program. Core components of the program include:

  • 1:1 monthly discussions between mentors and protégés
  • bimonthly webinars on helpful tools and tricks making the most of a mentor-protégé relationship
  • recommended readings and guides
  • assessments
  • special consulting projects conducted by protégés at their mentors’ institutions

"Health Directions supports this program and its future health care executives whole-heartedly," says Matthew Smith, Director of Marketing at Health Directions. "It's given us the opportunity to work one-on-one with our protégé and develop a meaningful research project that will result in a high-quality, professionally written article and presentation that will, in turn, benefit the health care community."

This dynamic, multi-faceted program would not have been possible without the collective contributions of the founding associations. Leaders from each founding organization have volunteered approximately 3 -5 hours a month towards the program because of their belief in its core mission to connect current and future leaders in healthcare. “ASHHRA supports health care industries and the professional development of future health care executives. There are vast networking opportunities and a large number of health care positions to fill; this is a growing industry in the Chicagoland market,” says Stephanie H. Drake, Executive Director of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA).

For more information on the Chicago Health Executives Mentoring Program, contact Kate Liebelt, 2012 Immediate Past President of the Chicago Health Executives Forum and Founder of the Healthcare Leaders Innovation Forum, at (224) 688-0430 or

Topics: health care consulting firm, Chicago Health Executives Forum, Mentoring, Healthcare Consulting

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