As Chairman and Co-founder, Richard Coren provides critical guidance and insight informed by his lifetime of experiences and achievements in the healthcare industry. Richard began his career in the healthcare arena after obtaining his law degree suma cum laude. In 1983, he built one of the largest healthcare staffing agencies in the state of Florida. In 1994, Richard had a significant health scare due to poor nursing practices during his stay in a hospital. After his miraculous recovery, Richard identified the need for rehabilitation centers to treat patients like himself. He went on to create a successful hospital-based, multi-disciplinary approach known as the Special Care Unit to treat the catastrophically ill. There he served as founder and Chairman of the Board and helped to build Special Care Unit into a multi-state venture.
Cassandra Crowe has over 20 years of leadership experience with the last thirteen beingin service excellence and patient experience. Most recently she served as Senior Director of the Office of Patient Experience for University of Colorado Health – Northern Colorado.
Dedicated to maximizing patient and family experiences, and the ultimate quality and level of their care, she has been the driving force behind multiple hospitals and medical centers being recognized for superior operational and service excellence. An innate visionary, creative problem solver, and hands - on leader, trainer, and agent of change, she has an outstanding track record of accomplishments.
Dr. Fermin Barrueto has been the Chief Medical Officer at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) since July 2016. Prior to this appointment, he had served as the regional director and chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UM Upper Chesapeake Health since 2008. In this capacity, he oversaw the emergency departments at UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and UM Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.
Double board certified in emergency medicine and medical toxicology, Dr. Barrueto also served as a clinical associate professor for the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, where he taught the toxicology curriculum for emergency medicine residents.
Ellen Angelo, DNP, MSN, R.N., CCRN, of Holmdel, N.J., is chief nursing officer of Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Ellen previously served as vice president, chief nursing officer at Ocean Medical Center and has held a nursing leadership position with Hackensack Meridian Health for nine years. Prior to serving as VP, chief nursing officer, she served as senior manager, Patient Care at Ocean Medical Center and also as director of Medical Surgical Nursing at two hospitals; Monmouth Medical Center, in Long Branch, N.J., and Union Hospital, in Union, N.J.
A multiple nursing award recipient, Ellen has received the Elizabeth Kellogg Nursing Excellence Award, Monsignor Bradley Nursing Research Award, and Critical Care Nurse of the Year award, among others. She is an adjunct professor for nursing and medical programs at Georgian Court University. Ellen is a member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
She holds a Nursing Diploma from Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing, an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Union County College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kean University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Monmouth University, a Six Sigma Certificate for green, lean and black belt from Villanova University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Drexel University.
Many of us will recall the lives we have touched and the individuals who have touched our own. We often move so quickly, that we may forget to stop and thank those who have changed something for the better in our professional and personal lives. That includes big changes, small changes, and changes that may have gone unnoticed by some, but truly made a difference in another person’s life.
As a Chief Hospital Executive to over 2500 physicians, leaders and team members with a passion for innovation, engagement and advancing the patient experience, the Wambi platform has provided tremendous real -time actionable insight from patients and care providers. Wambi’ s platform not only delivers recognition fostering overall care team wellbeing, joy and meaning in their work but data analytics to leverage decision making. Wambi has provided the ability to mesh the cultures of medicine and business in a comprehensive and strategic manner while creatively bringing fun into the workplace and motivating that human connection.
Ray has been a volunteer for 13 years. His first 6 years were as a patient advocate, where he spoke to many diverse patients about their issues and experiences, then providing input for potential actions to improve patient well-being. For the last 7 years he has worked in our distribution center delivering supplies to all areas of the hospital, exposing him to many policies and procedures throughout the complex. Ray also volunteers at several other non-healthcare activities.
He has 5 children and 8 grandchildren with his wife of 58 years, Sandy. Sandy has been hospitalized many times over the years, giving Ray exposure to procedures and policies good and bad, and what could be done more efficiently.
With a background in project management and construction code enforcement, John currently works in municipal government in Red Bank, NJ, home to Hackensack Meridian Health's, Riverview Medical Center (RMC). “On March 5, 2018 I arrived at RMCs Emergency Department in serious condition with Bacterial Meningitis Type B, Septic and with Pneumonia. Shortly thereafter I was admitted to ICU in Critical Condition and placed on a ventilator for the next 4-5 days. The caregivers worked around the clock to save my life, on the fifth day I was extubated and awoke for the first time and moved to the 5 South Telemetry Unit. There I spent the next six days on my way to recovery. I had lost 30 lbs. in five days, much of it muscle mass. There I would take my first exhaustive few steps, walk ten feet and I could earn my way to 5 North Rehabilitation. Seventh day on my way to 5 North Room 550 Rehab. For the next two weeks, intensive physical and speech therapy, it was painful, but my will was to not only survive but to thrive! 24 days later I would walk out of Riverview Medical Center. They saved my life. But it wasn't over, I still had seven more weeks of outpatient rehab ahead. 2 ½ months later I returned to work with only correctable hearing loss due to the meningitis.” That's his story, it’s a story that centers around the caregivers who worked tirelessly. Wambi inspired him to discover just how important it is to recognize our health care providers.
Dave Thomsen is a semi-retired independent consultant offering clients coaching in the areas of performance excellence, leadership, strategic planning, understanding customers and leveraging data to drive improvement in process design and key results. Dave considers himself an “impact strategist” and founded Third Gate Consulting to leverage his expertise and unique systems perspective to help increase individual and organizational impact. With over four decades of healthcare industry experience, including as a navy medic, he acquired skills in process improvement and served in senior leadership roles in quality, organizational development, and service delivery in Arizona and Texas. His efforts helped the 8-hospital system achieve both Top 100 and Top 15 Health System recognition nationally.
He is a volunteer senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and was responsible for leading St. David’s HealthCare’s 12-year effort in achieving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. Dave also enjoys serving on non-profit boards as time allows, lending his perspectives to envision innovative approaches to serve the community.
Dave's keen sense of empathy for individuals needing care to deal with acute or chronic conditions they're facing stems from his own personal and family experience with cancer. He has been married for over 36 years, has four grown children, enjoys time outdoors, and connecting with people on a spiritual level in this journey of life.