Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery

  • April 22, 2021
  • 06:00-7:30PM
  • Zoom Webinar

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In healthcare delivery, disruptive innovations have the potential to decrease costs while improving both the quality and accessibility of care. Disruptive innovations enable new applications and changes in behaviors. The current thinking with many innovators is a belief that a host of disruptive innovations would have wide implications for payers by shifting payment models to reward efficient and effective care.  This panel will focus on the role of innovation in the medical marketplace and examples of disruptive innovations that will change lives in health care.

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6:00pm-7:30pm.


6:00-7:00 PM Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30 PM Q&A


Mary Ellen Connington
CEO and Co-Founder
Galvanize Health

Mary Ellen is a retired health plan executive and Registered Nurse, active in supporting health care organizations through start up, scaling and operational improvement.

Recognized for leadership in health plans, health systems and large provider organizations, she is a published author and innovator in the health care venture space. She currently serves on a number of Advisory Boards, and as a consultant for several Transformation Health Tech/Service organizations.

Mary Ellen most recently served as Executive Vice President at Village Care Max where she led their $850M Health Plan business.
VillageCareMax Health Plans serves the dually eligible Medicaid and Medicare population through integrated products that include MAP, D-SNP and Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans. Village Care is among the largest MLTC plans in NYS and achieved a 5 STAR Quality rating by the NYS Department of Health.

Prior to joining Village Care, Mary Ellen served as COO for Advocate Community Providers (ACP), a $700M Performing Provider System (PPS) with over 1200 primary care physicians and 650,000 attributed Medicaid members. ACP is recognized for its innovative approach to Value Based Payment by creating a super IPA and MSO to enter into risk arrangements with payors.

Prior to ACP, Mary Ellen served as SVP for Quality and Medical Management at Oscar Health, – an innovative, venture backed ACA Plan that gained national recognition for its cutting-edge technology and exceptional member experience. Mary Ellen joined Oscar at a very early stage and helped Oscar commence operations and expand beyond NY to NJ, TX and CA.

Prior to Oscar, she has served in a variety of executive leadership positions in healthcare, most notably at The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Emblem Health, Fidelis Care NY and the Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens.

As Co-Founder of Galvanize Health, Mary Ellen is active in promoting women in the executive workspace.

Mary Ellen earned her MA from Columbia University and her BSN from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Mary Ellen is a published author and national speaker on quality, the client experience and payment reform. She was named one of the 50 great Irish Americans in Health Care in 2017.


Arielle Rosner
VP of Behavior Health and Social Care
CityBlock Health

Ari is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Cityblock in 2017 as a part of the founding team. It was an opportunity for her to help to build a truly integrated, team-based care model for a population she cares about deeply.

Previously, she directed the Mount Sinai Health Home Serving Adults and Children, a large organization comprising contracted community-based care management agencies that provide comprehensive care management services to New York State Medicaid recipients who are chronically ill and experience many social complexities in their daily lives.

Prior to this position, she worked at Mount Sinai Hospital as a Renal Transplant Social Worker, evaluating patients for transplant from a psychosocial perspective and following them through the process for all support needs. Ari has a B.A. from Brandeis University, received her M.S.W. from Columbia, and was faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter. She loves to travel, eat, and has yet to meet a beach she didn’t like.

Jonathan Stevens
SVP, Growth
Eden Health

Jonathan Stevens is the Senior Vice President of Growth at Eden Health, a modern primary care and insurance navigation company designed to elevate the health and wellbeing of employees everywhere. After supporting Eden’s early employer customers from an operations role, Jonathan transitioned to work more directly on Eden’s growth efforts. Jonathan launched Eden’s commercial real estate and payor go-to-market strategies, and now leads the broader revenue team. A passionate team builder, Jonathan has led the organization through periods of transformative growth – bringing the team from 3 employees to over 150 employees in four years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. Jonathan lives in Brooklyn, NY and enjoys the performing and fine arts, cooking, and collaborating with the broader New York startup community in his spare time.

Nicholas Youngstrom
VP, Network Management
Somos Innovation

Nick Youngstrom currently serves as Vice President at SOMOS. SOMOS is a network of over 2,500 providers that deliver culturally competent care to communities throughout New York City. At SOMOS, Nick is responsible for network management activities and has oversight of SOMOS’s fully-delegated total cost of care arrangements with various Medicaid Managed Care partners throughout the market.

Prior to joining SOMOS, Nick led the network development function at Bright Health where he was responsible for all network contracting and expansion activities nationally. Before joining Bright Health, Nick held various leadership roles at regional and national health plans including, Healthfirst and UnitedHealthcare.

Nick holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.

ACHE Qualified Education Credits:

As an independent chartered chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Leaders of New York is authorized to award 1.5 hours of ACHE Qualified Education credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. After the event, you may claim ACHE Qualified Education Credits through logging into your ACHE account (ACHE.org) –> My ACHE –> Helpful Links –> My Education Credit.

This, and all our programs and events are made possible by the generosity of our 2020-2021 HLNY Corporate Sponsors who are ardent supporters of the healthcare executive profession.



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