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Board of Trustees

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) prides itself on working with a diverse group of people who represent all aspects of healthcare from clinical to consumer. The KFMC Board of Trustees consists of multiple professional perspectives of healthcare which provides a dynamic and well-rounded group of thought leaders. Board members include:

Donna M. Bell (Vice Chair) – Lawrence, KS
Ms. Bell has more than 29 years of experience Photo of Donna Bellin the senior living industry. Her areas of focus include operations, marketing and human resources. She is currently the executive director at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

Robert H. Cox, MD, FAAP – Hays, KS
Dr. Cox is a retired pediatric physicianPhoto of Robert Cox and former KFMC medical director. His additional areas of interest included telemedicine. He currently serves on numerous community and state boards and committees.

Thomas A. Hintz, CPA, CPMA, PFS (Non-voting Ex Officio Member) – Manhattan, KS
Mr. Hintz has more than 40 years Photo of Thomas Hintz of experience in auditing, tax and business consulting. He is currently involved in several organizations and boards in the Manhattan community.

Sarah Irsik-Good, MHA - President and CEO
Sarah leverages nearly 20 years of experience Photo of Sarah Irsik-Goodin the healthcare delivery system in furthering KFMC's mission to "lead innovation to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of healthcare." Prior to her appointment as CEO, Sarah served as Director of Quality Improvement and then Vice President for KFMC, providing technical direction and operational leadership for the Medicare quality improvement work across Kansas. Prior to joining KFMC, Sarah served as the Risk & Quality Manager, Education Coordinator and Compliance Officer for Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, KS. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Health Care Operations from Kaplan University and her Master of Health Administration from Ohio University.

John Jacobson, MHA (Secretary-Treasurer) – Atchison, KS
John Jacobson was the CEO of Photo of John JacobsonAtchison Hospital in Atchison, Kansas from 2004-2009. Prior to joining Atchison Hospital, Mr. Jacobson was CEO of Lee’s Summit Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has spent many years in hospital management and holds a degree in Business Administration as well as a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration. Mr. Jacobson has served on the Kansas Hospital Association Board of Directors as well as the Regional Policy Board for the American Hospital Association.

Sandy Praeger – Lawrence, KS
Sandy Praeger was the Republican Kansas Insurance Photo of Sandy Praeger Commissioner from 2003 to 2015. She was first elected in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Commissioner Praeger was responsible for regulating all insurance sold in Kansas and overseeing the nearly 1,700 insurance companies and 110,000 agents licensed to do business in the state. She demonstrated a passion for health reform as Insurance Commissioner, and during her time in the State Senate and House of Representatives, working on health reform and mental health parity. She is also past-president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). As the chairwoman of the NAIC’s work on health reform, she led the process of writing the medical loss ratio regulation. Ms. Praeger is a longtime Kansas resident who lives in Lawrence, where she attended the University of Kansas and served as both Mayor and City Commissioner prior to being elected to the Kansas Legislature.

Arlo Reimer, MD - Lakin, KS
Dr. Reimer currently serves as the CMO Photo of Arlo Reimer, MDat Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, KS. He has practiced full spectrum family medicine in a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital for over 19 years. Dr. Reimer finished a master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2017 and has interests in quality improvement and healthcare delivery in the rural setting.

Julie Roth, JD, RHIA - Overland Park, KS
Julie Roth represents large health systems, Photo of Julie Rothhospitals and physician practices, and counsels clients on the sale, acquisition and development of complex joint ventures. She also counsels clients on regulatory compliance matters including the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, HIPAA privacy and security rules, Medicare and Medicaid payment rules, Conditions of Participation and EMTALA. Ms. Roth has substantial experience with electronic health records and the health information technology exchange. She assisted in the development of the Kansas Health Information Technology and Exchange Act which aligns Kansas law with the HIPAA Privacy Rules. Ms. Roth holds a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law and also earned her Masters' degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas. She is a credentialed Registered Health Information Administrator.

Steven Smith, MBA, FACMPE, CHFP - Overland Park, KS
Steven Smith is a member of BKD’s Health Care Photo of Steven SmithPerformance Advisory Services division, Physician Services Center of Excellence and payment reform teams. He provides consulting services to provider groups and health care organizations related to revenue cycle, process improvement, operations, payment reform initiatives and compliance. He has experience planning and completing consulting projects that analyze existing revenue cycle processes and historical performance as well as identifying areas of opportunity for improved processes and outcomes. He also has experience utilizing big data and historical performance to predict future outcomes along with identifying trends that may indicate areas of opportunity for process change and improved financial and clinical outcomes. Mr. Smith has worked closely with Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers to analyze operations and identify areas of opportunity related to operations or revenue cycle. He has provided detailed presentations on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, bundled payment methodologies and numerous other payment reform initiatives. Mr. Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) through MGMA and has earned the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) designation through the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). He also is a member of national, state and local chapters of MGMA and HFMA. He is a 2003 graduate of William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, with a B.S. degree in business administration, and a 2007 graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas, with an M.B.A. degree.

Ryan Spaulding, PhD (Chair) – Kansas City, KS
Dr. Spaulding is the Director of the Center for Photo of Ryan Spaulding Telemedicine and Telehealth at Kansas University Medical Center and administers all telehealth projects, research activities and daily operations of the department. In this role, Dr. Spaulding establishes and implements the Center's clinical, educational and technological priorities for the provision of telemedicine service and health information technology (HIT) initiatives in Kansas communities. He serves as an Advisory Board member for the KUMC Center for Health Informatics. Dr. Spaulding received his PhD from the University of Kansas, and previously earned BS and MA degrees from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the National Communication Association.

David Voran, MD – Kansas City, MO
David Voran, M.D. is the Associate Professor and Informatics Director Photo of David Voran, MDof Community and Family Medicine at Truman Medical Center and Medical Director, Family Medicine Center–Truman Medical Center, Lakewood. Prior to joining Truman Medical Center, Dr. Voran was Medical Director of the Innovation Clinic at Heartland Health now Mosaic Life Care (2006-2013), Physician Executive for Cerner Corporation (2003-2006), CMIO for Health Midwest (1997-2003) and Executive Director of Information Technology at the University of Kansas Medical Center (1994-1997). Over the last 6 years, Dr. Voran has piloted various workflows and technologies with emphasis on putting as much technology in the primary care physician’s exam room as possible. He is a strong believer in patient engagement and patient-directed care. He has aggressively used the patient portal, promoted point-of-care imaging and believes that, until the patient is the primary user of the EMR, medical organizations will not fully realize the power of the clinical information systems in which they are now investing. He provides medical content expertise to a number of startup companies in the greater Kansas City area. Most recently, he developed and maintained a Residency Dashboard with emphasis on Quality Metrics designed to help physicians and patients close care gaps at the point of care. Dr. Voran received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the Wichita State University in 1974. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1988 and post-graduate degree from University of Kansas – Family Practice in 1991. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Practice and was a member of the Academy’s ad hoc Committee on Electronic Medical Record. Dr. Voran is active in a number of professional organizations and is a past president for the Heart of America chapter of HIMSS and is a Medical Director for CVS Minute Clinics in the Kansas City area.

Eric Voth, MD - Topeka, KS
Dr. Voth is a specialist in Internal Medicine, pain Photo of Eric Vothmanagement, and Addiction Medicine as well as Vice-President of Primary Care at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Kansas. He is the chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, is recognized as an international authority on drug use, and lectures on drug policy-related issues, pain management, and appropriate prescribing practices. Dr. Voth also serves as an advisor on alcohol and drug abuse issues to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, is a former member of the National Advisory Committee for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of HHS, and is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Having consulted in legal cases for over 30 years, Dr. Voth provides expert testimony on general medical issues, pain management, and addiction issues for both defense and plaintiff cases. He has advised the Reagan, Clinton, both Bush, and Obama administrations, and has advised or testified for numerous Congressional offices on drug-related issues. He has appeared on, or consulted to, numerous other radio media and has been quoted by numerous internal print media.

Carla Yost, MHA, BSN, FACHE - Wichita, KS
Ms. Yost is the Chief Nursing Officer Photo of Carla Yostand Senior Administrator for Quality and Service at Via Christi Health in Wichita, Kansas. In her role, Ms. Yost provides strategic and clinical nursing direction and operational leadership for quality, safety and service. Prior to joining Via Christi Health Wichita, Ms. Yost served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer for Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas. She has achieved numerous accomplishments in quality, service and finance. Ms. Yost has 30 years of experience in leadership, nursing, quality and performance excellence.


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