ACN’s executive leadership team brings both experience and passion to their roles. This is a unique team that has bonded over their mission to improve the health of our most vulnerable patients.
ACN is on the leading edge of population health, so we value innovation. There’s an true entrepreneurial spirit among our team. We are constantly testing, refining and improving our programs, always measuring against how they will serve the Quadruple Aim. Because of our success, similar organization across the country often reach out to ACN executives for their perspectives and guidance.
David S. Hanekom, MD
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Medical Officer
As chief executive officer of Arizona Care Network, a physician-led and -governed accountable care organization established by Dignity Health Arizona and Tenet-owned Abrazo Community Health Network, Dr. David Hanekom works in tandem with the organization’s 5,500 interdependent clinicians to build a better healthcare system. This means access to great doctors who deliver high quality care, better coordination among providers, and a way to manage the rising cost of care.
Dr. Hanekom is an experienced physician executive with demonstrated success in the collaborative design, implementation and operational oversight of innovative, value-based programs and information technology solutions in support of the Quadruple Aim of improved population health, enhanced patient experience, improved provider satisfaction and reduced costs. He also is considered a subject-matter expert on medical management, managed care, payment transformation and population health management.
Dr. Hanekom came to Phoenix from Atlanta,Georgia, where he served as chief medical officer and senior vice president of business development at SPH Analytics to provide solutions and transformative technologies to provider, payer and health networks. During his four-year tenure, he aligned the company’s products and services to meet the requirements of mandated reporting and value-based payment transformation activities.
Previously, Dr. Hanekom served as chief medical officer and vice president of medical management of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, where he designed and implemented the nationally acclaimed MediQHome Quality program for the state. Early in his career, Dr. Hanekom was an internal medicine physician and director of Chronic Disease Management for Fargo, N.D.-based MeritCare Health System.
A native of South Africa, Dr. Hanekom earned his medical degree from University of Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa, received post-graduate training in family medicine at the Medical University of Southern Africa, and gained additional training in internal medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and previously clinical associate professor of Medicine at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
Dr. Hanekom generously lends his professional expertise to other ACOs across the country. He also serves on the board of directors for Integrated Medical Services (IMS), a multi-specialty group, and Health Current, Arizona’s state healthcare information exchange.
Jami J. Berger, BSN, RN, MBA
Executive Director, Operations
Jami Berger has been with Arizona Care Network since August 2016. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Operations.
Jami earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from North Dakota State University and went on to pursue her MBA with a emphasis in Health Care from the University of Mary.
Early in her nursing career she worked in several Nursing Management positons for Fargo VA Medical Center for over 10 years. She moved on to serve as Director of Medical Quality for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota where she was responsible for the oversight of the quality management program, health informatics department, and medical review team. She also worked as Director of Care & Delivery Management for Noridian Healthcare Services, LLC a Medicare Administrative Contractor. She was responsible for assisting in the design and development of business opportunities, including sales, operations and performance requirements.
Todd Ricotta, MHSA, MBA
Executive Director, Provider Network & Government Relations
As executive director of Provider Network and Government Relations for Arizona Care Network, Todd Ricotta leads network development for the growing ACO, ensuring network adequacy, providing extensive member services, and navigating the complexities of meeting and reporting requirements of Medicare and Medicaid contracts. He also leads a team of Provider Network Consultants who service the day to day needs of ACN providers to help them succeed in the rapidly changing world of value based contracting.
Ricotta joined ACN in 2013 as the organization’s executive director. He has worked in the healthcare industry since 1995, holding various hospital administration, health plan and business development roles in the not-for-profit, for-profit, public and private sectors.
He earned a master’s in business and a master’s in health services administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mark Schippits, MD
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Arizona Care Network is pleased to welcome Dr. Mark Schippits in the new role of Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). In this role, he serves as the key physician leader bridging IT, Analytics, healthcare systems and providers, and clinical performance. He will lead ACN’s focus on technologies that improve care transitions and coordination within the network and identify opportunities for clinical improvement by interpreting the complex data associated with value-based medicine.
Throughout his extensive informatics career, Dr. Schippits has been empowering clinicians, improving healthcare delivery, and extending the clinical value of the EHR. He has a long history of building innovative health analytics, products, decision support, intuitive reporting, databases, and informatics solutions. Prior to joining ACN, Dr. Schippits served as CMIO at Heartland Health, and Chief Technology Officer for M2Gen, differentiating drug discovery for Merck and others with genetics insights. He configured Pfizer’s first clinical trials and clinical genetics data warehouse, first electronic new drug submission to the FDA, and provided the first real-time clinical data access to the desktop for Pfizer’s clinicians.
More recently, Dr. Schippits served as Director of Clinical Informatics at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and then for University Hospitals, a 14-hospital system in Cleveland. Dr. Schippits was the clinical risk evaluator of population health companies attempting CMS disease management demonstration pilots for Munich Re-Insurance (the world’s largest re-insurer), and he later served as Corporate Medical Director for Physical Health and Wellness programs, a national business portfolio covering public and commercial clients across 38 states. APS Healthcare sold for $222 million, with the purchaser crediting Dr. Schippits’ Georgia Enhanced Care Program as the driving reason for the sale.
Dr. Schippits brings extensive experience in a variety of clinical data applications from claims, to analytics, clinical algorithms, metrics, business intelligence, and EHRs. His expertise will help ACN support clinical information system projects across the clinical continuum from ambulatory, to inpatient, and post-acute settings.
Debra J. Stevens, MBA, APR
Executive Director, Marketing & Communication
Debra J. Stevens joined ACN in 2017 as executive director of Marketing and Communication to build the Arizona Care Network brand and drive growth.
She previously was at the helm of marketing and communications programs supporting Arizona’s most visible brands, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Phoenix Suns.
For 10 years, Stevens served as director of Marketing and Communications for Phoenix Children’s, where she was instrumental in driving brand value and patient volume through multimedia marketing programs.
Stevens’ 30-plus-year career also included 13 years rising through the marketing leadership ranks at the Phoenix Suns, where she led the opening of then-America West Arena and played a leading role in the legendary Phoenix Suns Western Conference Champions parade.
She previously worked in marketing and communications positions for KTVK-TV 3, Evans Artigue Public Relations, and Loreto Bay Company.
Stevens has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Arizona State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.