For the past 25 years, Dr. Vicki Lucas has been recognized as one of the foremost leaders in women’s and children’s health. She has served on the boards of every major women’s health organization, co-edited AWHONN’s book on women’s health, and published more than fifty articles and chapters on women’s and children’s health in peer reviewed publications. Dr. Lucas was Chairman of the Division of Women and Childbearing Families at the University of Texas, and has held academic appointments at six major universities throughout the United States. She has also served in senior executive positions over the past 15 years in women’s and children’s services in two large health systems, each with more than 11,000 annual births. In addition to her work with PeriGen, Dr. Lucas is currently an adjunct member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Throughout her career, Dr. Lucas has served as an advisor to the most prestigious medical institutions, including: CDC, NIH, HHS, ANA, AHA, The Center for American Nurses, The Advisory Board, The Jacobs Institute, The Snowmass Institute, AAP, ACOG, and AWHONN. She received her BSN and MNEd from the University of Pittsburgh, and holds a PhD from The University of Texas in healthcare finance and administration. Dr. Lucas is also a nationally certified Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner.
Judith L. Faust, MBA, BSN
Judy Faust is the Administrator and Clinical Director of Women’s and Children’s Services for Albert Einstein Health Network. As one of Albert Einstein’s key business leaders, Judy uses her expertise in operations management, organizational growth, and program formation to support the organization’s strategic goals. The total scope of Judy’s responsibility spans service line operations which include physician practices, clinics, residency programs, four inpatient units (124 beds), and community practice locations. Judy is also charged with the leadership and direction of two academic divisions comprised of approximately 100 professionals. Judy’s responsibilities at Albert Einstein also include strategic planning, new business development, patient care management, federal, state and privately-funded program coordination, staff training and supervision, medical staff relations and recruitment, community outreach, and information systems. Judy manages a $15.9M nursing budget, $8.1M departmental budget, and $2.0M grant budget. During her tenure at Albert Einstein, Judy spearheaded the selection of an electronic medical record system for OB/Gyn practices, a reporting system for the Antenatal Testing Unit, and a clinical decision support solution for inpatient obstetrics. Judy is a Fellow American College of HealthCare Executives, as well as a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Health Care Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (Program Committee), and the Maternity Care Coalition (Public Policy Committee). A recipient of the Albert Einstein Health Care Network Leadership Excellence Award, Judy holds a BSN from West Chester University, an MBA from Widener University, and is ANCC-certified. Judy also attended the Women’s Health Management Institute at Columbia University.
Molly Gray, MS, RN, CNAA, BC
Molly Gray is the Director of Women’s Service and Children’s Hospital for Baystate Health. She is responsible for the strategic development of the Women’s Service and Children’s Hospital at both an organizational and regional level, and is an external advocate for women’s and children’s health issues. An important focus in Molly’s career has been the development and implementation of a comprehensive approach to enhanced patient safety and reduction of error in a clinical setting. Her achievement at Baystate includes Women’s Service participation in both the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Premier AEIX Perinatal Safety initiatives, two national models for improving perinatal safety for patients and caregivers. With over a decade of experience as a nursing leader at Baystate Health, Molly is responsible for two service lines representing 200 beds, encompassing 423 FTE’s, and grossing over $122M in total revenue. She has held several teaching positions at academic institutions such as Yale University and The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has been published in periodicals such as Nursing for Women’s Health, The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, and The New York Times. Molly holds a BS in Nursing and an MS in Nursing Administration and Informatics from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Carol Kidney, RN
Carol Kidney is the Executive Director of Women’s Services, Obstetrics Maternity at Maimonides Medical Center.
Barbara LaBranche, RN, BSN, MBA
Barbara LaBranche is the Director of OB Clinical Standards at Banner Health. She is responsible for ensuring that the highest quality of obstetric care is delivered across all of Banner’s 17 facilities. Barbara develops policies which reflect current OB standards and best practices, and implements procedures aimed at maintaining the safest, most consistent care for Banner’s maternal/fetal population. She is currently the project lead for the system-wide customization and implementation of the PeriBirth OB risk reduction solution, which will help to ensure optimal outcomes for the 30,000 babies delivered annually at Banner Health facilities. In her former role as Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Director of Women & Infant Services, Barbara oversaw a tertiary facility with a delivery rate in excess of 6,500, an annual budget of $50M, and over 350 FTE’s. Barbara’s accomplishments at Banner include the successful completion of a $5M renovation of the LDR unit, the reconstruction of a $6m OB triage/prenatal testing unit, and the coordination of quality improvement measures across 5 Banner Health facilities in Arizona. She holds a BS in Nursing from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Providencia Casado-Monchek, RN, BSN, MSA
Providencia is the Director of Nursing for Maternal Child Health and Psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital. With over 30 years of experience in Obstetrics, Providencia is responsible for the clinical and administrative operations of OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Labor & Delivery, and Nursery. Before accepting her current position at Lenox Hill, Providencia held director level positions at Our Lady of Mercy Healthcare Systems and Beth Israel Medical Center. As the Manager of L&D at Beth Israel, she supervised 75 FTE’s, oversaw a $5M budget, initiated several quality improvement programs, expanded the L&D department (significantly increasing both capacity and revenue), and developed a training program for ancillary staff which resulted in over $100,000 in savings for the hospital. Among her many career achievements, Providencia coordinated and implemented the first L&D alternative modalities program using Bedscapes visual imagery and sound to reduce pain and anxiety in the L&D suite. Providencia currently Chairs the L&D Leadership Team and Joint Practice Committees, and is a member of the Nurse Executive and JCAHO Steering Committees. She is also a member of the Sigma Iota Epsilon Honor Management Society. Providencia holds a BS in Nursing from the City University of New York, and an MS in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University.
Mia Patunas-Rubin, RNC
Mia is the Clinical Coordinator of Maternal Child Health and the Prenatal Safety Nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital. In this position, Mia has a wide range of responsibilities, including the direction of the division’s quality and performance improvement initiatives. With over 20 years of nursing experience, Mia is NCC certified in In-Patient OB, and holds a BSN from the College of New Rochelle.
Carla Provost, RN
Carla Provost is the System Administrator for the Labor and Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) unit at Baystate Medical Center. A knowledgeable clinician with over 25 years of experience in Obstetrics, Carla managed the design, implementation, and user education of the PeriBirth system at Baystate in 1999. As the current system administrator, Carla is responsible for guiding and supporting new staff by providing training, education and resources. Working with Baystate’s clinical leadership and hospital administration, Carla uses the reporting and analytics features of PeriBirth to drive quality and performance improvements within the LDRP unit. A recipient of the 2007 Baystate Clinical Nursing Excellence Award, Carla has been published in Health Care Technology and Nursing for Women’s Health. Carla is a member of the ANIA-CARING Organization and AWHONN, and sits on AWHONN’s Nursing Informatics Advisory Panel. Carla is a graduate of the Falls River School of Nursing.
Linda Reed, RN, MBA
Linda is the Vice President of Information Systems and the Chief Information Officer at Atlantic Health. In this position, Linda is responsible for planning, acquiring, and implementing information technology and telecommunications. Her primary focus is aligning corporate and business unit strategy with information technology requirements to deploy appropriate solutions to achieve the best possible experience for Atlantic’s patients, physicians, and employees. Prior to joining Atlantic Health, Linda was the Vice President of Virtua Health, the largest health care provider in southern New Jersey. She has served as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Widener University, is on the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Employees Federal Credit Union in Princeton, NJ, and has served on the board of the New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS. Linda is a long standing member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and she is currently a member of both the CHIME Board of Directors and McKesson’s Strategic Advisory Council. Linda holds a BA from Rutgers University, an MS in Nursing with distinction from Pace University, and an MBA from Widener University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society for Business Management and Administration.
Melanie A. Sumersille, CNM, MSN
Melanie is the Assistant Director of Risk Management and OB Informatics for MediSys Health Network. She brings over twenty years of experience as a Certified Nurse Midwife to her role in overseeing the care of patients in the Labor and Delivery, Antepartum, and Postpartum units. As MediSys’ point person for safety initiatives, Melanie has led the reduction in Erb’s palsy on newborn discharge by 70%, and reduced Stat Cesarean incision time from 14 to 8 minutes. Melanie has also revised departmental procedures relating to shoulder dystocia, performed in-depth case analysis of near misses, and participated in hospital-wide root cause analysis. In her previous role as the Project Manager for Electronic Medical Records at MediSys, Melanie oversaw the development, customization, and implementation of the PeriBirth solution at the network’s three hospitals. Melanie is a nursing educator and advocate who continues to maintain a full-scope of practice, including deliveries, at both Garden City OB/Gyn and Winthrop University Hospital. Melanie holds a BA from Hunter College, and a BSRN, CNM, and an MSN from The State University of New York.