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Board of Directors

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  • Board Member Photo Aparna Bole, MD (Board Chair) Division Chief, General Academic Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Medical Director, Community Integration, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

    Aparna Bole, MD, FAAP is Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Medical Director of the Rainbow Ambulatory Practice at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. She is also Rainbow’s Medical Director of Community Integration, in which capacity she leads efforts to build close partnerships with community organizations and stakeholders to enhance the well-being of patients and families at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s Hospitals, and supports innovation in women’s and pediatric primary care delivery. She is particularly interested in the intersection between environmental sustainability and pediatric public health. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, and the boards of Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and the Ohio Environmental Council.

  • Board Member Photo Dr. Jeffrey Thompson Executive Advisor and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus at Gundersen Health System

    Jeffrey E. Thompson, MD, is a pediatric intensivist and neonatologist, executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System. Dr. Thompson is on the Board of Practice Greenhealth.

    Since completing his professional training in 1984, Dr. Thompson has worked full-time solely at Gundersen. He served on Gundersen's boards beginning in 1992 and played a key role in the organization's negotiations and governance design. Dr. Thompson served as executive vice president from 1995 to 2001 and as chief executive officer from 2001 to 2015.

    A founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and a 2013 White House Champion of Change, Dr. Thompson has led Gundersen's nationally-recognized initiatives for patient care, quality improvement and sustainability.

  • Kathy Gerwig Kathy Gerwig Vice President, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente

    Kathy Gerwig is Vice President, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving almost nine million members. Kathy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for the organization. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader in the health care sector. Kathy has testified twice to Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform, and she has appeared at numerous hearings on environmental and safety issues. Kathy is also Kaiser Permanente’s national leader for Workplace Safety, responsible for strengthening efforts to eliminate workplace injuries for the organization’s 164,000 employees and 15,000 physicians. She is on the boards of several leading non-governmental organizations focused on safety and environmental sustainability in health care.

  • Board Member Photo Blair L. Sadler Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
    Blair L. Sadler, Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is also a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego, Schools of Medicine and Management. Under his leadership as former President and CEO, Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego received the Ernest A. Codman Award for its work in developing clinical pathways. Mr. Sadler was a board member of the Center for Health Design, has been heavily involved in developing the business case for building better hospitals through evidence-based design, and was a founder of the Center's Pebble program that disseminates pioneering work on evidence-based design. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of building optimally safe hospitals through evidence-based design and the hospital trustee role in patient safety and quality. He is faculty for the IHI program on Effective Crisis Management, an active participant in the IHI Fellows Alumni Program, and lead author of the IHI white paper on evidence-based environmental design. He is co-author of the book Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts.
  • Sister Susan Vickers, RSM Sister Susan Vickers, RSM (Co-Chair) Vice President Community Health, Dignity Health

    Sister Susan Vickers is the Vice President of Community Health for Dignity Health. She is responsible for directing and overseeing systemwide community benefit initiatives, corporate social responsibility and ecology programs.

    In conjunction with her community health work, Susan directs Dignity Health’s shareholder initiatives. She collaborates with other members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) to raise social responsibility issues with the management of companies in Dignity Health’s investment portfolio. Susan took a leadership role in developing Dignity Health’s systemwide commitment to improved environmental performance and in the decision-making process which led Dignity Healthto endorse the Ceres Principles for environmental protection and conservation.

    Susan currently serves as board member of Practice Greenhealth, Healthier Hospitals Initiative, Partners for the Common Good Loan Fund, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and St. Mary Medical Center Foundation.

    Prior to joining Dignity Health, Susan served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy - Regional Community of Burlingame, California. She has worked as pastoral minister/administrative assistant in assisted rental housing for elderly and handicapped persons and spent twenty years in teaching and administering elementary schools.

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