Summit 17 Northern Michigan 05122017

GLHC is the leading provider of health information exchange services in Michigan. We take great pride in our role as a statewide, non-profit resource; facilitating the delivery of critical patient data where and when it’s needed most. The 2017 Summit Series is an opportunity to regionally engage, to share best practices, and to learn about the latest and greatest advancements in health information exchange and the IMPACT it makes in various care settings.

The Northern Michigan Summit will feature practical presentations applicable to a variety of health care and community organizations, health IT service providers, and legislative / government representatives. The event will engage those who already participate in health information exchange and those who could benefit from connecting.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Complimentary buffet breakfast and lunch will be served.


Fox Hill Event Center

7640 Mackinaw Trail
Cadillac, MI 49601



8:30 – 9:00 am Registration / Networking / Continental Breakfast


9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening Remarks from GLHC

Presenter: Doug Dietzman, GLHC Executive Director


9:15 – 10:00 am Health Policy Update and the Impact of Advocacy

Gabe Schneider and Doug Dietzman

Gabe Schneider (left) and Doug Dietzman (right)


A discussion between Gabe Schneider, Director of Government Relations for Munson Health System, and Doug Dietzman, Executive Director of GLHC, about the past, present, and future of health policy and how legislative actions affect the healthcare industry and population health.






10:00 – 10:15 am BREAK


10:15 – 11:30 am Community Level Set Presentation

Presenter: Mary Graham, GLHC Manager, Community Engagement

This interactive presentation will explore who we are as healthcare community, where we are in the journey toward becoming a “care-connected” community, and what opportunities exist to help us achieve that goal. Audience participation highly encouraged!

Mary Graham is the Manager of Community Engagement at Great Lakes Health Connect. She was delighted to join GLHC in late 2015 as part of her continued focus on provider-centered services that support the care community, improve health and outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs!  Mary is a Licensed Master of Social Work who started her career in Crisis Intervention.  She has worked as an adjunct Social Work professor, and in Residential Services for persons with Mental Illness, and in Clinical and Day Program Services for persons with Developmental Disabilities.  Her health plan experiences include the Wellness Plan and Priority Health, working regionally and state-wide with the provider communities.  Her passion for “making things work” lead her to GLHC because she wants to help providers and the wider community realize the full potential of the technology already in use.


11:30 – 12:15 pm LUNCH

Gluten free and vegetarian options available!


12:15 – 1:00 pm

Presenter: Beth Oberhaus, RN, BSN, MBA, PMP, Clinical Operations Manager at Wexford Physician Hospital Organization

Beth Oberhaus

Beth has been with the Wexford Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) since 2010. In her 16 years as an RN, Beth has worked in a variety of roles. She started her career at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation hospital working on the spinal cord injury and pediatric units. After getting married, she moved with her husband to Cadillac and became a nurse at the local hospital, first as an emergence department nurse, then a shift supervisor, inpatient manager, and landing for the last six years at the PHO.

Her work at the PHO  has provided a unique prospective, she states “The ability to work in a community of providers in ways that can really support better health for our friends and neighbors feels like the right work to do.” Her educational background in nursing, business, and project management provides a foundation to support the health care community as they bridge the gap from longstanding models to new ways to do healthcare.

Beth received her Associates degree in Nursing from Grand Rapids Community College. She graduated from Ferris State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Master’s degrees  in Business, along with a certificate in process improvement.

In her free time, Beth likes to read, do anything artsy, and spend time with family and friends. Personal quote to live by, “I am fairly certain that given a cape and a tiara, I could save the world” by Curly Girl.


1:00 – 1:45 pm Connected Community impact: Making a difference in patient care and office workflow with the right tools

At GLHC, we know one size doesn’t fit all, our participants come in all shapes and sizes. We pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions and services that fit into each of their unique workflows resulting in more efficient and effective care for patients. In this session, GLHC and the community representatives will discuss and present the many different ways that they are using health information exchange to make a difference in patient care and office workflow.


  • Carrie Strom, West Michigan Implementation Consultant – Carrie has a passion for building bridges between healthcare providers to help them care for patients as efficiently and effectively as possible. She also enjoys many different styles of music and loves to attend concerts. One of her greatest joys is teaching music to kids, she has worked with over 300 children in the past 20 years. Carrie’s covers the following counties:Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van Buren
  • Steve Spieker, Manager, Solution Support at GLHC – Steve Spieker has been with Great Lakes Health Connect since February 2011.  Steve is the Subject Matter Expert for a number of applications/solutions. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Steve has worked in the medical and behavioral health field since 1988. Professional settings have included a runaway shelter, outpatient counseling, residential treatment facilities, an emergency department counselor, and a health insurance company.  He also co-authored the book:  The Cycle of Offense: A Framework for Treating Adolescent Sexual Offenders.”

Community Representatives:

  • Shaina Gowell, Referral Supervisor/Administrative Coordinator, Hackley Community Care Center
  • Amy Bard, Administrative Team Leader, Michigan Pain Consultants


1:15 – 2:00 pm BREAK



2:00 – 2:45 pm Technical Integration of Primary Care into Behavioral Health

Presenter: Lara Dengerink-VanTil, DNP, BSN, RN and Jenifer Van Wyngarden, Operation Manager, InterAct of Michigan


Lara Dengerink-VanTil, DNP, BSN, RN

Lara Dengerink-VanTil completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Grand Valley State University where she had the opportunity to partner with Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) and InterAct of Michigan to study and create “A Technical Integration of Primary Care into a Behavioral Health Site”. People with persistent mental illness experience more chronic disease and co-morbidities than the general population, impacting their quality of life and increasing the cost of health care. In this presentation, Lara will share the process and outcomes of her doctoral research project, which explores the potential for integration of primary care into a behavioral health site by leveraging health information exchange to make primary care assessment information, medication lists, and laboratory results available for holistic behavioral health assessments, as a first step towards “reversed shared care”.

Jen VanWyngarden

Jenifer Van Wyngarden is a Social Worker working in the mental health field in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her BSW from Grand Valley State University.  Jenifer has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 13 years.  Early in her career she was a case management for adults with sever and chronic mental illness and the last 7 years has been spent in management.  Jenifer is currently the Operation Manager at InterAct of Michigan.  Jenifer is a board member for Open Hand Studios and likes to use her vacation days to travel to the all the countries and locations that Open Hand Studios has projects.  Jenifer’s extra-curricular activities include being active through soccer, volleyball, camping or hiking, watching the Detroit Tigers baseball team and GRFC team, going to the theater and reading.

2:45 – 3:30 pm Integration of Health Information Exchange in Long Term Post-Acute Care

Presenter: Brian Morrill, IT Director, Clark Retirement Community

Brian Morrill

Brian Morrill is a healthcare technology thought leader with over thirty years of healthcare and technology industry experience. Brian’s presentation will review the process of integrating health information exchange technology within a long-term care/post acute care environment. He will explain the value that is created for enhancing care quality, continuity, and outcomes.


3:30 pm Wrap-Up & Adjourn

Doug Dietzman, GLHC Executive Director


*Subject to changes*