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Meet the current and past fellows of Mass General Physician Organization (MGPO) Finance Group
Elizabeth Aremu, MHA, MPHemail: email@example.com University of Texas at Arlington
Elizabeth Aremu is the tenth Finance Fellow of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Human Communication. Initially Elizabeth had hopes of becoming a Pharmacist, but an internship at the Children’s Hospital Colorado introduced her to public health and healthcare administration. While pursuing her MPH and MHA degrees, Elizabeth worked in operations for the Women and Children’s Division at JPS Health Network. In this role Elizabeth primarily worked on projects related to 1115 Waiver (DSRIP) programming, strategic communications, process improvement, and health disparities. While at the University of Texas at Arlington, Elizabeth was active on the Education Committee of the North Texas ACHE Chapter and the Advisory Committee for Tarrant County Voices for Health. Elizabeth joined the Finance Fellowship program to develop a deeper understanding of healthcare finance and the financial strategic planning process.
Beyond work, Elizabeth enjoys volunteering with youth, teaching financial literacy courses, international travel, and attending sporting events with friends.
Larry (Hee Jun) Joo, CPA, MHAemail: firstname.lastname@example.org Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
As the ninth Finance Fellow of the Massachusetts General Physician Organization, Larry graduated from The College of New Jersey with a double major in Accounting and Philosophy. After graduation, he worked at Ernst & Young, LLP, specializing in real estate tax compliance in both the New York City and Chicago offices. During his time at the firm, he realized that his passion lay in addressing larger societal issues and made a career switch. While pursuing his MHA at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, he interned at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their healthcare advisory services and Cigna’s Competitive Intelligence team, while also assisting with research focusing on RVUs and the RUC. Larry is thrilled to join the MGPO team to learn more about healthcare finance operations and to utilize his skillsets in improving the health of both the patients and the community.
In his free time, Larry enjoys running (with the faint hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon), reading, playing guitar, and exploring the city of Boston.
Neda Daneshvar, MBA, MPH
Finance and Analytics Manager, MGH/MGPO International Services Boston University 2016-2017 Finance Fellowship Class
Neda completed her BA in Psychology at Swarthmore College and subsequently worked in clinical psychiatry research at the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for healthcare led her to pursue MBA and MPH degrees at Boston University with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. During her graduate school education, Neda completed an internship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which gave her the opportunity to become involved in highly analytical projects relating to electronic medical record implementation, RVUs and physician reimbursement, staffing recommendations, and patient satisfaction survey analyses. These projects sparked a strong interest in healthcare financial operations, strategic planning, and process improvement. The experience ultimately motivated Neda’s desire to join the MGPO team to further pursue her interests within a highly supportive educational environment, and with guidance from exceptionally inspirational mentors.
In her free time, Neda enjoys traveling, reading, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family.
Lauren McManemin, MHAAdministrative Manager, MGH Weight Center The Pennsylvania State University 2015-2016 Finance Fellowship Class
Lauren McManemin is the seventh Finance Fellow of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. She recently graduated from an integrated masters program at Penn State, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Health Policy and Administration and a Masters of Health Administration within five years. During her college education Lauren interned at varying healthcare organizations including the insurance company QualCare Inc., JFK Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic. These past positions focused mainly on quality and process improvement projects, utilizing a significant amount of data analytics. Although Lauren continues to have a passion for data analytics and process improvement, she decided to join the MGPO team in order to learn more about healthcare finance. Fortunately for Lauren, the MGPO Finance Fellowship combines all her interests while providing an encouraging educational environment.
In her free time Lauren enjoys exploring the beautiful Boston area, practicing yoga, and eating all the amazing seafood Massachusetts has to offer.
Deidre Tindal, MHAOperations and Planning Coordinator at The Emory ClinicMedical University of South Carolina2014-2015 Finance Fellowship Class
Deidre Tindal is the sixth Finance Fellow of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She then began a career in insurance and investments with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network where she obtained Series 6 and 63 designations, as well as life and health insurance licensing. After working in the financial industry for several years, she decided to explore hands-on patient care as a medical assistant. In this role she also gained experience managing physician schedules, improving office workflows and managing staff.
Despite the rewarding nature of patient care, she missed business analysis and chose to combine this passion with her love of healthcare. While pursuing an MHA at the Medical University of South Carolina she held multiple internships regarding patient access to care, capacity management, physician analytics, call center operations, and service excellence. These experiences confirmed her dual passion for both administration and patient care delivery.
Jay Patel, MHA Division Administrator, Psychiatry at Emory Healthcare Tulane University 2013-2014 Finance Fellowship Class
Jay currently serves as a Psychiatry Division Administrator at Emory Healthcare. Previously, he served as an Administrative Manager for the Department of Psychiatry within the Massachusetts General Hospital. His passion in healthcare stemmed from his undergraduate summer internships at Kaiser Permanente and the Gwinnett Pulmonary Group located outside of Atlanta. His early involvement in medical practice management and electronic medical records implementation allowed him to gain a baseline understanding of healthcare systems.
Jay received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Georgia Gwinnett College. He subsequently worked for Scottrade as a Broker Intern after successfully obtaining the Series 7 and Series 63 Licenses. Although investment consulting was exciting, Jay decided to return to his true passion. He attended Tulane University and obtained his Masters of Healthcare Administration. During that time, he worked at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, the largest cardiology group in Louisiana, under the guidance of the Chief Operational Officer.
Outside of work, Jay is a true sports enthusiast and loves exploring Boston’s culture, food scene, and history.
Schaeffer Charles, MHA Group Practice Manager, MGPO The Pennsylvania State University 2011-2012 Finance Fellowship Class
Schaeffer currently serves as a Group Practice Manager for the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. Previously, he served as an Cardiology Billing Manager within the MGPO.” He began his career in healthcare working as a Chemistry lab assistant at St. Joseph’s College, NY Campus, during which he earned a couple of internship opportunities at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His compassion for working with patients developed as he worked on the “front lines” as a rehab technician at a New York based physical therapy clinic. He later decided to pursue a career in healthcare revenue cycle, finance, and operations. His interests also include process improvement, strategic planning, and operations.
Schaeffer received his B.S. from St. Joseph’s College (NY) as a Biology major and Chemistry minor. He completed his Master of Healthcare Administration degree at The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, Schaeffer held an internship at the West Penn Allegheny Health System and worked on process improvement and finance initiatives.
Outside of work, Schaeffer and his wife Marsha enjoy taking road trips and spending time with family. Both new to the Boston scene, they enjoy discovering new restaurants, listening to local bands, sporting events, and making new connections.
Carly Stockdale, MPH CEO of ChartRequest Yale University School of Public Health 2009-2010 Finance Fellowship Class
"I characterize my fellowship at the MGPO as the closest I've come to a professional shortcut. At the General, fresh out of graduate school, I had the opportunity to conceptualize and implement the first centralized drug chargemaster for Brigham and Women's and MassGeneral physicians, conduct a departmental risk assessment and develop cash forecasting methods, participate in RAC preparations and report on physician compensation, gain proficiency in new business intelligence systems, attend Partners HealthCare board meetings, and contribute to innumerable process improvement and planning initiatives. The program couples wide-range exposure with deep dives in analysis, decision-making across institutions, and presentations to executive leadership. Most meaningfully, the fellowship launched lifelong mentorship and peer relationships that continue to impact my values and projects. It's an unparalleled introduction to top leadership of the most complex of businesses, and I couldn't speak more highly of the experience."
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