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Healthy Hearts Northwest

Our Team

Marie Dunn, MS - Vice President, Quality and Safety Initiatives
As Vice President of Quality and Safety Initiatives (QSI), Ms. Dunn is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of QSI programs. An accomplished leader, she has focused her career on leveraging data and systematic interventions to improve outcomes, reduce harm and lower costs in the U.S. healthcare system. She previously served as Vice President of Population Health Strategy and Operations at Health Catalyst.


Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH - Medical Director
Dr. Hummel is a general internist who has more than 30 years of medical experience, including extensive work in primary care and health informatics. He currently helps practices adapt their electronic medical records to workflow processes that improve clinical outcomes and prepare these practices to thrive in a value-based reimbursement environment.


Evan Stults - Vice President, Communications
Mr. Stults leads communications strategies for initiatives dedicated to improving healthcare quality and safety. He has worked in healthcare communications and program development for over 25 years, including directing the national communications resource center for the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program from 2002 through 2008.


Carolyn Brill, CPHIT, CHP - Operations Manager
Ms. Brill was part of a team that rolled out the EHR, Epic, to approximately 350 providers, including 26 specialties. She has done builds for both Epic and Allscripts, is certified in Allscripts Enterprise, and has worked with many other EHR vendors. Most recently, she worked as a consultant on the Washington & Idaho Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology.


Tara Kline, CPHQ, SSBB, CPHIT, CHP - Practice Coach
A healthcare professional with expertise in quality improvement and strategic planning, Tara is skilled at utilizing research and technology to improve population health outcomes. She is knowledgeable in many areas including meaningful use, PQRS/Value Based Payment Modifier, HIPAA security risk analysis and mitigation, and patient centered medical home (PCMH). Ms. Kline holds a master's degree in the field of clinical laboratory science and is a Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT), Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB).



Rose Lauck, RN - Practice Coach
As a practice coach, Ms. Lauck works with several practices across the Puget Sound developing and supporting their quality improvement capacity with a focus on improving cardiac health and successful participation in incentive-based programs. Rose brings 20 years of diverse experience in application product management, nursing, EHR optimization and quality improvement. She is passionate about crafting elegant and practical solutions that serve patient outcomes, align with organizational priorities, and result in improved performance in clinical quality measurement.


Jeff Sobotka, PMP, MBA, CPHIT, CHP - Practice Coach
Mr. Sobotka is an HIT Consultant and has over 25 years of healthcare IT experience in project management, HIPAA security, and EHR selection and implementation. Jeff worked on our WIREC meaningful use initiative as a principal consultant and has been providing technical and business process consulting to ambulatory groups for the last 15 years.


David Stipe, RRT - Practice Coach
Mr. Stipe has worked in healthcare over 30 years. He began his career as a registered respiratory therapist and has 20 years of healthcare IT experience. He is proficient in several EHR systems including Epic, Greenway Medical and MedHost, as well as an expert with implementations and workflow. Additionally, he has deep experience in meaningful use, EHR improvements related to workflow, optimization and reporting. David has previously been certified in Epic Ambulatory and MyChart modules.


Chanda Sundara, CPHIT, CHP - Practice Coach
A staff member since 2006, Ms. Sundara has served on many Medicare-funded projects within the patient safety and prevention arenas. Currently, she is working with providers on primary care redesign though optimization of health information technology. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Information and Informatics Management at Boise State University, and is a Certified Professional in Health IT.

2018 Executive Summary

Healthy Hearts Northwest is wrapping up. The study team is hard at work compiling and analyzing all the information we collected, and we’ll be ready to share our findings with soon.

In the meantime, you can get a sneak peek at what we learned.

»download the 2018 Executive Summary