Administrative Team

Varma Suma

Suma Varma

Director, Network Operations and Clinical Integration
(313) 874-3127 or svarma2@hfhs.org

Suma Varma is the director of Network Operations and Clinical Integration. In this role, Suma leads the HFPN Physician Liaison Team and oversees coordination of Value-based Initiatives within the HFPN. She has worked for the Henry Ford Health System for nearly 20 years. Suma received her BA, Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHSA) all from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Fisher Melanie

Melanie Fisher

Practice Transformation Specialist
313-556-7728 or mfisher2@hfhs.org

To her Practice Transformation Specialist role, Melanie brings a unique variety of healthcare experience, having started her career with the Henry Ford Medical Group as a Customer Service Representative. She also has worked with the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital Care Experience team’s Press Ganey patient satisfaction initiatives and improvement. Most recently, she worked at Health Alliance Plan as a Management Engineer working on complex projects with a Healthcare Management focus as well as process improvement within this space. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Healthcare Administration and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Hollowell Alescia

Alescia Hollowell, PhD, MPH

Practice Transformation Specialist
(313) 556-7751 or ahollow5@hfhs.org

Working within various aspects of the healthcare industry since 2014, Alescia brings both practical experience and vast education to this position with the Henry Ford Physician Network. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science in 2009, then went on to get her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Alescia received her PhD in Community Psychology from DePaul University (Chicago) in 2019, while also adding another Master’s degree in 2015 at DePaul (Community Psychology). She enjoys meeting with HFPN physicians to help them further engage with the Network and improve their practices.

Theresa Porada

Theresa Porada

Practice Transformation Specialist
(313) 874-3952 or tporada1@hfhs.org

With more than 25 years of experience with the Henry Ford Medical Group, Theresa’s positions have focused on physician recruitment, retention and credentialing, and improving physician satisfaction and engagement. Today, she is working to develop a value-based cadre of MSO services for private HFPN physicians. She collaborates with private physicians and office personnel to determine their needs, which drives the services provided. Theresa also develops educational forums for office managers. With a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Kurtz Melissa

Melissa Kurtz

Director, Finance
(313) 932-7567 or mkurtz1@hfhs.org

Melissa Kurtz serves as the director of finance for the Henry Ford Physician Network (HFPN). In this role, she oversees the Network’s operational and capital budgets, assists in contract negotiation, and manages invoicing for the information technology solutions offered by the HFPN. She has more than 18 years of healthcare experience (14 of them with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and Henry Ford), where she held leadership positions in hospital administration, support services, nursing finance and budget, and provider reimbursement. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting information systems from Eastern Michigan University and is a certified medical coder.

 

Abby Elowsky

Manager, Physician Relationship Management Technology
aelowsk1@hfhs.org

With a wide array of experience within Henry Ford Health System and beyond – including Salesforce CRM experience – Abby offers the Network a rich reservoir of skills and qualifications. Prior to joining the HFPN team, Abby supported several System Redesign and Transformation projects within the Pharmacy and Security teams to deliver systemwide cost savings. She brings with her a certificate in Business Process Model and Notation, along with Master Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma from Lawrence Technological University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Kalamazoo College.

Peterson Abbie

Abbie Peterson

Application Specialist, Physician Relationship Management Technology
(313) 874-6736 or apeters3@hfhs.org

Abbie serves as the system administrator of the PRM online tool being utilized by outreach liaisons across HFHS. She brings an abundance of healthcare experience to the HFPN, including insurance enrollment and eligibility, medical billing and claims payment, medical office operations, and data analytics. Over her 20-year career in healthcare, she has worked for United Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

Jodie Elsberg

Jodie Elsberg

Consultant, Physician Relationship Management Technology
jelsber1@hfhs.org

As an expert consultant for Physician Relationship Management (PRM) technology, Jodie helps to drive adoption of the PRM tool. She works with the team to develop standards, processes and workflows around use of the technology to support and enhance the development of meaningful physician partnerships. Jodie has a Master’s degree in Health Systems Management from Rush University Medical Center and an MBA from DePaul University (both in Chicago), along with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from University of Michigan.

Aaron Sohaski

Aaron Sohaski

Compliance Officer
(313) 876-4431 or asohask1@hfhs.org

Aaron is a licensed attorney focusing on organizational compliance and regulatory affairs for the HFPN. He brings over six years of contracting experience, three of which are in Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial payor contracts. A graduate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Aaron has held multiple leadership appointments from American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. Aaron has a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Science from the Johns Hopkins University. Aaron serves on HFHS’s Ethics Board, and is a past winner of the Davidson Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation.

 

Richard Mendoza

Senior Performance Measurement Analyst
rmendoz3@hfhs.org

Richard brings an agile and specialized set of skills to the HFPN team to deliver dashboard and other crucial data to the team and to all of its Network physician members. With Henry Ford Health System since 2018, he is responsible for creating and maintaining ongoing and novel methods of tracking and displaying measures so that the HFPN can continually meet the needs of its providers and their patients. Richard graduated from Wayne State University with a B.S. in Information System Management.

Talbott Janet

Janet Talbott

Executive Assistant
(313) 874-7189 or jtalbot1@hfhs.org

Prior to her Executive Assistant role within the HFPN, Janet worked at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, where she supported the Medical Director and Director of the Wyandotte Employed Medical Practices and Director of Physician and Business Development. Before joining Henry Ford, Janet worked at the Associated Press, providing support to the Central Region Editor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from the University of Akron.

Nehr Cynthia

Cyndy Lambert

Communications Specialist
(313) 874-7190 or clamber4@hfhs.org

Cyndy Lambert serves as the director of Communications for the HFPN. In her role, she is responsible for ongoing communications to all members of the HFPN and any material related to the Network. Cyndy has more than 25 years of experience in writing, with a background in newspapers (The Detroit News) and employee communications at Compuware Corporation. She also helped develop and manage a community-engagement health program for the Karmanos Cancer Institute, focusing on cancer prevention. Cyndy received her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.

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