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About Us

HCNCA History

The Healthcare Council, founded in 1946 as the Hospital Council, is an association of healthcare providers, schools and health-related institutions serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The Council assists its members by promoting intelligent planning, facilitating discussion of common problems and acting as a clearinghouse for the exchange of information. We use a variety of tools to accomplish that mission.

Divisional Meetings

Peer group meetings for professionals in Administration, Engineering, Human Resources, Environmental Services, Information Technology/CIOs, Materials Management, Quality Assurance, Volunteers and other areas of management.

Group Purchasing

The Council's subsidiary corporation, National Capital Area Shared Services, saves participants millions of dollars every year.

Surveys

An annual look at regional specific pay scales for over 150 positions by title and description in the Wage & Salary Survey and over 60 positions in the Executive/Department Head Salary Survey. The Homecare Salary Survey provides data on over 20 positions.

CEO/Trustee/Roundtable Meetings

The Healthcare Council is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.

Leadership Team:

Council Board of Directors

HCNCA and NCASS are governed by an 12-member Board of Trustees comprised of both healthcare providers and payer leaders.

  • Mike Barch, Chair, Senior Vice President, Business Development
    For more than 30 years, Mr. Barch has held senior management positions in various medical corporations representing nearly every facet of healthcare. More recently, he has served as Chairman of Global Pharmaceutical Sourcing, a pharmaceutical distribution company. Previously, he held the post of CEO of The George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC) for more than 20 years. During his tenure at GWUMC, he helped the Medical Center develop a 300-physician group practice and a 100,000-member HMO. He later served as Assistant VP at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following his appointment at John Hopkins, Mr. Barch was named President and CEO of Managed Care Assistance Corporation (MCAC) which was responsible for the development of six different statewide managed care networks and the formation of HMOs in two additional states. Mr. Barch holds a joint degree in economics and finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a MHSA from the George Washington University.

  • Hugh Eagleton, Vice Chair
    A retired banker, bank regulator and Naval Reserve Captain, he also taught accounting at Montgomery College and the American Institute of Banking at night. He is currently focused on investing his personal funds in private equity transactions and counseling small and emerging businesses. He completed his business courses and comprehensive examinations at George Mason University leading to a Doctor of Arts degree. He has an MBA (Finance and Investments) from George Washington University and a B.A. in political science and Naval Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He did his business courses at College Park. Mr. Eagleton is an Emeritus Director, Children's National Medical Center; Trustee, past President of the Washington Chapters of the American Institute of Banking and the International Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals.

  • Calvin Brown, Treasurer, Chair - Finance Committee
    Founding owner of C Brown & Associates, Mr. Brown, possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in financial consulting: commercial and government accounting; and government auditing experience. After serving 8 ½ years with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Mr. Brown developed expertise in International Tax, resolving double taxation cases under U.S. Income Tax Treaties with foreign governments. His firm provides accounting, income tax preparation, financial management and advisory services. In addition Mr. Brown offers financial oversight and audits for individuals, corporations and governments. Mr. Brown was Chair of Dimensions Health System Board after serving as chair of the Finance Committee. As a business man he is deeply involved with his community serving many business boards, religious ministry programs and youth educational projects. He is the current Chair of the Prince George's County Revenue Authority and has earned the distinction of completing the requirements for nationally recognized accreditation in taxation from Council for Accountancy as an enrolled agent eligible to represent clients before the IRS.

  • Joseph Lavelle, Secretary

    Joe Lavelle has over twenty five years of progressive leadership in healthcare organizations, including both for-profit and not-for-profit health systems, as well as acute care and specialty hospitals.  Moreover, he has extensive experience in managed care and physician practice management and has built a successful track record in the areas of cost management, program/revenue development, and coordination/clinical integration activities and physician/hospital alignment. Prior to joining Inova Fairfax, Joe served as the EVP/COO of the Central Georgia Health System a 637 bed level 1 trauma center and teaching facility and was responsible for the start-up and management of their clinically integrated Physician-Hospital Organization. Mr. Lavelle has also served in senior management roles with an HCA facility and National Medical Enterprises (now Tenet). Joe holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Health Planning and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Business Degree in Finance & Investments from the George Washington University. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow with the Advisory Board.


  • George Wilkes, III, Past-Chair

    A native Washingtonian holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia, Mr. Wilkes has a longstanding interest in community healthcare activities. He served as president of the Board of Trustees of the National Hospital for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation from 1970 to 1974, President of the Hospital Council of the National Capital Area from 1974 to 1978, and in 1993 was elected to the Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area and served on its Audit and Pension Committees. In 1996 he was elected to the Board of The Arlington Free Clinic, a non-profit provider of medical services to Arlington residents.& nbsp; From 1999 to 2006 he served on the Board of CareFirst, Inc., the holding company for Blue Cross of Maryland and Blue Cross of Washington, DC. Mr. Wilkes had a distinguishing career as a U.S. Government executive with a variety of appointments, primarily within the Department of the Treasury.


  • Les Pitton, Jr., President & CEO
    Mr. Pitton is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area (HCNCA). He is the immediate past Board President of Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc. (a Federally Qualified Health Center in Baltimore) and the current Finance Committee Chair. He is chair of Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington. He served as chairperson of Chancellor Health Care, Inc. for 15 years, a company he co-founded. Mr. Pitton has 35 years of leadership experience with both non-profit and for-profit organizations, demonstrating leadership in hospital and allied health operations and corporate governance.

  • Alison A. Arnott, Trustee

    Alison A. Arnott is vice president for support services of Sibley. Ms. Arnott was appointed to her current office in December 2007. Prior to that, Ms. Arnott served from 2004 to 2007 as director of management engineering for Sibley. Before joining Sibley, Ms. Arnott was the director of decision support for Boca Raton Community Hospital from 2003 to 2004, and the manager of forensics for health care services for the accounting firm of KPMG from 2001 to 2003. Ms. Arnott received a bachelor of science in commerce (accounting) from the University of Virginia in 1996 and a master of business administration in health services from The George Washington University in 2001. Ms. Arnott is both a CPA and a board-certified health care executive and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


  • Donna Carris, Trustee

    Donna Carris was named CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Maryland on July 11, 2016. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Maryland is currently the State’s third largest Medicaid Managed Care organization serving over 160,000 Marylanders. Donna has extensive history in healthcare leadership roles in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Prior to being named CEO of UHC’s Maryland Community Plan, Donna most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Health Plans where she led the financial function and provided leadership support for the Massachusetts Senior Care Options (Long Term Care) and Rhode Island Medicaid Market, totaling $1 billion in revenue and 100,000 members. Prior to this role, Donna was Chief Operating Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island, Director of Clinical Operations for the Rhode Island and Connecticut Health Plans, Chief Financial Officer for the Public Sector division of UnitedHealthcare, and Chief Financial Officer of UnitedHealthcare of New England covering three states and across Commercial, Medicaid and Medicare lines of business. In addition to her experience with UnitedHealthcare, Donna has held leadership positions with managed care organizations in Massachusetts and Washington, DC. She served on the Rhode Island Department of Health Services Council by appointment of the Rhode Island Speaker of the House. Donna also served the Rhode Island Community as President of the Board of Big Sisters of Rhode Island, and Massachusetts as Treasurer of Families First Parenting Organization. Donna lives in Annapolis.


  • Lou Damiano, Trustee

    Lou Damiano, M.D., M.B.A., Vice President of Medical Affairs at the hospital has assumed the role of acting president for Holy Cross Hospital. Dr. Damiano is a strong and strategic leader with proven experience and strong ties at Holy Cross and within the region. Before joining Holy Cross Health, Dr. Damiano was the Deputy Commander of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Integration Programs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is an anesthesiologist and received his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Mike Barch, chair of the Healthcare Council says, “we are honored to have a physician and someone with Dr. Damiano’s background serving as a board member.” Lou begins his board term September 2017.


  • Conan Dickson, Ph.D., Trustee
    Conan Dickson, PhD is currently the Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Community Division. The JHM Community Division includes the three member hospitals (Suburban, Sibley, Howard County General Hospitals); ambulatory facilities; and relationships with other regional hospitals (affiliations with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Anne Arundel; formal collaborations with Allegheny Health Network-Highmark Health and Kaiser; clinical programmatic relationships). Dr. Dickson has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins for twenty years in various roles such as Chief of Staff at Sibley Memorial Hospital; Administrator of Operations Support for Johns Hopkins Health System and Administrator of Medical Affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has a range of experiences in operational and financial management in an innovations research group, a large ambulatory setting, financial consulting for medical services, a congressional office, and a faculty practice plan. Dr. Dickson taught corporate finance and quantitative tools for managers at Johns Hopkins University for several years. Additionally, he is active in the community as a past president of the Baltimore Rotary Club. Dr. Dickson has a doctorate in Health Services Research from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s from Yale University, and bachelor degrees in Health System Management and Accounting from Auburn University. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also serves as the Board Chair of the Episcopal Community Services of Maryland.

  • Jack Lewin, Trustee

    Jack Lewin, CTP, Administrative Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Segment Leader, Healthcare Banking Group, M&T Bank, Baltimore, MD Mr. Lewin is the Segment Leader for M&T's Healthcare Banking in the Mid Atlantic. M&T's Healthcare Banking Group is a Specialized Industry Group that provides Commercial Lending, Investment Banking, Treasury Management and other Financial Services to Health Systems, Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Senior Living Communities. Jack joined M&T Bank in 2003. He has held several senior positions in the commercial banking division in the Greater Washington and Greater Baltimore markets, with a focus on providing financing to the Health Care, Energy, and general business sectors. Prior to M&T Bank, Mr. Lewin worked in various corporate development roles, raising over $500MM of financing across telecom and international ventures. Jack received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Colorado College and a Masters of Business and Administration from The University of Virginia in 2002. Jack received his Certified Treasury Professional designation in 2007. He serves as a director of The Baltimore office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA); Investment Director for a location based venture capital fund in Baltimore (Propel), the Maryland Chapter of the American Heart Association (2017 Chair), and the Elewana Education Project. Mr. Lewin served as a director of TEDCO from 2006-2015 in various capacities including Chairman. Calvin Brown, HCNCA Board Treasure said, “the rich background in finance that Mr. Lewin brings to the board will be of untold value as HCNCA continues to monitor the organizations finances.”


  • Kimberly Russo, MBA, MS, Trustee
    Before being named CEO of George Washington University Hospital, Ms. Russo was Chief Operating Officer for the hospital since April 2009. Prior to that, she was Associate Administrator at the hospital since August 2006, and was previously Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services. She holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, through a collaborative leadership program with Gallup, a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Illinois State University. Ms. Russo is a healthcare executive with 20 years of clinical and operational experience and has a proven track record of exceptional results. Ms. Russo was recognized as one of The Washington Business Journal's 2016 "Playmakers," a list of business leaders who made an impact on the DC area in 2016. The Washington Business Journal also named her an honoree of "Women Who Mean Business" in 2010. In addition in 2010, she was recognized as an “Up and Comer Under 40” by Modern Healthcare and Becker's Hospital Review.


  • Omega Logan Silva, M.D., Trustee
    Dr. Silva is professor emeritus of medicine. She is a long-standing advocate for universal healthcare and a committed supporter of the advancement of women in medicine. In 2000 Dr. Silva was elected President of the American Medical Women's Association. After graduating from Howard University, she spent the next five years working as a chemist at the National Institutes of Health, and in 1963 returned to Howard University to train as a physician. Dr. Silva has made numerous media appearances to highlight issues in women's health including smoking, cervical cancer, and thyroid disease. She has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, and book chapters in endocrinology. She received a Letter of Commendation from President Reagan in 1984 and in 1995 she was given a Letter of Thanks form President Clinton for her participation in health care reform. In 2003 Dr. Silva was elected to a Mastership at the American College of Physicians. In 1997 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Medicine, Howard University. Dr. Silva was the first AA woman Research Associate and the first AA Clinical Investigator in the VA nationally.

  • Dean Teague, Trustee
    Dean Teague, FACHE, has been President & CEO of Calvert Health System (CHS), since March 2015. CHS is the largest employer in Calvert County and has more than 1,200 employees. The system includes Calvert Memorial Hospital, an employed physician network, urgent care centers, a diagnostic imaging facility, a home health care agency and centers for radiation and physical therapy. He joined CHS in June of 2012 as chief operating officer. Before joining CHC, Teague served as vice president of operations for six years at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, MD. In 2006, he retired from the US Navy after 24 years of active duty. Prior to his retirement from the Navy, he was the senior administrator for three years of the White House Medical Unit, which provides health care for the President, Vice President and the cabinet members. In 2017 Teague was recognized as a Grassroots Champion for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots activity in support of the hospital community. The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champions Award, which is presented each year to one person from each state, was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital's vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and who are tireless advocates for the hospital and its patients. He has a master's in healthcare administration from the University of New Haven, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dean and his wife, Pam, have been married for 31 years and have a daughter, Kaitlyn.

  • Erik Wangsness, Trustee
    Mr. Wangsness is a healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience, has been President of Washington Adventist Hospital since 2014. As president he is charged with leading Montgomery County’s first hospital that serves tens of thousands of patients in the region. Wangsness joined Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare after serving for more than three years as the president/chief executive officer of Jellico Community Hospital in Tennessee, part of the Florida-based Adventist Health System. Under his leadership, Jellico was one of only 20 hospitals in the U.S. to receive the 2013 Press Ganey Commitment to Excellence award for patient satisfaction. He has also served on numerous state health committees and local groups working to improve the health of the community. “Over the course of his career, Erik has successfully demonstrated a commitment to employee engagement, physician relationships, community partnerships and fundraising to help his organizations fulfill their missions,” said Terry Forde, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. Erik was also tasked with the relocation of Washington Adventist Hospital to White Oak and also providing for the health care needs of the community through key population health services available at its Takoma Park campus. The White Oak Hospital plan includes: 170 private inpatient beds, plus an additional 8-bed observation unit and a 12-bed clinical decision unit near the Emergency Department; space on campus for outpatient services & physician offices; and on-campus parking for staff, physicians, patient and visitors. The current Takoma Park campus will remain home to the 40-bed Behavioral Health unit, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland/Takoma Park and the Maternity Partnership Program clinic for low-income women. Other services on the Takoma Park campus will include outpatient services, including a walk-in primary care clinic, a federally qualified health center operated by Community Clinic, Inc., and physician offices.

  • Brian M. White, Trustee

    Brian M. White is an executive vice president of LifeBridge Health, one of the largest and most comprehensive health care systems in Maryland. Mr. White oversees the operations of Northwest Hospital and Sinai Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital. He also provides executive leadership for the system’s radiology division, Community Physician Enterprise, Physician Strategy and Network Development, Strategic Marketing and Communications, and Campus Services including clinical engineering, facilities, construction and real estate. From 2011 to 2017, Mr. White served as president of Northwest Hospital and LifeBridge Health’s Post-Acute Division. As a passionate advocate for the community, Mr. White is actively involved with numerous organizations, including serving on the Maryland Hospital Association’s Financial Policy Council and the Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council. Among many honors, the Maryland Daily Record newspaper recognized Mr. White as an “Innovator of the Year,” for his work in developing Post-Acute Physician Partners, a successful venture coordinating care between hospitals and nursing homes. Mr. White received his bachelor’s degree in business from State University of New York Empire State College and his M.B.A. in health care from Regis University.


  • Robert G. Brewer, Jr., Legal Counsel

    Robert G. Brewer, Jr. is a Lerch, Early & Brewer attorney whose practice is rooted in the firm's Health Care and Land Use groups. Robby represents several major regional health care entities. He also serves nonprofits, trade associations, automotive clients, private schools and religious institutions. After earning his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. in 1973, Robby returned to his native Maryland to attend the University of Maryland School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor with honors in 1976. After graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Richard B. Latham, 6th Judicial Circuit of Maryland. In 1977, Robby joined the firm that today bears his name. In addition to serving four times as Lerch Early's managing partner, Robby's service to the legal profession includes leadership roles in the Maryland State Bar Association and pro bono service to housing groups like Habitat for Humanity. Since 1991, he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been listed by Chambers USA since 2007 as one of Maryland's leading real estate and health care attorneys. Through the years, Robby has been an active leader in many of the area's most prominent civic, community and cultural organizations, including the Music Center at Strathmore, Montgomery County Business Development Corporation, and Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.

Council Staff

A dedicated team of talented staff are ready to better serve your needs here at HCNCA

  • Leslie H. Pitton, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer
    Mr. Pitton joined the Council in the Spring of 2012. He has served in both hospital and ancillary healthcare facilities. He is owner of Pitton & Associates, a business development/advisory and transactional consulting company. He is committed to helping organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit improve their service to the health and well-being of the public.
    lpitton@healthcare-council.org
  • Ryan Frederick, Chief Value Officer

    Ryan Frederick is the Founder & CEO of Smart Living 360, a real estate development and operating company focused on delivering innovative living experiences with a particular emphasis on well-being. Ryan is an innovative thought leader in housing and services for older adults.  In his decade in the field, he has served as an executive for several of the largest Seniors Housing operators in the country, as a principal for a private equity firm with substantial investments in the industry and as a founder of a strategy and innovation practice that has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 organizations to standalone not-for-profit communities.  He is a frequent speaker and his writings have been circulated widely in the industry. Previously, Ryan worked for several venture backed startups in the Bay Area. Ryan holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from Stanford. Ryan lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife, three kids and dog, turtle and Big Green Egg and courageously roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers amidst a world of Ravens fans.
    rfrederick@healthcare-council.org

  • Cheryl E. Thomas, Executive Assistant
    Ms. Thomas a long-time employee of the Council. She has worked closely with the Council's membership for over 20 years helping to coordinate educational sessions, divisional meetings and serving the Council's Board. She provides administrative support, and is involved in the day-to-day operations of the corporate office.
    cethomas@healthcare-council.org
  • Jenn Johnson, Accounting Supervisor
    Ms. Boggs is responsible for analyzing interpreting, and controlling the organization's accounting and financial records. She works closely with both the CEO & staff accountant overseeing the financial month end close and preparation of internal reporting. She has been involved with National Capital Area Shared Services, Inc. since November 2005. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics & Mass Communications from Towson University and an accounting degree from Northern Virgina Community College. She is currently a candidate for the CPA exam and is a former cheerleader for the Washington Redskins. She continues to be actively involved in the Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association.
    jjohnson@ltbd.com
  • Debbie Johnson, Director, Partner Development
    Debbie joined the Healthcare Council and National Capital Area Shared Services in 2015. She brings eight years of healthcare experience including managing affiliates, group purchasing, executive support, accounting and data analysis. Debbie manages the development/growth of the HCNCA Affiliate Program serving as a strategic partner who continually looks for ways to align details to ensure the members achieve cost savings and value.  She helped grow Colonial Alliance to a $15 million business.  She also assists her husband with 100 herd beef cattle farm West Virginia.
    djohnson@healthcare-council.org
  • Jami Shaffer, Customer Service Manager
    Member Services Manager for National Capital Area Shared Services since March 2016. She has a BA in Psychology and 3 classes away from a BS in Business Studies. Jami worked at Johns Hopkins University as Neuropsych Test Technician in 2011-2013. She is a wife of 15 years and mother of 14 years, and absolutely loves to swim and can't wait for summer.
    jshaffer@healthcare-council.org
  • Jill Tipton, Office Assistant
    Ms. Tipton recently joined the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area, Inc. (HCNCA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, National Capital Area Shared Services, Inc. (NCASS). Jill will be working with the Executive Assistant and Office Manager, Cheryl Thomas, in providing administrative, secretarial and clerical support in the office and maintaining updated records of our membership. Previously she had over 30 years of experience at Verizon, most recently as an executive assistant, managing employee contact lists, overseeing weekly schedules, tracking records, coordinating supply needs. During her career at Verizon she received numerous Ovation Awards for flexibility, perfect attendance & loyalty to confidential information.
    rjtipton@healthcare-council.org
  • Christopher Howard, Graduate Fellow
    Mr. Howard joined the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area in October 2016.  He has over 10 years of experience working in health care and financial management for government and non-for-profit organizations.  He also enjoys teaching and is actively involved in health services research.  He holds a Master of Public Health in Policy and Management from Emory University, Master of Business Administration in Finance from Howard University, and Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Management from Oakwood University. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Health Services Administration Department at the University of Maryland, and his research interests are primarily targeted on issues related to population health, health equity, and leadership.  He is also an active member in the community, working with local and national organizations across the globe to build healthier, stronger communities.
    cnhoward@healthcare-council.org
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