Dr. Philip Heavner, Susan van der Sommen Awarded Streck Fellowship

December 1, 2015

pairThe William F. Streck, MD, Fellowship in Health Policy and Management, created to acknowledge Bassett’s former president’s 30-year contributions to health care and health policy and to prepare Bassett Healthcare Network professionals for future challenges in health care, has been awarded to Philip Heavner, MD, FAAP, chief of pediatrics, and Susan van der Sommen, executive director of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.

The Streck fellowship, established in 2014, is awarded annually to one or two Bassett Healthcare Network employees, allowing the recipient to pursue a non-degree educational opportunity to study health policy and management, ultimately supporting Bassett’s mission to advance the health care of rural populations.

Heavner, who has administrative oversight of pediatrics, the Birthing Center and School-Based Health, will attend the Integrated Health System Series (American Association of Physician Leadership) in Orlando, Florida, January 2016. The program will explore key trends, developments and guidelines to help shape integrated clinical practice in pediatrics and other areas throughout Bassett Healthcare Network. Heavner joined Bassett in 2005.

Van der Sommen, an experienced Bassett practice administrator, currently directs Bassett’s DSRIP work. The DSRIP program is dedicated to improving the health of the Medicaid population and reducing the cost of care. Van der Sommen will attend the Jefferson College of Population Health Academy next April, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to learn how the Bassett network and its leaders can make a successful shift from a fee-for-service model to one based on population health management and quality of care.

Dr. William F. Streck, president & CEO of Bassett from 1984 to 2014, was one of the longest serving health system executives in New York State and the country and a recognized leader and innovator in health care design delivery and policy. Streck also served five New York State governors on advisory boards, key Department of Health committees, state policy groups, and numerous community and organizational boards—including HANYS' board of trustees—from 1988 to 2014, serving as HANYS’ board chair in 2000. He is currently the chief medical and health systems innovation officer at HANYS.

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