February 21, 2018

GCACH Expands Their Team

GCACH adds a new Program Manager & Community Engagement Specialist to their staff.

The GCACH welcomes Sam Werdel and Rubén Peralta to their team!

Sam has over 20 years of healthcare administration experience in academic, for profit and nonprofit health systems. She has also consulted for healthcare entities over the last six years, providing practice transformation, EHR support, financial review and process improvement services.  Most recently, she was the Practice Transformation Coach and Connector for Qualis Health.  In this latest position, she implemented standardized practice transformation strategies for health systems and community health centers, supporting Healthier Washington’s objective of bi-directional integration. We are fortunate and excited to have Sam join us as we proceed with project implementation. In her new role, she will be the Program Manager for Bi-Directional Integration. This position will work with Wes Luckey, the Director of Clinical Transformation, to manage the Bi-Directional Integration project and implementation plan.  She will also be working with the Practice Transformation Support Hub to help move Bi-Directional Integration work forward.

Rubén Peralta joins us from the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce where he served as the Community Inclusion & Outreach Director.  He is currently serving on the Badger Club Board of Directors, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Pasco School District and the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties. His experience with building diverse communities through outreach and education, plus his collaborative leadership style will help us build a culture of health in our region. He will be serving as our Community Engagement Specialist, a posiction that acts as a critical link between stakeholders, partners, and consumers to promote cross-sector collaboration, care coordination, and education. This role is also instrumental in bringing the consumer voice into the planning and implementation of each area of the project plan. Community engagement has been a challenge for our region, especially given our large geographic territory, so we are excited that Rubén has a passion for bringing in new voices and perspectives to our membership.  Mr. Peralta will be working closely with the six Local Health Improvement Networks (LHINs) to help them create Consumer Councils and expand the voice and perspective of consumers in each sub-region.  He will also engage our outlying counties and improve the awareness of GCACH to different sectors of our communities.