Speakers

Christopher Accashian, FACHE
President
Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center

Topics:
Certificate of Public Need
Community Partnerships
Free Standing Emergency Room Services
Leadership Development for Evolving Leaders
Leadership: Nurturing Talent
Patient-Centered Care 

 

 

Christopher Accashian serves as President of Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, where he is responsible for the leadership and daily operations of the 130-bed acute-care facility with more than 900 employees, the newest hospital in Bon Secours — Richmond.

Chris has 15 years’ experience in healthcare management with an emphasis on planning, administration and operations. Prior to joining St. Francis, he held positions of increasing responsibility with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), most recently as CEO of Parkland Medical Center in Derry, New Hampshire.

Chris, a Richmond-area native, participated in many community activities while at Parkland, including leading the Patient Family Advisory Group, as well as serving on the Derry Boys and Girls Club Board of Trustees, the New Hampshire Hospital Association Advocacy Task Force, and volunteering with the United Way.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and his Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Chris is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.

Francine Barr, DNP, RN, MS, CNAA-BC
President
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital

Topics:
Building an Integrated Health System
Community Health
Health Care Reform/Affordable Care Act
Health Services for Seniors
Patient-Centered Care

 

 

Francine Barr is the President of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. Francine came to Bon Secours in 1993 as administrative director of critical care nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 2001, she became vice president, chief nursing officer of St. Mary’s Hospital, and in 2012, she took on the role of vice president of the senior services service line for Bon Secours Virginia Health System. In 2013, she was promoted to director of patient and family centered care for Bon Secours Health System, Inc., and in 2014, she was named vice president/chief operating officer at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Francine earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University in Morgantown, her Master of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

David Belde, PhD
Vice President, Community Health
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Topics:
Catholic Health Care
Community Health
Health Care Ethics
Ministry Leadership

 




David Belde is currently the senior vice president of community health for Bon Secours Mercy Health. Prior to this role, he served as the vice president of mission integration and ethics for Seton Healthcare Family, the vice president of mission and ethics for Bon Secours — Richmond, and the director of ethics for Saint Joseph’s Health System, in Atlanta, Ga.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in theological ethics from Boston College, and a doctorate of philosophy from Saint Louis University where his research focused on ethical issues in end-of-life care.

In addition to speaking nationally and internationally on health care ethics, he has authored peer reviewed articles in health care ethics and is the co-author of An Introduction to Health Care Ethics: Theological Foundations, Contemporary Issues, and Controversial Cases. Published by Anselm Academic, the text is now in its second edition.

David is married to Amelia Lyon Belde. They have identical twin girls, Lily and Sophie. In his free time, he enjoys bicycling, hiking and gardening.

Dr. Mark Bladergroen
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Bon Secours Richmond

Topics:
Cardiac Wellness and Prevention
Heart Health
Minimally Invasive Surgery

 

 




Dr. Mark Bladergroen is a cardiac surgeon and vice president for medical affairs for Bon Secours Richmond.

As a cardiothoracic surgeon and cardiothoracic section chief at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Dr. Bladergroen specializes in minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, as well as aortic aneurysm endograft surgery and off-pump (beating heart) bypass surgery. He performed the first thoracic endograft in central Virginia.

Dr. Bladergroen is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Richmond, Va., area, including Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He has been in practice for 36 years. He is one of 11 doctors at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and one of 11 at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital who specialize in thoracic and cardiac surgery.

Herbert J. Cummings, MSPH
Chief Operating Officer
Bon Secours Medical Group

Topics:
24/7 Online Physician Appointments
Community Partnerships
Electronic Medical Records
Health Care Finance
Health Care Retail Environment

 

 


Herbert J. Cummings is chief operating officer for the Bon Secours Medical Group in Richmond, Va., where he is responsible for the strategic planning and business operations of this multi-specialty group. Prior to serving in this role, he was administrative director of primary care and specialty medicine for the Bon Secours Health System, and served as regional director of physician practice operations.

Before coming to Bon Secours, Herbert was chief operations officer at the Capital Area Health Network, where he was responsible for the business operations of a network of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in the Richmond area that partner with the federal government to provide care to underserved individuals.

Herbert earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Tennessee State University in Nashville, and his Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

Stacey L. Epps, MD
Executive Medical Diredtor
Bon Secours Neuroscience Institute

Topics:
Cardiac Wellness and Prevention
Health Care Technology of the Future
Heart Health
Minimally Invasive Surgery

 

 

 

Dr. Stacey Epps is executive medical director of the Bon Secours Neuroscience Institute, chairman of the Department of Neurosciences at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, department chair for St. Mary’s Neurology and is on the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia.  He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and practices with the Bon Secours Neurology Clinic.

Dr. Epps attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond for his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his internal medicine internship at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. He completed his neurology residency with Georgetown University Medical Center and the Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition, he completed a fellowship in epilepsy at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville.

Prior to joining Bon Secours Medical Group, Dr. Epps had been in private practice for eight years in Richmond. He was the chief of neurology at CJW Medical Center, where he played a key role in the development of the neuroscience and stroke program. Dr. Epps specializes in neurological disorders such as migraines and other headache syndromes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and has a subspecialty emphasis on seizures and epilepsy. He is also able to interpret carotid and transcranial ultrasounds as part of stroke and cerebrovascular care.

Dr. Epps was voted a “Top Doc” in Richmond by readers of Richmond Magazine.  He was also voted unanimously in 2014 as a top doctor of specialties by the Bon Secours Medical Group.

James C. Godwin, Jr., SPHR
Chief Human Resources Strategic Partner
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Topics:
Conflict Resolution
Leadership Development for Evolving Leaders
Leadership: Nurturing Talent
Workforce Wellness

 

 

 

Jim Godwin is Chief Human Resources Strategic Partner for Bon Secours Mercy Health and is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic human resources vision and goals for the organization. Bon Secours Virginia consists of eight hospitals, dozens of outpatient facilities, a college of nursing, school of medical imaging and employs a workforce of nearly 14,000. Jim is also responsible for the Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group which spans both Richmond and Hampton Roads. He has served in the Bon Secours ministry for 32 years as a leader in the human resources department at the director and vice president levels. Other areas of responsibility include the employee assistance program, employee wellness, and the childcare centers for the staff. Jim is the ranking human resources strategic business partner for Bon Secours — Richmond.

Jim earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master’s degree in personnel management from Lynchburg College. He is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR). He is past president of the Virginia Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (VaSHHRA) and received the Paul Guy Mentorship Award from the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA). He is a past chairman of the Henrico County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Council. Jim serves on the boards of the Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross and United Methodist Family Services. He is a longstanding member of VaSHHRA, ASHHRA and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). He lives in Glen Allen, Va., with his wife of 34 years.

Sister Anne Marie Mack, CBS, MSN
Senior Vice President, Sponsorship - Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Member - Country Leadership Team-USA

Topics:
Bon Secours/Faith/Values
Catholic Health Care
Ministry Leadership
Mission

 

 

 

Sister Anne Marie’s ministry as a Sister of Bon Secours spans 50 years. After serving in Bon Secours facilities in Baltimore, Md., and Grosse Pointe, Mich., from 1972 to 2005, she was elected president of the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, based in Marriottsville, Md., and served in that role for seven years.

Upon completion of her tenure as president, she was appointed vice president of Mission for two Richmond, Va., hospitals and currently serves as senior vice president of Sponsorship for Bon Secours Richmond Health System. In 2014, she was also appointed senior vice president of Sponsorship for Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System in Florida.

From 2008 to 2011, Sister Anne Marie served as president of the board of UNANIMA International, a non-governmental organization of Roman Catholic sisters serving at the United Nations and advocating on behalf of women and children (particularly those living in poverty), immigrants, refugees and the environment. She serves as the chairperson of the Congregation’s International Peace and Justice Committee. Sister Anne Marie has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Nursing.

Leigh T. Sewell
President
:Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital, Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Topics:
Ambulatory Care
Building an Integrated Health System
Community Health
Community Partnerships
Future of Health Care Delivery or Health Care Delivery 2020
Pediatric Family-Centered Care
Population Health

 


As vice president of service line strategy for Bon Secours — Richmond, Leigh Sewell leads three broad areas within the service line structure: chronic conditions, demographic health and wellness, and surgical services. These service lines develop and support clinical products focused heavily on care across the continuum, particularly ambulatory care; unify a portfolio of services and partnerships across Virginia; and optimally manage the health of entire populations.

Leigh earned her Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

She is a passionate advocate for all children with disabilities, and helped develop the concept for Richmond Hope Therapy Center, the first intensive therapy clinic in Virginia, now a part of Bon Secours. She supports March of Dimes research to improve diagnoses, protocols, education and treatment for premature births and served as the 2014 Richmond March for Babies Chair and Ambassador Mom.

Leigh serves on the board of Sportable, a nonprofit that helps athletes with physical and visual disabilities achieve goals through sports. She is also a board member of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and of A Grace Place, which provides person-centered support services for adults with disabilities. She is a past board member of Junior Achievement.

Leigh has been recognized as one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40,” and is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Kevin Sheppard, CPA
Vice President, Ambulatory Services
Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Topics:
Ambulatory Care
Health Care Finance
Leadership

 

 

Kevin Sheppard is vice president of ambulatory services for the Bon Secours Richmond Health System. He joined Bon Secours in February 2011.

Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and his Master of Healthcare Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Alabama Society of CPAs.

Kevin served as board member, treasurer and then president for two years for the Central Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. He is also a board member of Communities in Schools of Chesterfield, which partners with the Chesterfield County School System to support at-risk youth, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life.

Kevin’s interests include cycling, backpacking and running.

Kelly Stuart, MD, MPH, MTS, MSNDR
Executive Director of Physician Ethics, Mission
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Topics:
Clinical Ethics Consultation
Conflict Resolution
End of Life Ethics
Ethics and Global Medical Missions
Health Care Reform/Affordable Care Act
Informed Consent
Physician Engagement and Health Care Reform
Public Health and Health Care Disparities
The Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services

 

Dr. Kelly Stuart grew up in a large family in Virginia Beach, Va. After high school, she attended Texas A&M University in College Station, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Kelly then returned to Virginia and earned a Medical Doctor degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Her post-graduate medical education and Master of Public Health were completed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, both in Bethesda, Md.

After completing 11 years of military service, Kelly returned to Virginia with her husband and three children. While practicing as a neonatologist, she earned a Master of Theology at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond and, most recently, a Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She is presently the healthcare ethicist and medical director of Mission Services for Bon Secours Richmond Health System.

Kelly’s primary area of interest involves improvement of health services through engaging clinicians and communities in creative solutions to complex problems related to healthcare disparities and the changing American health delivery model. She is able to combine her clinical perspective with ethical discernment methodologies to address matters in the clinical, organizational and community realms.

Kelly currently lives in Richmond and Virginia Beach with her husband, and they have three adult children.

Leanne Yanni, MD
Medical Director, Palliative Medicine
Bon Secours Virginia

Topics:
Building an Integrated Health System
Hospice and Palliative Care

 

 

 



Dr. Yanni attended medical school at State University of New York-Syracuse and completed her training in internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where she remained on faculty for 10 years. During that time she, developed special expertise in pain and palliative care.

In October 2011, Dr. Yanni became the medical director of palliative medicine for Bon Secours Virginia. She has a special interest in pain education and has developed an online curriculum, published several papers, spoken at national meetings and received several awards for her work. In her role as medical director, she is focused on building a collaborative practice “without walls” to deliver the best possible care to patients and families facing serious illness.

Dr. Yanni is affiliated with the following Bon Secours hospitals: St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and Memorial Regional Medical Center.