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Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, Inc. adds healthcare leaders as industry navigates change

Clinical roles bring executive perspective and insight on patient experience

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., and Chicago – National healthcare communications firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, Inc., has added prominent executives, Dr. David Pate, MD, JD and Denise Venditti, DNP, MHA, RN, FACHE, CPXP, to its bench of experienced advisors as the industry braces for transformational change.

The growing consultancy is deepening its resources as healthcare, reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, faces significant financial and clinical challenges but also opportunities for innovation and transformation to new models of care delivery.

“Healthcare providers are navigating historic disruption and uncharted waters as society emerges from the initial COVID-19 crisis,” said Jarrard Inc. president and CEO David Jarrard.

“We know that David’s and Denise’s depth of experience within the industry and compassion for the people they serve provide our team with powerful new perspectives and our clients with unmatched strategic and tactical insight for leading their organizations into the future during this unprecedented time.”

Pate was most recently president and CEO of Idaho-based St. Luke’s Health System, a position he held for a decade, during which he led the six hospital system’s transition to value-based care. Venditti is former vice president of patient experience at Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System and a recognized leader in the field.

Financial disruption, shifting models of care, questions about access, an uncertain political landscape and a growing focus on patients as consumers – all of which have accelerated dramatically in the past three months due to the pandemic – are leading hospitals and health systems to evaluate their strategic plans and consider how to maximize their sustainability while providing ever-better care within a new and still-emerging healthcare landscape.

Both Pate and Venditti have led prominent healthcare organizations through these high stakes moments and will bring their executive experience to bear on the myriad challenges and opportunities facing Jarrard Inc.’s clients.

“Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to serve in many roles, from front-line nursing to system leadership positions,” said Venditti. “My time at Geisinger taught me the value of relationships, collaboration, and innovative problem-solving. I’m excited to apply my 20-plus years of leadership experience and lessons learned to help other organizations that may be feeling stuck or want to differentiate themselves on the human experience.”

Said Pate: “These are unprecedented times for an industry that was already going though unprecedented disruption even before the pandemic. The challenges will only increase as we plan for a ‘post-COVID’ world. This time calls for leadership and boards to re-evaluate their strategic plans and take on new levels of communication with their internal and external stakeholders. I am honored to work with Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, Inc., a firm already recognized for their expertise in these matters, to assist health care leaders navigate what lies ahead.”

About the New Hires

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is the immediate past president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Health System based in Boise, Idaho. He joined the organization in 2009 following executive positions with St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston.

During his tenure, Pate worked to transform St. Luke’s into an integrated health-care delivery system that includes service partnerships and relationships with other health-care organizations in the region, and to ensure the financial foundation that supports the visionary development of the system. He committed to developing value-based care in the region. More than a third of St. Luke’s revenue is now under risk agreements, mostly global capitation.

He and his team focused on driving quality and safety throughout the organization. As a consequence, St. Luke’s Health System has been recognized as a top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health for six consecutive years and is routinely recognized as an emerging health system of note as the transformation of health care in America continues.

Pate is also an author, teacher and noted lecturer. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University, his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and his law degree cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center. He completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and is board-certified in internal medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Denise Venditti

Denise Venditti, DNP, MHA, RN, FACHE, CPXP, has a record of transforming organizational culture toward a patient-and-family-centered focus. She has extensive experience in acute hospital operations, having led both nursing and interdisciplinary teams through innovative organizational change with an emphasis on evidence-based nursing practice, quality improvement, patient safety, employee engagement and patient experience.

Venditti received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton. She also earned both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University. Venditti is a Certified Patient Experience Professional (CPXP), as well as a Board Certified Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

About Jarrard Inc.

With offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Chicago, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, Inc. is a U.S. Top 10 strategic communications consulting firm for the nation’s leading healthcare providers experiencing significant change, challenge or opportunity. Founded in 2006, the firm has worked with more than 500 clients in over 40 states and served as a communications advisor on more than $60 billion in announced M&A and partnership transaction communications. The firm specializes in M&A, change management, issue navigation and strategic positioning.

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