CommonWell Provider Advisory Council

Formed in 2016, the CommonWell Health Alliance Provider Advisory Council ensures that the voices of providers, staff and patients are captured throughout all CommonWell efforts. Current members include:

Douglas Rahn, Council Chairman & Beebe Healthcare Representative

Douglas Rahn, RN, Project Manager for Beebe Healthcare, coordinates the strategic planning of IT projects for the organization, oversees the Meaningful Use program and serves on several health exchange committees.

With 30 years of experience in health care, Doug serves as the CommonWell Project Manager for both inpatient and ambulatory practices at Beebe Healthcare, routinely works with the CommonWell development teams and is the hospital’s liaison to the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), the first operational statewide health information exchange.

Doug graduated from the Reading Hospital School of Nursing and obtained his Lean Six Sigma Certification in Healthcare from Villanova University.

Deana Simpson, Council Vice-Chairman & St. John Providence Representative

Deana Simpson, RN, MSN is the Regional Technology Officer – Michigan at Ascension Technologies.

Deana is responsible for innovating and integrating technology into clinical practice and developing strategies and programs for adoption and optimization activities that supports evidence and promotes population health. She collaborates and counsels executive leaders to solve large-scale problems with technology through understanding the market’s real needs, translating and conveying those needs to the technology organization and orchestrating delivery through high standards and positive customer experience. Deana has a keen interest and insight into implementing technologies to connect care across the care community ensuring information exchange is clinically relevant, easy to consume and actionable.

Deana earned her nursing degree from Ferris State University, her Bachelor’s degree in business/program development from Oakland University and her Master’s in Nursing, specializing in Nursing Informatics, from American Sentinel University.

Candice Levy, Bluestone Physician Services Representative

Candice Levy is the Vice President of Clinical Operations for Bluestone Physician Services, an innovative on-site primary care clinic.

Candice has led Bluestone’s initiatives related to the electronic health record since 2009; including interoperability, provider training programs, program development and compliance. Candice’s primary focus is on the usability of the electronic health record, adoption of interoperability and data-sharing technologies as well as improving the user’s experience with health information management systems.

Arthur Lauretano, Circle Health Representative

Arthur M. Lauretano, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S. is the Chief Medical Officer for Circle Health, based in Lowell, Mass., and the Medical Director of the Lowell General Hospital Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Center.

He is a board-certified otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon, practicing at Massachusetts Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates and operating primarily at Lowell General Hospital. He teaches Otolaryngology at Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

Arthur graduated Boston University’s Six-Year Medical Program, received a MS in Health Informatics and Management from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is board-certified in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is the author of Do the Right Thing: A Surgeon’s Approach to Life.

Laura Cooper, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital representative

Laura Cooper, RN, is a Clinical Informatics Nurse at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Laurel, Delaware.

For nearly four decades, Laura has worked in the medical field, including as Sergeant and Field Medic for the U.S. Army and as a Home Care nurse. Most of her career has been spent taking care of patients in the ICU as an RN at Holy Cross Hospital and a Charge Nurse at Nanticoke. For the past decade, she has added a focus on informatics, helping Nanticoke with its health IT charter and commitment to interoperability.

Laura graduated from Wilmington University with a BS in Nursing.