Dr. Roy Guharoy is the Vice President of Clinical Integration and the Chief Pharmacy Officer for The Resource Group. In this role he has responsibility for integrating medication management processes, establishing evidence-based practice of medicine, and implementing patient safety and patient care outcome initiatives.
Prior to joining Ascension in 2012, Dr. Guharoy served as the Chief Pharmacy Officer at University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care. He previously served as the director of pharmacy and associate chief of section of clinical pharmacology, department of medicine, at the SUNY Health Science System, New York.
Dr. Guharoy authored a textbook on infectious diseases and has presented more than 350 articles on infectious disease management, evidence-based medicine, cost-effective medication management and patient safety in peer-reviewed journals, national and international meetings. He has provided leadership at numerous national organizations, including the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy and University Health Consortium.
The American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology have all named him as a Fellow. Other awards include New York Pharmacist of the Year, United States Pharmacopeia Innovative Response to Public Health Challenge Award and the Institute for Safe Medication Practice Award, State University of New York (SUNY) Medical School outstanding faculty of the year, SUNY outstanding professional services and University Health Consortium Best medication management award. He continues to teach at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Lynn Eschenbacher, Pharm.D., MBA, FASHP, has a strong interest in process improvement, staff development and competency and is currently the National Director of Pharmacy Operations at The Resource Group and the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Health-System Corporate Pharmacy Administration Residency Two-Year Program. In this role, she is responsible for collaboration of operational pharmacy services across the health system.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, she attended the University of Texas at Austin to obtain her Pharm.D. degree. She then completed a pharmacy practice residency at Parkland Health & Hospitals in Dallas. Dr. Eschenbacher worked at Duke University Hospital as a clinical pharmacist, clinical coordinator and medication safety officer. Additionally, she completed her Master of Business Administration degree at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She most recently was the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program Director.
Dr. Eschenbacher has received the Circle of Excellence award at WakeMed for Market Development and Quality Outcomes. She is also the ASHP Delegate for the Acute Care Forum in North Carolina, a past chair of the ASHP Section Advisory Group for Medication Safety, and past chair for the ASHP Section for Inpatient Care Practitioners. She received the 2015 ASHP Distinguished Service Award and is the editor of the ASHP Clinical Coordinator Handbook.
Karen Smethers, BS, PharmD, BCOP is the National Clinical Pharmacy Integration Leader at The Resource Group. In this role she has responsibility for supporting the development and implementation of evidence-based medication practice, patient safety and patient care outcome initiatives.
Prior to joining Ascension in 2013, Dr. Smethers served as the Manager of Oncology Pharmacy Services at the UMassMemorial Medical Center, and Director of the Medication Safety Pharmacy Residency Program. Previous to this position, she was the Clinical Coordinator in Medication Safety at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, and held clinical pharmacy positions at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, Tufts Medical Center and Dana Farber/ Brigham and Women’s Partners Healthcare System in Boston.
Dr. Smethers has served as the President of the Massachusetts Society of Health System Pharmacists, Chair of Membership Committee of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist Association, and Secretary of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy hematology oncology practice and research network. She authored a chapter in textbook on medication safety in the oncology setting, as well as co-authored BCPS review in oral chemotherapy safety. She has supported the development of new clinical and clinical and operational programs enhancing quality and patient safety with student and resident support throughout her career.
Ziad Haydar, MD, MBA, is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Health. Dr. Haydar leads our Clinical Excellence initiatives, collaborating with physician, nursing and executive leaders across Ascension Health to build on the organization’s nationally recognized patient safety initiatives.
Dr. Haydar joined Ascension Health in 2010 as Vice President, Clinical Excellence and Physician Integration. In addition to his role in supporting Ascension Health’s High Reliability journey, he has facilitated the strategic vision in the area of population health and has supported the organization’s shared learning in the areas of practice management as well as other aspects of the physician enterprise.
Dr. Mohamad Fakih is a Professor of Medicine (FTA) at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Quality (subspecialty in patient safety). He also carries a Master's in Public Health (Health Management and Policy) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr Fakih is the hospital epidemiologist and the medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at St. John Hospital and Medical Center (SJH&MC) in Detroit, an 804-bed tertiary care hospital. He is the national Infectious Diseases physician leader for Ascension, a system composed of more than 100 hospitals. His interest focuses on processes to improve patient safety, particularly methods to prevent hospital-acquired infections.
His main research focus is reducing risk of patient harm through evidence-based practice; with a focus on indwelling urinary and vascular catheters. Dr. Fakih’s contributions include the creation of a comprehensive toolkit to promote the appropriate utilization urinary catheters in the hospital setting. The toolkit was adopted by Ascension and Michigan Hospital Association hospitals. The effect of the intervention described in the toolkit was validated through implementation in more than 70 Michigan hospitals. His other research interest is preventing vascular catheter associated blood stream infections (including peripheral venous catheters) with a focus on aseptic placement technique and appropriate care in the emergency department as well as the inpatient units.
Mark O’Connor is the Vice President for Finance and Controller of The Resource Group. In this role, Mark has responsibility for managing overall financial performance and analytics, as well as maintaining the integrity of data used throughout The Resource Group.Mark has more than 20 years of health care financial experience, with 17 years at the executive level in both the not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare environments. He has a broad range of experience with hospitals, physician practices, joint ventures, contracting, and process improvement.
Mark came to The Resource Group from SSM Health Care-St. Louis, where he was Network Vice President of Finance responsible for the SSM St. Louis Physician Organization, Ambulatory Services and Joint Ventures. Prior to his network role, he held financial executive positions in three different hospitals for SSM Health Care and Tenet Health Care. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s in health administration from Lindenwood University, passed all parts of the C.P.A. exam, and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Danielle Sebastian, PharmD, BCPS is an antimicrobial pharmacist for the Center of Excellence for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention at Ascension. In her role, she provides antimicrobial stewardship support to Ascension facilities collaborating with pharmacists and physicians to work on initiatives to standardize and optimize appropriate use of antimicrobials and infection-related testing. She is responsible for the outreach, training, adoption, utilization, optimization, maintenance, analysis, and reporting of clinical surveillance and decision support across Ascension Health Ministries.
Dr. Sebastian received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Montana College of Pharmacy. Dr. Sebastian has 13 years of hospital pharmacy experience with clinical practice experience in critical care, pain management and infectious disease. Danielle served for 9 years as the Pharmacy Clinical Manager with duties that included the development of new pharmacy clinical programs and site coordinator for the PGY1 Pharmacy Resident Program through the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Montana. Dr. Sebastian served as Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager for Wolters Kluwer Health Pharmacy OneSource with responsibilities to include content development, training and implementation of clinical surveillance and decision support software used by acute care hospitals.
Danielle has contributed to published articles in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists and the Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Residents on her work in antimicrobial stewardship and implementation of a pharmacy clinical practice model.