Our Advisory Board
Norman F. Gruber
Former President and CEO at Salem Health. Over the last 14 years, Mr. Gruber has overseen the management of operational, clinical, strategic and financial functions of the health system, including two hospitals and a 110-provider medical group. He also established Lean as a management practice which has been an integral tool in changing the corporate culture. Prior to Salem Health, Mr. Gruber was the President and CEO at Palomar Pomerado Health in San Diego, CA. During his leadership, he led the largest district health system in California, covering 800 square miles, served by 3,500 employees and netting $275 million in annual revenues. Between 1974 and 1999, he held executive positions at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Queen of Angels—Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and Pleasant Valley Health.
Leah Mitchell, MSN, BS, RN
CIO and Vice President of Kaizen, Quality, and Safety at Salem Health. Over the last several years, Mitchell has provided the vision and leadership to Kaizen integration, Quality, Safety and Patient Care Services for the health system, including a 490-bed acute care hospital, psychiatric center, a community critical access hospital, sixteen outpatient clinics and a rehabilitation center. She oversees strategic initiatives including process improvement, patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, departmental productivity, infection prevention, and organizational profit. In 2015, she took on the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) responsible for the oversight of strategic vision and streamlining of Information Technology (IT) operational efficiencies for enterprise analytics, business intelligence, EHR Inpatient and Outpatient systems, electronic workflows, clinical engineering, community connect and network operations. In addition, Mitchell participates in several boards and councils and has provided numerous lectures on Lean implementation and practice.
Senior Vice President & CIO of Erlanger Health System. Peterson is responsible for the business and technology strategy for the seven-hospital health system which is the 10th largest public system in the United States. Prior to his current position, he was the Sr. Vice President and CIO at Dimensions Health System, Vice President and CIO for Boston Medical Center, and has held many IT executive roles at other nationally recognized health systems. Peterson has over 20 years of experience in healthcare information technology (IT) and telecommunications departments turn-around and major platform implementation, including Epic, Cerner, MEDITECH, McKesson, Lawson and more. He has aligned many organizations to be awarded HIMSS Analytics Stages for both Inpatient and Outpatient settings, implemented strategic IT governance programs to support both clinical and business strategic directions, and saved multimillion dollars in numerous situations due to his business assessment, reorganizations and negotiation skills. In addition, Peterson has served our country as a medical service corps officer in the United States Navy, retiring after 20 years of honorable service.
Doug Smith, MBA
Executive Vice President and CFO at INTEGRIS. Smith is responsible for INTEGRIS’s long-term financial strategy and overseeing operating and capital budget for the health system. Prior to his arrival at INTEGRIS, Smith served as the VP of Finance at Stanford Health Care (SHC) and CFO at SHC Valley Care Hospital where he developed the financial plan related to opening the new $2 billion SHC Stanford Hospital in November 2019. Smith additionally spent 27 years at Intermountain Healthcare, with the last 13 as the Regional CFO and Compliance Officer of the North Region, where he helped grow the health system through extreme financial responsibility, including annual budget preparations, revenue enhancements—notably grew Net Operating Income (NOI) from 8.8% in 2014 to 14% in 2017 and created a Revenue Integrity department with over $50 million of impact—the rigorously monitoring of physician payments and financial relationships, and financial analysis and guidance of joint ventures and acquisitions. In addition, Smith was the executive leader for the Cerner EHR and Revenue Cycle implementation for which he created best practices that became standard in future implementations.