MSIT, DHA, President & CEO
Dr. Dennis White is the president and chief executive officer at Alliant Health Solutions, a $30 million non-profit family of companies helping governmental agencies ensure that tax dollars are used appropriately in the administration of public sector health care programs. With more than 25 years of financial, health care and information technology experience, White has spent the last 20+ years focusing on state and federal government contracting. He has extensive experience in operational and organizational development, as well as the implementation of large-scale technology projects. Under Dr. White’s leadership, Alliant has expanded operations throughout the south-east, resulting in the opening of offices in Mississippi and South Carolina. The company is a 2013 recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s highly coveted “Best Places to Work” award and is one of only 10 companies in the Atlanta area to receive this recognition at least four times out of the past five years. His passion for service to the community has facilitated an organizational commitment to give 10 percent of the company’s net proceeds to fund initiatives of other non-profit organizations to make health care better. He has also spearheaded tremendous employee involvement with Open Hand in Atlanta, which has presented Alliant with its “Community Spirit Award” on multiple occasions. Currently Dr. White serves as Chairman of the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), a state-wide collaborative serving to improve the quality and efficiency of the state’s health care by building local health data sharing communities. A 2012 graduate of Leadership Atlanta, he is also an advisory board member for the Institute of Health Administration for the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, Open Hand and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Dr. White is the 2013 recipient of the Community Leader of the Year Phoenix Award from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Dr. White is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina with a doctorate in Healthcare Administration. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science Degree in the Management of Information Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Christian Brothers University.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Carol Allen is Alliant’s Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. With her previous experience as director of Alliant Health Solutions Medicaid operations, Allen is skilled in prior authorization, utilization management, medical review of waiver programs, hospital outlier and suspended claims, SURS reviews, utilization and compliance reviews, the Georgia Nurse Aide Program and the Medicaid Medical and Agency Referral Network. A Six Sigma Black Belt, Allen has managed the development of national and local clinical quality improvement initiatives and has more than 25 years of management experience in health care. Prior to joining Alliant, she had more than 10 years’ experience in operations management for a hospital-based outpatient clinic.
Kimberly J. Rask
MD PhD, Chief Data Officer
Kimberly J. Rask, MD PhD is Chief Data Officer at Alliant Health Solutions. With more than 20 years of experience in quality measurement research and practice, she has served as a Medical Director for the CMS funded Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the state of Georgia since 2008. She provides direction for patient safety initiatives and quality data reporting; including health care-associated infections, value-based purchasing and community-based readmission reduction programs. She helps monitor quality improvement initiatives across health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician practices using evidence-based practices and robust performance monitoring measures. A magna cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and completed the doctoral program in Health Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania along with a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Information Officer
John Slaughter’s background in Information Technology spans over 15 years in system development and project implementations for financial services, telecommunications, and health care. John is responsible for all Information Technology systems to its employees and customers, including data analysis and reporting. Since joining Alliant Health Solutions, John has overseen the implementation of solutions that support Alliant’s broad customer needs and requirements. As Chief Information Officer, John oversees the adherence to all FISMA and 508 standards for technology solutions. John attended Tulane University where he studied Chemical Engineering.
Executive Director, Alliant Quality - QIN-QIO
Linda Kluge has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings and has managed large, multi-state programs for the nation’s largest nursing home company. She joined Alliant Health Solutions 10 years ago and has developed virtual teams deployed to reach providers and stakeholders in a cross-setting and cross-task approach. Her focus has been development oversight for strategic initiatives, advisory boards, LANs, and campaigns to improve the quality of healthcare for Medicare beneficiaries.
Task Order Director
JoVonn Givens has over ten years of quality improvement experience and six years of health education and public health research experience. In her role as State Program Director for Georgia, Givens has been involved in managing the Internal Quality Control Plan, overseeing quality advisors, maintaining deliverable schedules, and implementing a continuous quality improvement methodology. She also serves as a member of the Georgia Health Literacy Alliance. Givens also brings significant expertise in building stakeholder relationships, having developed state-wide and provider-specific programming for system-level change that led to improved chronic kidney disease (CKD) outcome.
Program Director for Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee
Leighann Sauls is a registered nurse with more than 23 years of nursing experience and 10 years of quality improvement experience. She began her nursing career as a dialysis nurse. Prior to her position as the North Carolina State Director for the QIN-QIO, she was the Director of Quality Improvement for the Southeastern Kidney Council, the End Stage Renal Disease Network of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. In this role, she developed, implemented and evaluated quality improvement initiatives with ESRD providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Program Director for Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana
Jeana Partington is a registered nurse with over 35 years of experience, including over 20 years working in quality improvement and patient safety. As a double board-certified in healthcare quality and patient safety, her quality improvement experience includes working with hospitals to reduce healthcare-acquired MRSA infections and working with long-term care facilities to reduce unnecessary anti-psychotic medication use and adverse drug events. She provides training for diabetes self-management education to members of the community, and reviews data with partners to help them assess where to prioritize their improvement efforts and to help inform them of the progress and outcomes of their work. Jeana attained a graduate degree in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the North Carolina Association for Healthcare Quality and lives in Raleigh, NC.