Rhode Island Medical Society


Healthcentric Advisors
235 Promenade Street
Suite 500
Providence RI 02908
Fax 401-528-3210

Toll-free Medicare Beneficiary Helpline

Board of Directors
Board members serve three-year terms and provide strategic input and vision for Healthcentric Advisors’ continued success and growth.


Senior Leadership

H. John Keimig, MHA, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer

Richard Besdine, MD
Senior Director,
Medical Affairs

Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, CMD, FACP
Clinical Director,
Quality Improvement

Susan Schnyer
Chief Financial Officer

Gail Patry, RN
Senior Director,
Quality Improvement

Paula Beers
Director, Human Resources

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Healthcentric Advisors is a nationally recognized not-for-profit healthcare quality improvement and patient safety organization. In addition to serving as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) contractor for the State of Rhode Island, Healthcentric Advisors is engaged by national and local government agencies and other private and community entities. We work with both our local and national partners to provide evidence-based consultation, education, tools and resources. With a staff of over 30 physicians, nurses, educators, analysts and other health care professionals, we are a leader in quality improvement, coalition building, individualized care and health information technology.

What We Do
• Quality improvement
• Health information technology and electronic health records (EHR)
• Patient-centered medical home (PCMH)
• Adult education
• Long-term care
• Patient safety
• Culture change
• HATCh (Quality improvement model)
• Health Care Quality Reporting

Who We Work With

Health care providers
• Nursing Homes
• Home Health Agencies
• Physician Practices
• Community Health Centers

Government agencies
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
• Rhode Island Department of Health
• Department of Labor and Training
• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Private organizations
Brown University
• New England Institute of Technology
• Rhode Island Quality Institute
• The Commonwealth Fund

Originally founded in 1995 by the Rhode Island Medical Society under the name ‘Rhode Island Quality Partners’, the organization become an independent 501c(3) nonprofit agency with its own board and management in 2001. In 2011 the organization changed its name to Healthcentric Advisors in order to better communicate how the organization serves its partners, stakeholders, healthcare providers and communities.

For more information about our solutions & services for your organization, contact Kara Butler at 401-528-3221 or kbutler@healthcentricadvisors.org.


Updated 7/9/13

Promenade Street Providence RI