Delivery System Performance
Sandra L. Karseras, RN, MBA – Senior Director, Performance Improvement
Sandy joined Vizient Southeast in June 1997 and is responsible for accreditation services to assist member organizations with survey preparation and ongoing consultation for compliance and maintenance of The Joint Commission (TJC) standards. In addition, she serves on the Vizient/Vizient Southeast Advisory Council and is the Vizient Southeast liaison to The Joint Commission at the national level for the Vizient Southeast Virtual System Survey Program, a sequential survey process for member organizations. Ms. Karseras has also led the way in developing mock survey strategies for use by member organizations nationwide according to their needs. Under her direction, Vizient Southeast has led this initiative with implementation of one of the strategies, reciprocal mock surveys.
Sandy has over twenty years nursing experience in medical-surgical, obstetrical, critical and ambulatory care settings as well as extensive healthcare management experience in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Prior to joining Vizient Southeast, Sandy was a Director of Quality & Risk Management where she successfully led her organization in the achievement of Accreditation with Commendation, the highest performance recognition awarded by the Joint Commission.
Sandy, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a MBA in Health Care and is currently licensed in Florida as a Registered Nurse and a Health Care Risk Manager.
Ann Grant, RN, MHCA – Director, Performance Improvement
Ann joined Vizient Southeast in August 2007, and is a member of the Accreditation Services Team responsible for assisting member organizations with survey preparation and ongoing consultation for compliance and maintenance of Joint Commission standards. Ann has nearly forty years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings, to include 12 years acute care nursing experience in med-surg and critical care nursing and she has 13 years home care experience as a home care administrator and home care consultant. Most recently, Ann served over four years as Quality Manager for a proprietary, community-based, hospital in Florida.
Ann received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Maryland in 1978 and her Masters in Health Care Administration from Bellevue University in 2005. Ann is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and is licensed in the State of Florida as a Health Care Risk Manager (LHRM).
Thomas C. Rowe, CPA, MBA – Director, Performance Improvement
Tom manages data analysis services for benchmarking efforts to assist member hospitals in financial and quality improvement efforts, and to help ensure the quality of data in multiple comparative databases. He provides critical benchmarking insights to support system-wide collaboratives. Tom also works directly on performance improvement initiatives with the Vizient Southeast members with a particular emphasis on operational improvement.
Tom joined Vizient Southeast in 1997. Prior to joining Vizient Southeast, Tom served in analytical and data management roles with Quest Diagnostics and All Children’s Hospital. Prior to his tenure with All Children’s Hospital, Tom worked as a Medical Technologist at Bayfront Medical Center performing clinical testing in all areas of the laboratory.
Tom holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Medical Technology and Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Tom is currently licensed in the State of Florida as a Certified Public Accountant and as a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor in Hematology, Chemistry, Immunohematology, Serology, Microbiology, and Molecular Pathology.
Todd Tassinaro – Senior Director, Integrated Business Intelligence
Todd joined Vizient Southeast in 2008 and has responsibilities over information management, business intelligence and healthcare analytics to support member benchmarking and collaboratives. In his role, Todd manages the design, development and delivery of public web content as well as a private member portal. He also works closely with Vizient Southeast members in a variety of performance improvement initiatives.
Todd comes to Vizient Southeast from In.vision Research Corporation, a software development company specializing in web-based content management systems. Todd has over 17 years’ experience managing information systems and has worked with customers in banking, insurance and pharmaceutical industries, as well as government customers such as the US Office of Naval Intelligence and the government of the Republic of Ireland.
Todd is a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Psychology.
Susan Kommuck – Manager, Performance Improvement
Susan joined Vizient Southeast in May 2010, and is responsible for accreditation services to assist member organizations with survey preparation and ongoing consultation for compliance and maintenance of accreditation and certification operations.
Susan has nearly fifteen years experience in quality and risk management in a variety of healthcare settings, including the past nine years as the Performance Improvement Specialist for one of Vizient Southeast member hospitals with primary responsibility for day to day performance improvement activities and compliance with accreditation and regulatory requirements.
As a Registered Healthcare Safety Officer, with extensive background in Life Safety and Infection Control, her responsibilities have also included oversight for Environment of Care activities. Susan also has extensive experience in case management, risk management and medical records, as a reviewer and coder.
Susan received her Bachelor’s in Science from Nova South Eastern University and is a Certified Health Care Risk Manager and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). Susan is currently working on her Master’s in Adult Education.
Lisa Place – Manager, Performance Improvement
Lisa joined Vizient Southeast in May 2015 and is responsible for accreditation services to assist member organizations with survey preparation and ongoing consultation for compliance and maintenance of Joint Commission standards and federal regulations.
Lisa has thirty years experience in a variety of healthcare settings including 9 years acute care nursing experience in med-surg and critical care nursing as well as in education and nursing visits in a group model HMO. Lisa has 12 years home care experience as a Quality Improvement Supervisor and Director of Nursing for private and hospital based home health programs. She had the primary responsibility for day to day patient care and compliance with accreditation and regulatory requirements.
Most recently, Lisa served over eight years in accreditation roles at two community-based hospitals in Florida. Her responsibilities included oversight of performance improvement activities, patient safety activities and all accreditation and CMS regulatory activities for the hospitals. She also acted as Stroke Coordinator for one of the hospitals and was responsible for maintaining The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification in Stroke.
Lisa received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the Cedarville University in 1985 and her Masters in Management and Leadership from Webster University in 2007.
Yasin Junaideen, MSEM – Manager, Performance Improvement
Yasin joined Vizient Southeast as a Consultant in Performance Improvement in November 2013. In this role, he works to develop and deliver data analysis to support decision-making regarding VSE collaboratives and member specific clinical and operational performance.
Prior to joining Vizient Southeast, Yasin held a co-op position in the Quality Engineering department of Aerosonic Corporation, a manufacturing company in the aerospace industry. At Aerosonic, Yasin was responsible for gathering and analyzing data to determine causes of production inefficiencies. He also contributed to the streamlining of product test procedures.
Yasin holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida. Yasin has also earned a graduate certificate in Technology Management.
Audra Banaszak, MSEM – Manager, Performance Improvement
Audra joined Vizient Southeast in June 2015 as a Consultant of Performance Improvement. As a member of the Performance Improvement team, Audra supports Vizient Southeast members in their clinical, operational and patient experience work through collaborative performance improvement and facilitation.
Prior to joining Vizient Southeast and while completing her degrees, Audra held internship positions with Tampa General Hospital and the West Florida Division of HCA. During her internships, Audra was responsible for completing various performance improvement projects which included minimizing surgical site infections, improving patient throughput, optimizing staffing, and workplace redesign.
Audra holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, a Master of Science in Engineering Management and a graduate certificate in Technology Management from the University of South Florida.
Healthcare Delivery System Transformation
Moise “Moses” Plancher, MBA, LPN – Consultant, Healthcare Delivery System Transformation
Moise joined Vizient Southeast in May 2016 as Consultant of Healthcare Delivery System Transformation. Moise supports Vizient Southeast members in developing short and long term strategies to ensure a competitive and successful position in the transforming healthcare environment. He assists with providing solutions in Organizational Strategy, Clinical Integration, Payer Contracting & Reimbursement, Governance & Legal Considerations and Network Development.
Prior to joining Vizient Southeast, Moise managed Medical and Behavioral Health Utilization Management (UM), Appeals & Grievance departments and various Physician Review components for multiple Managed Care Organizations (MCO) across the country. He is an experienced acute care psychiatric and home care nurse. Moise has a track record of leading, implementing and managing new programs and projects, process improvement changes, and healthcare delivery system applications. He is experienced in working with providers and organizations to align models that will assist clients navigate through fragmented systems of care. Moise is skilled in building, improving and optimizing business solutions through an interdisciplinary approach.
Moise holds Bachelors of Arts (BA) degrees in Psychology & Gerontology from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Liberty University. Moise is also licensed in the State of Florida as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Revenue & Cost Management
Sheraz Malik, MHA – Healthcare Supply Cost Manager
Sheraz joined Vizient Southeast in May 2013 as a Senior Consultant with responsibility to direct and administer supply chain analytics and reporting processes for Southeast Supply Solutions (SESS) in order to identify and produce solutions to complex savings initiatives for its member hospitals.
Prior to joining Vizient Southeast, Sheraz worked as a Senior Analyst for MedPricer & DataPros, providing decision-support and project management for large healthcare networks through solutions in supply chain data, analytics and e-Sourcing. In addition to this role, he worked as an Analyst for Tampa General Hospital, where he managed a large contract portfolio generating savings through cost analytics and contract negotiation. Prior to relocating to Tampa in 2011, he worked as a Contract Analyst for HCA Central Atlantic Supply Chain in Richmond, VA, where he was responsible for providing decision-support for the group which consisted of 14 hospitals and 6 different markets.
Sheraz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.