Who We Are

We help you provide high-quality healthcare that’s more accessible at a lower cost by creating new, more effective ways of delivering care.

 

Along with the Institute, West Health includes the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center, a nonprofit resource in Washington, D.C., providing policy education and proposals; and the for-profit Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund and West Health Incubator, providing investments and expertise to businesses that share our mission.

The Gary and Mary West Health Institute is an independent, nonprofit medical research organization that works with healthcare providers and research institutions to create new, more effective ways of delivering care. We’re wholly funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West as part of West Health, four organizations with a common mission—pioneering new and smarter technologies, policies and practices, to make high-quality healthcare more accessible at a lower cost to all Americans.

 

About Gary & Mary West

Board of Directors

Chairman & Founder

Gary West
Gary West

Chairman & Founder

Gary West began his career as a hospital administrator and went on to build one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. Along with his wife Mary, Mr. West has founded numerous companies over the last four decades – beginning with WATS Telemarketing in 1978 and followed by West Corporation in 1986.

West Corporation became one of the largest customer relationship management providers in the world with more than 35,000 employees and $3.5 billion in annual sales. Since West Corporation was taken private in 2006, Mr. West and his wife have started and now lead a range of enterprises based in Southern California and the Midwest, including West Development and West Partners, a private equity firm.

Mr. West and his wife formed the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2006 to pursue their philanthropic interests. The West Health Institute is an extension of their philanthropy. Through the Institute, Mr. West is committed to lowering healthcare costs and changing the way healthcare is delivered.

Chief Executive Officer

Nicholas J. Valeriani
Nicholas J. Valeriani

Chief Executive Officer

In his role as chief executive of the collective West Health effort, Nicholas J. Valeriani brings valuable expertise in engineering, operations, medical devices and diagnostics, entrepreneurship and non-profit leadership that make him uniquely qualified to advance the mission to pioneer new and smarter technologies, policies and practices, to make high-quality healthcare more accessible at a lower cost to all Americans through the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center, the Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund and the West Health Incubator. Together, the four organizations of West Health are transforming the American healthcare experience. Valeriani is the CEO of the Institute and the chair of the Executive Committee, the coordinated leadership team of West Health.

Valeriani established himself as a visionary healthcare leader over a 34-year career with Johnson & Johnson where he led several corporate functions and was a member of the corporation’s executive committee as corporate vice president of human resources; worldwide chairman of medical devices & diagnostics; and as vice president of the Office of Strategy & Growth. He was instrumental in identifying the global healthcare trends that led to the creation of a new wellness and prevention business platform and pioneering opportunities in the area of digital health.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Valeriani has an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Rutgers University, College of Engineering.

Board Member

Charles Sederstrom
Charles Sederstrom

Board Member

Charles Sederstrom is currently General Counsel to Alegent Health, which is the largest nongovernmental employer in the state of Nebraska and the largest hospital in the state of Nebraska with 10 hospitals, 250 employed physicians, and over one hundred separate points of entry into the health system. He began practicing law in Omaha, Nebraska in 1968 with Donald H. Erickson, and subsequently began the law firm of Erickson | Sederstrom. His area of specialization is Corporate Law with a particular focus on Health Law.

Sederstrom is a very active member and leader in many legal and civic organizations, including American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association, Arthritis Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Combined Health Agencies Drive of Nebraska, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, and the Omaha Home for Boys.

During the past twenty years, Sederstrom also has been involved with the Salvation Army having served on the Omaha Board and for over ten years on the National Board. In addition, he was formerly Chairman of the Combined Health Agencies of America.

Board Member

Dr. Michael Johns
Dr. Michael Johns

Board Member

Dr. Johns is currently Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University, where he served as Chancellor from 2007 until 2012. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Johns has led complex administrative and academic organizations to new levels of excellence and service.  He is widely renowned as a catalyst of new thinking in many areas of health policy a significant contributor to many of the leading organizations and policy groups in healthcare and passionate about lowering the cost of healthcare. Johns serves as a board member for the West Health Institute and West Health Policy Center.

Prior his role as Chancellor, Dr. Johns served as the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University where he oversaw the University’s widespread academic and clinical programs in health sciences and led strategic planning initiatives for both patient care and research.

From 1996 to 2007, Dr. Johns served as the Chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in Georgia.  In addition, he served as Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical Faculty at Johns Hopkins University from 1990-1996. Dr. Johns is Past Chair of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Institute of Medicine. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and chairs the publication committee of Academic Medicine, the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Board Member

Jim Hasson
Jim Hasson

Board Member

Jim Hasson is a partner at the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, where he is a member of the Tax Practice Group. He represents businesses, tax-exempt organizations and individuals in controversies with governmental agencies; in planning, contractual and financing projects; and in legislative initiatives. He leads projects and relationships for individuals, businesses, universities, private foundations, hospitals, medical research organizations and other religious, charitable and educational organizations. Mr. Hasson deals regularly with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other federal and state governmental agencies. Hasson serves as a board member for the West Health Institute and West Health Policy Center.

Mr. Hasson has published numerous articles and speaks extensively at various conferences around the country. From 1987 to 1990, he served as a member of the Exempt Organization Advisory Group to the Commissioner of the IRS, and he served nearly 20 years as an Adjunct Professor of Law in the graduate tax program at Emory University School of Law.

Mr. Hasson has been named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of nonprofit/charities law and tax law (1987-2011), and he has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in the area of tax (2003-2011). He received his law degree from Duke University School of Law.