Gary D. Thompson
President & CEO
Gary Thompson is a proven healthcare executive with a diverse background throughout his 25 years of healthcare experience. Thompson is highly regarded for his vision, passion, and ability to build and lead a team to operationalize a vision and successfully drive meaningful business results. From 2004 to 2010, Thompson was Vice President of Clinical Programs for Humana where he architected the vision of a new Clinical Model for the enterprise – a central component of the company’s strategy and success. Thompson led the redesign, build out, implementation and operation of this new Clinical Model which resulted in Humana’s medical claims trend experience outperforming the industry for five consecutive years. The resulting annualized benefit to the company was estimated to be between $350M and $400M relative to industry utilization trends at an incremental annual investment of less than $35M.
Prior to this role, Thompson served as the leader for various and diverse areas of the company beginning in 1998 including Financial Planning, Financial Operations, Product Development Operations, and the company’s internal Business Process Reengineering Consulting Group. Before joining Humana, Thompson was Director of Development and Financial Planning for AHI Healthcare Systems, an IPA Management Company based in Southern California, which organized physician groups into risk-sharing entities for the purpose of contracting with payors. Analytically oriented by nature, Thompson’s early healthcare experience included work in market development, planning, analytics, and finance for hospitals, physician organizations and healthcare payors.
Gary L. Albers, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
Gary Albers has spent 14 years in varying capacities in healthcare. Albers held the positions of President, COO, VP Marketing and Director of Facility Operations with Soteria Imaging Services. Albers was instrumental in the growth of Soteria from its first location in Bloomington, IN to over 30 locations in 10 states. Albers specialized in developing relationships with physicians, hospitals and payors and aligning them to take advantage of investment opportunities in medical imaging. Soteria was sold in a private equity transaction in 2007.
Albers developed the metrics for the operations and reported the results to the Board of Directors. Albers also developed the learning management system for Soteria’s 120 RT's nationwide. Albers is known for his vision and drive, and has a strong record of building high integrity organizations that provide the best patient care with sound financial results.
Praveen Arla, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Praveen Arla is a board certified physician practicing both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He completed his medical training at Rush University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Arla has shown a strong commitment to improving the quality of patient care at his multi-site by primary care practice in Bullitt County, KY. In addition, he has earned a Masters degree in Pubic Health at Des Monies University and is the medical director for the Bullitt County Health Department. Dr. Arla has been a speaker on behalf of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on pharmaceutical initiatives, writes preventative medicine columns for the Courier-Journal newspaper, and has worked with the Kentucky Governor’s office on healthcare policy. Dr. Arla has also been involved as a healthcare technology consultant throughout the Kentucky hospital systems and possesses a unique and in-depth knowledge of electronic health and practice management systems and how they interface with physician practices. Recently, Dr. Arla has been appointed the COO of Southern Kentucky Healthcare Alliance, an accountable care organization serving 9,000 Medicare beneficiaries.
Vernita Kelley, RN, BSN, MA, MBA, CPHQ
Vernita Kelley brings twenty-five plus years of clinical leadership and operational and quality management to Imperium where she will oversee the clinical integration, case management, and quality programs. Kelley is a registered nurse, holds an MBA, is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Six Sigma Green Belt, a Patient Safety Leadership Fellow with the American Hospital Association, and worked to promote quality improvement with The Joint Commission on National Patient Safety Goals (TJC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid publicly reported measures and Condition of Participation (COP).
Prior to Imperium, Kelley was the Director of Operations for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) state wide federal Quality Improvement Operations (QIO) contract.
Ben Levine is a valued strategist who brings a 25-year career in business development to Imperium, where he is responsible for setting strategic direction, identifying and penetrating target markets, and the management of the company’s business development organization. More recently, Levine acted as a Managing Partner with Venture Forward Advisors, a venture and strategy firm focused on capital and strategic solutions for emerging healthcare and technology companies. Earlier in his career, Levine was the Chief Marketing Officer at Fashion Shops of Kentucky, Inc., a $35 million apparel and home goods retailer. Levine received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
After providing data management and analytics expertise to The University of Chicago and various Fortune 100 retail companies, Grace founded iGlass Analytics to help healthcare companies reduce administrative costs without sacrificing quality of care through smarter use of their data.
Past projects include design and implementation of an enterprise data warehouse for ANSI X12 data, analysis of care management and claims data to deliver outcomes reporting for the Department of Defense's TRICARE program, and development of data integration between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Accountable Care Organizations.
Originally from the Midwest, Grace received her B.S. from The University of Chicago in Geophysical Sciences and her M.S. from The University of Louisville, Speed School of Engineering.