Excelera | About
Helping health systems
assert control over the total cost of care
The
Excelera
Story

Specialty pharmacy is an increasingly important factor in the care, cost and clinical outcomes of the most vulnerable, complex and expensive patients. Restrictive payer contracting and pharmaceutical distribution practices play a major role in diverting specialty pharmacy volume to for-profit companies and fragmenting the care of those patients, potentially compromising effective clinical outcomes and increasing the total cost of care. 

In response, integrated delivery networks (IDNs) and academic medical centers worked together to create a network, the Excelera network, which helps members assert control over complex patient outcomes and total cost of care by facilitating comprehensive, integrated specialty pharmacy capabilities with localized medication dispensing.

Today, the original concept has evolved, and Excelera is a unique, national network of top health systems and medical centers in the US with specialty pharmacy capabilities able to provide integrated, comprehensive care to complex patients at the point of care.

2009

Excelera Is Born

Challenges abound due to payor shutouts, lack of access to certain specialty drugs, and an inability to address complex data needs of manufacturers. Excelera was born out of the desire to provide integrated, coordinated care at the point of care to all specialty pharmacy patients within a health system.

2011

Health Systems Collaborate to Address Key Challenges

ExceleraRx, LLC is formed by six founding health systems who begin to collaborate on how to address key health system challenges, such as drug access and payor lockouts.

2012

Proprietary Data Reporting Platform Created

Excelera re-capitalizes as a corporation and completes construction of a custom data reporting system which provides a single source for accurate and reliable data collection and transmission to the manufacturer. The Excelera network can provide a clear, seamless picture of what is actually happening at the point of care.

2014

Excelera Team

The first Excelera employee is hired, and James M. Fox is named as President and Chief Executive Officer. Subsequent team members are added, many with experience and expertise in health system-based pharmacy.

2015

Excelera Network Membership Growth and LDD Access

Excelera specialty pharmacy network is twelve members strong, and earns their first Limited Distribution Drug (LDD) contract.

2016

Membership Growth and Drug Access Continue

Five additional network members joined for a total of seventeen Excelera specialty pharmacy network members, an access to an additional LDD is earned.

2017

Performance of the Excelera Specialty Pharmacy Network

The Excelera specialty pharmacy network continues to grow with the addition of another member in January, and to focus on optimizing performance of the overall network. Our goal is to be the best specialty pharmacy network, not the biggest, which fosters the highest collaboration among our membership.

Mission
& Vision

Our Mission

To provide tools, technology and best practices around high-performing specialty pharmacy capabilities to network members so that they can provide integrated, coordinated care to complex patients at the point of care leading to improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs.

Our Vision

  • Create and support a collaborative network of top academic health systems and medical centers with high-performing specialty pharmacy capabilities integrating with care teams at the local point of care; 
  • Develop and use sophisticated data reporting and analytical tools using real world, connected data for members to measure and improve health and financial outcomes;  
  • Create, acquire and deploy to members innovative drug therapy management protocols to improve, and reduce, the cost of care
  • Facilitate members’ access to and payment for limited distribution pharmaceuticals and biologics.

Our Values

Integrity

Excellence

Compassion

Service

Accountability

Our Team

The Excelera team has tremendous breadth, depth and diversity of knowledge, background and experience. Many of our team members have worked for a health system, in an outpatient or retail pharmacy setting. If you are interested in learning about career opportunities with Excelera, please contact us.

Management +
James Fox

President and Chief Executive Officer

+
James (Jim) is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of ExceleraRxCorp. (“Excelera”). Jim brings over 35 years of executive leadership experience in health care. He had several roles with Fairview Health Services, a $3.3 billion Minnesota-based health system which includes the University of Minnesota Medical Center, including Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 2010. He was instrumental in the startup and operations of Fairview Pharmacy Services and has also held positions in national consulting firms and manufacturing companies. Jim has served on the Fairview Pharmacy Services Board of Directors, and as Board Chair for Preferred One® and Portico Healthnet. He has a BS in Accounting and minor in Psychology from St. Cloud State University, as well as substantial training in Six Sigma, Lean tools and principles, and other operational improvement capabilities.
George Chresand

CAO and General Counsel

+
George previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Fairview Health Services (2005 to 2012) where he oversaw Fairview's legal, clinical research, risk management, policy and governance functions; was Fairview’s Institutional Official for Research; and was the administrative executive for internal audit and compliance functions. He also served as Fairview’s Chief Compliance Officer (1997 to 2005) and Interim Chief Human Resources Officer (2007) and was responsible for communications, tax, privacy, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Fairview Health Services in 1993, George was in private legal practice and worked as a merger and acquisition consultant. He is an Adjunct Professor at Hamline University Law School and previously served on the Board of Directors for Fairview Pharmacy Services, PreferredOne® and other Boards. He has a BA in Accounting and Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Carl Geberbauer

Vice President of Business Development

+
Carl served as Divisional Vice President of Business Development at Rx Remote Solutions™, a comprehensive pharmacy services company. He has also led sales, marketing, market research, product management, sales operations and clinical information divisions for pharmacy and healthcare industry leaders such as AmerisourceBergen®, AutoMed Technologiess, Allscripts™, ServiceMaster™, Fujisawa (Astellas) and Baxter Healthcare. He also co-owned a long term care pharmacy business and worked as an Assistant Pharmacy Director at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Westlake Community Hospital in the Chicago area. Carl received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his MBA from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Jami Schell

Director of Pharma Contracts

+
Jami has experience in a variety of pharmacy settings, including medical information/adverse event reporting for pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacy, and specialty pharmacy. Prior to joining Excelera, Jami was a Pharmacy Supervisor at AlixaRx™, overseeing a staff of pharmacists and technicians as well as managing operations which serviced skilled nursing facilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. During her time at Fairview Specialty Pharmacy, Jami was a staff pharmacist who advanced to Pharmacist-in-Charge. She was also involved in developing and building the long-term care pharmacy program to service both nursing and assisted living facilities. She has a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
Sarah Camper

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

+
Sarah has over 18 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining Excelera, Sarah spent eight years at Fairview Pharmacy Services (FPS) providing administrative and scheduling support to senior leadership, assisting the Facility Manager and Security Specialist with new construction projects, and managing and assigning all Fairview Pharmacy Services facility requests as well as contacting and coordinating key vendors. Given Sarah’s background in project coordination and vendor management, she was also acting liaison with corporate IT for Fairview Pharmacy Services. Before Fairview Pharmacy Services, Sarah spent 10 years as an Administrative Assistant at VTI Security where she assisted the sales team with RFP’s and RFI’s, the accounting team with sales budgeting, and the marketing team with trade show coordination.
Sandra Mayasich

Vice President of Finance

+
Sandra (Sandy) is currently the Vice President, Finance of Excelera. Sandy has over 20 years of investment and operating experience as a fund manager at Churchill Capital Partners of Minneapolis and Prism Capital of Chicago, where she raised and invested over $550 million of subordinated debt and equity capital in private middle market companies. As a fund manager, she was responsible for all aspects of due diligence capital structuring, legal negotiations and documentation, portfolio management and ultimate realizations, as well as investor relations. Sandra also served as Director of Accounting at Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, a high-end electronics company, and at North Star Resources Group, a Minneapolis-based Wealth Advisory Firm. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) with the State of Minnesota and began her career with Touche Ross & Co. She has a BS in Accounting from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business.
Brady Atherton

Senior Director of Planning and Business Development

+
Prior to joining Excelera, Brady spent seven years at Fairview Health Services and was responsible for managing the Strategic Planning function. Brady started his career with Fairview as a Planning Analyst and progressively advanced to eventually lead the strategic analytics team for the organization. He directly oversaw and facilitated the annual strategic planning process for each hospital, the Fairview Medical Group, and a number of departments within the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He was instrumental in building a market based analytics team that serviced all of Fairview’s strategic and business development analytical needs, including market and opportunity assessments, business planning, pro forma development, provider resource plans, and strategic growth plans. He has a BA in Healthcare Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Amy Swanson

Director of Marketing and Member Relations

+
Amy's responsibilities include developing and executing Excelera’s overall communication, marketing and branding strategy, developing Excelera’s network member engagement and alignment strategy, and assisting with product and service development. Amy brings a wide range of business, technology and marketing experience. Her career includes Vice President of Product Development and Business Operations at a healthcare startup, nine years at Target Corporation where she identified strategic goals and objectives for healthcare investments and helped bring new and emerging business initiatives to market, and ten plus years of sales, marketing and media experience with The Hearst Corporation and Gannett Company, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in Communications.
Information Technology +
Troy Polan

Vice President of Information Technology

+
Previously, Troy was the Vice President of Technology and Infrastructure at Phreesia™, a leader in healthcare point-of-service. He has nearly two decades of experience leading information technology departments and projects, and brings extensive expertise in information management, information security and solving issues of scale in growth businesses. Troy holds a BS in Mathematics from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.
Steve Larrabee

Infrastructure Manager

+
Steve is currently Infrastructure Manager for Excelera. He has over 15 years of IT experience, most of which has been within Healthcare Information Technology (HIT). He started working with Excelera as an IT Consultant in the spring of 2015 and joined the team one year later as a full-time employee supporting all IT services. He has a wide array of knowledge and experience with IT Infrastructure from front-end support to managing complex networks and systems. Steve has a BS in Management Information Systems and Finance from the University of Wisconsin.
Kevin Greene

Data Analyst

+
Kevin is a Data Analyst with over 30 years of healthcare experience who has worked for a national HMO, a Mail and Retail Pharmacy, and for a large national provider of infusion and home care management. He has functioned in a variety of capacities including Technical Lead, ETL Developer with Informatica and Manager of Applications Development. Kevin has extensive Pharma reporting experience. Kevin and his staff, both local and outsourced, were responsible for all internally developed infusion reports. Kevin received a B.S. in Mathematics and Spanish from Saint John’s University where was a Spanish Teaching Assistant for 4 years.
Paul Johnson

IT Consultant

+
Paul Johnson is a seasoned Business Intelligence Architect, Design, and Development professional with over twenty years of extensive experience driving the creation of Business Intelligence solutions. He has been engaged in a variety of capacities spanning Data Analyst, Data Modeler, Data Steward, and Report Designer/Developer. Paul specializes in assisting organizations in transforming large volumes of data into meaningful information for Analytics. Through the use of Business Subject Area Data Marts and Data Visualization tools, assists clients in leveraging their existing data to quickly add business value to the organization.
Jessica Sabraski

IT Consultant

+
Jessica Sabraski has over twenty years of experience serving in a variety of roles including Quality Assurance/Testing, Business Analysis, and Management. Jessica has full life-cycle, hands on and leadership experience spanning the Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) with an emphasis in Business Analysis, Data Analytics, and Quality Assurance spanning both manual and automated testing. She is very knowledgeable in the Healthcare industry spanning Pharmacy Benefit Management, Specialty Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy, Health Plans, Eligibility, Enrollment, and Claims. She has strong leadership skills coupled with an ability to quickly master new environments, allowing her to make a solid contribution to quality assurance efforts through leadership as well as direct contributions to testing activities.
Gretchen Buschmann

Data Architect

+
Gretchen is an experienced Data Architect with over 20 years of experience working with a variety of complex data sets. She brings a wealth of experience working with data in the health care, life sciences, and communications industries, as well as experience in many layers of the Business Intelligence stack including Data Analysis, ETL, Data Architecture, Reporting, and Machine Learning. Gretchen holds a BS in Mathematics and Masters in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Data Management.
Sue Sobiech

Project/Implementation Manager

+
Sue Sobiech is an accomplished Program Manager with over twenty-five years of experience leading a variety of large and complex initiatives. Her leadership experience has been focused on PMO standards, processes, and best practices. Sue has experience working on a wide variety of projects including Business Process Design & Re-engineering, Balance Scorecard, establishing Program Management Offices (PMO’s), Custom Application Development, and Software Package Implementations & Upgrades. She has an impressive reputation as an effective liaison between Business and Information Technology departments. Sue possesses excellent training and mentoring skills for Project Management and Business Analysis skills.
Matt Maruska

IT Consultant

+
Matt Maruska is a Data Architect with over twenty years of Information Technology experience. He has expertise in architecture design for both transactional OLTP applications and OLAP Data Warehouse environments. Matt’s application experience spans both Oracle and Microsoft platforms, where he has functioned in a variety of capacities including Technical Lead, Database Administrator and ETL Developer. He is skilled at architecture planning and software implementation, system integration, relational database design, and web based application deployments for medium to large size organizations.
Operations +
Amanda Fadden

Vice President of Network Operations

+
Before joining Excelera, Amanda was responsible for account management at Wellpartner® and served in various roles at Fairview Specialty Pharmacy where she advanced to the position of Business Operations Manager and had responsibility for the specialty and mail order pharmacy operations. During her time at Fairview, she started and built a long-term care pharmacy program to service both nursing and assisted living facilities, built a central fill operation to service Fairview’s retail pharmacies, and was consulted as a subject matter expert for specialty and mail order operations to Fairview’s consulting business for hospitals. Amanda also participated in sales, implementation, and account management for Fairview’s mail order and specialty pharmacy programs for local health plans. She has a BA in Communications from the University of Minnesota.
Greg Boll

Network Operations Manager

+
Prior to Joining Excelera, Greg was with Walgreens for 23 years in the roles of Pharmacy Manager, Pharmacy Supervisor and District Manager. For the past 12 years, Greg had responsibility for Store and District Pharmacy Operations at a district level, which included hiring pharmacists, training teams on workflow, systems, business acumen, regulatory requirements, and monitoring customer service, employee engagement, and profit improvement in all pharmacy areas. As part of the Field Leadership team, Greg oversaw the expansion and opening of numerous pharmacy locations in Minnesota, led the integration of a number of acquisitions, and collaborated with various external groups to build business and leverage partnerships. Greg has a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa.
Heather Jacobs

Network Operations Manager

+
Heather has experience in pharmacy service niche areas such as 340B program management and Specialty Pharmacy. Most recently she worked at Onco360 Oncology Specialty Pharmacy, as the National 340B Account Manager responsible for implementation, growth, administration, and compliance of 340B contract pharmacy relationships for strategic 340B hospital partnerships. Prior to Onco360 she was an Implementation Specialist at Wellpartner responsible for oversight of all tasks and deliverables for implementations of 340B covered entity and contracted pharmacy relationships. She was also an Account Executive for multiple 340B health centers focusing on management of specialty areas such as HIV/AIDs. Her pharmacy career began at Fairview Pharmacy Services where she spent 10 years working as a 340B Business Specialist ensuring compliance with 340B policies and regulations, and as Specialty Pharmacy Liaison working with specialty clinics on prescription and patient management at the University of Minnesota. She has a BA in Communications from Metropolitan State University.
Zach Russell

Network Operations Manager

+
Zach is currently Network Operations Manager for Excelera. Prior to joining Excelera, Zach spent eight years in community pharmacy practice at CVS®. In addition to staffing and managing pharmacy employees, he was also a trainer for the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program, preceptor of student pharmacists from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, and served as subject matter expert and trainer for new pharmacy acquisitions. Zach has a Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy.
Lana Gerzenshtein

Manager of Network Clinical Programs

+
Lana is a board-certified pharmacist with more than 17 years of experience in multiple clinical settings including ambulatory and specialty pharmacy. Lana did her pharmacy residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and stayed on as a clinical pharmacist subsequently becoming a part of the pharmacy leadership team. Lana was an integral part in the development of the Northwestern Medicine Specialty Pharmacy directly involved in the planning, build, and implementation of operational workflows and clinical services. While at Northwestern, Lana also established the PGY2 Residency in Ambulatory Care. Lana received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences.
Kristin Kimball

Network Operations Manager

+
Kristin started with Excelera as a Project Coordinator in Operations in August of 2011. She previously served as Pharmacy Implementation and Workflow Manager for Genoa Healthcare, LLC, where she oversaw all the build outs of new and remodeled pharmacies. She has experience with various state Boards of Pharmacies, pharmacy contracting, layouts, building, and filling prescriptions. Kristin has been a nationally certified pharmacy technician for 11 years and received her BS in Interior Design from The Art Institute International of Minnesota. Her previous employers include Fairview Specialty Pharmacy and Target Pharmacy.
Michael Seidl

Certification & Compliance Manager

+
Michael (Mike) is also a Pharmacy Consultant for Fairview Pharmacy Services and a part-time Pharmacist for Amery Hospital & Clinic. Previously, he was the Vice President of Professional Services at AmerisourceBergen, responsible for consulting sales to pharmaceutical distribution customers and health system executive leadership. In this role, he helped hospitals and retail pharmacies implement cost saving and revenue growth programs. He has led sales, marketing, product management, and consulting teams for other pharmacy industry leaders such as Baxter Healthcare, AutoMed Technologies, and Grifols USA. He has a strong background in process improvement, pharmacy design and automation, and holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a 30-year member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Contact Us