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

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), health systems, and large academic medical centers (AMCs) worked together to create a network, which helps members assert control over patient outcomes and total cost of care by facilitating comprehensive, integrated specialty pharmacy capabilities with localized medication dispensing.

Today, the Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network members share a deep commitment to caring for complex patients. Through national-scale collaboration, the network more efficiently gains access to limited distribution drugs, utilizes tools, technology, and best practices to deliver high quality care.


The Excelera Concept is Born

Challenges abound due to payer shutouts, lack of access to certain specialty drugs, and an inability to address the 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.


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 limited drug access and payer lockouts.


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.


Experienced Leadership and Team Members Hired

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.


Member Growth Attracts Pharma and Earns LDD Access

At twelve members strong, Excelera specialty pharmacy network has the "critical mass" necessary to catch the attention of pharmaceutical manufacturers and earns their first Limited Distribution Drug (LDD) contract, which means these complex patients can receive the continuity of care they require with high touch, integrated and local care teams.


Membership Growth and Drug Access Continue

The Excelera specialty pharmacy network is seventeen members strong with the addition of five new members. Manufacturers take note, and network access to an additional limited distribution drug (LDD) is earned.


Excelera Emphasizes Being the Best, Not the Biggest

The Excelera specialty pharmacy network continues to grow, ending the year with twenty members. While this represents 66% growth in membership in the last two years, Excelera is focused on being the best specialty pharmacy network, not necessarily the biggest. By fostering high quality collaboration and networking among our members, we raise the performance of the overall network which benefits complex patients and improved health outcomes.


The Standard for Health System based Specialty Pharmacy Networks

The Excelera specialty pharmacy network continues to grow with the addition of another member in the first quarter. Currently, most members are accredited and meeting the performance standards required to meet pharma and payer requirements.

& 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

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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 +
Lorrie A. Carr

Chief Executive Officer

Lorrie Carr has over 20 years experience in the health care industry – primarily focused in the pharma/biotech and specialty pharmacy industries. Prior to joining Excelera, in her role as Chief Commercial Officer at ZappRx, a specialty healthcare technology company, Lorrie developed and executed on the ground-up commercial strategy. Prior to ZappRx, as the Divisional VP of Enterprise Specialty Sales and Product Management for Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, Lorrie led the sales, marketing and strategy teams in redefining the go-to-market specialty strategy and execution for the company. Lorrie held previous leadership roles in U.S. / Global Market Access, Reimbursement, Managed Markets, Marketing, and Account Management at Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda Oncology) and Schering-Plough (now Merck). Lorrie started her healthcare career in physician practice management with North American Medical Management. Lorrie received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and holds an MBA from UMASS Isenberg School of Management.
Don Amorosi

Chief Operating Officer

Don is a senior level managed care executive and pharmacy services professional with 25 years of diverse leadership experience developing affordable, accessible pharmacy delivery solutions across multiple pharmacy verticals and in Life Sciences. Currently, Mr. Amorosi is an executive advisor to start up and early stage companies focused on improving or disrupting traditional pharmaceutical service and delivery systems. Formerly SVP, Managed Markets, Don Amorosi was responsible for managed care relations and contracting, as well as sales and channel development for government programs and hospital systems. As Chief Operating Officer at Prime Therapeutics, Mr. Amorosi had overall responsibility for Prime's government programs, commercial claims operations, marketing, product management, health care reform implementation efforts, data asset management and network contracting. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Amorosi served as an officer and Vice President of Trade Relations at Omnicare, Head of Pharmacy Contracting at Aetna, Assistant VP of PBM Operations at Cigna, Vice President of Pharmacy Benefit Management at Rite Aid and group manager at Argus Health Systems. Don holds a bachelor's degree in Business-Finance from Oklahoma State University. He and his family reside in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Troy Polan

Chief Technology Officer

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.
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.
Murali Sastry, EMHL

Vice President of Payer Strategy & Market Access

Murali has almost 20 years of experience cultivating strategic relationships with healthcare delivery systems, negotiating contracts with managed care organizations and payers, developing expertise in strategic policy, quantifying health economics and coordinating account management for Specialty Pharmacy, Biopharma and Medical Device products. Prior to joining Excelera, Murali was the National Director of Managed Care & Market Access for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy. His experience also includes management roles with ResMed Corporation, Solara Medical, BiosPlus Specialty Pharmacy Services, Critical Home Care Solutions, Express Scripts and United Healthcare. He has a BA in Economics from Saint Anselm College, and received his executive master’s in healthcare leadership (EMHL) from Brown University. Murali also honorably served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Naval Reserve.
Sarah Camper

Executive Assistant & 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.
George Chresand

Chief Administrative Officer & 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.
Brady Atherton

Vice President of Business Development & Sales

Before 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 lead the strategic analytics team for the organization eventually. He directly oversaw and facilitated the annual strategic planning process for each hospital, the Fairview Medical Group, and many 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.
Rebecca Rand, MHRM

Vice President of Manufacturer Relations

Rebecca (Becky) comes to Excelera from Humana where she was part of the Specialty Supply Chain and was responsible for proposing, negotiating and implementing manufacturer service agreements as well as purchase and chargeback agreements for Humana Specialty Pharmacy. Becky brings a wide range of experience in publicly traded companies and private organizations within a variety of healthcare sectors, including specialty pharmacy group purchasing, consulting and the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to Humana, Becky was a Senior Director responsible for the Supply Chain Specialty Pharmacy Trade Relations, Strategy and Access for Premier Healthcare Specialty Pharmacy: Commcare. During her 2.5 years with Premier, Becky increased the portfolio of limited distribution and restricted drugs by 350%. She also spent 18 years in the US pharmaceutical industry. Becky is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned her master’s degree from Keller Graduate School of Management. Becky is a former USA gymnast and resides with her family in Charlotte, NC.
Amy Swanson

Director of Marketing & 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.
Operations +
Jami Schell, PharmD, CSP

Director of Pharmaceutical Accounts

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 Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and earned the exclusive Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) certification from the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) in 2017.
Greg Boll, RPh

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 acquisitions, and collaborated with various external groups to build business and leverage partnerships. Greg has a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa.
Zach Russell, PharmD, CSP

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, and in 2017 earned the exclusive Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) from the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB).
Lana Gerzenshtein, PharmD, CSP

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, and in 2017 earned the exclusive Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) from the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB).
Kristin Kimball, CPhT

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.
Information Technology +
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.
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.
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.
Jessica Sabraski

QA Manager

Jessica 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.
Matt Maruska

Database Architect

Matt 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.
Sue Sobeich

Project/Implementation Manager

Sue 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.
Business Development +
Shane Garrahan

Business Development Specialist

Prior to Excelera, Shane spent nine years at Fairview Health Services in a variety of roles, including physician credentialing, strategic planning, and project manager in Fairview’s supply chain department. Shane has expertise in healthcare analytics and project management, and was a direct point of contact with patients early in his career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Lake Region Healthcare Corporation. Shane received his BA in Hospital Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and his MA in Health and Human Services from St. Mary's University of MN.
Board of Directors +
Robert Beacher

Chief of Shared Clinical Services (Fairview Health Services)

With more than 30 years of health care experience, Bob helps ensure that key clinical services shared across the Fairview system deliver exceptional quality and experience at a lower total cost of care. Specifically, Bob has administrative responsibility for our laboratory, radiology, rehabilitation and pharmacy teams. In addition, Bob serves as president of Fairview Pharmacy Services which includes 30 retail pharmacies as well as home infusion, medication therapy management and specialty pharmacy services. They also offer pharmacy benefit management services to employers and pharmacy consulting services to other health care organizations. Bob is a registered pharmacist and earned his degree from the University of Minnesota. Bob is a member of several state and national pharmacy associations and serves on Fairview’s Ethics Committee.
Craig Frost, RPh, MBA, FACHE

System VP of Pharmacy Operations (Catholic Health Initiatives)

Craig Frost is the System Vice President of Clinical Pharmacy Services for Catholic Health Initiatives in Englewood, Colorado. In his current role, Craig is responsible for pharmacy services in CHI’s clinical enterprise across 18 states, including a collaborative medication use and evaluation national committee, national pharmacy supply chain, 340B and specialty pharmacy strategies and operational functions. Craig maintains membership in several professional organizations and is the Past President of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Prior to his current position, Craig served as the Assistant Vice President of Pharmacy and Clinical Research at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, where he spent 18 years in various leadership positions, including oversight of the oncology service line and as the Administrative Director of Pharmacy. Craig received his BS Pharmacy and MBA from the University of Houston.
Daniel Kus

Vice President, Ambulatory Pharmacy Services (Henry Ford Health System)

For nearly 30 years, Dan has held several positions at the Henry Ford Health System, a fully integrated organization that includes 7 hospitals, more than 36 ambulatory centers, an HMO with over 700,000 members, and other specialty service businesses. Since 2000, Dan has served as Vice President of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services for Community Care Services, an operating division of the Henry Ford Health System.

In his current role, Dan is responsible for the profit and loss for 30 ambulatory pharmacies, including a specialty/mail order pharmacy (Pharmacy Advantage) with 400 employees generating $400 million revenue annually. Additional responsibilities have included assisting with pharmaceutical contracting for HMO members, managing a home infusion company, implementing utilization management initiatives, managing the organization’s 340B program, and serving as a member of the Ambulatory Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee.

For more than 3 years, Dan has been a key participant in establishing a national specialty pharmacy network of integrated healthcare delivery organizations and academic institutions called Excelera, which is being driven by a diverse selection of trailblazing health systems to provide a comprehensive patient care model for complex patients requiring specialty medications.

Dan is the esteemed recipient of the HFHS Board of Trustees Focus on People Award for the years: 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for countless campaigns resulting in significant improvements regarding safety, patient satisfaction and revenue growth.
Scott Peterson

Director of Pharmacy (Regional Health)

Scott Peterson serves as Director of Pharmacy for Regional Health Home Plus, a Regional Health company that includes retail, specialty, long-term care, and home infusion pharmacy, as well as durable medical equipment, home care, and hospice. Since 2000, he has served in a number of roles for Regional Health, first as a staff pharmacist (2000-2001), second as the Ambulatory Pharmacy Supervisor (2001-2009), third as Assistant Director of Pharmacy (2009-2017) before moving into his current position. Scott oversees the operations of multiple retail pharmacies, a long-term care pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy, and home infusion for Regional Health Home Plus. He is also shares responsibility for the 340B program of Regional Health, which includes five hospitals as covered entities. He is a 2000 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Lorrie A. Carr

Chief Executive Officer (ExceleraRx Corporation)

Lorrie Carr has over 20 years experience in the health care industry – primarily focused in the pharma/biotech and specialty pharmacy industries. Prior to joining Excelera, in her role as Chief Commercial Officer at ZappRx, a specialty healthcare technology company, Lorrie developed and executed on the ground-up commercial strategy. Prior to ZappRx, as the Divisional VP of Enterprise Specialty Sales and Product Management for Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, Lorrie led the sales, marketing and strategy teams in redefining the go-to-market specialty strategy and execution for the company. Lorrie held previous leadership roles in U.S. / Global Market Access, Reimbursement, Managed Markets, Marketing, and Account Management at Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda Oncology) and Schering-Plough (now Merck). Lorrie started her healthcare career in physician practice management with North American Medical Management. Lorrie received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and holds an MBA from UMASS Isenberg School of Management.
Russ Funk, PharmD, MHSA

Chief Executive Officer Pharmacy Services (Banner Health)

Russ Funk was appointed CEO of Banner Pharmacy Services in July 2018 following a broad range of leadership experiences within the healthcare market to include activities throughout the continuum of care focused on innovative strategies and developing new products/solutions that enhance quality of life for both the patients and caregivers. A Healthcare Leader and Strategist who can lead sales, operations and business development activities. Accomplished at increasing revenue growth, operational efficiency and market share. Highly skilled at identifying opportunities, developing and implementing innovative strategies and developing new products. Proven ability in developing strategic relationships within complex organizations.Funk has spent the last eight years working as a Strategic Customer Vice President for Becton Dickinson. Prior to that, he held many healthcare roles in clinical and operational pharmacy leadership, product management, and leading sales and marketing teams. Funk completed his Pharm D from Creighton University and a Master's of Healthcare Services Administration from the University of Kansas. Funk, a native of Kansas, moved to Arizona in 2018. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University and a Masters of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Kansas. He is currently a member of ACHE and Serves on the Excelera Board.
Steve Petersen

Vice President of Pharmacy Services (Avera Health)

Steve is the Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Avera Health in Sioux Falls, SD.

Avera, the health ministry of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, is a regional partnership of health professionals who share support services to maintain excellent care at 300 locations in eastern South Dakota and surrounding states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota.

Steve has been in the field of Pharmacy since 1979 and has been employed at Avera for the last 15 years. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy. Steve brings 32 years of senior-level expertise in administrative oversight of pharmacy services.

Steve was promoted to a new role in July of 2014 as the Vice President of Pharmacy at Avera Health. In this position he has management and oversight responsibility for all pharmacy services at Avera which include responsibility for managing the 340B program for Avera, serves as the co-chairman for the Northern Plains Premier Collaborative, LLC (NPPC) Pharmacy Value Analysis Team (VAT), expansion of specialty pharmacy services, central distribution, bedside medication verification, ambulatory services, clinics, long term care, home infusion, custom compounding, and retail pharmacy’s as well as regional service lines.

Steve participates in medical staff committee meetings as requested. He also directs and develops long term and strategic plans for pharmacy service lines to include system-wide planning. His time is also spent working on formularies, decreasing variation and maximizing financial savings while meeting the needs of our patient population.

Steve provides technical assistance to other entities regarding enrollment process for 340B, and Orphan Drug/Limited Distribution of pharmaceuticals for regional facilities. He and his team also conduct required contract pharmacy audits, and monitoring of compliance, reporting any non-compliance findings as required.

Steve has additional responsibility for providing support to Avera Health Plans, Avera Research Institute, Avera ePharmacy, Avera’s network of critical access hospitals, Southeast Technical Institute Pharmacy Tech program, and the South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy.

Steve is active in the following professional affiliations: American Society of Health System Pharmacists, South Dakota Society of Health System Pharmacists, South Dakota Pharmaceutical Association, Sioux Falls District Pharmaceutical Association, Adjunct Faculty – SDSU College of Pharmacy, and ExceleraRx Corp. as a Board Member representing Avera Health.
Albert Zimmerli

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (Intermountain Healthcare)

Bert joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2003 and is responsible for the direction and oversight of all Intermountain Healthcare financial operations. He also oversees Intermountain’s insurance/health plans operations, SelectHealth, as well as Intermountain’s Information Systems operations. More recently, he has led the planning and provided leadership for Intermountain’s new business development and innovation strategies.

Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare, Bert was the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, he served in numerous capacities with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, including senior vice president, chief financial officer and was president of several of its smaller subsidiaries. He also was a partner in Ernst & Young’s Houston office, where he spent 16 years, specializing in healthcare.

Bert serves on a number of Boards, including Intalere, Inc. (co-chair), the fifth largest Group Purchasing Organization in the country; ExceleraRx (vice chair), a recently formed specialty pharmacy network; Sotera Wireless, Inc., a private venture-backed company focused on wireless continuous vital signs monitoring; HealthBox Global Partners, Inc.; and the Advisory Board of Chicago Pacific Founders. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and advisory boards for several private equity funds for which Intermountain Healthcare is a limited partner.

Bert received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received the Elijah Watt Sells Award for receiving the second-highest score in the nation when he took the CPA exam.

Excelera’s mission is 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. Excelera is based in Minneapolis and has employees across the United States. Our team values integrity, excellence, compassion, service and accountability in our quest to develop and implement solutions to help health systems assert control over complex patient outcomes and total cost of care.

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Excelera works with a variety of strategic vendors and partners who provide products, services and support to our members. Current and potential partnerships include pharmaceutical manufacturers, payers, and consultants in program setup, performance improvement and other business critical areas.

If you are interested in working with the leading national network of health system based specialty pharmacies, contact us today to explore the possibility of partnership with the Excelera Specialty Pharmacy network.