2017 News

Phoenix (October 11, 2017) -The CORE Institute, consistently ranked Arizona’s top orthopedic practice and considered one of America’s most respected and innovative healthcare organizations, is making moves that point to an even bolder and brighter future with additions to their executive team.

Brendan Baker, who has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer, is transitioning into the newly created position of President, Insurance and Medical Economics. He will lead the development of The CORE Institute’s Medical Economics Division’s Clinically Integrated Networks, overseeing contracting with health systems and health plans for carve out global capitation and bundled payment risk for musculoskeletal services, medical economics, and network performance management.

Joining The CORE Institute as the new Chief Financial Officer is Karin Meyer, a highly respected health finance executive with more than 20 years of experience managing financial operations for dynamic public and private corporations. She most recently served as Vice President of Accounting and Controller at Envision Healthcare (a Fortune 500 company), after previously serving as Director of Finance at Medicis Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded corporation with annual revenue topping $800 million.

The Chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute, Dr. David Jacofsky, praised Baker’s performance as CFO, saying “Brendan’s track record coupled with extensive prior experience in the insurance industry, makes him the perfect person to oversee these growing initiatives.” Dr. Jacofsky also said “we are fortunate to have someone of Karin’s caliber joining as our new CFO. Her background working with dynamic organizations will be a major asset as The CORE Institute continues to grow, while maintaining our absolute commitment to best-in-class outcomes for our patients, at lower costs.”

Phoenix (October 6, 2017) – The CORE Institute, #1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, continues to expand Bone Health Program with Medical Director, Kelly Krohn, MD, a fellowship-trained and board certified rheumatologist. Dr. Krohn specializes in non-surgical management of knee osteoarthritis, fracture healing, and complex metabolic bone diseases and will care for patients at their North Phoenix clinic in Arizona.

“Dr. Krohn is a well-respected rheumatologist who remains active in academic research and contributes to numerous journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters,” said Steve Myerthall, MD and Market President at The CORE Institute. “He is a valuable addition to our clinical team as well as patients in need of management and non-surgical treatment options for those suffering from osteoarthritis and complex metabolic bone health diseases.”

Dr. Krohn is a recipient of numerous awards for his work in rheumatology. He served as the Senior Medical Advisor for Eli Lilly between 2006 and 2016 with primary responsibility over the Forteo osteoporosis medical team. Prior to his role at Eli Lilly, he served as Director of Clinical Research at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and as the Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. During his time in Oregon, Dr. Krohn also served as the team physician for the Portland Rockies as part of the Colorado Rockies medical team.

Dr. Krohn completed his rheumatology fellowship at Indiana University and his internal medicine residency at Creighton University. He also received his medical degree from Creighton and his bachelor’s degree from Jamestown College. Dr. Krohn is a member of several professional organizations, including the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Orthopaedic Research Society, American College of Rheumatology, and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.

Phoenix, Ariz. (October 5, 2017) – The CORE Institute is pleased to announce Valerie Eaton has joined the organization as the EVP, Performance Excellence and Administration. Eaton brings an impressive amount of experience in the healthcare industry spanning nearly a decade. In her new role, she will be responsible for assisting the CEO and supporting the leadership team with development, management and execution of strategic plans and activities for the Company’s near and long-term strategies and targets.

“As we searched for the ideal candidate that would help lead our performance excellence and administrative initiatives, it became clear to us that Valerie Eaton was the right person to help take us to the next level,” said Dr. David Jacofsky, Chairman and CEO for The CORE Institute. “We’re confident that Valerie’s leadership will benefit both our teams and our patients as we continue to strive to help our patients receive their best care outcomes possible.”

“As The CORE Institute enters yet another period of exciting growth I’m delighted for this opportunity to collaborate with this highly regarded team,” said Eaton. “The CORE Institute already has a reputation for excellence and I’m excited to help the organization not only maintain that excellence as it expands, but to help kick it up another notch wherever possible.”

Eaton served most recently the Director of Business Operations at Centene Corporation where she was the Arizona product lead for the Marketplace and Medicare lines of Business and formerly the Director of Implementation. Eaton also worked for Caremore Health Systems and Humana.

Phoenix, Ariz. (September 5, 2017) – Non-profit Banner Health, the state’s largest health system, and The CORE Institute, an integrated orthopedic and neurology practice with locations in Arizona and Michigan, have announced a new ownership agreement for the former Banner Del E. Webb Surgery Center in Glendale.

Effective Aug. 31, Banner Health and The CORE Institute have become joint owners of the surgery center at 18301 N. 79th Ave., #E-150 in Glendale, renaming it the Banner CORE Union Hills Surgery Center.

The Banner CORE Union Hills Surgery Center will continue offering a variety of outpatient surgery services, and will specialize in orthopedic surgery. Orthopedic procedures will include knee replacements, sports medicine procedures, spine and pain management, foot and ankle surgery, and other orthopedic surgical specialties.

Under the new partnership, Banner Health will retain a majority stake in the center, with The CORE Institute holding a minority ownership stake. While The CORE Institute will now have an ownership position in the center, both CORE and non-CORE surgeons will continue to practice at the center, performing both orthopedic and non-orthopedic outpatient surgeries in the facility’s four operating rooms. Additionally, the surgery center will remain staffed by Banner Health employees and will use Banner’s electronic medical record system.

“We’re building upon the reputation of Banner Health and The CORE Institute to manage outpatient cases efficiently,” said David Jacofsky, MD, chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute. “We will deploy proven pathways and protocols, create efficiencies in an outpatient setting, and provide optimal patient outcomes all while focusing on a specialty patient-centered approach.”

“Because of the established relationship between The CORE Institute and Banner Health, this partnership was a logical next step,” said Joan Thiel, vice president of Ambulatory Services for Phoenix-based Banner Health. “The Banner CORE Union Hills Surgery Center model will focus on reducing costs to consumers and providing efficient, high quality care in an outpatient setting.”

Novi, MI (August 11, 2017) – The CORE Institute announces the addition of fellowship-trained interventional spine, sports medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine physician Dr. Michael Slesinski. He will care for patients at The CORE Institute’s Brighton and Novi locations in Michigan.

“Expanding our team by adding an Interventional Spine provider, not only serves the need of our community, but serves the need of our current patients,” said Dr. David Markel, Market President. “Dr. Slesinski’s expertise, passion and demonstrated commitment to finding the source of the patient’s pain is a great extension to the best-in-class care our providers already deliver and we are excited to have him on board.”

Dr. Slesinski received his interventional spine, sports medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine fellowship training from Michigan State University. During his fellowship, he served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Slesinski completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Michigan State University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and his bachelor’s degree from Alma College in Michigan.

He serves as a volunteer on numerous community projects and is active as the Team Physician for the Lansing Lugnuts, a minor-league baseball team. He is active in research and has given multiple presentations regionally and nationally. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Spine Intervention Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

To learn more about Dr. Michael Slesinski, please visit www.thecoreinstitute.com. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Slesinski or any of The CORE Institute providers, please call 1.866.974.2673.