HEALTHeLINK Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors

David Scamurra, MD appointed chair for third consecutive term; Thomas E. Schenk, MD joins board as HealthNow representative

BUFFALO, NY – HEALTHeLINK recently appointed its 2017-2018 board of directors. For the third consecutive term, David Scamurra, MD, pathologist and president, Eastern Great Lakes Pathology and a member of X-Cell Laboratories was named chair of HEALTHeLINK’s board. He has been involved with Western New York’s clinical information exchange since 2003.

In addition to Scamurra, HEALTHeLINK’s officers include Art Wingerter, president, Univera Healthcare as vice chair; Michael Cain, MD, vice president of health services and dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo as secretary/assistant treasurer and Michael W. Cropp, MD, president and CEO, Independent Health Association as treasurer/assistant secretary.

Thomas E. Schenk, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York/HealthNow also joined HEALTHeLINK’s board as his organization’s representative.

Other members of HEALTHeLINK’s board of directors include: Anthony J. Billittier IV, MD, emergency physician, UBMD Emergency Medicine and chief medical officer, Millennium Collaborative Care; Andrew L. Davis, chief operating officer, Erie County Medical Center; Cletis Earle, vice president and chief information officer, Kaleida Health System; Michael F. Galang, D.O., senior vice president & chief information officer; Catholic Health System; Anne Marie Odrobina, administrative vice president and manager, employee benefits administration, M&T Bank; Paul A. Pettit, commissioner of health, Orleans County Department of Health; and Everett Weiss, M.D., chief medical informatics officer, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

About HEALTHeLINK:  HEALTHeLINK, the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, is a collaboration among the region’s hospitals, physicians, health plans and other health care providers to serve the eight counties of western New York State. HEALTHeLINK was created to enable the exchange of clinical information in secure and meaningful ways to improve both efficiency and quality, while also helping to control health care costs. Patients who provide consent allow physicians and providers directly involved in their treatment to securely access relevant medical information via HEALTHeLINK, resulting in more timely and effective treatment at the point of care.

HEALTHeLINK is part of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), a technology framework spanning the entire state that allows health care providers efficient access to their patients’ data. HEALTHeLINK has been recognized for its work in building a regional health information technology infrastructure and for testing innovative approaches by both state and federal agencies, including being named a Beacon Community, an effort funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. For more information about HEALTHeLINK, please visit