The leadership team at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York strives to continuously improve the health and well-being of the patients, members and families across the communities we serve. Focusing on the organization’s core mission of caring for vulnerable individuals and families, our leadership advocates for healthcare policies that support beneficial home- and community-based services, promotes the development of innovative services, and maintains a tradition of charitable and compassionate care.
Christopher T. Olivia, M.D., President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), is an experienced physician and executive. He has managed health insurance companies, hospitals, healthcare facilities, and physician practices in both an academic and community environment. Before coming to VNSNY, Dr. Olivia was the President of Continuum Health Alliance. Continuum Health builds clinically integrated physician and hospital networks with 1200 physicians in 5 states as one of the nation’s first population health companies. Immediately preceding that role, he was the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and New Venture Development at Highmark where he completed the West Penn Allegheny Health System merger. That merger was the largest payer-provider combination to date, and created the country’s second largest integrated payer-provider system with $17 billion in revenue.
Dr. Olivia initiated the merger with Highmark as President and Chief Executive Officer of West Penn Allegheny. West Penn was a hospital-based, academic health system with two tertiary teaching facilities, six hospitals and $1.8 billion in revenue with 13,000 employees. There he led a multi-year turnaround of the health delivery system by consolidating 6 hospitals and 700 physicians into a system of care, ultimately generating $100MM of cash flow in the final year. During his tenure, the flagship hospital was named a Top 50 Hospital by US News and World Report and the health system was named to the top 57 in the country by Thomson Reuters. Prior to this, he led the turnaround and growth of the Cooper Health System in Camden, NJ as CEO. Under his leadership, Cooper more than doubled its revenue to become the largest hospital in South Jersey, built a new tertiary hospital and conceived and initiated the new Cooper Rowan School of Medicine.
Dr. Olivia has held numerous industry leadership roles as a board member of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals, the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Hospital Associations and as Chair of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. During his tenure on the latter, New Jersey established the safety net hospital designation and increased charity care funding by 40%, implemented a state-wide Family Care Bill to cover all children and created a new Graduate Medical Education fund that has grown to provide training programs with $100MM of annual funding. Finally, Dr. Olivia has extensive experience with venture backed healthcare start-ups with a focus on the healthcare service and IT sector. He has been involved as a founder or board member of a dozen entities including most recently eviti, Inc., a cancer care management company that formed the foundation for publicly traded Nanthealth (NH), and the radiology services company Foundation Radiology.
As Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Kerry Parker is responsible for directing and overseeing the Legal Affairs, Risk Management, Human Resources, Board Governance, Government Affairs, and Internal Audit functions for VNSNY and its subsidiaries and affiliates. He also oversees VNSNY’s Provider and Corporate Compliance and Privacy functions led by the V.P. of Compliance. He joined VNSNY in July, 2012.
Prior to joining VNSNY, Mr. Parker practiced health care law, labor and employment law and litigation as a partner with the law firms of Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C. and Gibbons, P.C. He has served in various leadership roles in other non-profit organizations, including as a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Springpoint Senior Living, Inc., the leading New Jersey provider of senior living and care. Mr. Parker received his Juris Doctor with honors from Seton Hall University Law School and served a judicial clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
John P. Rafferty – Chairman of the Board
John P. Rafferty has served as one of our directors since 2006 and as the Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee since January 2014. Previously, Mr. Rafferty served as an audit partner at Ernst & Young, LLP from 1974 to 2006, working primarily with U.S. and international financial institutions, both public and private. Mr. Rafferty has also held leadership positions with several philanthropic organizations including president, board member, chairman of the Charities committee and ad hoc member of the Audits and Records Committee for Blue Hill Troupe, Ltd., treasurer of American Friends of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia, trustee of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, as well as treasurer and Board member of several organizations in the Beaverkill Valley. Mr. Rafferty graduated with a BA in economics from Princeton University and an MS in accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business.