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The BTE Team:

François de Brantes 
National Coordinator

François de Brantes is the National Coordinator for Bridges to Excellence (BTE).  In this capacity, Mr. de Brantes is responsible for supervising the implementation of BTE programs in different regions in the country.  He is also responsible for creating and developing new programs for BTE such as the emerging Internal Medicine Care Link in collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Spine Care Link in collaboration with the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Prior to this, Mr. de Brantes was Program Leader for healthcare initiatives at GE, responsible for developing and implementing GE's Active Consumer strategy. 

Mr. de Brantes earned a Masters in Finance and Taxation at the University of Paris IX - Dauphine, and he earned an MBA at the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Jessica DiLorenzo                                                                                                                                            
Program and Operations Leader

As Program and Operations Leader, Jessica DiLorenzo is responsible for developing the operational framework and the implementation of Bridges to Excellence programs. In her role, Ms. DiLorenzo focuses on supporting markets that are interested in pay-for-performance, adapting implementation strategies that work at the local level, supporting the markets in engaging all stakeholders to reward providers for better performance and introducing new programs. Her focus on market implementation strategies will expand to the Prometheus Payment program in 2006.  Ms. DiLorenzo appears in front of many audiences across the country speaking on behalf of the BTE program. 

Prior to her current role with BTE, Ms. DiLorenzo was the Health Care Initiatives Team Leader for GE.  She was responsible for the operations of company-wide health care strategies, which included BTE, in addition to Active Consumer Programs, Prometheus and the Global Health Index. 

Ms. DiLorenzo graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Sociology and received her Masters of Arts in Communications from the College of St. Rose.

Edison Machado, MD
National Accounts Manager

Edison Machado is the National Accounts Manager for Bridges to Excellence.  In that capacity, Dr. Machado is responsible for managing and supporting BTE market implementations and engaging various stakeholders on strategic and operational issues related to program adoption and success.  Prior to his current role with BTE, Dr. Machado worked as an Internal Medicine house officer at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center where he interfaced with administration and house staff on various quality improvement projects. 

Dr. Machado received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University. He earned both MD and MBA degrees from Yale University and completed his medical school thesis on Bridges to Excellence, investigating the link between effectiveness and efficiency of ambulatory care in BTE pilot markets.  Dr. Machado completed an internal medicine internship at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Sarah Burstein                                                                                                                                                  
Project Leader

As Project Leader for Bridges to Excellence, Sarah Burstein supports various emerging BTE markets by providing operational guidance, best practice consulting and interface with key stakeholders in the management of program implementation. As the market implementations progress, Ms. Burstein is also responsible for supporting the evaluation of the markets.

Prior to her current role with BTE, Ms. Burstein was the Compliance Analyst in the Office of Corporate Compliance at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she worked on a diverse range of projects to effectively develop, implement and manage the hospital’s Compliance and HIPAA programs. She also has previous experience as a Healthcare Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the employer benefits consulting division.

Ms. Burstein received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management at the State University of New York at Albany.

Guy D’Andrea
Senior Consultant

Guy D’Andrea serves as Senior Consultant to the Bridges to Excellence program and focuses largely on helping coalitions to implement BTE programs.  Mr. D’Andrea has worked in health care policy and quality for 15 years and is the founder of Discern Consulting, which focuses on health care-related strategy and project management.  At Discern, his consulting projects have included national implementation of physician and hospital pay-for-performance programs, policy development, and strategic planning.  For seven years, Mr. D’Andrea led product development and government affairs for URAC, a private accreditation organization.  Prior to joining URAC, Mr. D’Andrea held leadership positions in health care policy and legislation at the American Association of Health Plans (now AHIP), the American Managed Care and Review Association, and the Maryland Association of HMOs.

Mr. D’Andrea received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and earned dual Masters of Business Administration degrees from Columbia University and the London Business School, where he graduated as the valedictorian of his program.


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