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Tom Buckingham

Thomas Buckingham, President

Thomas Buckingham serves as president of Allevant Solutions, working closely with Mayo Clinic's Dr. Mark Lindsay. Tom also serves as Executive Vice President of Strategy for Select Medical's 103 long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals and for its 20 rehabilitation hospitals, including Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey, consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top two medical rehabilitation hospitals. In his leadership role, Tom is responsible for hospital strategy, the quality department and government relations. He is also charged with the planning and implementation of Select Medical's proposed elements of health care reform including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), post acute care bundling proposals, and patient experience initiative.

Tom joined Select Medical in 1998 as CEO of Select Specialty Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and went on to hold positions of increasing leadership responsibility, leading to his appointment as president of Select Medical's LTAC hospital division. In the president's role, Tom was responsible for the division's overall clinical, operational and financial performance.

Tom holds his bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) and his MBA from Oakland University in suburban Detroit. As an executive with extensive health care experience in the for-profit, non-profit and faith-based sectors, Tom serves on the board of directors for the Acute Long-Term Hospital Association (ALTHA) in Washington, D.C., as well as NaviHealth in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Tom may be reached at: [email protected]; or office: 717-972-3803.



Mark Lindsay

Dr. Mark Lindsay, Medical Director Allevant; Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Mark Lindsay M.D. MMM is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He serves as Medical Director for Allevant. He received his medical degree from the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, where he also completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and remained on Faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He has practiced at Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire since 1997 where he has served in a number of leadership positions including Department Chair Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Luther Midelfort Board of Directors, Physician Chair ICU Redesign, Medical Director Valley Health Plan, Medical Director of Ventilator Program in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin from 1997-2012 and Chair of Eau Claire's Continuum of Care Program and Utilization Management from 2000-2006. He was the Quality Officer for Mayo Clinic Health System from 2006-2010.

He received his master's in Medical Management in 2004 from the USC School of Business. His master's project was expanding new post-acute care pathways including transitional care and ventilator units in underutilized rural hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Dr. Lindsay initiated and provided leadership for Mayo Post-Acute Care Program from inception to 2012, which included the development of ventilator programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin and 11 Transitional Care programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. He has presented at several IHI and National forums.

Mark may be reached at email: [email protected]; mobile: 715-577-8689.



Jordan Tenenbaum

Jordan Tenenbaum, Vice President, Business Development

Jordan Tenenbaum serves as Vice President, Business Development of Allevant Solutions, working closely with Mayo Clinic's Dr. Mark Lindsay in identifying client opportunities and providing client support.

Jordan served as CEO for Select Specialty Hospital - St. Louis, part of Select Medical's 109 long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals and 18 rehabilitation hospitals, including Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey, consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top two medical rehabilitation hospitals.

As an executive with extensive health care experience in the for-profit, non-profit and academic-based sectors, Jordan received a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, a master's in Hospital Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Fellowship in Hospital Administration from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Jordan may be reached at email: [email protected]; mobile: 314-302-5373.



Karl Palmer

Karl Palmer, RN, Director of Clinical Services

Karl Palmer RN MS serves as Director of Clinical Services for Allevant where he supports the nursing practice of Allevant clients, implementation coordination, continuous improvement and measurement efforts. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University in Winona, MN and began his nursing career as an ICU nurse at St. Mary's Hospital-Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He continued bedside nursing for several years in the ICU at Luther Hospital, part of Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI where he was active in staff led unit councils and helped initiate the Critical Care Nurse Consult Service. In 2005, he assumed the role of Associate Director of Nursing-Clinic at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar, a successful 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and clinic in Menomonie, WI, where he supervised clinic specialty practices, emergency preparedness, numerous patient safety and regulatory initiatives, led efforts to increase community use of advanced directives, and served on the Wisconsin State Expert Panel on Disaster Ethics.

From 2007 to 2011, Karl assumed dual roles as Co-Nurse Vice-Chair of Quality for Mayo Clinic Health System and Quality Nurse Specialist for Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar. In his Vice-Chair role, he led numerous successful Mayo Clinic Health System projects and participated in Mayo Clinic-wide teams spanning areas such as 30-Day Readmission Reduction, CMS Inpatient Core Measures, Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient/Patient Simulation and Patient Empowerment. He was actively involved in the evolution of the Mayo Clinic Health System Nursing Leadership structure, Mayo Clinic Health System Nursing Quality and Practice Councils and sat on the Mayo Clinic Nurse Quality Committee.

Karl received his Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Nursing and Healthcare Systems Administration in 2011 from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. His master's project was to explore and make recommendations regarding the concept of optimal inpatient social context of care. At that time he also successfully applied for and led a two-year, registry-based ambulatory diabetes improvement grant project through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Providers (ORHP) and presented on basic process improvement methods at two national grant recipient conferences. In 2011, Karl returned to full-time status as Quality Nurse Specialist at MCHS-Red Cedar where he facilitated ambulatory quality teams and taught/supported LEAN-based, frontline staff-driven process improvement. Using these methods, frontline staff identified over 350 opportunities to improve processes and care over a span of three years. He also facilitated the creation of a local patient safety admission video that then spread to all Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals to be shown on each admission, performed a significant population-based diabetes patient needs assessment, and worked with quality and leadership staff on the creation of a survey/feedback process to provide physicians and other providers with perceptions of their approachability. He presented on the approachability effort at the 2011 American Medical Group Association national conference.

Karl may be reached at: [email protected]; or mobile: 715-210-0652.



Whitney Schauer

Whitney Schauer, RRT, Director of Respiratory Therapy

Whitney Schauer, RRT, BA; serves as Director of Respiratory Therapy for Allevant Solutions, working closely with Dr. Mark Lindsay and Karl Palmer to facilitate client success by providing clinical support and education.

After graduating from the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences Respiratory Therapy Program, Whitney has spent the last 20 years working as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in both Acute and Long-Term patient care. As Respiratory Therapy Director for the Mayo Post-Acute Care Program, he provided Respiratory leadership from its inception to 2012, which included the development of ventilator programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin and 11 Transitional Care programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. He also served as the Director of the Respiratory Therapy Department for a Wisconsin ventilator program. Whitney has worked with Dr. Lindsay in making contributions to medical literature on prolonged mechanical ventilation, liberation from mechanical ventilation and noninvasive ventilation.

Whitney may be reached at: [email protected]; or mobile: 715-579-0973.



Rorey Pritchard

Rorey Pritchard, RN, Senior RN Clinical Educator & Wellness Coordinator

Rorey Pritchard, RN-BC, EdS, MSN, CNOR, CNE; serves as the Senior RN Clinical Educator & Wellness Coordinator for Allevant, supporting the education needs of Allevant clients, including the development and delivery of educational content. Rorey received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellin College in Green Bay, WI, and specialized in surgical nursing, eventually serving as the Perioperative Educator.

Rorey received her Master of Science in Nursing, focusing her career on both hospital-based and academic education, most recently as a Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has continued her education, receiving a certificate in Health Professional Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a post-masters Education Specialist degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is completing her PhD work in Education from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Rorey currently holds four nursing specialty certifications in perioperative nursing, nursing informatics, nursing professional development, and nursing education.

Rorey may be reached at: [email protected]; or mobile: 715-214-5267.