What will our hospitals look like in 5 years? Today's hospitals must adapt to better address the shift to outpatient settings, consumer-focused care, and the digitization of healthcare.  Panelists from the clinical and administrative sphere will engage in an informal and open conversation about humanizing the hospital experience for patients and clinicians.


Peter Bresler (Moderator)

Vice President, Digital Performance, AVIA Health Innovation

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Peter Bresler is the Vice President, Digital Performance at AVIA Health Innovation. In this role, he helps AVIA’s health system members better understand the strategic, financial, and operational value created by their investments in digital solutions.

Prior to joining AVIA, he held numerous leadership roles at Willis Towers Watson and predecessor organizations, including working with large health systems to develop strategies for capitalizing on value-based care opportunities, with a particular focus on partnering with large self-funded employers.

His broad business background includes consulting expertise in health care strategy, mergers and acquisitions, process and organization design, change implementation, human capital measurement and HR function effectiveness. In addition, he has extensive operational management experience in business process outsourcing.

In his over 30 years in consulting and outsourcing, his major clients have come from a broad cross-section of industries in addition to health care, including utilities, transportation, pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, financial services, oil and gas, and retail.  

Peter is a Kellogg Alum, earning a Master of Management degree, with distinction. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan. Before he joined Willis Towers Watson, Peter worked for Bain and Company, a leading strategy consulting firm.




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Julie Creamer, President of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and co-leader of the Northwestern Medicine Central Region, previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Executive at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC). A senior executive at NMHC since 1996, Ms. Creamer has played an integral role in developing and implementing the strategic plan for Northwestern Medicine, planning and construction of new facilities for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and advancing many initiatives that have improved revenue cycle, quality of care, patient safety and information technology.

Ms. Creamer received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Marquette University and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her work at NMHC, she has published multiple articles and made a number of national presentations on a variety of topics to organizations such as the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Hospital Association, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Scottsdale Institute.


Julie Schulz, MD, MPH

Physician advisor, lumere

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As a Lumere Physician Advisor, Julie provides guidance to help physician and service line leaders to ensure they are meeting their quality improvement, cost reduction, and physician engagement goals.

She is a regular speaker on physician leadership and engagement at conferences such as HFMA and AHRMM, and her thought leadership has been featured in several industry journals.

Julie initially joined Lumere as the Director of Research and Insights where she led the development of the company’s research software and research team. She subsequently served as the Lumere’s Vice President of Clinical Engagement and Effectiveness.

Prior to joining Lumere, Julie worked at Sg2 managing consulting projects on topics such as service line strategic planning, health care reform, and physician leadership and alignment.

Julie received an MD and MPH from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Pomona College with a BA in public policy analysis.


Suja Mathew, MD

Chair of medicine, cook county Health

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Suja Mathew, MD is Chair of Medicine at Cook County Health (CCH) and governor of the Illinois Chapter, Northern Region of the American College of Physicians, the largest specialty-based physician organization in the country. As clinician, educator, and administrator, she directs internal medicine service delivery throughout CCH, including Stroger Hospital, Provident Hospital, and a network of ambulatory centers throughout the county of Cook. She also oversees the training of hundreds of residents, fellows, and medical students who rotate through Stroger Hospital’s internal medicine services. Dr. Mathew has a passion for the underserved and particular interest in the areas of social determinants of health and professional satisfaction. She is an awarded teacher and leader and a recognized humanitarian.