Board of Directors
Gregory Young, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Young has served as a clinician and administrator for more than 20 years, seeking to redesign and optimize health services delivery for the benefit of children, adolescents, and young adults. He has served as president and chief executive officer of the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC) since 2006, leading the network’s quality improvement efforts – including its adoption of electronic health records and the family-centered medical home to improve quality and clinical integration.
Dr. Young has a deep interest in understanding how systems design and function impact health care. While chief of an inpatient unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, he co-chaired a group that undertook a major redesign of inpatient service delivery, resulting in improved quality of care and cost savings. Later, he became managing partner in Longwood Pediatrics and helped to improve the organization’s clinical and business performance. He continues to maintain an active primary care practice today.
In addition to his clinical practice and PPOC leadership role, Dr. Young is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Part-time at Harvard Medical School. He also teaches third year MD/MBA students in their primary care clerkship. Dr. Young is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Young completed his residency at Boston Children’s Hospital where he served as chief resident in pediatrics.
He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physician Executives. He is also a recipient of the Sidney Farber Award and Community Pediatrician Award, both from Boston Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in pediatrics and a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.
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Chief Operating Officer
Jessica Farnham has many years of financial and operational management experience in healthcare IT and healthcare services. She joined the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC) as Chief Operating Officer in early 2015.
Previously, Ms. Farnham was the Vice President of Finance and Operations at American Well, an industry-leading telehealth company, where she was deeply involved in the creation and management of an affiliated provider group employing dozens of physicians across the United States. Earlier in her career, Ms. Farnham worked at the Boston Consulting Group and Outcome (later acquired by Quintiles), and spent two years as a practicing attorney with a focus on land use and senior housing development projects.
Ms. Farnham holds a law degree from the New York University School of Law and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University.
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Glenn D. Focht, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Focht has close to 20 years of experience as a physician and health care clinician and administrator. Since January 2012, Dr. Focht has held the position of Chief Medical Officer with the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC).
Dr. Focht came to PPOC from the Central Maine Group where he was the first president and physician executive for this provider organization of more than 350 physicians practicing 37 specialties, located in 19 communities. As the chief executive of Central Maine Group, Dr. Focht delivered winning direction and stewardship to an organization with annual gross revenues in excess of $100 million.
Prior to his tenure at Central Maine Group, Dr. Focht served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass. In this position, Dr. Focht was responsible for operating and leading a group practice of more than 80 physicians, 24 practice locations, and yearly gross revenues exceeding $35 million.
From 1999 through 2004, Dr. Focht served as Medical Director of Quality Care and Education, and Chief Medical Officer, for Milford Regional Hospital (Milford, Mass.).
Dr. Focht was also a clinician at Tri-River Health Center (Uxbridge, Mass.), an affiliate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, from 1994 through 1999. It was during this time that he also won awards as a member of the faculty at UMass Medical School.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Dr. Focht did his residency at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and liberal arts from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.
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Nael Hafez, MBA, CHCIO, CPHIMS
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Hafez has 17 years of leadership experience in information technology and health care management, both in the military and civilian sectors.
A former Captain in the United States Army, Mr. Hafez has been the Chief Information Officer for the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC) since 2011. In his role as CIO, Mr. Hafez is responsible for the implementation, integration, operations, and support of all PPOC information systems and technology.
Prior to joining the PPOC, Mr. Hafez spent more than six years with the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), starting as a Technical Project Manager and steadily rising, taking on more responsibility, and being promoted to Director of Technical Services. In that role, he led large scale, multi-stakeholder, statewide, and inter-organizational projects involving the implementation of electronic health records, health information exchanges and clinical data warehouses.
From February 2001 through March 2009, Mr. Hafez served as an officer in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He held several leadership positions within the Medical Service Corps, the branch of the Army which provides administrative, tactical, and logistical support to the Army Medical Command, including Platoon Leader, Battalion Medical Operations Officer, and Medical Company Executive Officer. Mr. Hafez – fluent in English and Arabic – was called to active duty and deployed in support of combat operations overseas. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, two Army Commendation medals for meritorious service, the Combat Action Badge, and numerous other service medals and ribbons. He currently serves on the Civilian Advisory Council (CAC) for the Adjutant (Commanding) General of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Mr. Hafez, who worked for eight years (1998-2005) as a Manager of Technical Services for Boston University, holds an M.B.A. in healthcare management from the Boston University Questrom School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) as recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) as recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Mr. Hafez is married and has two boys; one is 18 months and the other 4 years old.
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