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Description: Join Cambia Grove for the 2020 Fall TRAILS Competition finale event. The five selected finalists will virtually pitch to a panel of judges and one winner will be selected. 

Maura Little, Executive Director of Cambia Grove, and Vanessa Laughlin, Founder of Banister Advisors (our prize partner!) will kick off the pitch event with a short overview of the competition prize.

Can't attend the live event? Register anyway and you will receive an announcement of who won immediately following the event!

The five finalists went through three rounds of judging, including a patient-led round facilitated by WEGO Health. Congratulations to:

Challenge: Solutions that improve care of seriously ill patients and their families.

The Prize: The winner will participate in an individual and personalized, three-month accelerator program with Banister Advisors to optimize the product, it’s cultural appropriateness and business strategy in addition to making connections to the 5 Points of Health Care™.

Our Finale Judges:

John Kim –  Executive Director of Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority

John Kim is the Executive Director of Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority. His prior two leadership positions were as the Executive Director of Seattle Jobs Initiative and the Chief Operating Officer at Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and law degree from New York University. A resident of the metropolitan Seattle since 1997, John has served on a variety of boards including those of: Community Center for Education Results, Financial Empowerment Network, Seattle Jobs Initiative, Dale Turner Family YMCA, Shoreline Breakfast Rotary, and Northwest Community Health Education and Simulation Center.

Peggy Maguire – President, Cambia Health Foundation; Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Palliative Care Solutions

Peggy works with a wide range of stakeholders to improve care for people with serious illness and support family caregivers. Under her leadership, the Cambia Health Foundation has invested more than $44M to advance palliative care access, quality and awareness. Peggy also directs Cambia’s regional health plans’ Personalized Care Support program, which includes health insurance benefits for palliative care services, advance care planning, specialized care management, and caregiver recognition and support. In addition, Peggy advises the company on strategic investments that address aging, caregiving and coordinated care. She also leads Cambia’s ethics, compliance, corporate citizenship and employee volunteerism efforts to build healthy, vibrant communities.

Dr. Dominic Moore – Associate Medical Director of Palliative Care, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Dominic Moore is the Associate Medical Director of Palliative Care for Intermountain Healthcare, where his mission is to ensure the highest quality palliative care is available to all people. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah School of Medicine where he serves as the Associate Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. He is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and has focused his academic work on responsible prescribing, self-care for providers, and the role that spirituality plays in healthcare interactions. Dr. Moore enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, and writing/recording music.


Mary Kay O’Neill – Senior Consultant, Mercer

As Senior Clinical Advisor for Mercer Health & Benefits, Dr. O’Neill leverages her clinical strategy and operations experience to drive Mercer’s value-based care initiatives and provide strategic advice and health care data analysis for Mercer clients. She is part of the Total Health Management practice. Her areas of special clinical expertise include musculoskeletal care, chronic pain management, productivity, and behavioral health and substance use disorders. She also has extensive experience in healthcare quality and value-based care arrangements including accountable care organizations, onsite clinics and the use of telemedicine. She regularly helps clients select vendor partners and participates in oversight and audit functions of these services

Since February 2020, Dr. O’Neill has served on the COVID-19 response team working across Mercer and Marsh McLennan on issues related to the evolving understanding of the virus, testing and treatment, public health issues as well workforce health and safety, including protocols for return to work and assessing the long term medical and behavioral health impact of the pandemic

Matt Parmett – Senior Associate on the Strategic Investment team at Echo Health Ventures, responsible for transaction execution and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Echo Health Ventures in 2018, Matt spent four years as a member of J.P. Morgan's healthcare investment banking group in New York. During his tenure at J.P. Morgan, Matt advised many of the country's largest health systems on mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships, and structured over $15 billion of taxable and tax-exempt debt financing. 

Matt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with bachelor's degrees in Finance, Operations & Information Management, and Political Science. Originally from New York, Matt now lives in Seattle and enjoys the outdoors, baseball, tennis, and brewing craft beer.

Marianne Sarcich – Patient Advocate, In This Together Philly Wilmington

Marianne Sarcich, a breast cancer survivor and advocate, founded and runs the breast cancer peer support group In This Together Philly Wilmington. This group has grown from 10 to 700 members in 2 years and supports every stage and every age in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. To support this group, she connects members not only to each other but also to resources, organizations and information that will help ease the burden of the diagnosis. And she sets up get togethers for the group every 2 to 3 weeks. Everything from lunches to Sephora makeup classes to yoga to art therapy and even bumper cars on ice. In addition she provides one-on-one support for members as needed.

Other organizations now refer patients who need peer-to-peer support to Marianne's group, including Penn Medicine and Sharsheret.

Marianne, an early stager, also advocates for the breast cancer community nationally, with a focus on supporting the metastatic breast cancer community. She has gone to Washington DC as part of the METAvivor day of advocacy with federal legislators. And, she pulled together a workshop on social security disability with SSA.

She is also a patient advocate for the Society for Integrative Oncology. And she is currently developing a national advocacy initiative to make palliative care standard of care at diagnosis for any disease that should be supported by it.


Dr. Emily Transue – Associate Medical Director, Washington State Health Care Authority

Emily Transue, MD, MHA, FACP is the Associate Medical Director for the Washington State Health Care Authority. She received her B.S. from Yale University, M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, and Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington. She is a general internist who practiced for 15 years as a primary care provider before shifting to roles in leadership and management. She is the author of two books, On Call and Patient by Patient, about the experience of practicing medicine. At the Health Care Authority, her role includes clinical leadership of the Employee and Retiree Benefits division, oversight of the Shared Decision Making program, and supporting quality measurement and improvement.