Leadership Team A Veteran Healthcare IT Leadership Team
Extension Healthcare shares its history with many successful technology companies in that it was initially conceived and brought to bear by a small group of visionaries with an idea and a will to see it through. Together, they turned their idea into the design of the Engage platform, and a fast-growing company that now employs over 160 Associates across the United States.
Extension is proud to boast about its veteran healthcare IT leadership team, which understands the clinical issues that plague hospitals today. Extension is committed to providing the most innovative alarm management solutions that help clinicians retain some autonomy and control over their time while continuing to meet the hospital-wide alarm safety and communication objectives that are important to department managers.
Please get to know the executive team and feel free to connect with them by contacting Information@ExtensionHealthcare.com.
Todd Plesko, Chief Executive Officer
Todd Plesko is co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Extension Healthcare – the leading provider of event driven care team communications solutions. In his current position Todd plays a vital role in strategic planning including product and regulatory strategy, branding, capital planning, business development, and strategic partnerships. Through continuing education, speaking engagements, and participation in a bevy of professional associations and boards, Todd is highly active in the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) community. A technically-oriented executive, his areas of subject matter expertise include communication challenges and workflows in both ambulatory and acute care settings, regulatory matters relating to mobile healthcare (mHealth), VoIP, wireless, and messaging technologies, and business transformation. Prior to Extension Healthcare, Todd served as CIO for a large provider network and led two other successful startups focused on ambulatory care practice management systems, ambulatory care EHR’s, hosting, and clinical workflow solutions and infrastructure.Connect with Todd on LinkedIn
Steve Tyler, Chief Technology Officer
Steve Tyler is the CTO and co-founder of Extension Healthcare – the most intelligent event driven care team communications solution available to the hospital market today. Steve is the architect of the innovative Extension® Engage™ platform which is the backbone of all Extension Healthcare solutions. In his current position, Steve oversees the development of the Extension product portfolio. His areas of subject matter expertise include Electronic Health Record (EHR), integration, and data management.
Prior to founding Extension Healthcare, Steve built a hosted EHR solution based on GE Centricity. He also worked for several Silicon Valley companies whose core competencies were in large scale data management and integration. Originally from Southwest England, Steve now lives in Fort Wayne, IN where Extension Healthcare is headquartered.Connect with Steve on LinkedIn
Josh Mahler, Chief Operations Officer
Josh Mahler is COO and co-founder of Extension Healthcare, the developer of clinical communication and collaboration solutions for hospitals. Josh is responsible for the daily operation of the company. Josh also manages the Professional Services, Support, and organizational development teams that are responsible for implementing the clinical workflow engine. Additionally, he oversees the Extension Healthcare Informatics Career Development Program which provides internship and potential long-term career opportunities for local college graduates. After completing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Josh worked as an application developer at his alma mater. He then pursued a career in healthcare IT with an orthopedic practice and eventually co-founded Extension Healthcare in 2009. Throughout his career, Josh has gained a wealth of experience in healthcare IT holding a variety of project management, technical management, and operational leadership positions.Connect with Josh on LinkedIn
Mary Jahrsdoerfer, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
Dr. Mary Jahrsdoerfer is the CNO of Extension Healthcare; the clinical authority in alarm safety issues in hospitals. Mary has her clinical foundation as a critical care nurse, with a focus in cardiology. With over 2 decades of experience in hospital leadership and program development, her career interests grew to emerging healthcare technologies specific to patient safety. At Philips Healthcare, she used evidenced-based research, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and public speaking to disseminate her message. Her role at Extension Healthcare is strategic, with the intent to cultivate an understanding amongst hospital leaders, that as a nation, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. We are moving from clinical alarm fatigue to a new era of patient-centric alarm management and event response.
Mary has a BSN from Stony Brook University; an MHA from Long Island University; and a PhD from UMass Amherst. Mary is a Registered Nurse and member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.Connect with Mary on LinkedIn
Benjamin Kanter, MD, FCCP, Chief Medical Information Officer
Dr. Benjamin Kanter is the Chief Medical Information Officer of Extension Healthcare. Previously, he was CMIO of Palomar Health in San Diego. He graduated from the University of Michigan with Distinction and Honors after which he received his Medical degree and Internal Medicine training at Northwestern University. He completed post-doctoral studies in both Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at the U.C.S.D. Medical center in California where he remained on clinical faculty after graduation. Dr. Kanter is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Medical Informatics, and received special certification in Critical Care. He served as Chief of Staff for Pomerado Hospital and spent 7 years as a member of Palomar Health’s Executive Management Team. He provides consulting services for Sotera Wireless and AirStrip Technologies, and was a member of the Global Healthcare Advisory Board for Cisco as well as the advisory boards for Nuance, AirStrip Technologies, and Spyglass Consulting. In 2013 while at Palomar, Dr. Kanter and Extension Healthcare created a “reverse lookup” smartphone app that allows physicians to search for patients and immediately identify and contact their assigned nurse thus dramatically improving physician-nurse communication.Connect with Benjamin on LinkedIn
Sherry Henricks, Executive Vice President of Sales
Sherry Henricks is Executive Vice President of Sales for Extension Healthcare. Beginning her career as a clinician, she has a passion for improving patient safety and healthcare operations. Sherry has over 20 years of sales and business development leadership experience with medical device, medical IT, and telecommunications companies including (Carefusion) GE-Vital Signs, Draeger Medical, AT&T, and Philips-Emergin. She has also served as a Physician Development manager for LifeBridge Healthcare, bringing a different perspective to the challenges facing healthcare providers today.
Sherry received a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College.Connect with Sherry on LinkedIn
Brian McAlpine, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing
Brian McAlpine leads Extension Healthcare’s strategic marketing efforts and provides the overall guidance to the product management team. Brian has over 24 years of experience in healthcare IT solutions with a focus on medical device integration, alarm safety, wireless and mobility solutions, and healthcare information management. Prior to Extension, Brian served in senior leadership and strategic roles at Capsule Tech, Philips-Emergin, Siemens Medical, Draeger Medical, and HP Medical (now Philips Healthcare).
Brian holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.Connect with Brian on LinkedIn
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