Series Overview: The Gerber Institute, together with Via Christi Health, will present a series of panel and participant discussions on the topic of health care reform on April 8, 15, and 22. All discussions will take place over breakfast at Newman University: the sessions on April 8 and 22 will be in the Tarcisia Roths Alumni Center, inside the Dugan Library and Campus Center; the session on April 15 will be in the Cardinal Newman Room, on the lower level of Sacred Heart Hall. Breakfast will be served beginning at 6:45 a.m., with panelists speaking at 7:15 a.m. and discussion to follow. Sessions will conclude at 8:15 a.m.

April 15, 2010 | Session Two

Perspectives on the Relationship between Healthcare and Financing

Cardinal Newman Room (lower level of Sacred Heart Hall)

Breakfast @ 6:45 a.m.

Panel @ 7:15 a.m.

Join panelists Dr. Ed Hett, Lynette RauvolaBouta, Michael Murphy as they discuss questions related to healthcare and financing, including: How do reimbursement practices affect models of care? How would you re-envision the future?

Panelists Bios

  • Dr. Ed Hett, family practitioner

Dr. Ed Hett

A native of Marion, Kan., Ed Hett, MD, received his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Tabor College, and his Medical Degree in 1981 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He completed his Family Medicine residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 1984. That same year he opened a private practice, Twin Lakes Medical, which joined Preferred Medical Associates in 1997 and became PMA Twin Lakes, where he continues to practice part time.

Dr. Hett was named president of Preferred Medical Associates in 2001.








  • Lynette RauvolaBouta, Senior Vice President, Mission Integration, Via Christi Health

Lynette RauvolaBouta

Lynnette RauvolaBouta (RAU voh la boo TAY) joined Via Christi Health System as Vice President, Mission Integration in September of 2004.

She is responsible for ensuring mission integrity in Via Christi Health System structures, policies and procedures. This includes seeing that VCHS follows the integrity of the mission set forth by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita, the health system’s sponsoring congregations.  It also includes ensuring that VCHS facilities follow the ethical and religious directives for Catholic health care services.  RauvolaBouta designed the health system’s Mission Integration Plan, including church relations, community accountability and advocacy, organizational and clinical ethics, ministry leadership formation and spiritual (pastoral) care.

Prior to joining VCHS, RauvolaBouta served as executive leader of sponsorship for the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She served as executive vice president for mission integration in the Benedictine Health System in Duluth, Minnesota, and was vice president of operations at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota.

She has held a number of positions on the boards of healthcare, long-term and senior care facilities and is an accomplished organist.

RauvolaBouta holds a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota, a master of arts in theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts in religious studies from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota.

  • Michael Murphy, President and CEO, Coventry Health Care

Michael Murphy

Michael joined Coventry Health Care of Kansas in May of 2008 as President and CEO.  Prior to joining Coventry, Michael previously held the position of President and CEO with  Mercy Health Plans in St.  Louis.  Prior to being named CEO for Mercy Health Plans, he served in various operating roles within the organization including Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Government Programs.  Prior to joining Mercy Health Plans, Michael founded, owned and served as President and CEO of Managed Prescription Services (MPS), a national Pharmacy Benefits Management company headquartered in St. Louis.  MPS was later sold to Humana.  Michael has also provided Management Consulting services.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1979 and his MBA from Washington University – Olin School of Business in 1996.