Students from both the Albany, NY and Colchester, VT campuses gathered at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for the ceremony.
A reception for students, families, and friends was held immediately following the graduation ceremony on the SPAC grounds.
Mr. Helgerson has overseen the state’s $68-billion-a-year Medicaid program since 2011 (he will step down from his position on April 6). His innovative approaches to reshaping the Medicaid program and his advocacy for a value-based approach to health care led Governing magazine to declare, “At a time when out-of-control health-care costs demand bold ideas and new thinking, Helgerson is leading the way.”
One of the best examples of his “bold ideas and new thinking” is the implementation of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program – an ambitious initiative that aims to reduce avoidable hospitalizations by 25 percent. Although the rollout of the DSRIP program is only halfway complete, it has already reduced avoidable hospital admissions by 15 percent, putting it on pace to exceed its goal.
Mr. Helgerson previously served as Wisconsin’s Medicaid Director where he administered the state’s nationally recognized BadgerCare Plus program for children and families.
As CEO of Hometown Health Centers since 2009, Joe Gambino oversees one of the Capital Region’s top-rated medical and dental facilities. Hometown Health provides care to 20,000 children and adults at four health center sites in Schenectady and Amsterdam, including two school-based health centers.
With pharmacy services so connected to healthcare, Mr. Gambino proudly partnered with ACPHS President Greg Dewey and his team to bring College Hometown Pharmacy to Hometown Health Centers. The pharmacy, which successfully launched in 2016, is one of two student-operated pharmacies managed by the college. It is centrally located at Hometown’s main facility in Schenectady and services a large and growing medically underserved population.