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Melissa Wendland

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Melissa Wendland brings over 20 years of health care experience to her work as Common Ground Health's director of strategic initiatives. An accomplished facilitator, Wendland has led numerous community wide leadership tables, including Common Ground Health's current consortium on health care workforce needs. In 2012, she helped coordinated the successful submission of a $26.6 million clinical innovation grant for the Finger Lakes region. Funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the grant aimed to reduce hospital admissions and ED visits by improving primary care and integrating community services. 

In 2011, Wendland led a team of hospitals and home care agencies on behalf of the community to receive a $3.2 million award from CMS that aims to improve care transitions for high risk Medicare beneficiaries.

Wendland is known for her ability to build and maintain trusting and collaborative relationships among a variety of community partners.

Wendland has presented at the European Association for Communication in Healthcare, the American Association for Communication in Healthcare, the Annual Academy Health Research meeting in Washington, and conducted webinars for IPRO and Dorland Health. Melissa’s most recent qualitative research appeared in the June 2012 Journal of Academic Medicine, "The Impact of a Program in Mindful Communication on Primary Care Physicians."

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