The Early Afternoon Sessions:
The Regulatory Perspective

discussion leaders:

  • Brian Fortune, President & Chief Political Strategist, Farragut Square Group

The Patients' Perspective

discussion leaders:

  • Sean Schantzen, Co-Founder & Partner, Health Rosetta Group

The Hospital's Perspective: Hospital Behavior & Consumer Consequences

discussion leaders:

  • Mary Lou Mastro, CEOEdward Elmhurst Health
  • Mark Newton, DirectorDriehaus Private Equity
  • Moderator - Dan Brown, Managing DirectorCreative Health Capital, LLC 

The Profiles

BrianFortune_180x270pxBrian Fortune
President & Chief Political Strategist
Farragut Square Group

As President and Chief Political Strategist of the Farragut Square Group, Brian leads the firm’s Washington team and is responsible for the overall direction of research.  Before co-founding Farragut in 2011, Brian was the Political Strategist and a Managing Director at the healthcare research and advisory firm, The Marwood Group. Prior to that, Brian served the Republican leadership in the US House of Representatives for a decade, working for former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX).  Brian served as the Staff Director of Legislative Digest, the policy analysis and communications division of the House Republican Conference.  In that role, Fortune worked with the senior staff on all House committees, but concentrated primarily on issues before the Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce and Appropriations Committees.  Brian worked directly with leadership on all of the major healthcare initiatives of the time, including BBA97, BBRA, HIPAA, BIPA 2000.  He is a graduate of Oregon State University.


hc_seanschantzen_180x270pxSean Schantzen 
Co-Founder & Partner
Health Rosetta Group


Sean Schantzen is the CEO and cofounder of the Health Rosetta Group, an investment firm focused on companies building companies that enable widespread adoption of high-performance healthcare and payment. He is also cofounder of the Health Rosetta Institute, a non-profit with the mission to drive systemic change to the U.S. healthcare system by enabling employers to change how they buy benefits to significantly reduce costs and improve outcomes.

Sean was an early employee at a successfully exited enterprise SaaS startup, where he managed products and ran sales for the Eastern U.S.  Sean is also a securities attorney, having worked at a large firm on complex securities investigations, litigation, and transactions.


Mary Lou MastroMary Lou Mastro
Edward Elmhurst Health


Mary Lou Mastro, MS, RN, FACHE is System CEO of Edward-Elmhurst Health, which includes Edward Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. The 721-bed system has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, more than 50 outpatient locations across a service area of 1.7 million residents in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago, and nearly 8,400 employees, including 1,900 nurses with 2,000 physicians on staff, plus 1,300 volunteers.

With more than 35 years working in healthcare, Mastro has extensive experience in hospital strategy, operations, planning, licensure and regulatory compliance, public policy and advocacy, physician relations, new business development and, as a nurse, patient care.

Mastro served as President & CEO of Elmhurst Hospital from 2013 – 2016, where she led record volume growth and financial stability. Under her leadership, Elmhurst opened Walk-In Clinics in Bensenville, Franklin Park, Lombard, River Forest and Westmont, and the Edward-Elmhurst Health Center in Hinsdale. During her tenure, Elmhurst was named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Great Community Hospitals” in 2014.

Prior to joining Elmhurst Hospital and since 2002, Mastro was CEO of Linden Oaks at Edward, a 108-bed behavioral health hospital on Edward Hospital’s Naperville campus, with a 45,000-square foot Outpatient Center at another location in Naperville and outpatient offices throughout Chicago’s west and southwest suburbs. She was also Vice President, Architectural and Construction Services for Edward.

While at Linden Oaks, Mastro advocated for increased community awareness of mental illness and led Linden Oaks’ effort to develop Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in the region. At a National Conference on Mental Health held at the White House in 2013, Linden Oaks, due to its MHFA work, was cited by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the nation’s community and psychiatric hospitals that have established programs to address the behavioral health needs in their community.

Mastro joined Edward in 1988 as Director of Cardiovascular Services. She later became Executive Director of the Edward Cardiovascular Institute and Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services at Edward Hospital.

Mastro is President-Elect of the Governing Council of the AHA’s Constituency Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.

Among Mastro’s many honors, she received the Rotary Club of Naperville’s prestigious Paul Harris Community Service Award in 2014 for her efforts in advocating awareness through MHFA and transforming Linden Oaks into a regional resource for mental healthcare.

Mastro earned her BSN from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and an MS from Rush University in Chicago. She has traveled extensively to Bosnia and Herzegovina to lead spiritual pilgrimages. She is married with three children.


hc_MarkNewton180x270pxMark Newton
Driehaus Private Equity


Mr. Newton joined the Firm as a Director in October 2016. Previously Mr. Newton has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago since 2000, and transitioned in July, 2016 to Vice Chairman, Swedish Covenant Foundation. Prior to assuming his role with Swedish Covenant Hospital, Mr. Newton held senior executive positions with Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Highland Park Hospital. Other industry experience includes international medical products with Baxter World Trade and American Hospital Supply, and transportation operations with Flying Tiger Lines (Federal Express). Mr. Newton has deep experience in business development to create market momentum through innovation, organizational focus and partnership building in transforming marketplaces. Mr. Newton holds a Master of Management from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. He completed his bachelor’s degree in economics, Summa Cum Laude, at North Park College where he later taught courses in marketing, international business and healthcare entrepreneurship. He is a fellow of ACHE and has been Chairman of the Association of Community Safety Net Hospitals, MyCare Chicago, and Chicago Hospital Risk Pooling Program. 

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