News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

New Member: Bill Greeley

Please introduce yourself and welcome Bill Greeley to the Club. Bill was inducted on May 14, 2018 and his sponsor was Peter Jacobi. Below is his biographical information.

Bill Greeley is the former President of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Practice Association (CHOPPA) and President of the Medical Staff at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  In these roles he was responsible for both the Physician Organization and Medical Staff Affairs for CHOP’s $2.5 billion dollar a year Health System. He led the development of CHOPPA from a 180 physician, $160 million physician organization to the current 750 physician, $650 million multispecialty group practice. During his tenure, Bill was the trusted physician leader of the Physician Organization who drove the strategic and operational integration of the Faculty and Medical Staff with the CHOP Health System and its Primary Care network.  He also directed the integration of the faculty with the Quality and Patient Safety programs, and with the Research Institute.

Prior to his appointment as President of CHOPPA and the Medical Staff, Bill served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at CHOP. He also held a faculty appointment as Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Bill is currently a president and consultant for Greeley, Hamilton & Associates, LLC, a Healthcare consulting group. He is also a Consultant for Executive Service Corps of the Triangle, a consulting firm for Nonprofits.  Bill is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Duke School of Medicine in Durham, NC.

Bill began his medical career at Duke University Medical Center where he started and led new programs in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Later, he served as Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Duke, where he also had a short tenure as the Chief Medical Officer for Pediatric Services.

Bill has a passion for physician leadership development and hospital system alignment.  His background, training and expertise in academic medicine and business have contributed to his success as a mission-driven leader who is recognized nationally for his innovation in organizational and business development. He is adept at strategic visioning, operational execution and driving change.

Bill has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at CHOP from 1998-2004 and again 2013 to 2016.  He has also served on several Board Sub-committees, which included the Executive, Audit, Research and Patient Safety Committees. He is a former President and Board of Director for the Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology as well as a former Board Director for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. In addition to his national Board positions, Bill has served as an advisor to many children’s hospitals in areas such as physician and medical staff organization, health system governance and business development.

Bill is a native of Buffalo, New York.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional studies from the University of Notre Dame and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  He also has a MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Certificate of Director Education from Drexel University’s Lebow School of Business.  Bill is the author of numerous scholarly articles, editorials and reviews as well as an editor of several major textbooks in his area of medical expertise.

Books on Break – 2018

A host of Rotarians led by Mimi O’Brien, Jenny Levine, Michel Tharp and, of course, Todd Taylor was a huge success…and the ripples go way beyond our effort at Y.E. Smith.  Here are some of the pictures taken on the first day of book shopping. Every student at Y.E. Smith took home ten books for their summer reading.


Program Report: Robert Hartsfield – SpokeHub

After an informative Rotary minute from Jay Zenner, who has served as communications direction (a tough job!) for many years and is now passing the torch, Anna Jones introduced an enthusiastic Robert Hartsfield Jr., CEO of a new Durham start-up SpokeHub, to the Rotary audience on Monday.   He is dedicated to Durham and rejected suggestions that he move the company to Silicon Valley. Hartsfield described the history of his new company, their efforts to raise capital and final success in securing support from Google.  The company is expecting high growth in 2018.

SpokeHub is really solidifying its position in the marketplace leveraging a social-enterprise technology that specializes in augmented reality and customer engagement. SpokeHub’s augmented reality tool will offer cutting edge experiences giving real time feedback and data on demand. An example of augmented reality technology is a function that allows you to point your smartphone at an ad for a movie and immediately call up a movie clip. 

Mr. Hartsfield was introduced by Rotarian Anna Jones.


Rotary Minute: Jay Zenner

In his own words…

When I first started planning this Minute I was going to follow the lead of David Durack and Charlie Steel and talk about a woman who had an influence in my life.  I met Flossie Segal when we moved to a new neighborhood in Richmond when I was 12.

The following year Flossie and her husband Jake, our next door neighbors, built a swimming pool in their back yard. Jake was ex-Marine who made a lot of money from several furniture stores he owned in Richmond. Flossie was a very smart and gregarious woman who taught part time in the Social Work program of VCU and was the first woman I ever saw in a two-piece bathing suit. The first car that I drove on a regular basis was a turquoise and white ’55 Chevy handed down from Flossie.

That was about the same time I gave up any idea of going into the priesthood.

More important, Flossie introduced me to the civil rights movement and all things liberal in Richmond. However, that story includes several New York Yankee baseball players, two NFL Hall of Fame Football players, a radio personality, an African Prince, lots of politicians and my integration of the faculty basketball team at Maggie Walker High School in 1972.

It’s a story much too long for a Rotary minute and I don’t want to break my own record set the first time I did a Rotary Minute when President Don stopped me at 13 minutes.

What I decided to do instead is take this opportunity to thank those who have helped me during my tenure, which ends next month, as Chair of the Communications Committee, and especially the current crew in the rotation for writing the program reports that have been a central part of the website that I built when I took that on, during Newman’s presidency in 2010 and 11.

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Rotary Minute: Bob Yowell

Editors Note: There is no way a Rotary Minute can do justice to a long and honored medical career and 46 years as a Rotarian. Bob’s notes for his minute below cover the facts. But when I think of Bob I remember a woman I knew well whose children were delivered by Bob and spoke his name in reverence. 

I reviewed my previous minute – first 8 years in Durham 1936-45; Raleigh 8-20; back to Durham 20-now that started with Duke Med then UVA intern, marriage and US Navy, Duke residency then 37 years of OB-Gyn practice. Married 56 years Barbara Duke nurse 4 children first died at Duke at 3 1/2 next 3 born at Duke and all graduated from Duke. 11 grandchildren.   Things you may not know about me- 1. Captain Marvel war bond. 2. Cuban missile blockade 1962 – stopped 3 ships and sent 2 back to Russia. 3. Runner for 17 years 1977-94 included Williamsburg half marathon in 1981, MarineCorps Marathon in 1983 with3 other rotarians, and theBoston Marathon 1984. 4. I delivered 4000 babies in Durham, Chapel Hill, Wilmington, and Salisbury. 5. I have been a student, resident,Asst. Professor, or Emeritus Professor of Duke Med Center for 61 years. 6.Watched the first Polio Plus announcement in Philadelphia in 1988 – goal $150 million but raised $250 1 month before starting my year as President of Durham Rotary. I have been a rotarian 46 years – served as board member, vice-president, president and assistant District Governor. I have been a member of the Paul Harris Society since it started and was selected for the Nick Fagan Award a few years ago.

Program Report: Jeff Ward – Behind Bitcoin and Blockchain

Jeff Ward, Director of Duke University’s Center on Law and Technology, gave a presentation on the exciting and, to most of us, mysterious technology of blockchain.  Judging from the number of searches for blockchain and bitcoin on Google, there is a recent surge of interest by people who are trying to stay ahead of the curve of the next “technology big deal.”

Perhaps surprisingly, Jeff is not a “techie.”  In fact, before turning to law his background was in philosophy and literature.  Between graduating with a degree in Liberal Studies from Notre Dame and getting a law degree from Duke he worked for a global management firm in Chicago and taught high school English in the suburbs.  Now on the faculty of Duke Law School, he specializes in law and policy of emerging technologies such as blockchain, robotics and artificial intelligence.

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