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Dr. Zane Gates


Dr. Zane Gates was raised by a single mother in an Altoona housing project. During his childhood, he struggled with an attention disorder, but he didn’t let these obstacles stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a physician. Dr. Gates grew up to complete pharmacy school, and then medical school, at the University of Pittsburgh.

After medical school and a residency in internal medicine, he ultimately returned home to Altoona, opening his own free clinic in a van to provide care to the working poor – those who earn too much to qualify for a government health plan, but not enough to purchase private insurance. After partnering with Altoona Regional Health System, Dr. Gates’ van-based clinic evolved into Partnering for Health Services, which provides access to free health care to approximately 3,500 individuals in Altoona each year.

All the while, he was focused on inventing a new model for providing better healthcare at a lower cost. That model eventually became Empower³ Center for Health.

In addition to his work as a physician, Dr. Gates is also the founder of the Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation. Established in tribute to his mother, the Foundation provides mentoring and academic enrichment for children in Altoona housing projects, including the one where he grew up.

Dr. Gates was named a WebMD “Health Hero” in 2009, a “Community Health Leader” by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2010, and recognized with a “Community Service Award” by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2011.



Patrick Reilly brings a wealth of insurance industry and business experience to his role as managing partner of Empower³ Center for Health. A licensed insurance broker since 1988, he is currently President and CEO of Impact Benefit Solutions, an employee benefits consulting firm based in Western New York.

Previously, Patrick worked as Vice President of Sales and Development for The P&A Group, a national employee benefit consulting and administration company. He is also a certified faculty member at Lorman Education Services, which provides continuing education credits for brokers, accountants, attorneys, and human resources staff serving the health insurance industry.

Patrick holds licenses in New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and California. In 2011, he was selected as a winner of Buffalo Business First’s annual “Health Care 50” award, which honors medical professionals, movers, innovators, strategists, pioneers, and outstanding caregivers for their contributions in improving the quality of healthcare in Western New York.



Neil started his business career creating two businesses while in College (an Advertising Company and a Birthday Cake Delivery Service).  Following graduation and active duty in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer for two years, Neil began a 25 year stint starting in sales and ending as President at Sky Bros Inc which became the 10th largest privately held foodservice distributor in the Country. “Sky Bros was one of the most innovative distributors in the history of the industry”—ID Magazine– and was sold to Sara Lee Corp.

While at Sky Bros, Neil created the company that would become Delta Health Technologies, a national leader in Home Health Software which became part of the Siemens Corporation.  Delta continues today in its 48th year of being a leader in the Home Health Industry.  After retiring from Sky Bros and Delta, Neil co-founded P&J Productions, (a producer of Musical Shows) and became a co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of Empower³ For Health (Direct-pay primary care facilities).  He is a co-founder and President of WIN Investment (a Venture Capital Group).

He has served on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations, including The Central PA Community Foundation, UPMC Altoona Foundation, UPMC Partnership For A Healthy Community, United Way of Blair County, Home Nursing Agency Foundation, and the Penn State Altoona Advisory Board.

Neil graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering.   He is a Penn State Alumni Fellow and an Altoona Area High School Distinguished Graduate, among his community recognitions.


Val Mignogna

Val earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences from St. Francis University. He has 30 years of healthcare experience predominantly related to physician practice operations.  He has served as the Executive Director of a Federally Qualified Health Center, Director of Physician Relations and a Division Administrator for hospital systems, and has served in an administrative capacity for a variety of medical practices across many specialties. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Home Nursing Agency’s Visiting Nurses Association and referees youth basketball for the Central Blair Rec Commission.  Val and his wife Lu Ann reside in Altoona and have three children, Skyler (24), Alexa (20), and Meghann (16).