10 ASC Industry Leaders to Know
Here are 10 profiles of notable leaders in the ambulatory surgery center industry.
1. Dr. Gregory Horner of Smithfield Surgical Partners. Gregory Horner, MD, is the managing partner of Smithfield Surgical Partners, a national ASC management and development firm. The company has a proven track record of working with physicians to develop healthcare facilities ranging from medical office buildings to surgical facilities and medical malls. In addition to his leadership with Smithfield Surgical Partners, Dr. Horner is chief executive officer of Pleasanton Surgery Center and Hacienda Surgery Center, a hand surgeon with Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists and a board member of the California Ambulatory Surgery Association. Prior to forming Smithfield, he founded multiple ASCs.
2. Andrea Woodell of Regent Surgical Health. Andrea Woodell is the director of managed care for Regent Surgical Health, an ASC management and development company in Westchester, Ill. Ms. Woodell negotiates payor contracts on behalf of Regent Surgical Health's ambulatory surgery centers, attaining aggressive gains for both existing and new partners. She has negotiated on behalf of healthcare providers and professionals for more than 20 years, working in tandem with business offices to enhance collections. Before joining Regent, Ms. Woodell served as a consultant negotiating on behalf of surgical hospitals, surgery centers, physician professional agreements and imaging centers. She also served as vice president of managed care at Surgical Care Affiliates and HealthSouth. Ms. Woodell received her bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
3. Dr. William Crowder Jr. of Women's Healthcare Affiliates. William Crowder Jr., MD, FACOG, is a founding partner of Women's Healthcare Affiliates in The Woodlands, Texas. Dr. Crowder also helped start the Conroe (Texas) Surgery Center in 1983 with 16 other physicians. The ASC was re-syndicated and a new larger facility was built in 2003. He has been chair of the board of managers at the new facility. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Crowder also serves on the 2012 board of directors for the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society and has been on the HealthSouth board of advisors for the past four years. He is also a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
4. Matt Searles of Merritt Healthcare. Matt Searles is a managing partner at Merritt Healthcare, a surgery center management and development company based in Somers, N.Y. Mr. Searles has served as managing partner with Merritt for the past 10 years, during which he developed, managed and advised on dozens of surgical facilities across the U.S. He is a registered investment banking agent with Series 79 and 63 licenses. Mr. Searles began his career in corporate finance and venture capital-backed companies. He previous served as the senior vice president of finance for a service company based in Greenwich, Conn., where he oversaw the company's expansion from $10 million in revenue to more than $100 million, raising more than $60 million in equity capital to support growth.
5. Dr. Charles Tullius of Keystone Anesthesia Consultants. Charles Tullius, MD, is a board certified anesthesiologist with Keystone Anesthesia Consultants in Washington, Pa. Dr. Tullius received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, completed his internship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is affiliated with St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh.
6. Leslie R. Jebson of the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute at the University of Florida. Leslie R. Jebson, CMPE, is the executive director of the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After assuming the role four years ago at the new 130,000-square-foot facility, he has been a driving force in the Institute's momentous volume and market growth. The institute now has more than 100,000 patient visits and 6,000 surgical procedures performed. The facility is comprised of 21 faculty physicians, 21 residents and seven fellows. In addition to leading the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, Mr. Jebson has served as project manager of the Helmsley Diabetes Research Consortium at the University of Florida Academic Health Center.
7. Paul G. Faraclas of CTQ Solutions. Paul G. Faraclas is president and CEO of CTQ Solutions. Since 2003, CTQ has provided healthcare providers with solutions to optimize patient feedback. CTQ offers integrated patient satisfaction surveying, physician satisfaction surveying and employee satisfaction surveying, along with benchmarking and quality improvement solutions that promote better care and service. Mr. Faraclas has been instrumental to CTQ's significant growth. The company announced record growth in 2011, adding hundred of new clients.
8. Dr. Scott Holley of Great Lakes Plastic & Hand Surgery. Scott Holley, MD, is the president and founder of Great Lakes Plastic & Hand Surgery, which includes two surgery centers in Portage and Battle Creek. He is board-certified in general surgery and plastic surgery and holds the certificate of added qualification as a specialist in hand surgery. Dr. Holley is a member of a number of professional groups, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Medical Society, Kalamazoo Medical Society and American College of Surgeons. He has also been president of the Michigan Association of Hand Surgery.
9. Richard DeHart of Pinnacle III. As the co-founder and CEO of Pinnacle III, Richard DeHart provides Pinnacle III's clients with expertise in strategic planning, development and management of ASCs, diagnostic imaging and physical rehabilitation services. Mr. DeHart established Pinnacle III in 1999 and has more than 18 years of experience in the outpatient healthcare industry. Prior to Pinnacle III's inception, Mr. DeHart managed 14 ASCs in five states for a publicly traded surgery center company. He also provided operational services for several outpatient rehabilitation facilities. He graduated from California State University at Chico.
10. Dr. Stanford Plavin of Ambulatory Anesthesia of Atlanta. Stanley Plavin, MD, is an anesthesiologist and managing partner of Ambulatory Anesthesia of Atlanta. Dr. Plavin received his bachelor's degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington and completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. An active member of local and state anesthesia societies, Dr. Plavin is past president of the Greater Atlanta Society of Anesthesiologists.
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