Rising stars: 23 ASC leaders under 40

Here are 23 leaders younger than 40 years of age who have made a significant impact as part of the ASC industry.

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Salima Abdin, Westside GI Center (New York City). Ms. Abdin is the administrator of Westside GI Center, a position she has held for the past five years. As administrator, Ms. Abdin oversees the center's personalized care for digestive health and endoscopy services.

Taylor Cera, The Orthopaedic Surgery Center (Boardman, Ohio). With a MBA in accounting from Cleveland State University, Mr. Cera is at the helm of The Orthopaedic Surgery Center. Mr. Taylor has been the center's administrator since June 2014. During his tenure the center became the first in Boardman and its surrounding areas to perform outpatient total joint replacements. 

Brooke Day, Hastings (Neb.) Surgical Center. As administrator of the Hastings Surgical Center, Ms. Day is responsible for the overall management of the outpatient surgery center and ensuring its compliance with CMS standards and regulations. Ms. Day previously served as president of the Nebraska Association of Independent Ambulatory Centers.

Tim Fuchs, National Medical Billing Services. Mr. Fuchs is vice president of client services at National Medical Billing Services. Mr. Fuchs' career started many years ago at National Medical in 2003 as an intern. Before returning to National Medical, he worked in sales, sales management and client services for several Fortune 500 companies including Aetna, Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific. Mr. Fuchs is passionate about creating a best-in-class customer experience and improving each client's revenue by focusing on daily metrics and key performance indicators that help analyze the revenue cycle and provide clients with insightful advice.

Charlie Gallagher, Montgomery Surgery Center (Rockville, Md.). Mr. Gallagher serves as Montgomery Surgery Center's administrator. In this role, Mr. Gallagher is responsible for the multispecialty facility that includes four operating rooms and two procedure rooms.

Steve Henry, CASC, Harvard Park Surgery Center (Denver, Colo.). Mr. Henry is the administrator of the Harvard Park Surgery Center. The surgery center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and has three operating rooms. Mr. Henry has served as an administrator for multiple surgery centers over the past decade, including Surgery Center at Liberty (Miss.) Hospital and Fremont (Neb.) Surgical Center.

Jonathan Katz, MBA, BSN, RN, Columbia River Surgery Center (Portland, Ore.). Mr. Katz is the administrator of Columbia River Surgery Center. He has served in the medical field for five years, most recently as administrator of the Oregon Specialists Surgery Center in Salem.

Lindsey Kroenke, BSN, RN, Saint Luke's South Surgery Center (Overland Park, Kan.). Ms. Kroenke has spent more than 10 years in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Saint Luke's South Surgery Center, Ms. Kroenke served as the administrator for a surgery center, where she oversaw a yearly revenue cycle of $1.3 million.

Sarah Malaniak, CASC, Ambulatory Center for Endoscopy (North Bergen, N.J.). Ms. Malaniak serves as the administrator of the Ambulatory Center for Endoscopy. Prior to serving in her current position, Ms. Malaniak was the administrator of Teaneck (N.J.) Surgical Center. She was recently elected to the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers' board of directors.

Jereen Mathew, National Medical Billing Services (St. Louis). Mr. Mathew is senior vice president of operations at National Medical Billing Services. Prior to joining National Medical Billing Services in 2014, Mr. Mathew served as the vice president of revenue cycle management, transcription and EHR solutions for seven years, directly managing teams of more than 1,000 employees. He currently manages end-to-end RCM operations and analytics for multifacility clients. Mr. Mathew has an undergraduate degree in computer science and an MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in India.

Christina McDonald, Texas Health Surgery Center Rockwall. Ms. McDonald is going on her 10th year as a CEO and administrator. She recently accepted a position to serve Surgical Care Affiliates as a CEO for one for their de novo facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The center is set to open in early 2018.

Lindsay Miller, National Medical Billing Services (St. Louis). Ms. Miller is executive vice president of operations at National Medical Billing Services. Since 2003, she has made it possible for surgery centers across the nation to increase their profitability by identifying various revenue cycle inefficiencies, and then developing and implementing tailor-made solutions for each client's individual needs. She is a frequent contributor to industry publications and writes on various topics related to ASC billing best practices and operations.

Teri Mulka, RN, Garrett Eye-Cataract Surgical Center-Superior Eye Laser (Iron Mountain, Mich.). Ms. Mulka is the surgery center director at Garrett Eye-Cataract Surgical Center-Superior Eye Laser in upper Michigan. She oversees the two-physician practice, which focuses on cataract surgeries, laser treatments, corneal transplants, eyelid surgery and other ophthalmic procedures. Ms. Mulka is a registered nurse who has served as director for nearly five years. She oversees and participates in every aspect of the center's operation, including regulatory compliance and day-to-day patient interaction.

Gurjeet Parmar, Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center (New York City). Beginning his tenure at Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center in October 2010, Mr. Parmar has used his accounting background to guide the surgery center as its executive director. Mr. Parmar is a certified public accountant. He earned his bachelor's degree from New York City-based City University of New York-Queens College. Mr. Parmar has also earned the certified administrator surgery center designation.

Amber Patterson, Westside Surgery Center (Douglas, Ga.). Ms. Patterson is the COO of Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America; Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic of Coffee County; and Westside Surgery Center. She specializes in financing, business development, management and several other areas. Before accepting the position, she served as the administrator for Westside Surgery Center. Ms. Patterson earned her otolaryngology practice management certification, and she also earned a master's degree in business with an emphasis in healthcare from Lakewood-based Colorado Christian University.

Jessica Quick, The Colonoscopy Center (Omaha, Neb.). Overseeing a facility that performs 1,200 cases annually, Ms. Quick joined The Colonoscopy Center in October 2011 as the manager of both the ASC and The Colonoscopy Center. In the six years she's been with The Colonoscopy Center, the center has expanded by adding anorectal procedures and increasing physician utilization. With one operating room and one procedure room, The Colonoscopy Center performs mostly colonoscopies and anorectal procedures. In addition to her administrative duties, Ms. Quick is the president of the Nebraska Association for Independent Ambulatory Centers.

Rubem Reinis, RN, Miami Children's Hospital Surgery Center. Mr. Reinis is the administrative director of Miami Children's Hospital Surgery Center, a five-room ASC providing care to Miami and the metropolitan area. He holds an MBA from Miami-based Florida International University. Mr. Reinis has worked at Miami Children's Health System since 2004. He joined the health system as a care assistant and advanced through the company, eventually becoming administrative director.

Kahre Sandoval, Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center (Rego Park, N.Y.). Mr. Sandoval serves as the business office manager at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center. As a leading center in gastroenterology, Mr. Sandoval oversees physicians in 15 subspecialties.

Alex Scott, Hudson Crossing Surgery Center (Fort Lee, N.J.). With years of administrative experience, Mr. Scott currently oversees Hudson Crossing Surgery Center. Since 2005, Hudson Crossing Surgery Center has provided care to 60,000-plus patients. Mr. Scott is a past administrator of Surgical Specialists at Princeton (N.J.), and he also served as administrator of development for the Northeast sector of Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International. Mr. Scott earned a bachelor's degree at Gainesville-based University of Florida. He holds a master's degree in marketing and operations from Chapel Hill-based University of North Carolina.

Chandler Shirer, MBA, CASC, Franciscan Surgery Center (Indianapolis). Mr. Shirer is at the helm of Franciscan Surgery Center, St. Francis Mooresville (Ind.) Surgery Center and Mooresville (Ind.) Endoscopy Center. During his tenure at Franciscan Surgery Center, the center added three operating rooms and doubled its case volume by adding orthopedic, neurology and hand surgery procedures. Franciscan Surgery Center performs 11,000-plus cases annually. Mr. Shirer was a driving force behind St. Francis Mooresville Surgery Center adding total joint services. This has helped grow the center along with create opportunities to serve the community and the physicians it serves. Mr. Shirer was awarded the CASC credential. Outside of healthcare, he helped start a caddy program to support the Evans Scholars program, of which he is an alumnus.

John Stewart, Millennium Medical and Surgery Center of Viera (Melbourne, Fla.). Mr. Stewart has been the vice president of Millennium Medical since 2014. The management group oversees orthopedic, spine, injury treatment, heart and vascular and wellness clinics. He is also vice president of AAAHC-accredited Surgery Center of Viera in Melbourne. Before his tenure at Millennium, Mr. Stewart completed his executive education at Boston-based Harvard University. He has more than 14 years of business development and management experience.

Tabitha Vaughn, RN, Patient Partners Surgery Center (Gallatin, Tenn.). Beginning her tenure in May 2016, Ms. Vaughn brought a wealth of knowledge to Patient Partners Surgery Center from her past tenure as RN administrator/clinical director of St. Charles (Mo.) Surgery Center. Ms. Vaughn helped grow St. Charles Surgery Center and notably implemented quality assurance, infection control, OSHA, HIPAA and physician peer-review programs during her tenure there. She also has an eye toward advancing the industry in general, and she has participated in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's safety program for ambulatory surgery. The survey provided a snapshot of safety culture at ASCs nationwide.

Kyle Williams, ASD Management (Dallas). After a football career with Los Angeles-based University of Southern California and the Seattle Seahawks, Mr. Williams joined ASD Management as vice president of development in October 2015. Mr. Williams brought a background in sales, having worked for Stryker in its sports medicine department, to his new position. At Stryker, Mr. Williams was the driving force behind Stryker's entry into the Dallas orthopedic sports medicine surgery business. He graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree in communication.

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