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Scott has more than 30 years of healthcare industry management and consulting experience. Prior to founding HMP in 1997, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of a 636-bed academic medical center, as national partner and regional healthcare practice director for Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte), and as the Chief Financial Officer of a faith-based multihospital system operating 12 hospitals across seven states.
Scott has significant experience with government, tax-exempt, and investor-owned healthcare service providers. He understands the organization and delivery of high-quality health services, including the role of corporate and medical staff governance during difficult periods of transition. Scott has executive level experience with mergers, acquisitions, and turnaround situations, including restructuring in bankruptcy. In all of his many healthcare provider turnaround assignments, he has successfully designed and implemented plans that simultaneously added patient volume and revenues while conserving cash and reducing unit costs. He understands this approach builds on the organization’s strengths and attracts the support of the local community including medical and nursing staff, which is essential for the long-term provision of quality healthcare services.
Over the past several years, Scott has served as the Chairman and CEO of an investor-owned healthcare provider with operations in 15 states and Chief Executive Officer of a publicly traded medical staffing company with more than 2,000 employees. Both turnaround assignments included crisis management of complex organizations in the early stages of high profile criminal and civil fraud investigations by multiple federal agencies.
Scott has expert knowledge of the bankruptcy process as well as its implications and obligations on an operating provider of healthcare services. He recently led the successful financial turnaround and Chapter 9 reorganization of a 179-bed county-owned hospital, and in 2016, he was appointed the Chief Restructuring Officer for a large hospital company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with a portfolio of five critical access hospitals, a billing and management company and a therapy services company.
He has been the financial advisor to 18 tax-exempt continuing care retirement communities, with more than 20,000 residents in twelve states, which were affected by the bankruptcy and sale of Erickson Retirement Communities.
Scott has been the testifying expert, lead investigator, or arbitrator in a number of high-profile healthcare industry legal disputes.
Scott graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive status) and member of numerous professional organizations.
Derek has over 20 years of professional experience focused solely in the healthcare industry, having served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Restructuring Officer, Director of Reimbursement, court-appointed Examiner, Medicare auditor, Medicare cost report preparer, forensic accountant, compliance consultant, financial auditor, and financial advisor. He has audited, managed, and consulted with all types of healthcare providers including government owned, community not-for-profit, academic, and investor-owned entities.
Derek served as the Restructuring Chief Financial Officer of a two-campus, not-for-profit hospital in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In addition to his CFO responsibilities, he led the Section 363 sale process and conducted a forensic review into the circumstances that led to the hospital’s bankruptcy filing. Throughout the project, Derek worked closely with senior lenders, debtor-in-possession lenders and the applicable federal loan program to a successful plan of reorganization.
Starting his career with the Medicare fiscal intermediary as a Medicare auditor, Derek developed expert knowledge of the patient revenue cycle, third-party contracting, and Medicare and Medicaid rules and regulations. He is an expert in the areas of corporate and regulatory compliance and forensic accounting related to the defense of civil and criminal fraud claims or allegations. He led teams conducting forensic analysis in support of settlement negotiations with the government at both Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and HealthSouth Corporation, two of the largest and most complex civil fraud settlements in history.
During 2012 to 2016, Derek served as the CFO in the extremely successful turnarounds of two separate, large multi-site eldercare providers. Both of these organizations operated skilled nursing, assisted living, inpatient rehabilitation, home care, hospice, inpatient behavioral health, and a PACE program. Separately, Derek has served as either the trustee or receiver in the liquidation and sale of a number of nursing homes.
In his career, Derek has led or participated in turnaround management and consulting assignments for more than 40 healthcare providers, including Baptist Memorial Health Care, British National Health Service, Washington Hospital Center, Tri-Lakes Hospital, Lifepoint Hospitals, Tampa General Hospital, Legacy Health System, Loretto, American Healthcare Companies, and IASIS Healthcare. Derek is currently serving as the Chief Restructuring Officer of a multi-site nursing home company in Hawaii.
Prior to joining HMP, Derek was a Director with Alvarez & Marsal in its New York-based healthcare practice. Before that, he was a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen in its Atlanta-based healthcare consulting practice.
Derek is a graduate of Samford University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a member of numerous professional associations.
Steven L. Smith
Steven L. Smith is currently fulfilling the role of CEO at Huntsville Memorial Hospital as an employee of Healthcare Management Partners (HMP).
Smith has 39 years of experience in medical center executive leadership. He spent 2008 through 2018 as CEO of Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City, TX. There, as an employee of Quorum Health Resources, he provided day-to-day strategic and operational leadership for 58-bed general acute care hospital with annual net revenues of $68M and 450 FTEs, freestanding wellness and rehabilitation center, an affiliated multi-specialty provider group, a primary care clinic, and a rural ACO.
Smith was the driving force behind the formation of the Texas Rural Accountable Care Organization (TRACO), serving as its board chair for three years. TRACO is a network of seven rural communities, formed with the support of Caravan Health, a rural ACO management company, to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings ACO program beginning in 2015.
He has also acted as CEO of Sugar Land Surgical Hospital, CEO of Kingwood Specialty Hospital, Hospital President and System Chief Operating Officer of Coffee Health Group, and President and CEO of Memorial Medical Center, among other positions.
Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and obtained his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University. Smith is a Board Certified Fellow (FACHE)designated by the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Huntsville Memorial Hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited, not-for-profit acute care community hospital. It provides health care services to the residents of Walker County and the surrounding communities.
Bruce has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare field and is a senior healthcare executive with a successful track record in both the not-for-profit and investor-owned sectors. He possesses multi-market experience at the Chief Executive Officer level in hospitals, skilled nursing facility operating companies, and health systems. He has deep experience in organizational development, productivity improvement, quality enhancement, revenue growth, physician collaboration, and system integration.
In 2016, Bruce completed the extremely successful turnaround of a large ESOP-owned post-acute care company in Tennessee with 31 skilled nursing facilities, 5 behavioral health hospitals, 10 home health branches, 5 hospice branches, in-house pharmacy and therapy services. On arrival the organization had 8 days’ cash on hand and was on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection, and by the end of the 18-month turnaround it had 75 days’ cash, was in compliance with loan covenants, and had paid down and refinanced its debt. Prior to this project he led a similarly successful turnaround of a group of very troubled post-acute care facilities in Syracuse, New York. As CEO, Bruce led the turnaround of this non-profit, church-sponsored organization with a continuum of long term care services including skilled nursing care, assisted living, senior housing, home health, day care and a managed care insurance program.
In earlier engagements he served as CRO for a 2-hospital rehabilitation company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy process and managed the Section 363 sale. He has served as CEO of a county hospital and guided it through a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which resulted in all unsecured creditors receiving three-year notes for full payment plus interest. Bruce has also served as a secured creditor advisor, debtor financial advisor, and has testified in federal bankruptcy court. He has been a member of numerous boards throughout his career.
Prior to joining HMP in 2008, Bruce served as CEO of Phoenix Baptist Hospital, where he turned around the distressed 236-bed teaching hospital by reducing operating costs while enhancing the quality of care. Bruce led a similar turnaround of Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, including recruiting new physicians, doubling the hospital’s physical space and growing market share. He also served as president and CEO of Atlanta Medical Center and Mercy Health System Oklahoma and its Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City. Bruce held senior management positions with Hillcrest Healthcare System and Saint Joseph Hospital and worked for Invalesco Group as an operations consultant to healthcare organizations.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Princeton University, a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University. He is board-certified in healthcare management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also holds membership in the Turnaround Management Association.
Michael is a former hospital Chief Executive Officer with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management. He brings expertise and talent for turning around ailing healthcare providers and optimizing healthy organizations. He has particular expertise in fostering strategic partnerships and physician alignment.
In his 25-year career at the Sisters of Mercy Health System, Michael was responsible for turning around five of the system’s 19 hospitals. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer for several Sisters of Mercy hospitals, including St. John’s Mercy Health Care, which has an excess of $800 million in operating revenues, employs more than 8,000 individuals, and includes the system’s flagship 957-bed teaching hospital. As the CEO, he successfully set new strategies, improved clinical and administrative operations, and changed organizational cultures. His trademark is developing capable management teams that in turn increase service quality, employee and medical staff satisfaction, patient volume, and profitability, and maximize cash flow.
After leaving the Sisters of Mercy system, Michael served as the Chief Restructuring Officer and CEO for a two-hospital, investor-owned system in Texas. In eight months, he led the successful turnaround, emergence from bankruptcy, and recapitalization of the hospitals by a physician-led limited partnership. He led the turnaround of a chain of five nursing homes in Texas, led the turnaround in bankruptcy of a two-campus, acute-care hospital in Mississippi, and served as the CRO for three individual CCRCs under a large CCRC management company bankruptcy.
In 2014, Michael also served as the CRO for a large hospital trust owned and operated by the British National Health Service (NHS) and led the successful financial turnaround of a complex organization with over 3,000 staff members and more than £500 million in annual revenues. This was the first time that the NHS engaged an American firm to conduct a restructuring of one of its hospitals.
Michael is currently managing five critical access hospitals and a therapy company of a large hospital company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, serving as the Co-Chief Restructuring Officer.
In other recent engagements, Michael worked with senior leadership, board, physicians, and all key stakeholders of a community-owned 2-hospital system in Alabama to develop and implement a 3-year strategic plan. Michael subsequently held the position of interim-CEO position and over a period of several months, “groomed” an internal candidate as the replacement permanent CEO. While he was CEO the hospital returned to profitability and has since maintained its improved performance.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Tech Team | Modern Healthcare Metrics
Brook has served as a leader in various analytic capacities over the last decade. Brook’s background in economics, mathematics and quantitative analysis provides him a distinct advantage when solving reporting and analytical challenges. At HMP, he’s tasked with delivering analytics that inform key decision making processes within the healthcare industry. As part of that, he has played a lead role in the technical development of the groundbreaking Modern Healthcare Metrics platform.
Previously, he has led a financial data warehouse initiatives for Retail Systems and Services at Amazon, and at Providence Health and Services the Pacific NW. While working in retail finance Brook helped standardize productivity tracking, and drive best-practice operational performance monitoring and management across several international teams. Prior to working in retail, Brook led multiple population health research projects, developed financial reporting software, and built revenue cycle forecasting tools as a Quant and Software Engineer at a large claims clearinghouse. Brook also helped enhance financial monitoring and asset tracking as a Senior Analyst helping manage the IT division at Providence.
Brook holds a Bachelor’s both Mathematics and Economics, and graduate studies in Systems Science with emphasis on Game Theory and Artificial Intelligence from Portland State University.
Daniel is a seasoned information technology expert with over 25 years of dedicated experience. He excels in the areas of data warehousing, business intelligence, data mining, analytics, and reporting. At Healthcare Management Partners, he uses his comprehensive capabilities to focus on the delivery of successful technology solutions.
Prior to HMP, Daniel gained experience architecting systems for major corporations such as Johnson & Johnson and Raymond James. He has built solutions used by large hospital systems such as Catholic Health, Providence Health, and Carolinas HealthCare System.
Daniel also accrued substantial experience working with The SSI Group, Inc. As a Principle Architect for SSI, Daniel provided revenue cycle management solutions and analytics. He also developed systems focusing on Cost Reports, Denial Management, Claims Processing Management, and Payer Reimbursements.
An avid enthusiast that loves all things in the world of tech, Daniel is a Computer Science graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Stas Shcherbakov is an accomplished IT professional who specializes in the delivery of complex, high-tech solutions for healthcare clients. Over the last 9 years, he has served as a Director in two separate mid-size healthcare organizations where he oversaw the delivery and implementation of critical, cross-functional, Health IT initiatives.
During that time, he has built up three separate departments, overseen company-wide implementations of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), the custom development of data warehouses and reporting systems, in addition to the delivery of a wide variety of software solutions aimed at automating and streamlining core operations.
His specific experience in developing healthcare automation solutions has allowed him to develop a profound, actionable understanding of the following operational areas, both in Ambulatory and Inpatient settings:
- Revenue Cycle Management
- Managed Care / Payer Contract Negotiations
Stas is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt, an active Project Management Professional (PMP) in good standing with the Project Management Institute and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami with a concentration in Operations. He is currently working with Modern Healthcare Metrics to add scope to available analytics, automate data intake processes, and develop high-quality financial reporting.
Directors / Associates
With more than 20 years of experience in various sectors of healthcare, Rob Parrish has become an industry leader in healthcare development. Based in Nashville, which has been called America’s healthcare hub by the Wall Street Journal, his primary focus has been in development with mergers and acquisitions including a concentration in syndication and joint venture work. He has experience in negotiation, sales, joint ventures, syndications, mergers and acquisitions, and marketing within the healthcare industry.
Rob has extensive practice in development and acquisitions working with The Securities Group as a Healthcare Development Consultant. Previously he also served as the Senior Vice President in Development and Acquisitions for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America (ASCOA) and the Vice President in Acquisitions and Development for Health Inventures. His efforts with ASCOA led to a joint venture partnership in select markets with Community Health Systems.
In 2011, he served as the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer for FED Co. Combining his development acumen with entrepreneurial instincts, Rob focused on the creation of freestanding emergency rooms.
From 2005 to 2010, Rob was the Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at LifePoint Health challenging him to balance working with whole hospital joint ventures and ambulatory surgery centers, as well as covering 15 western states. He was also responsible for department marketing and implemented LifePoint’s first national advertising campaign.
During his extensive 20 years in the healthcare industry Rob has surpassed dynamic milestones, including raising close to $100 million in equity in 50 joint ventures primarily in the surgery center and hospital sectors within LifePoint Hospitals, ASCOA and Surgery Partners (previously known as Symbion). He holds Series 7, 22 and 63 FINRA Securities licenses in his field.
Prior to entering the healthcare field, Rob worked with Merrill Lynch and Equitable Securities in the investment and securities field.
Rob is a Blue Key Honor Society graduate of Belmont University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is a native Nashvillian and a member of multiple professional networking societies within the area.
Tyler Brasher is an experienced healthcare analyst with a background in healthcare accounting and cash management.
In his time with HMP, Tyler has been involved in a variety of projects including the administration of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a system of critical access hospitals headquartered in Mississippi, the administration of a court-appointed Receivership of 9 senior living facilities located across the states of Alabama and Georgia, and court-appointed Receiverships in Arizona and Virginia. He has also provided support for a number of litigation support projects.
Tyler began his career as a Staff Accountant for a group of Skilled Nursing Facilities in Tennessee where he completed month-end accrual accounting, and gained experience preparing monthly financial reports and annual Medicaid and Medicare cost reports. While there he was promoted to Treasury and Accounts Payable Manager where he directly managed a team of accounts payable and cash management staff.
In addition to his supervisory role, he held the responsibility of preparing and analyzing weekly cash flow reports, and developed a series of accounts payable metrics which were crucial to managing the processing of invoices and the outflow of cash. Additionally, Tyler has experience in corporate budgeting and forecasting, and completed a total overhaul of daily financial dashboard reports, which allowed viewers to analyze trends in cash, payables, and receivables at a glance.
Tyler holds Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, having majored in Finance and minored in Accounting. He is currently pursuing the requirements for CPA licensure in the state of Tennessee.
Tal is a highly skilled healthcare professional who specializes in research, litigation support, business analysis, and communications.
Her recent experience includes:
- Analyzed the strategic market position of a critical access hospital in Texas;
- Led the research and comprehensive data analysis in support of a white paper analyzing the performance of short-term government-owned hospitals across the nation;
- Provided litigation support in the preparation of expert testimony for:
a) a lender in the nursing home sector that was successful in defeating a series of lender-liability claims totaling more than $1 billion;
b) a hospital’s claims of professional malpractice by a national hospital management company;
c) a significant case of insurance provider liability for its decision to keep a provider out-of-network
- Analyzed workforce productivity as part of an organizational restructuring process;
- Led employee satisfaction research for a client with 250+ employees, and compiled the findings into a report that was shared with staff as part of a turnaround project.
Tal has previously worked within the United Kingdom healthcare industry and has a background in change management and communications. She has a Bachelors (Honors) degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Warwick University (United Kingdom), a CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting and is a Prince2 Registered Practitioner.
At HMP, Ward has supported a variety of high-profile projects including the refinancing of a hospital, daily management of multiple assisted living facilities and restructuring of complex healthcare assets through chapter 11 bankruptcy. Adapt at processing and evaluating data, he regularly uses Modern Healthcare Metrics, which was developed by HMP, to create detailed and custom operational and financial metric reports for hospitals across the country.
Ward is a graduate of Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. Initially following graduation, he worked as an intern with the neurology department at Houston Methodist Hospital gaining firsthand experience working inside a large hospital.
Lauren is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with extensive top-level experience in the provision of professional accounting and financial management services for clients in the healthcare sector.
During her time at HMP, Lauren has managed the administration and accounting of major engagements including a court-appointed Receivership of 9 assisted living facilities located in Alabama and Georgia and two court-appointed Receiverships located in Alabama.
Prior to joining HMP, Lauren served as an Assistant Controller for W Squared Inc., a professional corporate services provider, where she was responsible for managing the accounting and financial reporting function for multiple clients across different sectors. During her tenure she gained invaluable experience in detailed financial statement reporting, multi-entity management, cash management, medical billing and implementation.
Lauren began her career with PwC as an Assurance Associate, where she primarily worked on audit engagements of companies in the automotive, insurance and healthcare industries. During her time at PwC, Lauren expanded her knowledge of GAAP and Sarbanes Oxley reporting requirements and developed the skills to complete segments of audits, compilations and reviews.
In addition to being a CPA in Tennessee, Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University.
Anthony is a healthcare-specialist accountant with particular experience in accounting for multi-site physician practices. He has valuable experience closing books for multi-location healthcare facilities as well as reviewing provider pay structures. Additionally, he has experience in analyzing and interpreting accounting records, compiling financial information, preparing financial models and reconciling financial data to ensure compliance with GAAP.
Prior to HMP, Anthony worked at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) where he was a Staff Accountant specializing in physician practices. Prior to HCA, Anthony worked for Elite Sports Medicine as a staff accountant.
Anthony obtained his B.B.A of Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University where he is currently pursuing his Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) with a CPA track.
John is a highly-skilled senior financial executive with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer at multiple government, not-for-profit and investor-owned hospitals and large health systems.
Most recently, John served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Parkland Health and Hospital System, a county owned safety net system in Dallas with $1.6B in revenues, a flagship 862-bed acute care facility and Level I designated trauma center, 12 nursing homes, 12 outpatient treatment centers and an ambulatory surgery center. John is a results-driven financial leader with deep expertise in strategic financial management and reporting for multiple entities, and in all facets of financial reporting, including but not limited to: independent audits, revenue cycle, supply chain, information technology, health information management systems, compliance, ratings agency reviews, contract negotiations, project management, managed care, and acquisitions and development. At Parkland, John oversaw the opening of a $1.4B replacement facility.
Prior to his role at Parkland, John served for over 6 years as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Carolinas HealthCare System in North Carolina, a not-for-profit healthcare system with over $700m in net revenues, 3 acute-care hospitals, 3 rehabilitation hospitals, 2 skills nursing facilities, 12 physician practices, 1 physician joint-venture, one ambulatory surgery center and one Freestanding Emergency Department. Under his direction, operating cash flow margin increased from 11.8% to 18.6% over 4 years, days cash on hand improved by 41.5% and days in AR decreased by 8.6%.
Previously John has also served for 4 years as the Chief Financial Officer of de novo Northwest Medical Center in Tuscon, where he oversaw the opening and staffing of all the finance-related areas of the hospital. Under his supervision, EBITDA margin improved by 1260 basis points in 2 years and a $20m expansion was built to accommodate growth in demand. Other prior roles include serving as the Chief Financial Officer of joint venture surgery centers in Arizona, as a Senior Financial Analyst at Triad Hospitals, at that time the country’s third largest for-profit hospital company, and as an Accounting Manager at HCA in Dallas.
John is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Account in the State of Texas. He is also a member of numerous professional associations including the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Claire has over six years of healthcare management experience, specializing in healthcare strategy and planning, business analysis, and health system operations.
Prior to HMP, Claire completed an administrative fellowship with North Mississippi Health Services, focusing on performance and financial improvement opportunities and system alignment. She also spent four years in strategy and planning with Community Hospital Corporation. During her tenure at CHC, she gained valuable experience in market research, medical staff planning, and government regulation documentation requirements. Claire began her career with Vizient as an analyst where she focused on supplier diversity and pediatrics data analytics and customer compliance metrics.
Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia as well as a Master of Science in Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.