Top 18 Urgent Care Management and Development CEOs in 2015
These are the names of the 18 Urgent Care Management and Development CEOs to know in 2015:
Frank Alderman, M.D., is responsible for the execution of MedExpress Urgent Care’s strategic plan, expansion oversight, executive direction, P/L management and regulatory and legal compliance. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a medical degree from West Virginia University (WVU). Alderman completed his residency at WVU and is board-certified in emergency medicine.
Kevin Blank has been with FastMed Urgent Care for over 4 years and joined the company when a private equity firm acquired the majority interest in a 9-clinic urgent care operation in 2010. FastMed has grown to 86 clinics today and is the 6th largest urgent care operator in the United States. Blank has more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles for a range of public and private healthcare related businesses, including practice management, managed care, disease management, information management, venture capital and IT. Blank served as the Executive Vice President of Evolution Benefits, an innovative electronic payment solutions company for the employee benefits market. Prior to that, he was the President and COO of BenefitPoint, Inc., an employee benefits technology firm. Blank also served as the managing director of the Internet HealthCare Group, a healthcare IT-focused venture capital firm. Blank’s previous medical practice leadership experience also includes being the president of Women’s Health USA, the CEO of Women’s Health Connecticut, and a senior executive at a Value Health division.
In 2012, Stan Blaylock became the President and CEO of Physicians Immediate Care. He served as the former president of Walgreens Health Services, the managed care and specialty services division for Walgreens. Before Walgreens, he served as the President and CEO of MedMark, a top nationwide provider of specialty pharmacy services. He co-founded MedMark in 2003, and his efforts led MedMark to become one of the fastest growing healthcare service companies in the nation before it was sold to Walgreens in 2006. Physicians Immediate care clinics have been around since 1987, serving walk-in patients seeking non-emergency medical attention. There are currently 20 Physicians Immediate Care clinics throughout three states: Oklahoma, Nebraska and Illinois.
Ted Bucknam was named president of Concentra in April 2013, and has served as the chief operating officer since July 2011. Since joining Concentra in 1995, he has served in key management and operational roles and spear-headed the initiative to improve the patient experience and support the 7,000 colleagues who provide services to more than 30,000 patients each day. Prior to joining Concentra, he held positions with Medicus Systems Corporation in the areas of investor relations, product management and sales. Bucknam earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bates College and his MBA and Master of Health Services Administration degrees from the University of Michigan.
Mike Dalton was part of the group who grew Doctor’s Express to over 60 clinics before selling to American Family Care in 2013. He helped start Immediate Clinic in 2012 in the Seattle area, which now operates 14 urgent care, primary care and occupational medicine clinics. In January 2015, he led the acquisition of Integrity Urgent Care which operates two clinics in Colorado Springs. He sees both brands, Immediate Clinic and Integrity Urgent Care, as leading and scalable platforms in their respective markets and has plans to continue growth by acquisition as well as de novo sites. He was a member of the Board of Directors at DocuTAP and a speaker at various urgent care and healthcare conferences. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting & zoology from BYU and received his MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles.
Chase Finley is a health care executive with over 15 years of hospital, post-acute care and ambulatory care management experience. In June 2013, Chase partnered with Greenridge Investment Partners and MedEquity Capital to join AppleCare Immediate Care as the president. AppleCare is a leading provider of urgent care and immediate care services to patients in the southeastern United States. The company currently operates urgent care centers in the state of Georgia and delivers high-quality, cost-effective services, providing patients a greater level of convenience and flexibility than emergency rooms or primary care physicians.
Thomas Gibbons is the president of the Doctors Care organization and also serves as the chief medical officer of UCI Medical Affiliates. He is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) and the South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (SCCEP). He is licensed by the South Carolina and Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, and is board-certified in emergency medicine. He is also a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine, and a member of The Children’s Trust SAFEKIDS South Carolina Advisory Committee. Before Doctors Care, he served as the former president of the South Carolina College of Emergency Medicine, and as the Chairman of the SAFEKIDS South Carolina Board of Directors.
Bruce Irwin opened his first clinic in Hoover, AL in 1982 after seeing a need for an alternative to the physician office and the emergency room. His clinics are designed, equipped and staffed to provide accessible primary care, urgent care, minor emergency treatment and occupational medicine. Throughout the past 30 years, American Family Care (AFC) has treated more than 10 million patients. The company’s model of “putting the patient first” has made it an overwhelming success. American Family Care also offers specialty clinics: WeighToLive and U-Save at many of its locations. AFC grew aggressively with the acquisition of Doctors Express in 2013, the largest national urgent care franchise. With Doctors Express, AFC became the second largest privately owned urgent care operator in the country. By the end of 2014, AFC/ Doctors Express will operate over 160 facilities in 26 states, providing care to over a million patients.
John Julian joined NextCare Urgent Care in June 2010 as the president and chief executive officer. He has over 20 years of experience successfully operating a wide range of health care services companies including: medical equipment, respiratory services, pharmaceuticals, infusion therapy and urgent care. He also has extensive experience in Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to joining NextCare Urgent Care, he spent several years founding and operating start-up companies in the pharmacy and personal services industries, and provided consulting services for Mergers & Acquisitions in the healthcare industry. He previously held executive level positions with Lincare Holdings, the nation’s largest provider of respiratory therapy and other in-home patient services. A native of Phoenix, AZ., he serves as a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds and was a former director of the Foundation for Blind Children.
Michael Klein assumed the position of president and CEO in May 2011. Prior to joining CareSpot, Klein was the CEO of Renal Advantage Inc., an owner and operator of dialysis centers, since its inception in 2005. During his tenure, the business expanded to 160 locations across 28 states. Mike was also previously the president of the North Central Division of Gambro Healthcare, the company’s largest business division, president and CEO of SSI Surgical Services, and co-founder, president and CEO of Urotherapies. Mike also held senior positions at Caremark International and Baxter Healthcare.
MD Now Medical Centers is the leading provider of urgent care and occupational medical services in South Florida. Since founding the MD Now Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers, Peter Lamelas has made “MD Now” a highly recognized name and well respected provider of urgent care and occupational medicine by expanding the centers to multiple locations throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade. Lamelas is a long standing member of American College of Emergency Physicians, Florida Medical Association, Urgent Care Association of America, Urgent Care College of Physicians and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. He received a gubernatorial appointment from Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve as one of twelve doctors on the State of Florida Board of Medicine in 2001, and has served as Chairman of the Rules and Legislative Committee and as Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee.
Rob Pantoja serves as the current Platform CEO of Fast Pace Urgent Care, a Shore Capital portfolio company. He served as the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Little Clinic, which was a start-up retail clinic, before it was sold to The Kroger Company. While at The Little Clinic, Pantoja expanded the company from 16 clinics to 150 in only three years. He employed 350 nurse practitioners and the annual revenue totaled $30 million. Before his work at The Little Clinic, he served in several leadership roles for LifePoint Hospitals, Province Healthcare and a variety of HCA predecessor companies. He has over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, and in 2009, he was the recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award for small private companies.
Richard Park is board-certified in emergency medicine and studied at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He then completed his training in the Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Residency Program where he served as chief resident. He then served as the associate program director of the residency program at NS-LIJ’s emergency department. He received the Teaching Attending of the Year award by his residents four years in a row in 2003-2006. He was recognized as an expert educator and received a system-wide award in 2007. Park also participated in the “Teach the Teacher” fellowship program. He is the author and co-editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill’s Intensive Review of Emergency Medicine. He also educates attending physicians and residents as the co-director of the NS-LIJ’s Manhattan Board Review for Emergency Medicine.
Maurice Reid is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who left the emergency room to open his first urgent care center in 2005. By 2013, he had opened 10 locations when he decided to offer a minority stake in his company to LifeBridge Health, a hospital center in Maryland that operates Sinai and Northwest Hospital as well as Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. Currently, ExpressCare Urgent Care has 16 locations operating in Maryland and Delaware. In 2014, ExpressCare Urgent Care acquired two more urgent care centers. By the end of January 2015, Reid will have the third and largest acquisition closed and transitioned to an ExpressCare center. Over the next few months, Reid will open three new centers and he will continue to pursue other potential acquisitions in Maryland and the surrounding states.
Dave Sanders is the co-CEO and co-founder of ZoomCare. ZoomCare provides healthcare on demand in top-of-the-line clinics in Washington State, Oregon and Idaho. ZoomCare has made fundamental changes to how healthcare is delivered by incorporating consumer conveniences such as price-transparency, online scheduling, a guaranteed visit time, onsite point of care laboratory and dispensing pharmacy and sophisticated online support services. Before founding ZoomCare in 2006, Sanders co-founded Salu and MyHealthBank, two information technology healthcare companies. He received his doctoral degree from the UCLA School of Medicine.
Heath Schiesser, President and CEO
Medspring Urgent Care, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) Integrated Care Group
In 2011, Heath Schiesser co-founded MedSpring Urgent and served as the president and CEO until May 2014, when FMCNA acquired it. He is now in charge of FMCNA’s Integrated Care Group, which includes Medspring and the company’s pharmacy, lab, hospitalist and risk products divisions. Prior to that, Schiesser was the Senior Vice President for Marketing and Sales at WellCare, a top provider of Medicaid and Medicare health plans. He also served as the President of WellCare Prescription Insurance and led the team that successfully launched the company’s $1 billion national prescription drug plan (PDP) division. Before joining WellCare, Schiesser worked at McKinsey & Company. He co-founded and sold an online pharmacy, and worked to develop new ventures.
Richard Sowers III has a vision to provide access to quality medical care as conveniently and as cost-effectively as possible for the patient. In 2011, he opened his first urgent care center. Back then, it was called Commonwealth Emergicenter. The name was later changed to Patient First. During the last 33 years, Sowers has steadily been expanding his number of urgent care centers. He even took on the daunting task of opening six new centers in one year. By the end of 2011, Sowers operated 37 Patient First centers throughout Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Patient First provides services in primary care physicians, occupational health, x-rays, lab testing and more. There are currently 55 Patient First centers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Bernard Swift started Texas MedClinic in 1982. In 1976, he graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his postgraduate training at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio in 1977, and received his master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. Swift serves as a medical review officer, volunteers his time with many community organizations and oversees the growth of Texas MedClinic.
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