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Cervical Spine Medical Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.1551

Texas

EDUCATION

2006   
MHA-Hospital Administration, Seton Hall University – South Orange, NJ (Summa Cum Laude)

2000       
Doctor of Chiropractic, Parker College of Chiropractic – Dallas, TX

1996       
B.S. Biology, University of Maryland Baltimore County – Baltimore, MD

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Executive Positions

2012       
Kindred Hospital Northland – MO
(A top-125 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of $6 billion and approximately 78,000 employees in 46 states. Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 2,212 locations, including 117 transitional care hospitals, six inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 224nursing and rehabilitation centers,27 sub-acute units,102 hospice, home care and private duty locations, 104 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and a contract rehabilitation services business, RehabCare, which served 1,632 non-affiliated facilities)

Chief Executive Officer
Responsibilities: Provide hands-on leadership, strategic direction and operations management with a focus on business development, exceptional quality patient care and fiscal accountability.  Assume responsibility for adherence to governmental, state, and joint commission standards for hospital operation. Direct the operations for a 35 bed free standing hospital and 150 employees.

Accomplishments: 
Recruited and completed a transition to new medical director leadership adopting a hospitalist focus to facilitate the ability to accommodate a higher acuity patient.
Facilitated a transition to a dedicated 6-bed ICU from a Specialty Care Unit.
Implemented a night physician coverage model within the hospital to facilitate ability to manage higher acuity patient volumes.
Implemented initiatives to increase patient satisfaction above corporate thresholds and national benchmark data.

2010-2012   
Select Specialty Hospital – DE
(A for-profit company with 111 Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC) Hospitals in 28 states, 12 Medical Rehabilitation Hospitals in 5 states, 952 Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers in 34 states and D.C., and Contract Therapy Provided at 534 Locations)

Chief Executive Officer (08/10-05/12)
Responsibilities: Provide hands-on leadership, strategic direction and operations management with a focus on business development, exceptional quality patient care and fiscal accountability.  Assume responsibility for adherence to governmental, state, and joint commission standards for hospital operation.  Supervise and direct the operations of 150 staff members.

Chief Operating Officer (03/10-08/10)       
Responsibilities: Team with the CEO to provide operational management with a focus on business development, exceptional quality patient care and fiscal accountability.

Accomplishments: 
Focused operations of hospital to position the facility to achieve highest census target in the hospital’s history.
Developed greater degree of accountability with business development staff to stimulate growth of referrals from secondary and tertiary hospital markets.
Negotiated staffing agreements with area agency staff to permit movement of hospital toward higher census targets while maintaining effective staffing ratios.
Completed contract negotiations to develop service agreement with area hospital to allow greater depth of surgical services to be performed with patient receiving services within our hospital.

Management Positions

2005-2010   
Colorado Plains Medical Center– CO
(A for-profit hospital within the 48 hospital system of LifePoint Inc. which operates in 18 states; $2.7 billion in revenues from continuing operations in 2008)
   
Director of Outreach Services, Physician Resources, Business Development and Physician Recruitment (1/06-02/10)
Responsibilities:  Manage the budget and capital requests of two departments with 3 direct reports.  Direct all marketing operations. 
Chair of Physician Satisfaction Committee.  Direct all specialty clinic operations.  Direct all recruitment strategies for succession and strategic planning.  Develop and maintain relations with 6 Critical Access Hospitals in extended service areas.  Direct and coordinate all hospital CME events.  Identify opportunities for service line growth.  Report directly to the Chief Executive Officer. 

Accomplishments: 
Analyzed the specialty needs of the medical staff leading to the addition Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Endocrinology, and Rheumatology at the hospital.
Recruited specialists to the Specialty Clinic that include: Hand Orthopedic Surgeon, Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon, Pediatric Cardiologist,Pediatric Pulmonologist, Oncologist, Hematologist, Endocrinologist, Rheumatologist, and Neurologist.
Developed outreach services in extended service area including OB/GYN, Podiatry, Urology, Pulmonology, and Pediatric Rehabilitation. Outreach growth in OB/GYN permitted removing provider from guarantee within 6 months of starting.
Negotiated Pulmonology coverage for the hospital following the departure of staff Pulmonologist.
Developed survey tool to analyze physician satisfaction and action plan to improve physician satisfaction: scores increased from 3.09 (2007) to 3.20 (2008).
Developed and managed the operations of the 1st Women’s Health Expo Annual Event in Northeast Colorado; in coordination with the local city administration. 
Developed a yearly training symposium for all Northeast Colorado Emergency Medical Services Providers. 

Director of Rehabilitation Services (8/05-7/08)
Responsibilities:  Managed all daily operations, budget, capital, service line development of three rehabilitation departments with 17 direct reports.  Coordinated staff members across 6 service lines.  Developed and implemented PI projects.  Chair of Safe Patient Handling and Falls Prevention Committee.  Member of the Safety Committee.  Reported directly to the Chief Nursing Officer. 

Accomplishments: 
Implemented succession plan for rehabilitation services.
Developed contractual agreement for the rehabilitation staff to teach sections of the Physical Therapy Assistant program with local Community College.
Created a staff share program with local nursing home for use of PT, PTA, OT, COTA staff that lead to the development of an agreement with nursing for cross coverage; strong impact on hospital need for travel labor.
Increased billing accuracy for hospital rehabilitation services from 53% to current rates of 97%.
Increased Out-Patient Satisfaction scores in the rehabilitation department from 90% to 94% in less than one year.
Increased Employee Satisfaction scores from 3.02 to 3.38 in 2008. 
Reduced MH/Stat in Physical Therapy Services from .54 in 2006 to .50 in 2007.  Reduced MH/Stat in Occupational Therapy services from .50 in 2006 to .48 in 2007.  Rehabilitation operations were within the top ten of the 48 hospital system in 2007 based off of productivity measures.  

2004-2005   
Park Cities Spine and Sport Center/Priority Pain Relief Center– TX
Director of Rehabilitation Services
(A multidisplinary private practice with operations in acute outpatient rehabilitation and chronic pain management applications)
Coordinated patients through the spectrum of care management on a daily outpatient basis with numerous staff providers.  Developed all aspects of rehabilitation operations.  Supervised and directed the operations of 6 FTE’s.

2003-2004   
Laredo Wellness Center-  TX
Director of Rehabilitation Services
(A private practice with operations that focused on occupational medicine and occupational rehabilitation)
Coordinated care of patients through the spectrum of care management on a daily outpatient basis with staff providers that included Physical Therapists. Supervised and directed the operations of 3 FTE’s.
       
2000-2003
Injury Rehabilitation Centers/Guadalupana Chiropractic– TX
Director of Rehabilitation Services
(A private practice with operations that focused on outpatient rehabilitation)
Sole practice provider coordinating outpatient rehabilitation care for patient base.  Created all rehabilitation algorithms for caretransition, and medical necessity documentation used by facility.  Developed and implemented all phases of return to work programs that included work conditioning and work hardening. Supervised and directed the operations of 2 FTE’s.

STATE LICENSES

2000 2013   
Texas,  Exp. Date:  11/01/13

2003-2013   
Colorado, Exp. Date:  07/31/13   

BOARD AFFLIATIONS

Available Upon Request

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

Available Upon Request

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Fellow of American College of Health Care Administration (FACHE) 
Member of Healthcare Leadership Network of Delaware Valley
Member of Upsilon Phi Delta Society 



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