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The Business of Healthcare

Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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ACHE of North Texas and Texas Christian University are joining forces to offer a new kind of networking event for mid- and early careerists .The program will showcase various companies’ leaders participating in healthcare oriented businesses, but yet are not directly working for hospitals. This event will expose attendees to the vast job market outside of a hospital, but very much relevant in the healthcare industry.

Space is limited for this event so register early.

The event space will have 10 tables representing 10 different segments of the industry The table presenters will be discussing how their professions touch healthcare. Attendees will rotate between tables and the schedule will also include some open time at the end, enabling attendees to visit with the presenters of their choosing as well.

This is not a job fair but an opportunity to broaden careerists’ minds to what is available in the professional business world outside a hospital setting, but still touching healthcare.

Food will be available.

A special thanks to TCU for hosting this event!

Broaddus & Associates – Architecture
Darrick Walls
LEED Green Associate
Broaddus & Associates

Darrick Walls is the LEED Green Associate for Broaddus & Associates.  Prior to joining Broaddus, Darrick was the AVP Project Management for CallisonRTKL and a project manager for CBRE and Hammes, solving healthcare design problems with practical solutions. As the former Director of Construction and Design at JPS, Darricks’ responsibility was to oversee all construction related projects and work with the JPS executive team, Board of Directors and staff to develop strategic facility planning, project management and capital budget planning. On large scale projects, he would hire, negotiate contracts and oversee work performed by architects, engineers and contractors. His duties also included coordination with development and real estate companies on land acquisitions, lease agreements, and tenant finish out agreements. Operations, Infection Control and Safety Departments.



GE Healthcare – Vendor
Claudia Andrade
National Post Implementation Program Manager
GE Healthcare

As a leading global medical technology and life sciences company, GE Healthcare (GEHC) provides a broad portfolio of products, solutions and services used in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients and in the development and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals. Every day GE Healthcare employees work together in Service, Sales, Product Development, Manufacturing, and Marketing functions to improve outcomes for healthcare providers and their patients, and for therapy innovators around the globe. This means increased capacity, improved productivity and better patient outcomes. GEHC also aims to support customers in the pursuit of precision health: health care that is integrated, highly personalized to each patient’s needs and that reduces waste and inefficiency.

Claudia Andrade is a National Program Manager at GE Healthcare where she partners with strategic customers to effectively implement complex service programs. Throughout her 10-year career, she has held numerous positions in procurement, supply chain, and marketing functions where she worked closely with internal and external stakeholders to identify new business opportunities, maximize cost savings, and grow product market share. Claudia holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.



Integra Net Health – Independent Physician Association
Kevin Stevenson. MBA, FACHE
Executive Vice-President
IntegraNet Health

IntegraNet Health is an independent physician association that collaborates with independent physicians to assist them in remaining independent. Through our shared risk contracts with health plans, our promotion of value-based healthcare and population health and our array of practice management consultative services, IntegraNet serves as a valued partner to our physicians and their staff.

Kevin W. Stevenson, MBA, FACHE has served in leadership roles in healthcare organizations, hospitals and systems for over 30 years with specific expertise in operations, network development, marketing and crisis communications. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President for the North Texas region of IntegraNet Health, an independent physician network with over 1300 physicians throughout Texas.

Kevin and his teams have been recognized regionally, nationally and corporately for operational and creative works. He was honored by the Greater Omaha Chapter of the American Marketing Association as its Marketer of the Year when he was a system executive for CHI Good Samaritan Health Systems.

He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University. Kevin has served on numerous community and corporate boards in a variety of leadership positions and is currently the Past President of ACHE of North Texas, the third-largest chapter in the country with over 1500 members. Kevin was also twice-elected to the Keller Independent School District’s Board of Trustees, serving as President for two years. (Ask him about charging for school bus service.)

A native of Dallas, Kevin and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters and are avid Baylor University football fans and tailgaters and are members of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas where Kevin sings in the Sanctuary Choir and serves as a deacon and Michelle is active in the women’s’ ministry. Kevin is particularly proud of his pathetic golfing skills.


Medix – Employment Staffing
Sean Dyer
Information Technology Solutions Leader

Launched in 2001, Medix was built on the principle of becoming a leading provider of workforce solutions for clients and candidates across the Healthcare, Scientific and Information Technology industries. As we grow and evolve, we recognize our differentiation lies not just in traditional staffing, but in true partnerships and collaboration on hiring solutions.

We bring value to our talent by helping them identify their individual skills and aptitudes, matching them with opportunities to excel and creating communities where they can foster their skills and always have a trusted partner in their career.

In supporting our clients, we understand that each organization and culture is unique, and we thrive in collaborating with our clients to provide innovative solutions to suit their specific needs.

The root of our growth and continued success stems from not only our loyal clients and talent, but the dedication of our people. Medix takes great pride in our teammates and the culture we built together as an organization. We promote an environment that rewards the hard work and perseverance necessary to solve the unique needs of our clients and talent. The Medix family might span across the country, but our team is tightly united around our core purpose, core values and our mission to provide superior service to our customers.

UT Southwestern – Non-Clinical Operations; Logistics
Martin Marshall
Director of Logistics
UT Southwestern

Donnie McLaughlin
Non-clinical Operations
UT Southwestern

UT Southwestern: An academic medical center, world renowned for its research, regarded among the best in the country for medical education and for clinical and scientific training, and nationally recognized for the quality of clinical care that its faculty provides to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics and affiliated institutions. The Medical Center has three degree-granting institutions: UT Southwestern Medical School, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and UT Southwestern School of Health Professions. The schools train nearly 3,600 medical, graduate, and health profession students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows each year. Ongoing support from federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, along with foundations, individuals, and corporations, provides almost $454.9 million per year to fund faculty research. Faculty and residents provide care to more than 105,000 hospitalized patients, almost 370,000 emergency room cases, and oversee approximately 2.4 million outpatient visits annually. UT Southwestern has approximately 17,000 employees and an operating budget of $3.2 billion.

Martin Marshall of U.T. Southwestern Medical Center has 13 years of progressive management experience, which include 11 years of management with two Fortune 500 organizations. His managerial experience in logistics and operations began at UPS where he served in management for 5 years in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area while completing his undergraduate education from the University of North Texas. Upon completing his undergraduate studies from UNT, Martin then joined J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. where he served as a Logistics Project Manager for 6 years. Some of the projects that were managed under Martin’s leadership included logistics designs for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Terrell, TX, The Home Depot in San Antonio, TX and several oil field customers in Midland, TX. Upon completing his MBA from Texas Tech University, Martin transitioned into his current role where he manages the Logistics & Value Analysis Department, Patient Transport Department and Lab Courier Services Department at U.T. Southwestern.




Donald McLaughlin of UT Southwestern Medical Center has 19 years in healthcare: specifically, 13 years specializing in supply chain, logistics, and operations experience. His experience started as a clinician in the operating room focused on orthopedics and neuro, on to multiple years of medical sales for implants and surgical procedures, and finally at UT Southwestern in administration for the past ten years. In his current role as AVP, Non-Clinical Support Services, Donnie provides executive leadership for the support service division of University hospital two inpatient facilities, Clements University Hospital and University Hospital Zale Lipshy, totaling 640 beds and 16 clinics. He is responsible for the operational, administrative, strategic and financial performance of 41 departmental divisions consisting of over 750 FTEs and over $200 million in fiscal management.




UT Southwestern – Organizational Development & Training
Paul Scott
Manager, Learning & Development
UT Southwestern

Lauren Smith
Senior Learning Consultant in Organizational Development and Training
UT Southwestern

Paul Scott has held leadership positions in the academic, advertising, healthcare and non-profit environments. His classroom and facilitation experience span nearly twenty years, including undergraduate, personal and professional development courses. AT UTSW, he manages the Academy for Career Enrichment (ACE) as well as oversees the orientation, instructor-led and online leadership training initiatives. He holds a Master’s of Art Degree from UT Dallas, where he also completed all required Ph.D. coursework. An avid traveler, Paul has spent nearly four years of his life visiting sixty countries on five continents.




Lauren Smith is a Senior Learning Consultant in Organizational Development and Training, which is a division within Human Resources at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She has over 17 years of experience in training and organizational development. She came to UT Southwestern from Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

In her current position, Lauren develops and facilitates training on many topics including DISC Behavior Styles, Generational Differences, Coaching, Communication, Conflict Management, Customer Service, Emotional Intelligence, Difficult Conversations, StrengthsFinder, Executive Presence, Influencing and Trust. Lauren is a certified trainer for both DDI and AchieveGlobal. Other certifications include InsideOut Coaching, Inspiring Trust, Increasing Personal Effectiveness and Crucial Accountability. Lauren also does Executive Coaching and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.


Paratio Group, LLC – Marketing to Managed Care Organizations
Phil Prosser, LFACHE
Paratio Group, LLC

Phil Prosser, LFACHE, a native of Dallas, Texas completed his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Washington University, St. Louis in 1979. He spent the majority of his career as a managed care executive with the Presbyterian Healthcare System (now Texas Health Resources) and LifeCare Management Services (a post-acute health care company) – both located in the MetroPlex.

Phil served as President of Legacy Physician’s Group, a 400+ practitioner PHO affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. He served in a similar capacity with System Health Providers, a “super PHO” management company jointly owned by the Presbyterian Healthcare System and its affiliated physician’s organization. During his tenure, he negotiated both risk and non-risk based agreements with managed care organizations (MCOs) including BCBS, Aetna, United, Cigna and Humana.

He was recruited by LifeCare Management Systems to negotiate and administer MCO agreements on behalf of LifeCare’s 17 post-acute hospitals operated across the nation. As a referral-driven enterprise, Phil spent the majority of his time identifying relevant outcome metrics that would serve to differentiate LifeCare from its competitors. He oversaw all messaging efforts specifically directed to the MCOs and routinely disseminated case-specific success stories and ongoing performance reports to MCO senior leadership.

Phil currently operates his own managed care consulting company, The Paratio Group, LLC – currently serving five clients ranging from physician groups to counseling centers, DME firms and hospitals.

According to Mr. Prosser, he is continually perplexed by how little senior executives and marketing representatives understand how managed care organizations work and how to demonstrative meaningful value in the interest of securing viable and sustainable reimbursement rates. Accordingly, he will share some tips and lessons he has learned is working with MCOs during your table session.

Premier – Healthcare Informatics
Nick Kagal
Senior Region Director\

Premier Inc. is a healthcare improvement company uniting an alliance of approximately 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 165,000 other providers and organizations. As an industry leader, Premier has created one of the most comprehensive databases of actionable data, clinical best practices and efficiency improvement strategies. Our goal is to improve our members’ quality outcomes, while safely reducing costs.

  • Premier Key Competencies:
  • Group Purchasing (GPO)
  • Technology
  • Quality (i.e. Outcomes, Care variation)
  • Safety (i.e. Clinical Surveillance)
  • Cost (i.e. ERP)
  • Advisory Services (Consulting)
  • Collaboratives
  • Quality Improvement
  • Population Health
  • Applied Sciences
  • Advocacy

Nick Kagal is the Senior Region Director at Premier, Inc. and currently serves as President of the DFW Chapter of HIMSS. In his role at Premier, Nick manages support for Premier member hospitals throughout the Southwest US- focusing on performance improvement, cost management and population health. Nick has previous experience in post-acute administration and is a fellow of HIMSS and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Nick received his BA in Biology & Psychology from Austin College and an MBA from Texas A&M University. Nick is a national reviewer, speaker and moderator at the HIMSS Global Conference and a member of the HIMSS National Professional Development Committee. Nick lives in Plano, Texas with his wife, two children and two dogs. He is an avid sports fan, a weekend warrior athlete and an extremely amateur musician.


Wello Inc. – Entrepreneur
Rik Heller
Wello Inc.

Stacy DiSpigno
VP Marketing & Business Development
Wello Inc.

Wello Inc.® is an infection-control company that designs technology to help prevent the spread of infection. Their stated mission is to “Make Wellness Epidemic.” Located in Dallas, TX, Wello has wellness solutions for multiple industries including healthcare, corrections and border surveillance. Wello’s technologies contribute to the safety and wellness of patients, workers and the general public. For more information, please visit: www.welloinc.com.

My name is Alan Camerik Heller and I answer to Rik. I targeted playwright and acting in New York then enrolled in the school of Fine Arts, at the University of Texas, Austin. A professor of my calculus course told me he thought I could compete for The Bennet Math contest. I did. To my surprise, I won a considerable amount of money, at least for a student. I then added some introductory civil, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering courses to my electives. By my second year, I was enrolled in the school of Electrical Engineering majoring in Computer Architecture.

General Electric sent me a generous offer by telegram, never having interviewed. Boeing also sent me an offer by letter without any interview. Instead, I joined a smaller company named Datapoint that had their oddly designed CPU integrated into a chip called the Intel 8008 which evolved into the Pentium with its Datapoint oddities. I enrolled in the UTSA MBA program and remained at Datapoint for five years while starting a computer testing company, US Test, along with my mentor and Management Professor. While US Test was quite successful and fully automated, popular amongst computer stores, our VC turned it over to his non-technical relatives and I left. As the IBM PC turned into the PC-AT, the service slowly became obsolete.

At this point, I designed the computer tester I really wanted and started a company named Protech Inc. We took it public as a Reg D offering and it went into full blown production and product delivery. Its Protech 1990 board tester made it highly profitable, driving sales. Its cousin company was a product I designed named Radair. Radair was a color weather radar for general aviation. I used sideband signals of large radio stations to broadcast NOAH maps and the equipment for the cockpit to decode the maps and display in color, even navigate with it. It too went public and with the proceeds and other investors, I funded Precision Tracking.

Therein I set out with a contract from the IBM Advanced Technology Semiconductor Center in Fishkill, NY to track semiconductor “boats” in ultra-clean rooms. They did not want our infrared ID tags emitting RF, so I changed to infrared and expanded that into hospitals and health care for nurses and nurse call. That migrated to tracking expensive equipment like IV pumps. I licensed a lot of companies to do this. Selling that brand and technology I went back to RF technology, soon to be called active RFID, to better track things in hospitals at a lower cost.

We teamed with a VC and large institution in January of 2000 and FreshLoc was born. Working as a safety company, Freshloc affixed RF temperature sensors and monitored the places where food is stored or transported. We found healthcare far more interested in safety and expanded into a large portion of the hospitals attracting a great number of competitors, mostly from our old tracking business. We sold that brand to a public company, Mesa Labs Inc, in 2015, and took our R&D Medical Device product, welloStationX for FDA Clearance. From here, Wello Inc was created and our mission to make wellness epidemic was born.

Stacey DiSpigno is the VP of Marketing and Business Development of Wello Inc. Ms. DiSpigno has over 15 years of sales, marketing, and business development experience in healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Stacey specializes in product launch and key turn-around strategies for start-up companies. Ms. DiSpigno has a BS in Biology from Allegheny College and a MSc in Molecular Biology from Duquesne University.

Immediately following her Master’s, Stacey worked as a research assistant in an infertility lab for at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She was presented with the opportunity to become a pharmaceutical/medical representative and worked in that industry for over 10 years with companies such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi-Aventis, AI Biotech, and Amarin Corporation. During that time, Stacey launched multiple products and had a consistent record of outstanding achievements in sales and continuous career growth.

In 2013, Ms. DiSpigno was recommended for a business development position at a McKinney, TX hospital by one of her customers. She developed and managed a referral network of physicians and increased the number of physician partnerships with the hospital which resulted in a 92% increase in surgeries in her first year on the job. When the hospital closed its doors 2 years later, Stacey was asked by one of the surgeons she previously worked with to help him start and run a healthcare business. That company did well and turned profits within the first year. Eventually, the company was acquired, and Ms. DiSpigno began searching for another rewarding position.

Stacey joined the Wello, Inc team as a business development manager in Nov of 2017. Her background in healthcare, and her knowledge surrounding start-up company’s growth and product launch quickly promoted her to VP of Marketing and Business Development of Wello Inc. She uses her networking abilities and sales skills to find and build new relationships with potential customers, distributors, and resellers and makes sure current clients are satisfied.

Aprima Medical Software – Revenue Cycle & Practice Management, Electronic Medical Records
John Jarvis
Executive Director, RCM Operations
Aprima Medical Software

John Jarvis is the Executive Director of RCM operations at Aprima Medical Software, an eMDs company.  Aprima is an award winning EMR and PM software suite (#1 best in KLAS two years in a row!) for physician practices.  His team provides full revenue cycle management for a large population of our software users.




The Sanders Trust
Michael Arvin

Director, Strategy & Development
The Sanders Trust

Michael Arvin brings over 30 years of experience as a leading healthcare executive to The Sanders Trust and leads the firms Dallas office. He has worked for both investor owned healthcare companies as well as non-profit health systems. Prior to forming his own firm in 2011, Arvin held senior level business development and strategic planning roles with Methodist Health System in Dallas, Texas. From 2007-2011, Methodist embarked on a multi-year strategic growth plan which included doubling the size of the company through new hospital development, hospital acquisition, primary care network development, additional sites of service.

Mr. Arvin previously founded Alliance Strategic Health Advisors, LLC based in Dallas, Texas, providing strategic advisory services to healthcare clients seeking to grow their asset base and position their organizations to compete in a changing healthcare environment.

Additionally, Mr. Arvin has held regional, divisional and corporate strategic development roles with Tenet Healthcare, HCA, and US Oncology. He has been a frequent speaker on the subject of growth initiatives and strategies and how to succeed in a changing healthcare landscape.

In 2009 and 2011, Arvin was recognized by Nightingale Publications, Southwest Healthcare Transactions Conference in Dallas as an Executive to Watch in Healthcare Transactions. In 2010, Arvin was recognized as a Fellow with the Rice Building Institute, a joint program of the School of Architecture / Jones School of Business at Rice University. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Graduate Executive Education program at Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


5th and Carroll (the event space above Blue Mesa
2713 West 5th Street
Fort Worth,TX76107
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