Board of Directors

Douglas Bech

Douglas Y. Bech

Douglas Y. Bech has been a Director of Global Healthcare Alliance (GHA) since 1997. Mr. Bech is Chief Executive Officer and owner of Raintree Resorts International, which he founded in 1997. He also serves on the boards of HollyFrontier Corporation, an independent refining company listed on the NYSE, of which he is presiding independent director and chair of its Compensation Committee and a member of its Executive and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees; j2 Global, a cloud services and digital media company listed on the NASDAQ, of which he is Chair of both the Compensation Committee and the Governance Committee; CIM Commercial Trust Corporation, a commercial office REIT listed on NASDAQ, of which he serves on the Audit Committee; and three other private companies. Mr. Bech also serves as a director of the American Resort Development Association. Prior to Mr. Bech’s business career, he was a longtime partner at Andrews Kurth in Houston, with a focus on corporate finance and securities practice, and was named one of America’s Best Lawyers.

Mr. Bech is a graduate of Baylor University and a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. He is a member of the Texas and New York bars.

Michael Duncan

Michael Duncan, M.D.

Michael Duncan, M.D. has been a Director of GHA since 1997. Dr. Duncan is a surgeon with more than 35 years of experience. He holds numerous faculty appointments, including Associate Surgeon, Texas Heart Institute; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston; and Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program at Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Duncan has also served on the Board of Directors for CVCP since 1993.

Patrick Hogan

Patrick J. Hogan, M.D.

Patrick J. Hogan, M.D. has been a Director of GHA since 1997. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of CardioVascular Care Providers (CVCP) since 1994 and is now serving as the Chairman of the Board. He holds several teaching appointments including Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has had privileges and teaching responsibilities at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute for more than 35 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Cardiology, and past Diplomate of the American Board of Interventional Cardiology. He was the founder and presently heads the Learning Research Center (LRC) at the Texas Heart Institute. He is co-director of CME activities at Texas Heart Institute. He founded the Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society and serves as its President Emeritus. He is the founder of Southwest Cardiovascular Consultants and has served as president since 1983. He has received multiple teaching and clinical care awards in the past. He now serves in various administrative positions at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute.

Richard Leachman

Richard Leachman, M.D.

Richard Leachman, M.D. has been a Director of GHA since 1997. Dr. Leachman is a cardiologist with more than 30 years of experience. Dr. Leachman holds appointments at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Texas Heart Institute and Houston Methodist. Dr. Leachman is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Cardiology. In addition, Dr. Leachman has served as the Medical Director for the Catheterization Laboratory at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. Dr. Leachman has also served on the Board of Directors for CVCP since 1993.

Ivo Nelson

Ivo Nelson

Ivo Nelson has been a Director of GHA since 2015. Mr. Nelson is the Chairman and CEO of Next Wave Health, an investment firm that works with start-ups and early stage companies.

He began his career in healthcare at Perot Systems and was an early proponent of clinical transformation. The idea that healthcare systems could use technology to improve patient care and outcomes led Mr. Nelson to form Healthlink Corporation in 1992. Healthlink grew to be the largest privately held, provider-focused healthcare technology consulting firm in the world when IBM acquired it in 2005. In 2009, Mr. Nelson co-founded Encore Health Resources to assist healthcare organizations in mining the business intelligence accrued after decades of process and technology improvements. Since its founding, Encore was one of the fastest-growing health IT services companies in the industry, and it was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare five years in a row. Encore was acquired by Quintiles in 2014.

He was named to the HIMSS “50 in 50” list, recognizing the top 50 contributors to the healthcare IT industry in the past 50 years. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CHIME, the HIMSS Leadership Award, the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and most recently was the inaugural recipient of the John Glaser Award for Innovation in Healthcare Informatics.

Mr. Nelson is a strategic advisor to several healthcare technology companies. He served on the boards of Encore Health Resources, HealthPost, Health Care DataWorks, MedSynergies, and was a Healthcare Ambassador for the country of Denmark.

Thomas Powers

Thomas R. Powers

Thomas R. Powers has been a Director of GHA since 1997. Mr. Powers is currently a Trustee for the Baylor College of Medicine and has served as the organization’s Chairman of the Investment Committee for the past eight years. In addition, Mr. Powers serves as a Trustee of the Non-Profit Management Foundation and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Fidelity in Boston.

Formerly, he was a founding Director of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, which, estimated at $20 billion, is the largest donor-advised fund in the world. In addition, Mr. Powers formerly served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Transamerica Fund Management Company (TFM) and its predecessor companies from 1976 to 1993. In 1995, he completed a three-year term as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers, where he also served on the Executive Committee, as well as Chairman of the Audit and the Investment Companies Committees.

For nearly 20 years, he served on the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute, the national association of mutual funds. During that time, he served on the Executive Committee and was elected Chairman 1989–1990. He is a former member and past Chairman of the Board of Regents of Baylor University and former Trustee and member of the Finance Committee for the Memorial Healthcare System of Houston, Texas. As a past president of the Houston Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute, Mr. Powers remains a member of the organization today, as well as the Texas Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

Dan Wilford

Dan S. Wilford

Dan S. Wilford has been a Director of GHA since 2013. Mr. Wilford served as President and CEO of Memorial Hermann from 1984 to 2002. Prior to Memorial Herman, he was associated with Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was president of North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo, Mississippi, from 1974 to 1984. Mr. Wilford has served on the Board of Directors of many professional organizations, including past Chairman of the Board for both Voluntary Hospitals of America and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Texas.

An active member of the healthcare and Texas community, he also served as a past board member of the Texas Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, Greater Houston Partnership, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and the American College of Healthcare Executives, to name a few. In 1995, he was inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame, was the recipient of the Washington University Health Administration Program Distinguished Alumnus Award, received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Houston Baptist University, and was named Business Leader of the Year in Fort Bend County, Texas. In June 1997, he was presented with the Texas Hospital Association’s Earl C. Collier Award, and in 2003, he received the Award of Honor from the American Hospital Association.

Mr. Wilford retired as an official with the National Football League. He continues to remain active serving on the Audit Committee of MD Anderson Medical Center and on the Board of Directors of the John S. Dunn Research Foundation, corporate member of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. He also serves on the Board of Directors of two public companies, Healthcare Realty Trust and LHC Group; is on the advisory board of three health-related private companies; and serves on the Board of Directors for numerous not-for-profit organizations.

Executive Leadership

John Adams

John W. Adams, Jr.

Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer

John W. Adams, Jr. has more than 37 years of diversified accomplishments in the healthcare industry. As the President and CEO of Global Healthcare Alliance (GHA), Mr. Adams has grown GHA from the modest services organization it was when he co-founded the company in 1997, to a national leader in building and operating value-based reimbursement programs.

In addition to GHA, Mr. Adams serves as President and CEO of CardioVascular Care Providers, Inc. (CVCP), an affiliate of GHA. Founded in 1995 by the late world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, M.D., CVCP was established to provide bundled pricing for cardiovascular services and serve as the managed care entity for physicians affiliated with the Texas Heart Institute and other cardiovascular organizations.

Following the success of CVCP, Mr. Adams helped establish GHA to expand value-based programs to other service lines for health systems across the country. Under his leadership, GHA has grown significantly through its program expertise and proprietary claims processing software, Axia™, created for value-based program operations and alternative payment models. Prior to GHA and CVCP, Mr. Adams served in leadership positions at Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital.

Mr. Adams received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Houston.

Tobin Lassen

Tobin Lassen

Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO)

Mr. Lassen, co-founder and CKO, brings a depth of knowledge and experience in financial healthcare administration. With more than 25 years in value-based reimbursement, Mr. Lassen has helped facilitate the expansion of GHA to a successful, national value-based healthcare solutions company. As CKO, Mr. Lassen directs and oversees the capabilities and readiness of the organization and its clients in analyzing, defining, operating and optimizing value-based healthcare programs.

Mr. Lassen’s previous leadership experience includes serving as director of payor relations for CardioVascular Care Providers (CVCP), assistant director of managed care and business development for Hermann Hospital in Houston and vice president of acquisitions for the Sizeler Companies.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University, his Master of Business Administration from Tulane University, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas – School of Public Health. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Texas – School of Public Health in Houston.

Chris Karl

Chris Karl

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Karl joined GHA in 1999 as Controller and was quickly promoted to Vice President and CFO. Mr. Karl is responsible for Finance, Accounting, Audit, and Compliance as well as Administration and Human Resources. Mr. Karl also participates in the strategic, operational, and capital planning for GHA’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Karl has a depth of experience providing strategic direction for healthcare organizations through technology improvement and financial restructuring. Prior to GHA, Mr. Karl’s healthcare experience began at Arthur Anderson in the audit division, where he had the opportunity to work on both large and mid-size hospital engagements. After Arthur Anderson, Mr. Karl worked in internal control and business development at Hermann Hospital. There he led the implementation of a revenue management system which monitored accuracy of payer payments and resulted in collecting more than $2.5 million in underpayments.

Mr. Karl earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and is a certified public accountant.

Jamie Dye

Jamie Dye

Chief Development Officer

Mr. Dye joined GHA in 2016 to lead the organization’s business development initiatives. Prior to GHA, Mr. Dye was Chief Development Officer of MedSynergies (now Optum360 Ambulatory Services), a for-profit ambulatory services company focused on improving physician enterprise performance. Under Mr. Dye’s leadership MedSynergies grew its business from a local to national ambulatory services provider, resulting in the company’s strategic acquisition by Optum in 2014.

Mr. Dye’s prior experience also includes a 20-year tenure with Perot Systems, helping to build the organization into a multi-billion-dollar market leader in healthcare services.

Mr. Dye received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and his master’s degree in Health Law from Nova Southeastern University.

David Dickey

David Dickey

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Dickey joined GHA as Director of Information Technology in 2008 and now serves as CIO. As CIO, Mr. Dickey directs GHA’s information technology, product development, and technology operations teams, and provides strategic direction for GHA’s portfolio of intellectual property.

Under Mr. Dickey’s guidance, GHA developed the Axia platform, an industry leading technology solution used to process bundled payments and facilitate value-based reimbursement programs on behalf of GHA’s clients.

Prior to GHA, Mr. Dickey was Director of Business Development and Operations at Complete Solutions and prior to that was Director of Integration Services at Quest Diagnostics. Mr. Dickey received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University.

Shannon Riley

Shannon Riley

Vice President, Value-based Program Operations

Ms. Riley, Vice President, Value-Based Program Operations, has 20 years experience with GHA, where she specializes in customer-centric business services for bundled pricing and value-based reimbursement. Ms. Riley oversees operations for bundled pricing programs, value-based reimbursement, client services, and provider relations, including providing services to CardioVascular Care Providers, the largest cardiovascular bundled pricing network in the country.

She has been instrumental in developing functionality and workflows for Axia, GHA’s technology solution used to process bundled payments and facilitate value-based reimbursement programs on behalf of GHA’s clients.

Ms. Riley received her bachelor’s in Health Information Management from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Kevin Goertz

Kevin Goertz

Vice President of Operations, Revenue Cycle Management

Mr. Goertz joined GHA in 2009 as Director of Implementation and Management Services Organization (MSO) Billing. As Vice President of Operations, Revenue Cycle Management (RCM), Mr. Goertz manages and leads GHA’s daily operating functions as part of the senior management team.

With more than 25 years of RCM experience, Mr. Goertz previously served as an assistant director at Texas Children’s Hospital, where he was responsible for billing operations. Prior to Texas Children’s Hospital, Mr. Goertz was the Patient Access Director at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Mr. Goertz received his bachelor’s from Texas A&M University and his Master of Business Administration from Texas Women’s University.

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