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Dr. R. Blake Curd, Board of Directors Chairman
Dr. Curd completed his fellowship training at the Indiana Hand Center, the largest free standing center dedicated to hand/upper extremity care, research and education in the world. Dr. Curd completed his medical education at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine and internship at David Grant United States Air Force Medical Center and a residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Curd is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker on topics covering hand and upper extremity surgery. He has given lectures and performed surgery on five continents. Dr. Curd is an active proponent of physician ownership in healthcare. He is frequently interviewed and asked for comments for various media at the local, regional and national level. Dr. Curd serves as the President-Elect for Physician Hospitals of America and is a Manager for Medical Facilities Corporation (MFC) USA, a publicly traded company that promotes physician ownership of healthcare and surgical facilities through partnering with physicians. He is politically active and makes 6‐8 trips to Washington D.C. per year, advocating and lobbying for improving healthcare delivery.
Recently, Dr. Curd was accepted to the 2012-2013 Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Michael Lipomi, President and CEO
Mr. Lipomi has over 30 years of experience in hospital and ambulatory surgery facility management. He started his career with American Medical International at El Cajon Valley Hospital in San Diego, California. Over the past 30 years he has developed and run ambulatory surgery centers and acute care hospitals. Mr. Lipomi was CEO of Stanislaus Surgical Hospital in Modesto, California which he grew from a small surgery center into one of the Nation’s leading specialty hospitals. Mr. Lipomi was President of RMC MedStone where he owned and managed several surgery centers and a surgical hospital before joining Surgical Management Professionals, SMP. Mr. Lipomi is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker on topics covering owning and operating ambulatory surgery centers and physician owned hospitals for ASC Communications – Becker’s ASC Review and Becker’s Hospital Review, ASC Association, Physician Hospitals of America, Outpatient Surgery, SurgiStrategies, and many more.
Allison Bolger, Chief Financial Officer
Allison Bolger has over 25 years experience in healthcare financial management both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Surgical Management Professionals. While with SMP, Ms. Bolger has developed SMP’s equity investment fund, assists in identification of financing sources for SMP and its clients, and provides leadership and expertise in finance and accounting. She has been instrumental in helping with the financial development and turn-around of physician owned and joint-venture ambulatory surgical centers and surgical hospitals. Prior to joining SMP, Ms. Bolger worked as the Division Controller for a large non-profit healthcare system for its owned, leased and managed hospitals. She began her career in accounting by working at a regional CPA firm in its healthcare division. She has previously served as the president for the local chapter of the SDHFMA and currently serves on the Board for the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls. Ms. Bolger received her Bachelor of Science degree with an Accounting Major and her Master’s in Business Administration both from the University of South Dakota.
Reed Martin, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Martin has over 25 years of healthcare management experience with a focus for the past 10 years on the operational efficiency and clinical excellence of ambulatory surgery centers and physician owned hospitals. As Chief Operating Officer for SMP, he has full responsibility for the operations and profitability for over 18 ASCs and hospitals. Prior to joining SMP, he held the positions of Group Vice President and Vice President of Operations for Nueterra Healthcare. As Vice President of Operations, Mr. Martin provided leadership and operational guidance for more than 25 ASCs and hospitals. He views healthcare opportunities with the financial perspective he developed in the MBA program at Dartmouth Business School and understands the importance of leadership, teamwork and employee development. Mr. Martin is a sought after national speaker at ambulatory surgery center and physician owned hospital industry conferences. He is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Rochester where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
H. Thomas Scott, Vice President of Operations & Development
Mr. Scott has over twenty five years of healthcare experience in areas of finance, operations, acquisitions and development. Mr. Scott currently serves as the Director of Operations for SMP. Prior to joining SMP, he was founding partner of Ascent Surgical Partners and served in several executive roles during his twelve years with the company. Mr. Scott was also co-founder and senior vice president of Physicians Healthcare Corporation, a physician practice and ancillary management company, with responsibility for operations, acquisitions and development. Prior to that, he served as controller of a company that developed and managed ambulatory surgery centers, clinical treatment centers and mobile imaging centers. Mr. Scott holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University and is an inactive certified public accountant.
Mary Sturm, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations
Ms. Sturm has over 25 years of experience in management of clinical operations. She is responsible for start up, operational, and clinical activities for SMP ASC/GI centers and specialty hospitals. Mary was the Director of Nursing for the Sioux Falls Surgical Center for twenty-one years. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and received her MBA degree from the University of Sioux Falls. She was instrumental in the start up and clinical management of the Sioux Falls Surgical Center and has since been engaged in the development and/ or management of 13 other centers in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Vancouver, B.C.
Todd Clark, Director of Information Technology
Todd brings two decades of experience in Information Technology to SMP's management team. He joined the SMP management team in October 2007. Previously Todd served as a Senior Network Engineer with PrairieWave Communications where he designed and maintained the corporate network including multiple data centers and many remote offices. Prior to PrairieWave Communications, Todd spent 16 years at Gateway in various technical support and IT roles, most recently as a Network Engineer.
Amy Hanisch, Director of HR & Admin Services
Ms. Hanisch has over 15 years of human resources and administrative services experience in the healthcare field. Previously, she spent nearly 15 years at Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, where she has served as the Executive and HR Assistant. Amy is very knowledgeable in benefits administration, COBRA, FMLA, employee coaching, and performance management. Ms. Hanisch has her Associates Degree of Applied Science in Office Systems & Medical Secretary from Southeast Technical Institute and recently recieved her Bachelors of Arts in Management from thet University of Sioux Falls. Amy is a member of the Sioux Empire Society of Human Resource Management (SESHRM). Also, she was recently the recipient of the American Management Association Administrative Excellence Certificate and is studying to obtain her SPHR.
Rod Olson, Director of Accounting
Rod has over 30 years experience in the accounting field, including 12 years in the health care industry. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, the management of a team of accountants that provide exceptional accounting services in the area of payrolls, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. Rod also has the dedication and drive to provide on time analysis and reporting of the financial position of all of our centers.
Rebecca Overton, Director of Revenue Cycle Management
Rebecca has over 15 years of experience in healthcare receivables and overall revenue cycle management. She currently serves as the Director of Revenue Cycle Management for Surgical Management Professionals. Rebecca previously served as Director of A/R & Materials Management for SurgCenter Development, where she provided overall direction in the respective areas for more than 20 multi-specialty ASCs. Prior to SurgCenter Development, she worked as the Business Director for two successful, free-standing, multi-specialty ASCs in South Florida. Rebecca also served as the A/R Coordinator for an ASC in Little Rock, AR and as Billing Manager for a multi-physician pain management practice.
Daren Smith, Director of Clinical Services
Daren Smith is responsible for clinical activities associated with development of SMP sites and providing clinical guidance to SMP ASC/GI centers and specialty hospitals. Daren received his bachelors of science in Nursing from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska. He began his clinical nursing career at Omaha's Methodist Hospital - and quickly moved into a leadership role as the Director of Outpatient Services. Daren has spent the last 16 years developing, opening and leading surgery centers throughout the Midwest including Salina Surgical Hospital in Kansas, Grand Island Surgery Center and Fremont Surgical Center in Nebraska, and Avera Surgery Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Daren has a specific interest and expertise in EMRs and center development.
Cheri Welk, Director of Physician Client Services
Ms. Welk has over 25 years of experience in health information and revenue cycle management for physician clinics and hospitals. Prior to joining SMP, she was a Coding Manager with Sanford Health where she oversaw the specialty clinic coding workflow, provided education and training to physician and coders, provided support for EMR implementation, and audited coding and documentation as it relates to regulatory guidelines. Prior to Sanford, she served as a Business Office Director for Brown Clinic in Watertown, SD, where she was in charge of the entire revenue cycle process for the 26 physician clinic. Also, Cheri is a certified ICD-10 trainer and is a faculty member at the Globe University-Minnesota School of Business where she is teaching coding and billing. Ms. Welk has an associate’s degree in health information management from Dakota State University and is also a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Surgical Management Professionals, LLC
600 S. Cliff Ave., Suite 106
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
ph. 605-335-4207 Or