Daniel Smigelski, MPH/MHA
Dan Smigelski has been involved in hospital administration and hospital development both domestically and internationally since 1976 and has worked in a variety of not-for-profit and for-profit facilities in the US and internationally. He has had a progressive career in hospitals with revenues of over US $ 300 Million. He has also been the vice president and executive vice president of major US management companies. In addition, he has had extensive experience in hospital operations, having been a hospital CEO in a number of facilities.
Dan’s experience also includes hospital operational analysis and development of strategies to strengthen hospitals financially and operationally. He has also worked with international finance organizations including private equity firms, individual investors, and governmental entities such as the International Finance Corporation, The World Bank, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Dan has been involved in hospital projects and healthcare development in over 35 countries worldwide.
Dan was educated at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and received his MPH/MHA degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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James B. McCarthy, MBA, JD
Mr. McCarthy addresses legal, organizational structure and financial issues for AIHG clients and partners. His forty years experience in the health care field has ranged from analysis and planning to senior management roles. His experience includes developing and managing hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and diagnostic centers in both the U.S. and overseas; developing, structuring and implementing hospital and physician Joint Venture arrangements; and implementing domestic and international medical supply and equipment arrangements.
Prior experience includes founding the Gemini Consulting Group, a Chicago-based health care consulting company. He has also held positions as Vice President and General Manager of a medical device manufacturing company, and prior positions with 3M Company Medical Products Division.
Mr. McCarthy received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his J.D. from the Loyola University School of Law, and his M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
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Gregory J. Kuntz, MPH, FACHE
Greg Kuntz has over 30 years’ senior leadership experience in domestic and international hospitals, healthcare management consulting services, and physician practice operation. Greg’s experience includes turnaround management, new facility design, construction oversight, new hospital start-up, interim management, physician recruitment, and physician practice management. Greg has directed facility operations in West Africa, Central Europe, MENA, and Asia, has led strategic planning engagements for client facilities, and has authored healthcare facility feasibility evaluations in Central Europe, Africa, and Asia. Greg has worked with a variety of governmental and private project investment and funding resources. In addition, Greg has held positions with publicly traded specialty hospitals, community and tertiary hospitals in the US and internationally, and large specialty physician practice companies.
Greg was educated at the University of Pittsburgh, with a Master in Public Health, specializing in Healthcare Administration. Greg is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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Ed L. Hansen, PhD, MA
Ed has C-Level leadership experience and expertise (as CEO, COO, and CFO) in government hospitals and health systems; not-for-profit community hospitals; and corporate, for-profit hospitals. He has been the CEO of an international multi-facility hospital group.
As an employed hospital executive and as a consultant, Ed has led major construction activities, hospital and clinic service development activities and new healthcare business start-ups, including an award-winning international air ambulance company. He is particularly strong in the areas of operating systems design, implementation, maintenance, re-engineering, and evaluation. He has addressed the Bond Covenant violations of several struggling hospitals. In these cases, he and his teams effectively turned-around their operational and financial performance.
Ed led teams in the operational and financial turnaround of five hospitals in the US and one international hospital. He has consulted hospital boards and financial institutions on strategies
for the operational enhancement of distressed hospitals. He led the process for different four hospitals in attaining initial accreditation by either JCAHO (US) or JCI (International).
Ed has a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management and a Ph.D. in Management and Organizational Development, specializing in Hospitals and and Healthcare Organizations.
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Ralph Foster II, MBA
Ralph Foster II is a healthcare executive with 20 years of domestic and international experience involving strategic planning, management and marketing focused on healthcare facility and provider growth strategies. Ralph has served as a collaborating analyst on the development of feasibility studies and business plans for healthcare facilities around the world. In addition, he has built various programs, implemented marketing initiatives, and forged alliances and other collaborative frameworks that have fostered mutually beneficial working relationships that have achieved strategic objectives. Ralph’s experience also includes serving as the Director of an International Patient Program for an HCA affiliated healthcare system and as the Vice President of Business Development for a U.S. based international hospital management and consulting company.
Ralph received his B.B.A. in Marketing with a concentration in International Studies from Texas State University and his M.B.A in Healthcare Management from Our Lady of the Lake University. Ralph is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has served on the Board of the South Texas Chapter-ACHE.
Michael Sandnes, MHA
Michael Sandnes has over 25+ senior healthcare leadership experience in US and international healthcare, with a proven track record of delivering fiscal, strategic and turnaround leadership to both for-profit, not-for-profit Hospitals, Ambulatory Centers, Surgery Centers, and Physician organizations.
Michael has directed facility operations with revenues from $250MM to $850MM in US, MENA, Colombia, and Asia, has led strategic planning and successfully completed several hospital commissioning engagements for client organizations. Michael’s client sites all achieved accreditation by either JCAHO (US) or JCI (International) and specialty commendations. Michael serves as the Chief Executive Officer for American Hospital-Tbilisi.
Michael received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts, Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Lisa Willis, MAA, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Lisa Willis has 30 years healthcare leadership experience in Operations, Nursing, Prehospital Emergency Care, Aeromedical Evacuation, Inpatient Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Perioperative Care, Outpatient Care, and Home Care, as well as Quality and Performance Improvement. She has led preparation for successful Joint Commission and Joint Commission International accreditations, and various specialty certifications such as Stroke Center, Cardiac Center, Bariatric Center, Rehabilitation Program, and HIMSS 6-Health Information and Management Systems Society, as well as Business Transformation efforts including departmental process improvement, systems redesign, and organizational restructure/downsizing/reorganization. Lisa has worked in nursing leadership in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Lisa serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for American Hospital-Tbilisi.
Lisa received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from the University of The Incarnate Word having graduated with Honors and was inducted into the International Nursing Honor Society. She is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Kwami Asiama, MBA
Kwami Asiama serves as AIHG’s country representative for Ghana and for the Western Africa region. Kwami is the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of ST & HT Global Investments Group, driven by a passionate desire and commitment to strengthen the Investment and Financial Advisory services in Ghana. Kwami has been instrumental in driving investments in Ghana by supporting existing and start-up companies secure funding for their projects.
Prior to setting up ST & HT Global Investment Group, he worked as the Financial Controller (Consumer Fixed) of Ghana Telecom/Vodafone Ghana (2004-2009).. Before relocating to Ghana from USA to join Ghana Telecom, he was a Senior Financial Analyst at AOL Time Warner in Ashburn, Virginia, USA-(1995-2004). Mr. Asiama has conducted business strength and strategy analysis of a variety of telecommunication, Energy, and Health sector groups, and has several years of business experience in these industries.
Kwami holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Strategic Management from George Mason University.
Jacquelyn M. Martin MBA, BSN, RN
Jacquie Martin has over 35 years’ experience in domestic and international healthcare environments. Ms. Martin brings an extensive background in critical care, emergency care, and nursing management. Her clinical experiences include leadership positions in Critical Care and Disaster Preparedness and served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Ms. Martin served as the Vice President of Clinical Services for a US-based international healthcare management company and provided clinical leadership to international clients in the Caribbean, Egypt, Saudi Arabia. Jacquie also provided clinical expertise in a variety of healthcare consulting engagements in MENA, Turkey, and south Asia.
In addition to her clinical roles, Jacquie serves as a Supervisory Nurse in the United States Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Jacquie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Saint Anselm College and an MBA with a concentration in Health Emergency Management from Anna Maria College.
Matt Dempsey is a student at Mercyhurst University with a double major in Public Health and Intelligence Studies. Originally from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, Matt has been interning with AIHG since January 2019, focusing on country feasibility study research, data presentation, and other support projects. Matt’s coursework emphasizes research, analytic, writing, and communication skills for public health policy and systems. He has participated in many project simulations and provided policy analysis and professional briefings to organizational decision makers.