Castling Partners has assembled a blue ribbon panel of faculty advisers to support our mission on behalf of our clients and the advancement of the healthcare industry. Each was invited based upon their contributions to their respective fields and their status and standing within their profession. Each has worked with one or more of the founders of Castling Partners and are considered as trusted colleagues and valued partners in our careers and mission of the firm.
MARK NEWTON, FACHE
Mr. Mark Newton has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago since 2000, and will transition in July, 2016 to Vice Chairman, Swedish Covenant Foundation. Prior to assuming his role with Swedish Covenant Hospital Mr. Newton held senior executive positions with Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Highland Park Hospital. Other industry experience includes international medical products and transportation with Baxter World Trade, American Hospital Supply and Flying Tiger Lines (Federal Express).
Mr. Newton holds a Master of Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management with a concentration in Finance and Marketing, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts from North Park College with a concentration in Economics. He is a fellow of ACHE and has been Chairman of the Association of Community Safety Net Hospitals, MyCare Chicago and Chicago Hospital Risk Pooling Program.
ASHTON SCHATZ, JD
Ms. Ashton Schatz currently serves as Administrator, Contracting and Payer Relations at Mayo Clinic. In this role she focuses on payer contracting for the Mayo wide enterprise. Prior to assuming this role she served as the Regulatory and Reimbursement Manager, Medicare Strategy Unit. In this role she served as Mayo’s internal legal and regulatory expert on Medicare billing requirements and related compliance.
Ms. Schatz also has extensive experience with: false claims act, HIPAA, EMTALA, PPACA and Medicare Anti-Kickback law.
In 2015 Ms. Schatz was appointed to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Leaders Lab and was identified as a "Minnesota Influencer" by the Chamber.
JEFF THOMPSON, MD
Dr. Jeffery Thompson serves as executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus, Gundersen Health System.
Dr. Thompson is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine and Pediatrics. His entire professional career has been spent serving Gundersen Health which, in 2015, was the recipient of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Award. Dr. Thompson is a founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and a 2013 White House Champion of Change.
LAWRENCE VERNAGLIA, JD
Mr. Lawrence Vernaglia is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and serves as chair of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team – named “Health Law Firm of the Year” by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® on the "Best Law Firms" list (2012 – 2014). Mr. Vernaglia represents hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers and a variety of other health care providers. Mr. Vernaglia's practice involves regulatory and transactional matters, including Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement compliance advice and appeals; mergers, acquisitions and financings; state regulatory issues including licensing, change of ownership, and CoN/DoN; survey/certification appeals; fraud & abuse/Stark law analyses; managed care contracting; and general corporate and business planning in health care. He runs strategic planning programs for senior management and governing boards. He regularly serves as local counsel on health care transactions in New England for multi-state projects.
DON WEGMILLER, MHA
Mr. Don Wegmiller serves as Co-founder and Chairman of C-Suite Resources an advisory firm specializing in market intelligence for organization's providing products and services to the healthcare industry.
Mr. Wegmiller's experience in healthcare spans 35 years. He developed and served as CEO of the Allina Health System for 15 years. He served as CEO and later Chairman of Integrated Healthcare Strategies. He served as Chairman of the American Hospital Association and currently serves as the Chairman of Scottsdale Institute.
Mr. Wegmiller received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and was a 2013 inductee to the Healthcare Hall of Fame.
ERIC BERKOWITZ, PH.D.
Dr. Eric Berkowitz is Professor Emeritus of Marketing, School of Management, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he served for twelve years as Associate Dean of Professional Programs for the Isenberg School of Management.
Dr. Berkowitz has consulted widely on marketing and marketing strategy for a wide array of healthcare organizations. Professor Berkowitz has published extensively in both marketing and healthcare, including six books. He has also served as an editor of the Journal of Healthcare Marketing.
FRANK CERRA, MD
Dr. Frank Cerra is Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Minnesota. Dr. Cerra is also Emeritus Dean, Medical School and former Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, where he also held the McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.
JON CHRISTIANSON, PH.D.
Dr. Jon Christianson is the James A. Hamilton Professor in Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Dr. Christianson also serves as Vice-Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) and as a member of the IOM's Board of Health Services. Dr. Christianson has previously chaired the health benefits committee for a 14,000 member self-insured group as it transitioned to a consumer-directed benefit plan and chaired the governors' task force on health care costs. Dr. Christianson has a long and rich history of healthcare research. His body of work includes 200+ published research papers and ten authored books.
GREG HART, MHA
Mr. Greg Hart is a principal with CliftonLarsenAllen (CLA) where he serves as the firm’s leader of the healthcare consulting practice. Mr. Hart has more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare leadership and management. Before joining CLA in 1995 he served as CEO for the University of Minnesota Health System, an academic medical center. He focuses his professional activities in the areas of: strategy, mergers, acquisitions and affiliations. Mr. Hart is active in the University of Minnesota’s MHA and Executive Studies Programs.
PATRICK HAYS, MHA, FACHE
Mr. Patrick Hays has a long and distinguished career in healthcare leadership. Notable accomplishments and contributions are:
- Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Sutter Health. Sutter Health remains one of the most respected multi-unit, integrated health systems in the United States.
- President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (The national coordinating body of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans).
- Chair of the Board of Directors, Trinity Health, Livonia, MI a large and respected national, U.S. health system.
Mr. Hays is a 2003 American College of Healthcare Executives Gold Medal Honoree (highest award for career excellence and significant contribution to the field).
DAVID KLOCKE, MD, MHA, FACHE
Dr. David Klocke is the Chief Medical Officer for Regional Health, Rapid City, SD. Prior to joining Rapid City Health, Dr. Kolcke served as Chair, Division of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Klocke has a successful history leading efforts in quality improvement in hospital and emerging medicine.
DAVID LARSON, MD
Dr. David Larson serves as President of Emergency Physicians and Consultants, PA. He also serves as Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ridgeview Medical Center and Chaska 212 Medical Center, Waconia and Chaska, MN. The Chaska 212 Medical Center is a freestanding, fully licensed 24/7 emergency center which anchors a large, 200,000 sq.ft. ambulatory medical center, hotel rooms for recovery and an array of complementary medical specialty services. The freestanding emergency center serves emergent and urgent care patient needs.
ROBERT W. MULCAHEY
Mr. Robert Mulcahey serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at Stratum Med, Inc. (Stratum). Stratum’s services include insurance and risk management, physician and executive recruiting, medical supply and equipment purchasing, and consulting and contract support related to technology applications, business office and compliance.
Mr. Mulcahey also serves as President of Stratum’s wholly-owned insurance brokerage, Stratum Brokerage Company (SBC). SBC was founded in 2005 to serve as an aggregator of brokerage services for Stratum’s Shareholders and clients.
Mr. Mulcahey previously served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amerinet, Inc. and as Board Chairman for Administrative Resources, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience as an executive and general counsel in the healthcare industry. Mr. Mulcahey also served as the Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Champaign County. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Chicago-Kent College of Law.