Our Advisory Board
The Rendina Advisory Board focuses on providing strategic advice as well as expanding our network of healthcare relationships. The membership is comprised of highly accomplished former and semi-retired healthcare industry executives who have vast experience and knowledge in many facets of healthcare.
Alan Weinstein is currently a board member of and a consultant to healthcare companies whose products and services are used by the hospital industry. He is the retired President of Premier Inc. a strategic alliance of over 1,700 hospitals throughout the United States. Mr. Weinstein left Premier in 2000 after merging his previous company, Premier Health Alliance, with AmHS and SunHealth in 1995. During his tenure at Premier, the Alliance’s members purchased $12 billion annually in goods and services negotiated by Premier on their behalf. The alliance also provided its members with broad-based services including process design, benchmarking, performance improvement, technology assessment, insurance programs and biomedical engineering maintenance programs. From 1983 to 1995, Mr. Weinstein was the CEO and President of Premier Health Alliance, a strategic alliance owned by 54 teaching hospitals across the nation. During his three-decade career in healthcare, Mr. Weinstein has supported medical care organizations in developing shared programs and achieving greater economies of scale. Mr. Weinstein currently also serves on the board of the American International Health Alliance, and is a speaker and writer on collaborative endeavors in hospital and health system management. Mr. Weinstein has a BA from Allegheny College and an MBA from Cornell University.
Barry Schochet served in several executive capacities at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, including vice chairman. He also served as the hospital division president for National Medical Enterprises and as chief executive officer of Cypress Community Hospital in Pompano Beach, FL.
Mr. Schochet also currently serves as a board member of Omnicare and Universal Hospital Services. He previously served on the board of directors for The Broadlane Group. He also serves as an advisor to ARxChange.
Mr. Schochet holds a master’s degree in hospital administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine.
Bill Leyhe is a Principal with Bridge Executive Corporation™, responsible for developing and managing interim executive teams and operations/strategy management advisory engagements in the health services sector. Drawing on decades of line management experience in all aspects of single and multi-hospital operations, as well as physician group management, Mr. Leyhe provides clients with a range of expert services, including strategic positioning, operations improvement, revenue cycle management and acquisition/ joint venture/divestiture expertise. Mr. Leyhe was the Founder of The Peira Group, a highly regarded advisory service to the hospital and managed care industry, now affiliated with Bridge Executive Corporation™.
Prior to The Peira Group, and its predecessor organization, WSK Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare consulting firm. Mr. Leyhe was a hospital executive and divisional development executive for a leading investor-owned hospital corporation, Tenet Healthcare, formerly National Medical Enterprises. He was the CEO of a number of Tenet/NME hospitals, Division Vice President for Development, and Corporate Vice President for Managed Care. A frequent spokesperson for the industry, Mr. Leyhe was Chairman of the Hospital Association of Southern California, Chairman of the Integrated Delivery Systems Association, and a member of the governing Board of the Federation of American Hospitals. Mr. Leyhe is a graduate of Cornell University and New York Institute of Technology.
David Ricker’s career in the healthcare industry spans nearly three decades, having most recently served as The Broadlane Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer from August 2008 to January 2010. He is one of The Broadlane Group’s founders and became the company’s first employee and Chief Operating Officer in March of 2000. The position of President was added to his title in 2005. Under Mr. Ricker’s leadership, The Broadlane Group firmly claimed its spot among the nation’s six largest group purchasing organizations, receiving the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies award in both 2004 and 2005.
As an industry leader, Mr. Ricker is widely recognized for conceiving innovative services that changed the GPO landscape. He was elected Chairman of the Federation of the American Hospital Exhibitor Committee, and is a frequently sought speaker at industry events. He was elected to The Broadlane Group’s board of directors in August of 2008, and served on the company’s board as an outside director until it was acquired by MedAssets, Inc. in 2010. Mr. Ricker has a BA from Rowan College.
Jonathan R. Satter
Jonathan R. Satter, RPA, SIOR, has a broad and diverse real estate and financial background. Currently he serves as Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young, North America’s fastest growing commercial real estate services company. Satter joined Avison Young upon the acquisition of his Florida based firm in June 2013. Satter also frequently serves as an independent receiver appointed by the civil court system in matters involving real estate assets.
A graduate of Rollins College with a degree in political science, Satter also received his Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of South Florida from 1997-2003, served as a member of the Board of Governors and Treasurer of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County from 2003-2011, and the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Cancer Institute Foundation from 2007-2011. He is a Board Member of the Pathfinders of Palm Beach and Martin County Scholarship Fund, and Vice Chair of The Michelle McGann Fund, Inc.
At the request of Governor Jeb Bush, in July 2005, and again in September 2006, Satter served multiple terms as a Commissioner of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, a diverse, tax supported, safety net health system serving 1.3 million residents. Until the expiration of his board term in 2011, Satter served as Board Chairman for four consecutive terms.
He currently is Chairman of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, a private organization comprised of the region’s leading business leaders, with a mission dedicated to advocating for a positive business climate with local, state, and national leaders.
Satter holds the Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation from the Building Owners and Managers Institute and is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).
Joseph R. Lupica
Joe Lupica is a veteran healthcare industry advisor. During his career, he has served a variety of nonprofit, corporate and governmental clients as an investment banker, attorney and development officer, providing capital formation, divestiture, ownership transfer and affiliation services. In total, he has been provided advisory services on affiliations, options assessments, acquisitions, or mergers for more than 75 healthcare facilities and clinical organizations.
Mr. Lupica pioneered an award-winning community collaboration model to build consensus when not-for-profit or municipal hospital leaders consider affiliation objectives and evaluate transaction options. In dozens of projects, his teams have produced innovative transaction structures for the transformation of hospitals and healthcare networks. He has also provided guidance to help local hospital leaders stand firm against mergers that would not advance their institutions or the communities they serve.
During his Wall Street career, Mr. Lupica held several senior positions at Kidder, Peabody & Co. While at Kidder, he served as Vice Chairman of KP Global Markets, President of Kidder Peabody China, Senior Vice President – Corporate Business Development, and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to joining Kidder, he was Vice President and Executive Director of Corporate Finance at Goldman, Sachs and a partner in a major Connecticut law firm, where he was a leading business litigator and bankruptcy attorney.
For seven years prior to joining Newpoint, Joe was President of Stroudwater Capital. Mr. Lupica was also as a Regional Vice President for one of the nation’s largest hospital systems and Senior Vice President – Chief Corporate Development Officer for the second-largest emergency medical services provider in the country.
Mr. Lupica served in the Reagan White House as Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs, and served a cabinet officer as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He has lectured and led seminars on healthcare and corporate development at the Fortune 500 Global CEO Conference, the New England Society of Healthcare Strategy, the American College of Healthcare Executives, Yale School of Public Health, Cornell Law School, Yale School of Management, Arizona State University, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and others.
Mr. Lupica earned a B.A., cum laude, from Cornell University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Mr. O’Neil comes to Rendina with more than 27 years of Hospital and Health system leadership, with 20 years at facility level CEO or higher. Most recently, Mr. O’Neil served as the CEO of Hilton Head (S.C.) Regional Healthcare, which includes Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital and Bluffton Outpatient Center.
Prior to his position at Hilton Head, Mr. O’Neil was the chief operating officer of Catholic Health East in Newtown Square, Pa., where he coordinated operations for more than 100 healthcare facilities in 11 states with an annual operating budget of $4.6 billion. He also served in other executive positions with Catholic Health East, including executive vice president of the mid-Atlantic division.
Mr. O’Neil has also served as the CEO of Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania and United Health Services in Binghamton, N.Y.
As an active member of the community, Mr. O’Neil is chairman of the board of directors for United Way of the Lowcountry Inc., a member of the Greater Island Committee, and serves on the board of directors for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, where he is chairman of the government affairs committee and a member of the executive committee.
Mr. O’Neil is a native of Hornell, N.Y. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an air operations specialist. Mr. O’Neil lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife, Ann.
Melayne Yocum began her career at Price Waterhouse in the National Healthcare office with a scope that included audits and consulting engagements for hospitals across the country. Since that time, she has gained vast experience with the successful implementation of patient-centered Medical Homes and Electronic Health Records and has served in interim management roles in hospitals, IPAs, MSOs,and medical groups as a CEO, CFO, or COO. Ms. Yocum is an expert at Strategic Planning, financial and operational improvement, process redesign and cultural change for physician organizations and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO).
Ms. Yocum holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Truman State University and is a licensed CPA in California.
Richard Fiske was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He obtained a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Marketing from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
The first 6 years of his healthcare career were spent with Johnson and Johnson, interrupted briefly but memorably by a 1-1/2-year stint in the Vietnam War. He then joined the Acquisition and Development department at American Medical International for 4 years, followed by 3 years with National Medical Enterprises, 10 years with Continental Medical Systems, and then 9 years with Tenet Healthcare as Vice President of Acquisition and Development through December 2003.
As of January 2004, Mr. Fiske became CEO & Co-Founder of Everest Health Partners, a healthcare marketing/consulting organization. He is also President of Care Partners Plus, a healthcare data collection firm.
In addition to his love for baseball (playing in the minors and more recently, scouting for a major league team), Mr. Fiske’s interests included flying – at one point holding a multi-engine license and owning his own plane. Several years ago, he undertook a new challenge — mountain climbing, which culminated in climbing Mount Everest in 1999 and Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010.
Richard is currently a registered speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and a traveling guest speaker for several Fortune 500 companies. He presently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Robert Kuramoto, M.D.
Dr. Robert Kuramoto has experienced the evolution of healthcare through his father’s life as a rural Midwestern physician and now through his career as a physician and healthcare executive. He was the founder and chairman of the Physician/Hospital Institute (a national “think tank”) studying clinical integration. He also was healthcare advisor for a “Big Five” global consulting firm. Currently, he advises on both not-for-profit and for-profit entities and associations on healthcare issues nationally and is a managing partner of Quick Leonard Kieffer, a healthcare executive search firm.
Dr. Kuramoto has practiced 38 years in the specialty of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He has been chief medical officer of Christie Clinic, a large multispecialty group practice in Champaign, Ill. He was chief of staff of Mercy Hospital (now Presence Health Covenant Medical Center) as well as a board member of this hospital and its system, ServantCor. Later he served 10 years on the national board and committees of SCL Health System, a 12-hospital health system headquartered in Denver. He now serves on the Bon Secours Health System Board (20 hospitals with a system office in Baltimore).
Additionally, he has served on the Illinois Hospital Association Board of Directors, the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board 5, AHA Strategic Policy Planning Committee, and the AHA Committee on Hospital & Medical Staff Governance. In 2007, he was elected to the Catholic Health Association (CHA) Board of Trustees where he served for six years. In leadership roles for diversity and health disparities, Dr. Kuramoto is a board member of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management.
He was the 2002 recipient of the Excellence in Service Award for Health Care awarded by the Illinois Hospital Association. He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. He is currently an advisory board member of the New England Journal of Medicine on physician recruitment.
He served as an U.S. Air Force Captain and Medical Officer at a Strategic Air Command base during the Vietnam War.
As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Kuramoto received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Iowa and completed his specialty training at Indiana University.
Wanona “Winnie” S. Fritz
Winnie has held positions as a CEO, Chief Clinical Officer, and Chief Nursing Officer in a variety of U.S. and international hospitals and healthcare organizations including for-profit & non-profit care providers. She was recognized as a Chief Clinical Officer of the Year by Vanguard Health System.
Her experience also includes serving as the Director of International Operations for HCCA International where she worked in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She was employed by His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan as Dean of the School of Nursing, and later as a Network COO for a 28-hospital system. For her success in strategic and financial planning, along with hospital assessment, construction and renovation projects, she was awarded His Majesty’s Medal of Honor.
During her tenure as a U.S. Army Nurse, Winnie held leadership positions in the U.S., Thailand, and Vietnam where her commendations include the Bronze Star. She has taught at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and University of Missouri – which honored her with an Alumna of the Year Award and its Lifetime Citation of Merit Award.
Winnie is currently the Sr. VP of Operations and Clinical Services for HCCA Management in Nashville, TN which provides organizational assessment; design; management; and “turn-around” services for international hospitals and health systems in Asia, the Middle East and Africa – improving their clinical, financial, and patient experience outcomes.