COMPANY MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
Our Mission is to partner with our clients bringing world class leadership, resources, methodologies and insights.
Enabling the Evolution of Healthcare
MedSys Group’s core values reflect our continuous quest to achieve the highest standards in the Healthcare IT Industry:
- Communication – consistent and open with all audiences
- Trust – reliance on knowledge and ability
- Honesty – unwavering honesty and integrity
- Respect – conducting ourselves in an ethical manner
- Commitment – dedicated to service and excellence
Medsys Group has assembled a senior management team full of seasoned professionals, who provide strategic, comprehensive and tailor-made support for clients and consultants alike. From managing internal employees and directing our consulting team, to providing our clients with expert-level guidance, our senior management team has decades of experience that they use to face the healthcare industry’s ever-changing needs and issue.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Kravitz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, manages and oversees overall strategic leadership and operations, with emphasis on client relationships and sales initiatives, as well as executive participation in recruiting of the top talent in the industry. As the strategic leader for the organization, he is responsible for developing the organization strategic initiatives for expansion. With over eighteen years of Healthcare Information Technology experience, his relationships and knowledge served to establish MedSys as a leader in HealthCare IT Consulting.read more »
His career in Healthcare IT began in 1994 when he founded CAP Associates, a nationwide Healthcare Information Technology recruiting firm. After several years of continued growth in EMR recruiting, in 1998 he expanded operations by founding Genesys Group, a technology focused solutions provider in staff augmentation, IT outsourcing and managed services. Using a developed model, he founded MedSys Group Consulting in 2008 to service the ever-growing needs to the healthcare technology market.
Kravitz attributes the company success to the devoted work of the dedicated leadership team, as well as the principles under which the organization operates; Respect, Honesty, Trust, Commitment and Communication. “Our accomplishments are not defined or driven by just a few, but by realizing everyone’s combined contributions at all levels of the organization. Keeping it simple, doing business with the golden rule in mind, and focusing on client communication and service will fuel our continued success and growth.”
Kravitz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Marketing from The University of Missouri. He currently resides in Frisco, Texas and is married with three children.» Close
PresidentSteven Heck, President, is responsible for MedSys Group Advisory Services. The division focuses on three major service areas: Best Practices to achieve the efficient use of IT resources, Practice Redesign and Optimization to dramatically improve returns from IT investments of the last five years; and IT Planning.read more »
Heck has over 35 years of healthcare information technology experience. This includes consulting and sourcing skills in the provider, payer and life sciences segments of the healthcare industry. Due to his reputation for specializing in technology planning, executive advisory services, outsourcing agreements and benchmarking, many of the country’s leading healthcare organizations seek his leadership and advice with investment, planning and deployment strategies. Heck has functioned in a variety of executive leadership roles at professional services firms including CEO, President and Partner. He has also served as an expert witness on numerous IT related litigation cases. During the last thirty plus years, he has worked with dozens of the most sophisticated health systems in the country.
Heck started his career as a software engineer, designer and project manager. He joined Price Waterhouse as a Senior Consultant in 1977 and moved into the healthcare practice in 1979. Steven became one of the first industry specialist Partners in 1985 and was responsible for all healthcare consulting services in the Great Lakes Region. Steven joined First Consulting Group (FCG) as a Regional Vice President and stayed with the firm for nearly twenty years as EVP, COO, President and Interim CEO. FCG grew from $6M in annual revenue to $275M during his tenure there. In 1997, CHIME was surveyed and 43% of provider CIO’s identified FCG as the best IT planning firm in the industry. FCG was named the “Best in KLAS” professional services firm in 2005. Since 2007, Steven has stayed very active as an expert witness in major outsourcing litigations; with performance improvement projects; and as a client services partner transitioning application portfolios to meet ARRA requirements.
Heck continues active Board service with the Scottsdale Institute and HIMSS Analytics. He has a passion for effective IT Governance and a strong belief that technology related investments must yield more obvious and quantifiable benefits in the future. He is also a frequent speaker at Scottsdale Institute, HIMSS, CHIME and the Outsourcing Congress.» Close
Managing Director and Chief Medical OfficerDick Taylor, MD, is the Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Advisory Services Division. In his position, Dr. Taylor focuses on integrating IT efforts with the clinical and operational ownership needed to capture permanent and positive changes within healthcare institutions.read more »
Dr. Taylor’s career started in software engineering, working for numerous high technology firms from 1978 to 1994. He was a developer for operating systems, designed high-availability and embedded software, helped write educational computing systems, and did user interface research. Dr. Taylor led software development teams, customer support groups, and applications engineers. In 1994, Dr. Taylor gave up full-time software engineering to enter medical school.
He received his M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1998, and completed a three-year pediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital of Denver (now Children’s Hospital of Colorado) in 2001. Dr. Taylor has practiced as a pediatric hospitalist with Kaiser Permanente, managed FDA-approved medical device development projects, and served as a physician executive for McKesson Corporation. In early 2008, Dr. Taylor joined Providence Health and Services as the Chief Medical Information Officer for the Oregon region. In 2010, he accepted the role of Chief Program Officer, forming and leading Providence's Epic Implementation team. In 2012, while continuing with this role, Dr. Taylor also became Providence's Chief for IS Strategy and Business Development. In May 2013, he left Providence to take his current role.
A native of Colorado and a resident at various times of Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, Dr. Taylor currently lives in the Denver area with his wife and the youngest of his six children.» Close
Chief Financial OfficerAs Chief Financial Officer, Nancy Ellefson is responsible for the day-to-day workings of accounting, finance, human resources and information technology in addition to risk and cash management for the organization. In addition she will implement and maintain systems, policies, and procedures that provide the necessary support for internal operations as well as field employees and contractors. Ellefson is also responsible for the overall financial well being of the company through financial planning and analysis of results.read more »Prior to joining MedSys, her 30 plus years of experience includes serving as CFO of Preferred Restaurant Services and APEX Restaurant Group, Vice President of Finance for Furr’s Restaurant Group and Pizza Inn, Controller for numerous public and privately held companies, as well as a financial analyst with two major healthcare systems, Barnes Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Ellefson is a certified public accountant with four years of public accounting experience with Laventhol and Horwath in St. Louis, which had an extensive hospital practice. » Close
Chairman of the Board
Luther Nussbaum serves at Chairman of the Board for MedSys Group. Nussbaum is active in operational improvement and developing the strategic road map for the Firm as a member of the Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves as a mentor to the leadership team. With vast experience in healthcare, high tech and other industries, Nussbaum brings innovative ideas and the application of breakthrough solutions to this inspiring vision.
Nussbaum is the semi-retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Consulting Group. During his decade-long tenure at FCG, the company increased eightfold in size, expanded its service offerings from consulting and systems implementation to management services and software products and led the industry in utilizing worldwide resources in India and Vietnam to achieve a very low cost, high quality project-delivery model.read more »
In addition to his managerial roles, Nussbaum has served as an active and creative Board member, Advisory Board member or mentor with a dozen companies. He has hired or mentored more than forty executives who are now Chief Executive Officers of a broad array of companies. As an executive, Nussbaum was a VP, President, COO and CEO of a handful of high technology and healthcare services companies.
Mr. Nussbaum received his B.A. from Rhodes College where he was elected into Phi Beta Kappa and his M.B.A. from Stanford University where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar.» Close
Managing DirectorThure Meyer leads the company’s strategic infrastructure service initiatives. He is also responsible for evaluating clients’ current state of compliance and readiness. Spending nearly 25 years in the financial sector, Meyer offers a unique perspective on the Healthcare IT Market and brings with him lessons learned about infrastructures, disaster recovery plans, and overall technology support. Currently, Meyer is evaluating several top tier health systems and making an assessment on their IT infrastructure levels.read more »
A key focus is placed on Enterprise Architecture review, as well as, a look at Agile Infrastructure as the team advises on proposed best practices.
Meyer has extensive experience in software development, leading strategic IT transformation projects, the technical architecture and development of large-scale distributed systems for investment banking, as well as the management of global technology groups for both new development projects and on-going operations. Formerly, Global CTO of all trading-floor technology at Deutsche Bank, Global Head of Technology Operations at Citco, and CIO at the General Services Department of the State of New Mexico.» Close
Senior StrategistMeg Grimes is a Senior Strategist of the Strategic of the Advisory Services Division. In her position, Grimes focuses on helping customers attain more value from their EHRs by identifying ways for improved workflow, adoption and value realization.read more »Grimes began her more than seven-year career at Epic helping customers implement EpicCare Ambulatory, the clinical outpatient product. She quickly progressed into leading complex, large-scale electronic health record implementations in Canada and the US. She has a deep understanding of balancing EHR capabilities, with organizational goals, while always maintaining patient care as the primary goal for any software implementation. She also has the unique ability to work with executives on their overall visions and dive into the details to ensure their vision is being met. » Close
Director of Corporate Communications
Mark Embry, Director of Corporate Communications, is responsible for managing development of programs to reach target markets via social media, brand awareness, and public relation initiatives. He aids in the development of strategies for expansion of MedSys through joint ventures and other cooperation with Partner Organizations.
With over a decade of healthcare technology experience, he has forged strategic relationships with major healthcare IT vendors and partners across the EMR market. He has been instrumental in solidifying partnerships across the EMR market with companies such as Cerner Corporation, ACS, Healthcare, Epic Systems Corporation, Siemens Healthcare, and DELL Healthcare. His prior industry experience includes serving as a major account executive for TekSystems, one of the leading providers of IT solutions to the US market.read more »
Embry credits his success in business to the hiring of quality individuals who surround a committed leadership team. "Our goal is to empower our employees to create success by aligning the company's business goals with their individual goals. We believe that if we can inspire personal growth among our team members, business success will follow."
Embry has a BA in Business Marketing from Baylor University. He currently resides in Frisco, Texas and is married with three children.» Close
Director of Operations and Company OfficerAs Director of Operations and Officer of the Company, Ann Bartnik manages the company's everyday operational activities ensuring they run smoothly and efficiently and are aligned with the company's business goals and objectives. In addition, Bartnik oversees the operational sales and recruiting processes, leads the process improvement team and manages the administrative sales support team for IT Project Staffing and Advisory Services.read more »Her experience includes over 16 years of sales and marketing in the apparel industry and executive management in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining MedSys, she was Director of Development for Methodist Richardson Medical Center where she was responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive financial support program for a 205 bed hospital complex. Her executive responsibilities included setting the overall direction for the foundation, and execution of fundraising campaigns and the coordination of 29 board members and 300+ community volunteers. Bartnik is a graduate of The University of North Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing. She currently resides in Dallas, and is married with three children. » Close
Director of Public RelationsGretchen Hydo, Director of Public Relations, works closely with the Director of Corporate Communications and the Strategy Management Team to implement innovative communication practices. Hydo is responsible for driving the company’s public relations, media relations and messaging initiatives.read more »With over 15 years of public relations and communications experience, Hydo has spent years building established media contacts and is highly regarded among the press and her colleagues for her outside of the box thinking and proven pitching record. Hydo has helped to successfully launch and brand products, magazines, businesses, and restaurants and has helped her clients elevate their status by positioning them as thought leaders and highly sought after field experts. Since 2001, She has successfully run and managed her own boutique PR company, Chatterbox Public Relations, Ink. Hydo is accredited in public relations from UCLA and has a BA in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University Northridge. When she isn’t busy getting MedSys superstar publicity, she can be found on the beaches of Hawaii or adventuring with her husband and two sons in one of California’s campgrounds. » Close
Area Vice President
Jeff Urban, Area Vice President, is responsible for the management of business development in the West, Great Lakes, Desert regions, Central, and North Central. He is responsible for the development of Regional Account Executives and Area Account Managers for each region. Jeff is also a member of the strategy management team which is comprised of the core leadership of the organization. He also participates in the process improvement team.read more »
His experience includes management for three private companies. Prior to joining MedSys, he was founder and managing partner of Bantis Resources, a staffing firm in Overland Park, KS. He has seven years within staffing and recruiting, and five years specializing in Healthcare IT consulting services. Urban has consistently led the country in sales, and is currently the top producer for MedSys. He specializes in C-Suite and executive level sales. He distinguishes himself by his strong work ethic and leading by example.
Urban is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and Journalism, with a minor in Advertising. He currently resides in Frisco, Texas.» Close
Area Vice President
John Nyhart, Area Vice President, is responsible for the management of business in the Pacific Northwest, South East and Florida regions. He is responsible for the development of Regional Account Executives and Area Account Managers for each region. Nyhart is also a member of the strategy management team which is comprised of the core leadership of the organization. He also participates in the process improvement team.read more »
His experience includes seventeen years within healthcare staffing and recruiting, with nine years specialized in Healthcare IT consulting services. His management experience includes both public and private companies. Prior to joining MedSys, he was a Senior Director at the largest publically traded physician recruiting firm in the US. His experience in Healthcare IT recruiting began in 1995, when he joined CAP Associates where he was promoted to Vice President within five years. John is a thought leader in Healthcare IT and has written articles for the Wall Street Journal on staffing.
Nyhart is a graduate of the University of Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He resides in Dallas, Texas and is married with one child.» Close
Recruiting ManagerRomona Rivere is responsible for nationwide recruiting support and training and development of recruiting personnel. She has over 20 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry. Romona is a member of the strategy management team which is comprised of the core leadership of the organization.read more »She has worked as a healthcare recruiter for over fifteen years and has been an integral part of the MedSys Group recruiting team for the past nine years. Her many notable accomplishments include consistent achievement of top recruiter and top employee of year awards. Romona is well known throughout the industry as one of the best recruiters in healthcare information technology and enjoys the highest approval rating from her MedSys Group consultants. Romona resides in Dallas, TX. » Close
Recruiting ManagerBrad Vanatta is responsible for nationwide recruiting support and training and development of recruiting personnel. He has 16 years of experience working in the Healthcare Industry. Brad is a member of the strategy management team which is comprised of the core leadership of the organization.read more »Before joining MedSys Group in 2006, Brad spent 9 years at UT Southwestern’s Transplant Services Center as a Tissue Coordinator where he was responsible for the harvesting of transplant tissue. Additionally, he worked as a Wound Care Specialist at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and as Director of Operations at a National Healthcare Recruiting firm. Brad currently resides in Frisco, Texas and is married with three children. » Close
MedSys In The News
For media inquiries, please contact PR Director, Gretchen Hydo at (818) 203-6060.
MedSys Press Releases
October 7, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: Steven Heck, President of MedSys Group, Named in the 2013 DFW Who’s Who in Healthcare
October 7, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Named Premier Sponsor of the Hospital & Healthcare IT Conference
September 12, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group President, Steven Heck, to Speak at the CHIME13 Fall CIO Forum
August 21, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Ranks in Inc. Magazine’s 32nd Annual List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies- The Inc 500|5000
August 15, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Named As One of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare
August 5, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Names Meg Grimes Senior Strategist of its Advisory Services Team
July 15, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Named in Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2013 List of Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms
July 3, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Names Nancy A. Ellefson Chief Financial Officer & Ann D. Bartnik Director of Operations and Company Officer
May 20, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Names Dick Taylor, MD as Chief Medical Officer for the Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division
Apr 30, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Names Thure Meyer Lead Architect of Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division.
Mar 1, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Named as Best Staffing Firm to Work for by Staffing Industry Analysts.
Feb 27, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group, a national Healthcare IT Services firm, today announced its designation as an Associate CHIME Foundation member.
Jan 11, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Names Two Senior Healthcare Industry Executives as President and Chairman
Dec 13, 2012 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Gives Back by Partnering with Kenna’s Kids and The Fallen Soldier Memorial Plaque Program
Oct 25, 2012 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group Consulting Designs Laboratory Information Systems Database Project for Oregon Health & Science University
July 23, 2012 PRESS RELEASE: MedSys Group, LLC Announces Election of Luther J. Nussbaum to the Board of Directors
For press and media inquiries, please contact Gretchen Hydo, Director of PR, at: GHydo@MedSysGroup.com or by phone at (818) 203-6060.