Our Senior Team

G. Edward Alexander – President and Chief Executive Officer

SAC – Founder, President

OrthoLink Physicians Corporation – Founder, CFO

Team Health – CFO

Prior to Founding HCFP, Mr. Alexander served as Chief Executive Officer of Surgical Alliance Corporation, a company focused on musculoskeletal hospital development and management.

From July 1996 to December 2000 Mr. Alexander served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for OrthoLink Physicians Corporation. Prior to helping found OrthoLink, from 1994 to 1996, Mr. Alexander served as CFO for Team Health, Inc., the hospital-based physician-contracting subsidiary of MedPartners, Inc.

From 1988 through 1994, Mr. Alexander served as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer of Medaphis Corporation, one of the largest providers of business management service to hospitals and physicians.

From 1984 through 1988, he served as Vice President, Finance and Controller of Realty Development Corporation, a real estate management and development company.

From 1980 through 1984, Mr.Alexander, a C.P.A., was employed with Deloitte and Touche.

Mr. Alexander received a B.B.A. from Emory University in 1980.

 

John T. Prater – SVP, Chief Financial Officer
USPI– CFO, Physician Services Division

OrthoLink Physicians Corporation – CFO

Team Health – Senior Financial Analyst

Whittle Communications – Senior Financial Analyst

Prior to Founding HCFP, Mr. Prater served as Chief Financial Officer, Physician Services Division of USPI, a publicly traded ambulatory surgery center and specialty hospital company. Mr. Prater served as CFO for OrthoLink Physicians Corporation, an orthopaedic ambulatory surgery center and physician services company. Prior to helping found OrthoLink, Mr. Prater served as Senior Financial Analyst for Team Health, Inc., the hospital-based physician-contracting subsidiary of MedPartners, Inc. Prior to joining Team Health, Inc., Mr. Prater served as Senior Financial Analyst for Whittle Communications.

Mr. Prater has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee.

 

William M. Gavigan IV – President Outpatient Services

Meridian Surgical Partners – Senior Vice President Operations

Symbion Healthcare – Regional Vice President Operations

AmSurg– Regional Director Operations/Business Development

Mr. Gavigan has more than 20 years of direct experience in multiple surgical facility management with several nationally recognized industry leaders. Prior to joining HCFP, Mr. Gavigan served as SVP of Operations at Meridian Surgical Partners, where he developed and implemented the models for ASC operations, strategic planning, and partnership growth and development.

Mr. Gavigan had previously served as a RVP of Operations at Symbion Healthcare, a publicly traded ambulatory surgery center and specialty hospital company. At Symbion, Mr. Gavigan was responsible for the overall operational and financial success of specific physician centered surgical facilities, where he implemented focused strategic planning initiatives of revenue growth, physician

recruitment, partnership relations, managed care contracting, expense management, and accounts receivable management. Mr. Gavigan also served as both a Regional Director of Operations and a Director of Business Development for various surgical facility partnerships across the country.

Mr. Gavigan completed both his undergraduate and MHA degrees at St. Louis University.

Cheryl Cunningham – Regional Vice President of Operations

Cheryl Cunningham joined HCFP in 2020 as Regional Vice President of Operations.  

Cheryl has more than 20 years of ambulatory surgery center leadership experience.  Before joining HCFP she served as the Administrator for Findlay Surgery Center, where she helped the facility meet its strategic goals of providing high quality, cost effective outpatient surgery care to the community.  In her role Cheryl was responsible for the successful management and operations of the center.  She provided physicians and staff with the resources and services necessary to meet the needs of patients and meet the financial objectives of the joint venture partnership.  Cheryl earned her nursing degree from SUNY @ Morrisville, her business administration degree from University of Findlay and her Master of Business Administration in Health Care from Sentinel University.  Cheryl holds credentials as a Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) and Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) thru The Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC). 

Carla Evans – Regional Vice President of Operations

Carla Evans joined HCFP in 2021 as the Regional Vice President of Operations and New Center Development.  Carla has more that 20 years of ambulatory surgery center experience.  Prior to joining HCFP, she opened and served at the administrator for New Albany Surgery Center where her role was responsible for successful operations and providing high quality orthopedic care to patients.  She helped in developing a very successful outpatient total joint and spine program.  She worked with Johnson and Johnson as a consultant and provided education and support to colleagues looking to bring their own total joint programs to their centers.  She also provided consulting for Smith and Nephew with the education and growth of robotic partial and total knee programs in other centers by providing facility visits and observation of cases and patient experience.  Meanwhile also providing physician and staff resources to meet their needs and the needs of the patients.  Carla earned her nursing degree from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. 

 

Jami Jackson – Vice President, Patient Financial Services

HCA Centennial Medical Center – Revenue Integrity and Billing Compliance Coordinator

HCA Patient Financial Service Center – Director of Billing

Prior to joining HCFP, Ms. Jackson served as the Revenue Integrity and Billing Compliance Coordinator for HCA Centennial Medical Center, a 625 bed tertiary Hospital, located in Nashville, TN. Her duties included supervision of all internal compliance audits for governmental payers, charge description master development, charge capture process redesign, strategic planning, as well as, ongoing support and measurement of key revenue cycle operations.

Prior to her role at Centennial Medical Center, Ms. Jackson served as Director of Billing for HCA Patient Financial Service Center in Nashville, TN, a consolidated business office that provides support for 16 hospitals in TN, KY and IN. Ms. Jackson has 20 years of progressive experience within the healthcare industry, with a concentration in healthcare electronic data technology standards. She attended Volunteer Community College in Gallatin, TN where she studied HIM.  Ms. Jackson is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and serves as a member of the AHIMA and the HFMA.

 

Terri Ott, CPA - Controller

Terri Ott has 30 plus years of experience in the accounting profession, most recently in public accounting. She has 14 years of healthcare accounting experience as assistant controller and central office billing manager of a 75 bed hospital in South Georgia, where her team was responsible for submitting and managing hospital claims for all payers including Medicare and Medicaid. Her billing team was tasked with and achieved a 30% reduction in AR days.  For the past 16 years, she has been in public accounting where she helped clients of various industries manage cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and financial statement preparation. She has a BBA from the University of Phoenix and is an active member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.