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Margaret “Denny” DeNarvaez

Margaret “Denny” DeNarvaez is the president of Adept Health who has held executive-level operations and finance positions at various healthcare organizations. She has been with Adept Health since May, 2015.

Prior to joining Adept Health, DeNarvaez served as president and chief executive officer for Wellmont Health System, a health system with approximately $1 billion in revenue that served the Tennessee and southwestern Virginia markets. At Wellmont Health System, she oversaw an integrated healthcare delivery system that comprised six acute care hospital facilities and one critical access hospital with a total of 1,253 licensed beds, as well as an additional acute care hospital with 100 licensed beds that Wellmont operated through a joint venture. In addition, DeNarvaez also oversaw the full continuum of post-acute services including a nursing home, hospice house and an assisted living facility.

DeNarvaez also served as president and chief executive officer of St. John’s Mercy Health Care in St. Louis, Missouri and senior vice president of regional markets for Sisters of Mercy, the eighth largest Catholic health system in the nation. As the president and chief executive officer of St. John’s Mercy Health Care, she managed $2.5 billion in revenue generated by system entities in Missouri and Oklahoma, with a total of 2,218 beds, 14,797 co-workers and 2,984 physicians combined. Prior to St. John’s Mercy Health Care, DeNarvaez served as the chief executive officer of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the flagship of the Allina Healthcare system. DeNarvaez was also formerly the chief executive officer of Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

DeNarvaez is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from Fort Lauderdale University.

Curt Shaw

Curt Shaw is the chief operating officer for Adept Health. He played a critical role in the development of the division and his responsibilities include oversight of the ongoing operations of Adept Health, client relations and business and product development. Shaw previously served as the corporate vice president of financial planning and analysis for Novant Health. He was responsible for the capital process including business analysis and working with senior leadership to develop a comprehensive capital plan. He also partnered with real estate to lead the monetization of owned real estate in two separate transactions resulting in over $240 million of proceeds.

Shaw was an assistant vice president of corporate and investment banking finance with Wachovia Corporation and a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen, both in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shaw graduated from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master's degree in accounting and a bachelor's degree in business administration. He is a certified public accountant in the state of North Carolina and member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Shaw is actively involved in the Charlotte community and serves on the nonprofit boards of the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and MeckEd.


Brian Yates

Brian Yates is the vice president of managed facilities for Adept Health. He provides executive oversight and accountability for all Adept Health managed facilities. Yates has served in various operational leadership roles in acute care environments, physician group practices, independent diagnostic testing facilities, revenue cycle management and has experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit community health systems.

Previously, Yates focused on operational excellence and quality as the chief executive of Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center. In his first year; operating cash flow improved 42 percent, contribution margin increased 77 percent, reimbursement increased 9 percent and expenses decreased by 2 percent. Under Yates’ leadership, Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2013 –Hospitals Exceeding Measure Requirements. Only 44 Top Performer hospitals in the country received this recognition, and this was the only hospital in South Carolina to receive this distinction.

Yates has also served as the director of operations for Novant Health Medical Group where he was responsible for strategic physician practice growth for the medical group’s South Carolina market. While in this role, Yates partnered with information services to lead the operational EPIC implementation across 270 physician practice locations in five months.

Before joining Novant Health, Yates was an area practice administrator for health management physician network at Health Management Associates. In this role, he was responsible for building the physician network and revenue cycle management functions within the upstate South Carolina market. Earlier in his career, Yates served as center manager and business office manager for MedQuest Associates.

Yates graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in biology. He is actively involved in the community and serves as an executive board member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Piedmont Cherokee advisory committee member, Spartanburg Community College Cherokee Campus advisory committee member and as a member of the Cherokee County School District strategic planning committee.

Kim Taylor

Kim Taylor is the vice president of physician services at Adept Health. She is responsible for working with partners on medical group strategy, operational efficiency and maximizing physician engagement and alignment. Kim has over 20 years of health care experience and leadership, most recently serving as the chief operating officer for the University Health Care System medical group, an Adept Health partner. In her role, Kim had responsibility for the strategic development and operations of the University Health Care System medical group. Under Kim’s leadership, the medical group grew 133 percent in three years from 90 providers to 165 providers and doubled the number of primary care locations providing access and convenience for patients.

Kim has also served as the vice president of operations for the Novant Health Medical Group, the Chief Operating Officer for Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center and Senior Director of Professional and Support Services at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. Throughout her career at Novant Health, Kim has demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively, build genuine relationships, drive operational results and improve quality standards in collaboration with our physician partners. Kim has consistently demonstrated her commitment to making healthcare remarkable for patients. Kim has a bachelor's in business administration from Appalachian State University and a master of business administration from Winthrop University.

Sheila Parker

Sheila Parker is the vice president of information technology services strategic growth for Adept Health. In her role, Parker is responsible for the development, oversight and implementation of information technology services at Adept Health.

Parker joined Novant Health in 1997 and has held a variety of leadership roles, including senior director of information technology services strategic growth, senior program director of Dimensions Ambulatory and information technology director of ambulatory applications.

Prior to joining Novant Health, Parker was the regional hospital director of information systems at what was previously known as Columbia/HCA Healthcare’s Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital and Davis Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was also an information systems manager for Home Health Agency of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a GSA contracts manager for Government Technology Services in Chantilly, Virginia.

Parker received her master's in business administration at Pfeiffer University and graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration in information systems. She is a certified project management professional and was chosen as a Leadership Novant Fellow in 2008.


Claire Pappas

Claire Pappas is the chief business development officer for Adept Health, where she leads Novant Health’s healthcare service and consulting firm, which advises clients on IT solutions, pharmacy solutions, clinical engineering solutions, clinical documentation, medical staff development and much more.

Since joining Adept Health in 2013, Pappas has focused on developing new business, growing existing business partnerships and expanding core capability offerings.

Pappas brings years of industry experience in business development in sales and marketing. She has held leadership positions such as: the program sales manager with Endogastric Solutions in New Orleans, Lousiana, where she managed territories in the Southeast, she was the territory sales manager for St. Jude Medical’s neuromodulation division in the Carolinas and she was also the director of marketing and sales for Signalife Inc., in Los Angeles, California where she helped the company move from the over-the-counter market to a major exchange.

Pappas holds a bachelor's degree from Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a current member of the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment and an active member in the Charlotte community serving on the local St. Jude Children’s Hospital committee. She is also a frequent committee member and fundraiser for organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association and Good Friends.

Lori Johnson

Lori Johnson is the senior director of implementation at Adept Health. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of all supply chain savings opportunities for Adept Health partners. This includes working with partners to analyze, identify and track supply chain savings. Johnson is also instrumental in managing and leveraging vendor relationships for the benefit of Adept Health’s partners.

Johnson has held several positions within corporate finance, most recently as the director of finance within Novant Health’s supply chain. As the director of finance, she was responsible for acting as the liaison between the supply chain and corporate finance. She led the supply chain integration for all mergers of new facilities at Novant Health and was also responsible for strategic sourcing implementation, supply chain information services and purchasing functions.

Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is a certified public accountant in the state of North Carolina and is currently working on a joint master’s in healthcare administration and master’s in business administration at Pfeiffer University.

Johnson is currently a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Johnson has also served as a past board member of a local North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants chapter. In the past, she was also a treasurer for several community associations. She is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and volunteers for Forsyth County’s public schools.

David Pierick

David Pierick is the director of finance and operations for Adept Health. In his role, he supports the organization by working with Adept's partners to develop and implement medical group growth strategies, quality initiatives and provider compensation and productivity plans.

Previously as an Adept Health team member, Pierick worked as the director of finance and the director of operations at one of Adept Health partner’s medical group. In those roles, he provided financial guidance, analysis and operational support for the partner’s administration and providers during a period of growth. Prior to joining Adept, Pierick worked in the Novant Health Medical Group Finance Department focusing on physician compensation and financial analysis.

Pierick graduated from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in public health and earned a master of business administration from Wake Forest University.


Bridget Neibergall

Bridget Neibergall joined Adept Health in January, 2015. At Adept Health, Bridget primarily focuses on the data analytics side of savings opportunities and contract implementation for our partners. She also serves as project manager on operational projects.

Prior to joining Adept Health, Bridget worked as a business consultant for the MIL Corporation, as a government contractor for the Department of State’s Global Financial Operations center in Charleston, South Carolina. Within this role, Bridget served as a financial systems liaison between technical and accounting operations staff.

Bridget formerly served as a strategic planning manager with Strata-Decision Technology in Chicago, Illinois, providing financial and information technology system expertise and consulting support for healthcare clients utilizing Strata’s long-range financial planning software. Her role comprised the customization of financial models, on-site and web-based user trainings and the implementation of single site and multi-facility healthcare systems to an integrated software platform.

She hails from southern Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor's degree in finance. She is currently a master's in business administration candidate at Queens University of Charlotte.

Lisa A. Cheatham

Lisa Cheatham is an implementation manager for Adept Health. Cheatham supports Adept Health by implementing supply chain projects as well as managing integrated contracts, providing clinical support and customer relationships for all accounts.

Cheatham previously held the position of value analysis nurse where she served as a clinical liaison within supply chain on coordinated trials, implementations and standardization opportunities across all Novant Health acute care facilities and physician practices. Prior to developing her supply chain expertise, Cheatham worked in a nursing leadership role in cardiac services for Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she focused on improving outcomes and patient satisfaction while streamlining processes, as well as maintaining budget and cost opportunities.

Cheatham is originally from Tampa, Florida. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Winston Salem State University and earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Ashworth College in Atlanta, Georgia. While in nursing leadership, she received her certification in critical care nursing.

Cheatham dedicates her time outside of work to her family and to improving the health of her community. She is active in fundraising and awareness campaigns for colon cancer, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and ovarian cancer.

Maria Tull

Maria Tull is a client services manager for Adept Health. Tull supports Adept Health by facilitating strategic planning effort, growing customer relationships and identifying strategic growth opportunities.

Tull previously held the position of strategic planning manager in the greater Charlotte area where she supported four main facilities, three submarkets, a growing medical group and all major service lines, including women’s services, orthopedics, oncology, neurosciences, cardiac and vascular as well as a children’s hospital. Prior to the manager position, Tull worked in a variety of other capacities within the strategic planning department for six years.

Tull is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech and earned a master's in business administration from the University of Georgia.

Tull dedicates her time outside of work to her family and to serving within her community. She is active in her church, volunteering in children’s ministries.


Aspen Blackmon

Aspen Blackmon is a senior business associate for Adept Health. In her role, Blackmon is responsible for working with partners in assessing and implementing strategies related to revenue cycle services. In addition, Blackmon manages projects related to operations and performs data analyses to identify opportunities for improvements in core business operations. Blackmon’s background in public accounting has helped her play a vital role in managing the financial functions of Adept Health.

Prior to joining the Adept Health, Blackmon worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers as an assurance associate, working primarily with publicly-traded companies where she performed annual audits, quarterly reviews and conducted detailed analyses of financial statements.

Blackmon graduated from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master's degree in accounting and a bachelor's degree in business administration. She is a certified public accountant in the state of North Carolina and member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Blackmon is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, taking photos and spending time with her family.

Patrick Masciangelo

Patrick Masciangelo is a senior business associate for Adept Health. Since joining the team, Patrick has led the creation of medical staff development plans, market share analysis, and strategic planning, while evaluating additional savings and operational improvement opportunities for Adept Health partners. Patrick has worked in healthcare for nearly ten years.

Prior to joining the Adept Health team, Patrick worked at The Advisory Board Company. Most recently he was a senior dedicated advisor, consulting with health systems across the country focused on improving employee and physician engagement to align organizational culture with strategic plans, enhance employee and provider productivity, and improve clinical outcomes. Patrick spent five years working in clinical settings as a physical therapy aide and a patient care assistant, specializing in neurological and stroke patients.

Patrick graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, and a minor in business management and organizations.

Patrick is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He is involved in the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group, and Pelotonia. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys spending time with family, participating in triathlons, golfing, and traveling.