Distinguished Executives Council

As part of our commitment to providing exceptional support and resources to its partner management teams, we have assembled an exceptional group of healthcare leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences. All are distinguished and successful leaders who have led dynamic healthcare businesses to expand and improve.

Cressey & Company believes that there are a number of common challenges that growing healthcare businesses face. Together with the Distinguished Executives Council and the Cressey & Company team, partner management teams benefit from the collective wisdom, lessons learned and experiences of this passionate group.

Cressey & Company’s Distinguished Executives Council

Bill Frist

Bill Frist

Bill was a U.S. Senator for 12 years becoming first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928. He rose to Senate Majority Leader in eight years. Prior to the Senate, Bill spent 20 years in medicine as a heart and lung transplant surgeon.

Tom Cigarran

Tom Cigarran

Tom is the founder and former Chairman, CEO, and President of Healthways, Inc., the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Mr. Cigarran is also a founder and former Chairman, CEO, and President of AmSurg Corp., a leading ambulatory surgery center company.

Steve Geringer

Steve Geringer

Steve is a director of several public healthcare companies: he is immediate past Chairman of AmSurg which merged in 2016 with Envision Healthcare where he is a Director; he serves as Chairman of Addus HomeCare; and, he is a Director of MedEquities Realty Trust. Steve is also a director of several privately-held healthcare companies and has founded, served as CEO and/or served on the boards of a number of public and private healthcare companies including several portfolio companies of Cressey & Co.

David Klein

David is the former CEO of the Lifetime Healthcare Companies, the holding company for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Univera Healthcare, MedAmerica, Lifetime Health Medical Group, Lifetime Care and EBS-RMSCO. Mr. Klein has over 40 years of experience in the health insurance industry, and has served as a director of BlueCross BlueShield Association and of America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Bob Ortenzio

Bob Ortenzio

Executive Chairman, Co-Founder, and a member of the Board of Directors of Select Medical. Bob served as Select’s Chief Executive Officer from February 2005 to December 2013. In 1997, Mr. Ortenzio co-founded and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Select Medical Corporation (“SMC”). Before co-founding Select Medical, Mr. Ortenzio was an Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Horizon/CMS Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Ortenzio co-founded Continental Medical Systems, Inc. (“CMS”), a provider of comprehensive medical rehabilitation services, and served as its President.

Darin

Darin Gordon

Darin is the former Director of Tennessee’s Medicaid program – TennCare – where he established a national reputation as a leader and innovator in Medicaid.  Darin has 20 years of experience in public health care finance, policy and operations.  Darin is a former President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and has served as an advisors to several health care related initiatives and task forces domestically and internationally.  He is a Fellow of the Medicaid Leadership Institute,  a member of the inaugural class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program, and Board member of Leadership Health Care.