Leadership Team

Robert Johnson

Bob Johnson began his career as a Perfusionist and Cardio-Pulmonary Technologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he eventually became the Administrator for the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He went on to hold senior leadership positions at several prominent healthcare institutions, including Sr. Associate COO for Duke Hospital, VP of Administration at Baylor

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Mark Penkhus

Mark Penkhus

Mark Penkhus is a senior healthcare executive and has held leadership positions in both not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations, including HCA, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Vanderbilt University Hospitals, EY, LLC., the Detroit Medical Center, and the Sisters of Charity Health System, now (Common Spirit.) Mark has experience in governance, strategy, operations, financial, and transformational management.

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Jill Schwieters

Jill Schwieters

Jill is dedicated to making a difference in healthcare by fostering innovation and improving the patient and employee experience. As senior managing director of Surgical Directions, she drives organizational strategy, builds strategic client and partner relationships, leads key growth initiatives and oversees executive leadership development. As CEO of JAS & Associates, Jill aided organizations with

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Jeff Peters

As Founder & Chairman of Surgical Directions, Jeff has led the operational, clinical and financial improvement of over 300 hospitals across the country. Jeff is an experienced healthcare business strategist with more than 25 years of experience collaborating with physicians and hospital executives. Leading teams of specialists, Jeff has established a consistent track record of

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Mark O’Connor

Mark O'Connor is a passionately curious and purpose-driven healthcare executive. He's designed, managed, and led strategy, M&A, and transformation efforts for some of the largest, most pre-eminent healthcare systems...

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Christopher Drevalas

Chris is the Associate Vice President of Operations at Surgical Directions. He began his career in a sales and marketing role for a small workers’ compensation bill review company. He later transitioned to overseeing marketing and finance, where his business acumen helped the company significantly increase its profitability and nearly double in size prior to

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Leslie Basham

Leslie identified over $1B of revenue opportunity for her clients throughout her consulting career.

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Lee Hedman

Lee’s healthcare and consulting experiences are showcased in her leadership of over 350+ complex perioperative and anesthesia service assessments and implementation engagements.

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Barbara McClenathan

Barbara specializes in perioperative and procedural area care management, organizational and business development, and more.

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Brian Watha

Brian specializes in OR process improvement, business intelligence and quaternary medical center perioperative services.

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