Our company is built on the idea that better PPI spend management requires a better way to build partnerships between administration and surgeons. We created Kermit, an analytics platform that does just that, with a team that draws on its deep understanding and experience in the medical device industry where it counts; clinical expertise, supply chain management, procurement, cost control and the appreciation for the intricate worlds of the surgeon, hospital administration and suppliers.
Formed in 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland, we’ve implemented Kermit within hospitals across the country who now use a collaborative approach and our evidence-based framework to bring control of PPI spend back where it belongs. We now manage 40% of the implant spend transacting in our home state and provide services to a national customer base.
John brings two decades of executive sales experience and hundreds of pricing round negotiations as a hospital vendor to his role as Director of our Services offering. Kermit gets a significant boost from the countless hours John spent in hospital operating rooms and with surgeons as an Account Executive within the PPI industry. The stewardship and trust he developed with hospital administration and surgeons is the guiding force behind his desire to see changes in the way the PPI category is managed. John and his group use Kermit's powerful categorization and analytic features to drive supply chain cost reduction and spend management projects for his clients.
John carries the banner for Kermit’s mission, vision and brand promise, which he uses to drive every new Kermit feature and client interaction. John is an avid outdoorsman who loves golf, hiking and fishing and is the founder of Kermit’s in-office lunch tradition "French Dip Friday."
John brings two decades of executive sales experience and hundreds of pricing round negotiations as a hospital vendor to his role as Director of our Services offering. Kermit gets a significant boost from the countless hours John spent in hospital operating rooms and with surgeons as an Account Exe…
Richard co-founded Kermit after nearly 30 years at the helm of PA & Associates, a national leader in transportation spend management. His experience in negotiation, bidder relations, application design and development, marketing and all aspects of business management prepared him well for his current role. His passion for the transformative power of collaborative, cloud-based and mobile technologies in business makes him particularly well-suited to lead the Kermit team.
Richard’s work has been featured in The New York Times and Microsoft’s Startup Stories. The Baltimore Business Journal recognized his firm as one of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Businesses and one of the area's Largest Turnaround and Management Companies. When he’s not orchestrating the new landscape of PPI spend management, Richard enjoys personal fitness, church service, taking the checkered flag in high-performance kart racing and investing in the lives of children by coaching youth sports.
Richard co-founded Kermit after nearly 30 years at the helm of PA & Associates, a national leader in transportation spend management. His experience in negotiation, bidder relations, application design and development, marketing and all aspects of business management prepared him well for his c…
Jason is an energetic leader known for his ability to create successful outcomes in complex situations. He has over 17 years of progressive management experience in health care, both as a sales executive in the PPI industry and also a critical care provider. Jason's tenure in the medical device industry exposed him to all facets of the operating room environment, where he found a proclivity toward systems and efficiencies. Jason has a high degree of clinical knowledge. This has suited him well in the development of demographic and categorization systems and proprietary algorithms used within Kermit.
Prior to his time in the medical device industry, Jason was a critical care nurse in a number of cardiac and intensive care units. His attention to detail and calm approach under crisis are welcome additions in managing the operations of a healthcare technology company. As if that doesn’t occupy the majority of his waking hours, Jason is a dedicated year-round coach for youth athletics and enjoys playing golf.
Jason is an energetic leader known for his ability to create successful outcomes in complex situations. He has over 17 years of progressive management experience in health care, both as a sales executive in the PPI industry and also a critical care provider. Jason's tenure in the medical device i…
Dr. Mike Taylor is an experienced healthcare entrepreneur, physician executive, and investor who has worked with founding teams of technology-enabled service companies to create over $2 Billion of enterprise value since 2007. Mike founded and was the president, CEO and chairman of Medical Audit and Recovery Solutions where he led the development of an innovative payment integrity solution that enabled physicians and coders to more efficiently uncover healthcare waste fraud and abuse with early customers including Optum and Aetna. In less than 3 years, Mike negotiated the sale of MARS to publicly-traded MultiPlan for just over $55 million.
Mike's first-hand startup experience was leveraged during his time as a venture partner at NY-based Health Enterprise Partners (acquired by Optum/United Health Group). Mike is a graduate of Harvard and went on to achieve his M.D. from Vanderbilt University. As a family practice doctor, he founded East Limestone Family Medicine in Northern Alabama which was later acquired by Athens-Limestone Hospital.
Tom Dougherty has spent over 25 years working with healthcare providers across the nation to provide impactful and lasting solutions in the fields of revenue cycle, compliance, reimbursement, financial management, and cost containment.
Recently, Tom helped found and lead sales efforts for one of the fastest-growing hospital revenue cycle management firms in the U.S., culminating in a successful acquisition through The Carlyle Group. Prior to that, Tom has held several leadership positions for healthcare services firms, including Optum, MedeAnalytics, HMS Holdings, and Siemens Health Solutions.
Tom holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Independence Mission Schools, a non-profit network of 15 independent Catholic schools serving low-income Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Brendan is a positive and proven executive leader with a healthcare career that began in 1996. Throughout his career, Brendan has been worked in and led teams in healthcare manufacturing, sales and sales leadership.
Brendan’s previous position was Regional Orthopaedic Director for Zimmer Biomet, where he led negotiations in the area of PPI spend with several of the largest IDN’s and health systems in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to that position, Brendan was an orthopaedic device manager and has spent countless hours alongside top surgeons in support of orthopaedic surgery.
Brendan joins the Kermit team in a leadership role with a drive and motivation to make a positive impact and transform the way hospitals approach and manage the PPI spend category. Brendan’s passion and values are directly aligned to Kermit’s mission of “returning the balance of power back to the hospital for the management of PPI, leading to reduced costs and improved patient care”.
Brendan is married with three children and enjoys volunteering as a board member of Operation Walk Maryland and is involved with the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s wheelchair lacrosse program. Brendan was Team Captain of the 1989 Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse team and was a starting mid-fielder on the Blue Jays 1987 NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse Championship team. Brendan also co-leads a small group at his local parish.
Karl joins the Kermit team with a rich background in hospital materials management and healthcare administration. Building quickly on his BS in Sports Medicine from the University of Detroit Mercy, Karl joined Horizon Sports Medicine in Michigan as its Head Athletic Trainer. His dedication to, and passion for, health and fitness have been a hallmark in his life to this day. In 1999, Karl found himself at a crossroads and capitalized on an opportunity to take the helm of American Pain Care Clinic as its president which began a trajectory of healthcare administration and management.
He took an interest in supply chain and purchasing for healthcare and has served as the Director of Purchasing for Kern Hospital in Warren, MI, Director of Purchasing and Support Services at Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital and the Materials Manager for Lakes Surgery Center in Bloomfield Township, MI. Through another series of events, he rose to the senior leadership ranks at Lakes Surgery Center, ultimately serving as its Chief Executive Officer.
Kim is a critical liaison between the hospital users of Kermit and the product roadmap, ensuring that vital user feedback makes its way into the product. Because the category of PPI spend management is complex, the role requires a professional that has walked many miles in the shoes of the users she's supporting -- with Kim, that's certainly the case.
Kim comes to Kermit with nearly two decades of healthcare experience in supply chain, materials management, orthopaedic operating room, healthcare finance, third-party reimbursement and revenue cycle experience. Kim has the unique vantage point of being a Kermit user well before she was part of the team as a daily user of the system while in the role of national director of materials management for National Surgical Hospitals and later as the materials manager for one of the NSH facilities, Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital. During her time at NSH, she was a champion for transparency in orthopaedic and spine utilization and leveraged Kermit to provide reports and dashboards for surgeon engagement and spend management.
With over 20 years of physician preference item contracting experience, Kristi serves on the Client Services team as a Data Analyst. Her vast experience of implant contracts is a fundamental skill deployed on every client project and valuable in the ongoing account maintenance with ever-changing product catalogs and pricing amendments.
Prior to joining Kermit, Kristi was the Director of National Accounts for Amplitude Orthopedics in Allen, TX where she supported all sales functions for the enterprise and interfaced with the company's IDN customer base. Prior to that, Kristi was the Contract Manager at Zimmer Biomet for the Greater Nashville Area where she managed over $80 million in contract pricing over multiple territories. Kristi also served as Zimmer Mid-Atlantic's Customer Service Representative where she supported the distributors, general manager, sales associates, and a wide array of hospital customers.
Ken is a retired hospital CEO and CFO from the Baltimore area. Ken has a number of years under his belt as a healthcare executive in the Lifebridge Health System (Sinai Hospital) and the Ascension Health System (St. Agnes Hospital).
Sal is the Chief Analytic Officer at MedeAnalytics, Inc., a venture-backed, pre-IPO population health analytics company. Sal has played a variety of roles that have enabled Mede's rapid growth including leading its strategic planning, business/corporate development, operations and finance functions.
Chip spent nearly four decades of his career with Anne Arundel Medical Center, joining in 1972 as an administrative resident, becoming its president in 1988 and was then named president and CEO of the entire system (Anne Arundel Health System) in 1994.
Jayson is a Partner at Health Policy Strategies in Washington, D.C. His experience in the regulatory field of healthcare dates back to 2004 where he served as the Director of Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursements at the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
As a two-time NFL Super Bowl champion, Matt knows how to take a disciplined approach and long-term focus to everything he does. The NFL’s fourth-ranked all-time leading scorer, his talents carry off the gridiron in a number of endeavors. Matt formed the Matt Stover Foundation, which is dedicated to improving Baltimore through a variety of programs. Matt has a successful track record of picking winning ideas and teams to invest in. One of his early investments in CreditCards.com was sold for $144 million.
Dr. Wood is the Senior Medical Director of Global Clinical Strategy at Smith & Nephew and is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He is the former Department Chair of Orthopaedics at MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Wood is widely recognized for his pioneering work in partial knee replacements and is passionate about matters concerning total joint costs and patient outcomes.
"Kermit’s in-depth knowledge of capitated construct billing gives me the tools and support to prevent and detect overbilling from reps. They most recently helped catch 6 discrepant invoices from one vendor."a Kermit User Perioperative Services Business Manager a Maryland Health System
"Kermit has been very helpful in identifying non-contract items being used. With this data, we have been able to identify items needed for contract addenda, potentially reducing our long-term costs of previously non-contracted items"a Kermit User OR Implant Coordinator a Maryland Level-1 Trauma Center
"The real-time data and analytic capabilities of Kermit are a game changer for the management of the PPI spend category."Bob Reilly CFO Luminis Health
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