What makes us all different makes us better.

Our People

Ambition for the best in community hospital management leads us all. We care about the quality & integrity of our work above all else.

Chief Executive Officer

Derek Morkel

Derek Morkel serves as Chief Executive Officer of HealthTech. With more than 20 years’ experience in both healthcare and
technology industries, Morkel leads the overall strategic direction of the company and oversees operations, growth, strategy, and financial performance.

President

Neil Todhunter

Neil serves as President of HealthTech. Todhunter brings over 45 years of healthcare experience, of which 40+ years were in the capacity of President and CEO of hospitals ranging from 200 to 300 beds, with services including acute care, behavioral health, home care, skilled care and physician practice management.

Neil oversees the operation of HealthTech’s contract Management and consulting business, including hospital support services, communications and business development.

EVP Staffing Solutions & Chief Revenue Officer

Dominic Symes

Chief Clinical Officer

Carolyn St. Charles

Carolyn St. Charles, RN, MBA, brings over 30 years experience to her role at HealthTech Management Services. As Regional Chief Clinical Officer, St. Charles provides consultation and resources that promote evidence-based care, quality and patient safety, and operating efficiencies.

Previously, she held progressively more responsible positions at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington, including Director of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Vice President of Strategic Services.

St. Charles earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Northern Arizona University. She is also a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and The Case Management Society of America.

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Strategic Planning Consultant

Julie Haynes

Julie Haynes provides strategic planning services and consultation in preparing market assessments, physician supply and demand analysis, medical staff development plans, and strategic retreat planning and facilitation.

Previously, she served as Regional Marketing Director for Community Health Systems based in Franklin, Tennessee. She also served as Marketing Director for HCA’s Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Haynes earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Sr. Consultant, Patient Financial Services

Joy Smith

Joy Smith provides ongoing consultation to Business Office Directors and CFOs regarding revenue cycle operations process improvements.

In her role, she can provide on-site reviews as requested as well as a monthly review of revenue cycle metrics. Previously, Smith served as an independent consultant for LifePoint hospital system and HCA hospital system, both located in Nashville, Tennessee. She has also partnered as an advisor and as a Business Office Director at many community hospitals.

Smith earned a Computer Science degree from Electronic Computer Programming Institute.

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Associate Vice President

John Freeman

John Freeman serves as Associate Vice President (AVP) of HealthTech Management Services where he provides ongoing consultation to hospital CFOs in the southern and western regions of the United States. Freeman has more than 25 years experience in healthcare financial management, including previously serving as AVP of Finance for Ardent Health Services where he oversaw medical surgical hospitals and physician practices.

He has also served as CFO for hospitals located in Florida and West Virginia. Freeman earned his Masters degree in Business Administration from Berry College and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Kennesaw College. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Director, Care Coordination & Lean Consulting

Faith Jones

Faith M Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, began her healthcare career in the US Navy over 30 years ago. She has worked in a variety of roles in clinical practice, education, management, administration, consulting, and healthcare compliance. Her knowledge and experience spans various settings including ambulance, clinics, hospitals, home care, and long term care.

In her leadership roles she has been responsible for operational leadership for all clinical functions including multiple nursing specialties, pharmacy, laboratory, imaging, nutrition, therapies, as well as administrative functions related to quality management, case management, medical staff credentialing, staff education, and corporate compliance. She has held a variety of leadership positions in the profession of nursing having completed 7 years of service on the ANA Board starting in a Director at Large seat and completing her service as the Vice President.

VP Executive Search

Peter Goodspeed

Peter Goodspeed is an accomplished healthcare executive Recruiter having more than twenty-five years of executive search experience.

With his wealth of knowledge, Goodspeed is a proven recruiter when your hospital is searching for a knowledgeable and experienced healthcare professional whether for an interim or permanent engagement.

Prior to joining HealthTech, Goodspeed work in various industries as an executive recruiter and spent many years with Witt/Kieffer Ford Hadelman & Lloyd, one of the largest healthcare search firms in the country. His clients included community hospitals, academic medical centers, hospital systems, HMOs and medical group practices across the country.

Director, Executive & Interim Recruitment

Kevin Hardy

Kevin Hardy began his career working in a variety of roles with large, national search firms. His ability to develop strong client relationships and provide excellent customer service has served him in establishing and maintaining partnerships lasting years with the clients he personally represents, providing expertise in practice evaluations, contract negotiation and compensations analysis.

Kevin earned his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Tuskegee University, and in his spare time enjoys working out, golf, and traveling abroad.” He also serves as a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). HealthTech is proud to have Kevin Hardy on our team, with his expertise and dedication benefitting our Interim and Executive Recruitment efforts in hospitals across the country.

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Vice president

Michael Lieb

Michael Lieb serves as a consultant to hospital and physician owned medical practices nationwide. He brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to his role providing operational and organizational guidance to healthcare organizations. He has served as CEO in health systems of all types; large community hospitals, public hospital districts, critical access hospitals, and has held senior leadership positions in large academic group practices.

Lieb earned a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology from Rice University in Houston. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a member of the Medical Group Management Association.

Director, Supply Chain/GPO

Jeff Hollingsworth

Jeff Hollingsworth, BSRT, has over 35 years of experience in healthcare with 25+ years of executive sales and client management experience in the Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) industry.
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Jeff began his career in healthcare as a registered radiologic technologist, specializing in CT and MRI in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. His radiology management background eventually led him to the GPO industry, where he enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a Client Management Executive with multiple national GPOs, anticipating and surpassing the needs of various member corporate groups, acute care IDNs, hospitals and alternate care entities throughout the country.
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In his current role, Jeff oversees the HealthTech member Supply Chain program and is responsible for managing the national GPO relationship with Vizient. Jeff and his team provide GPO and Supply Chain support to HealthTech’s client hospitals.

Clinical & Compliance Consultant

Cheri Benander

Cheri has 30+ years’ experience in healthcare that includes clinical, administrative, compliance, consulting, and educational roles across multiple healthcare settings. As a consultant, Cheri has worked collaboratively with leaders to improve productivity, time management, and leadership skills.

She has assisted organizations with the implementation and review of compliance programs and conducts mock surveys.

Ms. Benander studied basic nursing education at Fort Scott Community College and earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Healthcare Compliance (CHC) professional through HCCA and has a graduate certification in Nursing and Healthcare Education from the University of Phoenix Cheri is a registered nurse and a member of ANA, AONL, and HCCA.

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