W. William Ward, Jr., FHFMA, CPA
Mr. Ward, President of Provenance Health Partners, L.L.C., provides support assistance in the areas of financial management, strategic financial planning, financial feasibility, merger and acquisition analysis, capital finance, cost accounting, managed care contract negotiations, and Medicare and Medicaid third party reimbursement. He has extensive experience in both the practical and technical aspects of health care financial management. He has also served over the past 35 plus years as audit senior for an international public accounting firm, controller of a 1,000 bed university teaching hospital, partner with a regional health care financial consulting firm, and vice president for finance of a national hospital management company.
Mr. Ward is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Ward's experience includes:
Mr. Ward is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Virginia Society of CPAs, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association
Over the years, he has volunteered his skills to various not-for-profit and faith-based organizations, having served as Treasurer of the NHO's Board of Directors, as Treasurer of the Hanover (VA) Mental Health Association, as Interim Treasurer of Anglican Frontier Missions, and as Treasurer and Capital Campaign Chairman for his church.
Myles P. Lash
Mr. Lash is founder and president emeritus of Provenance Health Partners, L.L.C. He has managed complex consulting engagements and brings to each assignment extensive experience in the administration of large healthcare institutions. Mr. Lash is nationally recognized as a strategic thinker and problem solver. He has served as both a facilitator and interlocutor during the development of unique inter-organizational relationships crafted to respond to future market dynamics.
Prior to founding Provenance, he was the President of Lash Group and directed its provider and purchaser consulting division. This organization was sold to a Fortune 200 company in 1999. Prior to founding Lash Group, he was the Director of the National Healthcare Group for an international public accounting firm. In that capacity, Mr. Lash was responsible for developing new products; enhancing business opportunities in consulting, audit and tax engagements; serving as a technical advisor on selected engagements and maintaining a liaison with the industry.
Mr. Lash has extensive experience managing large, complex university hospitals. He served as the director of operations for a 1,000 bed Midwest university teaching hospital. Mr. Lash then served as the executive director of a 1,000 bed Mid-Atlantic university teaching hospital where he coordinated a comprehensive building replacement project and was nationally recognized for his leadership in turning around a very troubled setting. In addition, he has served on the faculty of several graduate programs in hospital and healthcare administration and as the director of planning for a community oriented multi-hospital system. He has advised a diverse set of clients throughout the Nation; some of his projects include assisting the University of Kansas Medical Center and Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital. He was also the key consultant in the formation of the Long Island Health Network and the Atlantic Health System. Mr. Lash is especially skilled at framing collaborative solutions that create win-win scenarios which are responsive to complex inter & intra-organizational challenges. He has cultivated special sensitivities to the unique challenges of complex hospital systems and Academic Medical Centers and their faculty. He has focused on the special opportunities that exist between these institutions. In his consulting and hospital operational endeavors, he has always enjoyed a special relationship with the medical staffs, because of his ability to understand and empathize with their perspective on the various issues challenging health service delivery systems.
In 2002-03, at the request of a client, MedStar Health, Mr. Lash agreed to serve as Interim President of the Washington Hospital Center (WHC). As the largest hospital in the District of Columbia, WHC operates a 907-bed acute care teaching and research hospital with 5600 employees, revenue exceeding $1 billion and one of the five largest cardio-vascular programs in the nation. Mr. Lash is credited with stabilizing the Center during an extraordinarily difficult period, re-energizing the spirit of the staff, developing sound operational plans and charting a course so the organization could return to profitability.
Mr. Lash received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Master of Hospital Administration degree from The University of Michigan.
Mr. Lash has lectured and is published in the field of health administration. In 1993, Mr. Lash was the co-author of a widely-distributed AAMC publication entitled "Organizational Networks: Issues for Academic Medicine." He was a founder and later served as President of the University Hospital Consortium. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the start-up LTAC, Semper Care, until its sale in 2004, a former member of the American Hospital Association's House of Delegates and a former Vice Chairman of the AHA's Council on Finance. He has served as President of The University of Michigan's Program in Hospital Administration Alumni Association. He is listed in "Who's Who in America 1982" and also has been on the Editorial Board of Frontiers of Health Services Management. In 1982, Mr. Lash was the recipient of the Robert S. Hudgen's Memorial Award, "Young Hospital Administrator of the Year," presented by the American College of Hospital Administrators.
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