Tim Young, MPH, CMPE, MT

Tim Young is the Chief Executive Officer for Summit Strategic Solutions which specializes in providing customized, consumer-focused services that deliver value and efficiency while improving outcomes and quality of life. Summit Strategic Solutions includes a Management Services Organization (MSO) that provides business, operational, financial, and legal services for its customers.

Tim completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He also holds certification and licensure as a Medical Technologist from the American College of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). He speaks nationally to audiences in the areas of health reform, health policy, and physician strategies. Tim has been with Summit since its initial formation in 1995. Tim is an active member of Medial Group Management Association, American Public Health Association, and Healthcare Financial Management Association, and a number of other professional associations. He also is very active with a number of community organizations and currently serves on the governing boards of six area non-profits, including as the Chairman of the Board for Leadership Knoxville. He is also a certified community facilitator.

Ed Curtis, CMPE

Ed Curtis is the Chief Administrative Officer for Summit Medical Group, responsible for all operational aspects including Practice Support and Development, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, and directional responsibility for Statcare Hospitalist Services. He is a Certified Medical Practice Executive, with a Business Administration degree from West Virginia University, and completed the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Summit, Ed was Chief Operating Officer at Hattiesburg Clinic - a 300 plus physician-owned multi-specialty provider practice with more than 40 locations in Southern Mississippi – where he developed the strategic plan and tactical initiatives to open a Sleep and Spine Center, Infusion Clinic and Breast Center. He also served as the negotiator for physician contracts with several hospitals and oversaw the clinic’s conversion to new Electronic Medical Record software. In addition, Ed led clinical operations for the Departments of Surgery and Medicine as well as Ancillary Services and served as the Clinic’s Privacy Officer. Prior to joining Hattiesburg Clinic, Ed served as Vice President for Hood Industries, a national wood manufacturing wholesale distributor with 18 locations throughout Mississippi where he oversaw the distribution and sales of a $200 million industry. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance for JJ Haines & Company in Maryland, a national flooring distributor, developing and executing business plans for a $330 million distribution business.

Jerry Hall, CPA

Jerry Hall is Chief Financial Officer for Summit Strategic Solutions and has responsibility for accounting, financial analysis, patient financial services and contract management for Summit Medical Group. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jerry practiced as a certified public accountant for ten years with an international accounting firm. He served as treasurer of a privately held company for eleven years prior to joining Summit Medical Group in 1996. Jerry is a member of Medical Group Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jack Kam, MBA

Jack Kam is Chief Science and Innovation Officer for Summit Strategic Solutions, responsible for investigating, championing, developing and guiding product innovations and business ventures. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jack came to the United States for post-secondary education. He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate training at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Center of Health Sciences in Memphis. He received board certifications in both Medical Technology and Nuclear Medicine Technology, and earned his MBA degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jack built the first nuclear medicine technology school in East Tennessee and the first clinical positron emission tomography (PET) center in the US. He has been with Summit since 1996 and is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Telemedicine Association, Radiological Society of North America and the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Jeff Tuck, RN, BA, JD

Jeff Tuck is the Chief Legal Officer for Summit Strategic Solutions and has responsibility for compliance, legal services and risk management for Summit Medical Group. A native of Blount County, Jeff holds a Diploma in Nursing from St. Mary's Medical Center School of Nursing in Knoxville, a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in Health Care Management from Maryville College, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is licensed as a Registered Nurse and an Attorney by the State of Tennessee. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association - Health Law Section, the American Health Lawyers Association, The Healthcare Corporate Compliance Association, and the Medical Group Management Association where he currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Federal Government.

Joseph L. Ortiz, MSCE, MBA

Joseph Ortiz is the Chief Information Officer for Summit Strategic Solutions, leading information technology for Summit Medical Group. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University, and a Master’s in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Joseph was most recently the President and Founder of 4D Imaging Systems, a healthcare imaging systems provider. He also served as a Vice President with IPIX Corporation and has held several leadership roles with national and international companies, including Motorola and Phillips Consumer Electronics. Joseph was President of Concept2Market, Inc., a consulting firm advising clients on technology commercialization. He led the successful prototyping of the EPIgraph super high resolution visible light imager for total body photography.

Lance Boyd, NHA

Lance Boyd is the Chief Relations Officer for Summit Strategic Solutions and has responsibility for Human Resources, Physician Recruitment and Customer Satisfaction for Summit Medical Group. Previously, he was Vice President of Hospitalist Services for Summit’s Statcare division. He is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas and holds a B.A. in Kinesiology from Harding University and a Master’s in Healthcare Management from Champlain College in Vermont. He also holds a Secondary Education Certification and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Florida and Tennessee. Before joining Summit in 2008, Lance served as an Administrator with National Healthcare Corporation in Chattanooga, Milan and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Ranee Taylor Guard, PhD

Ranee Taylor Guard, PhD, is Summit’s Vice President of Diagnostic & Therapeutic Services. She is responsible for the Express Clinics and manages health diagnostic services including laboratory and ancillary, along with physical therapy, sleep services and clinical trials. She also develops workforce health strategies and wellness programs. Ranee joined Summit in 2012. Prior to Summit, she was Chief Operations and Development Officer for KDL Pathology in Knoxville, supervising medical laboratory services as well as business development, operations, and regulatory compliance. She also served as Business Development Director for Geneuity Clinical Research Services and Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network in Maryville, developing strategic business plans for a new clinical trials division. She holds a Doctorate in Human and Molecular Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Kimberly Kauffman, MPH

Kimberly Kauffman, MPH, is Vice President of Value-Based Care for Summit Strategic Solutions. She has worked in healthcare for 25 years with experience across the care continuum: physician private practice, hospital setting and free-standing facility. Kim manages all aspects of Summit Health Solutions, one of the largest MSSP ACOs under contract with CMS, and is responsible for the medical group’s value-based contract deliverables. She also served as Vice President for Operations of Senior Healthcare Centers for Healthcare Plus Financial, supporting ten hospitals in the southeast. Kim was the Provider Relations Director for the North Florida Regional Medical Center PHO in Gainesville, Florida. She received her Master’s from the College of Public Health at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

C. Edward McBride, III, MD, MBA, FAAFP, FACPE, CPE

As Vice President of Clinical Services for Summit Strategic Solutions, Dr. Ed McBride’s role includes implementation and oversight of the Regional Medical Directors for Summit Medical Group, who act as liaisons with primary care physicians, furthering physician engagement and representing the needs of the sites in his or her region as well as the clinical oversight of the Care Coordination and Health Education programs. Dr. McBride works with the Quality Committee to achieve organizational goals. Dr. McBride came to Summit in 2010 as Associate Medical Director of Clinical Informatics. Since 2012, he served as Summit’s Medical Director of Quality and Informatics Prior to joining Summit, he was a Principal Physician Leader with Holston Medical Group and Medical Director with Floyd Healthcare Management in Georgia. He is a board-certified family medicine physician, graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina and completing his residency in family medicine at the Carilion Health System in Virginia. Dr. McBride recently completed his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Physician Executive.