Dennis has nearly four decades of experience in executive hospital and corporate turnaround management in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has started eleven companies, three of which are currently active in the market: Verras, Ltd., MedVector, and Crossflo.
Dennis has led two successful corporate exits: Westcare, Ltd. — a Canadian company operating in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia — which was merged into Ernst & Young; and Wellspring Partners, which provided turnaround management services to hospitals and was sold to Huron Consulting Group.
James A. Edwards, CPA
President and Chief Operating Officer
Jim Edwards is a shareholder of Verras, Ltd., with 30+ years of experience in hospital and health system leadership roles. Jim has served in CFO and CEO roles at both the hospital and system level for the past 18 years. He has a strong track record of innovation and successfully transforming academic and community-based health systems that are underperforming both clinically and financially.
Prior to joining Verras, Jim was co-founder and CEO of Pipeline Health System, which owns seven acute-care hospitals in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago. Prior to his time with Pipeline, he was CEO of an academic health system in Washington, DC, where he led an $80 million turnaround of that vital health system.
Michael Bono, MD
Chief Medical Advisor
Michael is a university-trained, board-certified surgeon with over 25 years of experience in healthcare. His surgical specialties include advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. He served as chairman of department of surgery at Hazleton General Hospital (Pa.) and founder/president of Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Currently, he is an associate medical director for eviCore Healthcare, a healthcare-utilization management corporation.
Thomas S. O’Brien, BS, MBA
SVP/Sales and Client Relations
Tom is a career insurance executive specializing in C-level sales and marketing of commercial insurance programs in the United States and Europe. His sales experience includes all lines of commercial insurance. He has served in senior level positions at Aon Corporation, Swett & Crawford, and Stewart Smith Worldwide. He served as CEO of Stewart Smith Mid America, Inc., Chicago, and at Swett & Crawford of Illinois. In these roles, he increased growth and performance during difficult market conditions through incentivizing sales staff and properly positioning sales and office personnel.
Information Technology Advisor
Bruce serves as advisor for IT strategy for Verras and interfaces with Trinity-Templar Corporation to accomplish and direct contracts with outside vendors to support clients’ IT programming and algorithms performance. Bruce formed SIA Computer Corporation in 1983 in Chicago, later relocating to the Wisconsin/Northern Illinois area in 1994. SIA is a network and systems provider with high-performance servers that preinstall application software in the healthcare, accounting, graphic design, multimedia, engineering, and construction areas. Before forming SIA, Bruce was a senior executive with Evans Economics and Chase Econometrics.