Landmark Hospitals Executive Board
Successful critical care hospital leadership demands visionary thinking, extraordinary drive, and superior management skills. We have assembled a team of healthcare and business professionals who possess those qualities and who are dedicated to our mission of developing top quality critical care hospitals.
William K. Kapp III, MD, MS, FAOOS
Chairman and Founder
Dr. William Kapp had a vision to establish regional referral centers for medically complex patients requiring hospital-based post-acute care. Landmark Hospitals has grown into seven regional referral centers. Under his leadership, Landmark has implemented new information technologies that allow clinicians to easily document patient encounters and then follow and manage the patient upon discharge from our critical care hospitals across all post-acute settings, allowing for better outcomes and a seamless continuum of care.
Dr. Kapp served as managing partner and leader for Physicians Alliance Surgery Center in Cape Girardeau and was instrumental in its design, development, and certification. He served as its Founding President and Medical Director from 2000 – 2003 and on its Medical Board from 2000 − 2011. Physicians Alliance is a multi-specialty outpatient surgical center with four operating suites and over 30 staff members. In 2011, St. Francis Medical Center acquired partial interest in Physicians Alliance.
Dr. Kapp also served 15 years as managing partner for Orthopaedic Associates of SE Missouri, the region’s only orthopaedic center. Orthopaedic Associates is a 9-physican practice with over 70 employees. Under his direction, the group grew from five physicians and two offices to nine physicians and five satellite locations. Revenue grew over 300% under his leadership.
Dr. Kapp is a founding advisory board member of Missouri Physicians Mutual. MPM was founded in the late 1990’s as a Missouri-based 383 company to provide affordable medical malpractice insurance to a troubled market. MPM was able to grow from 10 physicians at its inception to well over 2,000, becoming the largest insurer in the state for physician medical malpractice insurance.
Dr. Kapp is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, licensed to practice in Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Georgia. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Orthopaedic Association and has been chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee.
Until 2005, he served as flight surgeon in the US Air Force Reserves with the rank of Major.
Dr. Kapp received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Georgia and his M.S. in Immunology and M.D. at the Medical College of Georgia, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He attended the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas for residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and completed his specialty training in 1994.
In his current role at the helm of the Landmark Hospitals system, Shawn Strash aims to enhance Landmark’s service line with additional revenue streams including surgery, destination medicine, inpatient rehabilitation, SNF, wound-care and others. In individual Landmark markets and nationwide, Strash brings together the diverse Landmark entities to function in the most collaborative way possible.
Prior to joining Landmark Hospitals, Strash was an owner and CEO of Arise Healthcare in Austin, Texas, which included a physician-syndicated hospital, three ASCs and several outpatient locations with more than 100 physician partners. Strash also served as senior vice president of corporate services and board member for AMSURG Corp., which develops and operates over 250 outpatient surgery centers. Additionally, he has served as CEO of a number of hospitals, including: Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona; Oro Valley Hospital in Tuscon, Arizona; Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Georgia; and Palmyra Medical Center in Albany, Georgia. He spent over 10 years with HCA, or Hospital Corporation of America, initially as director of mergers and acquisitions, and then on to operational responsibility for more than a dozen surgery centers. Subsequently, he was promoted to running a number of HCA hospitals.
Tom Karwacki is a proactive, meticulous corporate finance executive who brings more than 25 years of experience to his position as CFO of Landmark Hospitals. Most recently, Karwacki was the director of finance of Select Medical Corporation in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial operations for 18 critical care hospitals. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with Nextron Medical Technologies, Inc. (formerly Clinical Homecare) in Fairfield, New Jersey, rising from controller to CFO.
Karwacki realizes significant cost savings and controls by analyzing expenses, identifying expendable costs, streamlining procedures, and implementing cost-effective solutions. He is a strategic planner and transformational change agent who continuously designs and institutes comprehensive financial strategies that incorporate the perspectives, needs, and goals of all decision-makers and stakeholders.
Anthony Sagel, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Sagel has devoted his career to hospital medicine. Prior to joining Landmark Hospitals, he held a position working at a large acute care hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and has 10 years’ postgraduate experience in the acute hospital setting, including intensive care medicine.
Dr. Sagel received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at M.U.S.C.
During the last several years, Dr. Sagel has been at the forefront of telemedicine in the hospital setting in various states. More recently, he has been involved in the clinical development and implementation of the electronic medical record, ChartPad® EHR, in the Landmark facilities.
Dr. Sagel currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is the Chief of Staff of Landmark Hospital in Athens, Georgia where he practices medicine. His activities include functioning as Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and he is a member of the Infection Control Committee.
Gretchen Blake, MSL, BS-BQM
Chief Compliance Officer
Gretchen Blake is a quality leader with over 20 years of healthcare experience as a subject matter expert focused on clinical quality, process improvement, patient safety and regulatory compliance. Blake joined Landmark Hospitals December 2013 as the corporate compliance officer and corporate director of quality, patient safety, infection prevention and standards.
Prior to joining Landmark, Blake spent a large portion of her career with Via Christi Health, her last position as system director of quality and patient safety for six of their largest hospitals with over 900 inpatient beds. Blake’s work involved integrating an organizational approach to quality and safety using the concept of high reliability and evidence-based practice. During this course, Blake has been a keynote speaker in several national seminars, sharing lessons learned from being a grassroots co-leader in the Wichita Citywide Collaborative. That effort achieved the 2006 Joint Commission and National Quality Forum Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality, Washington, DC.
During a time when delivering high quality care that is safe and cost effective has become a key driver and a national focus, Blake’s work will center on creating a blueprint for the organization in standardizing evidence-based practice through principles of high reliability and sustained best practice.
Blake earned a B.S. in Business Quality Management from Southwestern College, Winfield, KS and her M.S. in Leadership with certification as an executive in quality, also from Southwestern.
Marilyn Jennings leads the company in organizational and workforce planning, employee relations, compensation and benefits, focusing on the development of a consistent infrastructure and the creation of a benefits plan designed to better manage costs and employee involvement.
Before joining Landmark Hospitals, Jennings served as Director of Human Resources for Surgical Care Affiliates in Austin, TX. Prior to SCA, Jennings was Director of Human Resources for Arise Healthcare, the State Bar of Texas and VTEL Corporation.
Jennings is also a certified Legal Assistant.
Aurora Quiroz brings to Landmark Hospitals over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She develops, implements, and evaluates the revenue cycle program to ensure quality consistent with the hospital, working closely with the insurance companies in negotiating payer agreements.
Quiroz came to Landmark from Surgical Care Affiliates, where she managed the revenue cycle for multiple ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, wound care centers, cardiovascular center and an acute care hospital.