Executive Leadership8

William K. Kapp III William K. Kapp III, M.D., M.S., FAAOS

Founder & President

Dr. William Kapp is the Founder and Chairman of Landmark Hospitals. Dr. Kapp’s vision was to establish regional referral centers for medically complex patients requiring hospital based post-acute care. Landmark has grown into seven regional referral centers with the latest opening in Southwest Florida in October 2015. Under his leadership, Landmark and its sister company, Technomad, LLC have developed new information technologies that allow clinicians to easily document patient encounters and then follow and manage the patient upon discharge from the LTACH 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 4 operating suites and over 30 staff members. Partial interest was successfully acquired by St. Francis Medical Center in 2011.

Dr. Kapp also served 15 years as managing partner for Orthopaedic Associates of SE Missouri, the region’s only orthopedic center. Orthopedic Associates is a 9-physican practice with over 70 employees. Under his direction the group grew from 5 physicians and 2 offices to 9 physicians and 5 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 2000 becoming the largest insurer in the state for physician medical malpractice insurance.

Dr. Kapp is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, licensed to practice in Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Georgia. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Orthopedic Association and has been chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee. He served as flight surgeon in the US Air Force Reserves with the rank of Major until 2005.

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 Orthopedic Surgery and completed his specialty training in 1994.

Ken Warriner Ken Warriner, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Ken Warriner joined the Landmark team in June 2015 and brings more than 22 years experience in accounting, including 14 years in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Landmark, he was the market CFO for Physicians Regional Healthcare System in Naples, Florida, a part of Community Health Systems since 2014, when it was purchased from Health Management Associates. Since 2008, Ken served as Assistant CFO and CFO of several Health Management Associates hospitals ranging from 67 beds to 423 beds in the Jackson, Mississippi and Naples, Florida markets.

Ken joined HMA in 2001 as the Assistant Corporate Controller and spent seven years as part of the corporate team. During this time, his responsibilities included SEC reporting, corporate accounting, acquisition due diligence, financial analysis, and stock compensation.

Prior to his tenure at Health Management Associates, he was the controller for a publicly traded technology company headquartered in Ft. Myers, Florida. Early in his career, Ken worked in public accounting as an auditor for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Ken has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Coleen Zimmerman Coleen Zimmerman, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Coleen is a seasoned healthcare executive with 25 years of experience in the LTACH industry. Before coming to Landmark, Coleen served as Director of Business Development, Sr Director of Business Development, COO and CEO.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Leadership Development.

Anthony Sagel 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. Thereafter, 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, 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 is also a member of the Infection Control committee.

Charlotte Stagner Charlotte Stagner, RRT, BS

Director of Business Development

Charlotte Stagner, RRT, BS, is the Corporate Director of Business Development of Landmark Hospitals. Since beginning her career with Landmark in 2005, Charlotte has served in many capacities involving patient care and clinical education, including Respiratory Manager, Lead Clinical Liaison and now in her current role as Corporate Director of Business Development. In collaboration with facility CEOs, Charlotte coordinates the Clinical Liaison teams at all Landmark Hospitals, helping them educate physicians, case managers and patient families on the benefits Landmark Hospital brings to the patient care community.

Prior to joining Landmark Hospitals, Charlotte served the medical community for 17 years in the respiratory care field, mostly in Intensive Care settings. Her business acumen was refined by spearheading the expansion of a durable medical equipment company from one to three local offices due to increase in demand for its services and products.

Since arriving at Landmark Hospitals, Charlotte has played a vital role in the opening of four new Landmark locations and garnering physician and referral support. With Charlotte, it’s more than the business of healthcare that drives her; she values the opportunity to meet with clinicians, discharge planners and physicians across the country helping them to understand the benefits of placing their patients in the specialized care provided at Landmark Hospital.

Gretchen Blake Gretchen Blake, MSL, BS-BQM

Corporate Compliance Officer
Corporate Director, Quality, Patient Safety and Standards

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 key-note speaker in several national seminars sharing lessons learned from being a grass-roots co-leader in the Wichita Citywide Collaborative effort which 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.

Gretchen 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.

Lisa Ball Lisa Ball, RHIA

Corporate Health Information Management Director

Lisa Ball joined the Landmark team in August 2015 and brings more than 30 years of experience in Health Information Management. Prior to Landmark, Lisa has been an Associate Director, HIM at Yale New Haven Health System, as well as Corporate Director, Coding for Essentia Health. Lisa has held the position of Director of HIM at facilities ranging from 120 beds to 900 beds and has also served as an Assistant Vice President for HIM for a large healthcare corporation. She has also served as a Functional Market Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management and is an RHIA.

Jeremy Johnson Jeremy Johnson, MBA, CMRP

Corporate Director of Supply Chain Management

Jeremy Johnson joined Landmark in June 2015. Jeremy comes to us from Optim Healthcare where he served as the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management since 2004. His expertise is in contract compliance, inventory control, product standardization, supply expense reduction plans and ancillary service implementation strategies. Jeremy provides oversight and process improvements for the supply chain system at all Landmark Hospitals.

Jeremy’s supply chain experience started in 1998 as CEO and owner of a retail company for differently abled children. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and MBA in Supply Chain and Logistics Management. Jeremy is certified (CMRP) through the American Hospital Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), board certified by NATA as a certified/licensed Athletic Trainer and serves on AHRMM's education committees.

Jeremy’s expertise includes implementing operational functions in Purchasing/Materials Management for critical access hospitals and many various clinical specialty sites. He developed DME/POS processes and has directed Joint Commission Accredited DME-POS, Respiratory and Home Health organizations.

Jeremy consults and lectures throughout the United States for groups consisting of many topics including “Building a Strategic team while Driving Supply Chain Revenue to the Bottom Line” and “Generating a Revenue Producing Supply Chain”.

Ana Kukaj Ana Kukaj,

Corporate Director of Finance

Ana Kukaj joined Landmark in July 2015. She started her accounting career in healthcare as an Assistant Controller in the Health Management Associates CFO training program in the 100 bed Physicians Regional – Collier hospital in Naples, Florida. She was promoted to Controller in 2012. Most recently, she served as the System Assistant CFO for the two hospital Physicians Regional Healthcare system owned by Community Health Systems.

Ana earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida Gulf Coast University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Kimberly Smith Kimberly Smith,

Corporate Business Office Director

Kim Smith joined Landmark in February 2006 and received her Medicare billing certificate that same year. She has over 21 years of healthcare experience working in both for-profit and not-for -profit hospitals. Kim began her career in the medical field at Southeast Missouri Hospital in 1995 as a Monitor Technician on the cardiac unit. She earned the respect of administration and physicians with her leadership style which allowed her to assume the management position over two physician practices. In this role she was responsible for Medicare and Non-Medicare billing and then was promoted to manage several business offices.

Her billing experience allowed her to gain the expertise to become the Corporate Business Office Director for Landmark Hospitals. In this role she and her team are responsible for inpatient billing for seven hospitals in addition to physician billing and admission intake.

While working at Southeast Hospital Kim was chosen to receive the distinguished O.D. Niswonger Spirit of Southeast award.

Tara Breese Tara Breese,

Sr. Corporate Clinical Recruiter

Tara Breese joined Landmark Hospitals in 2016 as our Sr. Corporate Clinical Recruiter. She primarily handles the recruitment for our clinical and leadership positions. In addition to recruiting and hiring top talent, she manages the recruitment marketing/advertising, employment branding and social media.

Tara has a Bachelor's degree in Human Services and nearly 20 years of experience in Human Resources/Recruitment, primarily with healthcare companies, handling everything from entry level to executive level roles. She spent nearly 10 years in a corporate setting, as a Recruiter for Blue Cross and then became a Recruitment Manager for Sonora Quest Laboratories. As the Recruitment Manager, she oversaw the hiring process for 100+ positions and developed ongoing training for hiring managers on interviewing and the hiring process.

For the last 10 years, before joining Landmark, she worked as a Recruitment Consultant for a wide variety of clients, including managed care companies, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Tara has also consulted on special projects, such as implementing and configuring new applicant tracking systems, developing policies and procedures and training. Tara is passionate about matching top talent to positions within the company and has always found it the most rewarding part of her career.