CARDIOVASCULAR ASSOCIATES OF AMERICA
Cardiovascular Associates of America (CVAUSA) brings together national leaders in heart and vascular care with the common mission of saving lives, reducing costs, and improving patient care through clinical innovation.
At a critical moment for the cardiovascular sector, a partnership with CVAUSA offers practices the capital resources and shared knowledge needed for expansion, while also allowing them to retain autonomy and continue their great work. Together, we’ll provide and advance the best cardiovascular treatment for patients throughout the US.
We are resourcing doctors to better serve patients with heart and vascular disease.
While delivering superior patient outcomes, we’ll add value to the overall healthcare system.
Our physician-first ethos is unique, and promotes partnership alignment and responsible growth.
CVAUSA is founded by national leaders in cardiovascular care with operational and investment experience.
CAREGIVERS TAKE THE LEAD
At CVAUSA, we believe the people who deliver the care are the same people who have the solutions to improve it. The practices we invest in will continue to drive all clinical decisions, manage local operations, and be highly involved in strategic operations. Our network will be inclusive and diverse, bringing together top cardiovascular specialists and thought leaders who offer regional perspective and broad strategic vision for the future of patient care.
"This is an exciting time for Cardiovascular Associates of America, and we are proud to be their first partner to form this premier national alliance. We are committed to delivering the highest quality care in the most cost-effective manner possible, and that aligns directly with CVAUSA. This network allows us to transform the way cardiovascular care is delivered, make care delivery more efficient, expand our participation and impact in clinical trials, and increase our presence within the markets we serve while positively impacting the lives of more patients."
— Edmund Coyne, M.D., F.A.C.C.
President of Cardiovascular Medicine
DECADES OF EXPERIENCE
A Trusted Leadership Team
CVAUSA was formed by Webster Equity Partners, a private equity firm with decades of experience in physician practice management. We are led by an experienced executive team that has established a stellar track record of success in cardiovascular services and the healthcare industry.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Tim Attebery is the CEO of Cardiovascular Services of America (CVAUSA). He and Webster Equity Partners founded CVAUSA in 2021 and designed this premier network with the common goal of bringing together leading cardiovascular group practices that provide the best patient care to individuals with heart and vascular disease.
At CVAUSA, Attebery has created a business model that enables cardiovascular specialists to retain autonomy and ownership augmented by sharing best practices, executive management support, and financial support for major projects and expansion. Practices within the network will continue to drive all clinical decisions, manage regional operations, maintain their physician compensation plan, and be highly involved in strategic planning and execution at a national level.
Previously, Dr. Attebery was the CEO of the American College of Cardiology and MedAxiom. Before taking the helm at the ACC, he served as the President/CEO of Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, with oversight responsibilities for HVMC Main Campus, HVMC’s 10 outpatient locations, Hawkins County Memorial Hospital in Rogersville, and Hancock County Hospital in Sneedville. Prior to his HVMC role, Dr. Attebery was the System Vice-President of Cardiovascular Services for Wellmont Health System and CEO of Cardiovascular Associates.
He has 36 years of healthcare consulting and senior management experience including serving as the CEO of three large cardiovascular group practices. He served as the President of the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance for two years; CAA is a not-for-profit organization providing federal lobbying and advocacy for 7,000 cardiologists nationwide. He was instrumental in the initial founding of MedAxiom and the Society of Cardiovascular CT. He has authored/co-authored numerous published articles on hospital mergers, strategic planning, advanced cardiac imaging, emerging healthcare services, and healthcare IT.
He has a BS degree in Business Administration from Western Governors University; an MBA from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Haslam College of Business; and a doctoral degree in healthcare leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Fellow of, and board certified in healthcare administration by, the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Attebery is an adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University and a guest lecturer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Chief Financial Officer
Fang Xia comes from US Anesthesia Partners (USAP), Florida region, where she served as chief financial officer driving its financial strategy and performance since 2018. USAP is a private equity-backed physician-led healthcare company. Xia brings more than 17 years of extensive finance and accounting leadership experience, primarily in healthcare through partnering with physicians and administrative leaders. Xia is a CPA and holds a Master of Accountancy from Cleveland State University.
Chief Operations Officer
Suzette Jaskie has held many prominent positions in healthcare including vice president of the Cardiovascular Service Line at Ascension Wisconsin. At Ascension, Jaskie was responsible for the operating structure across 22 hospitals and associated clinics. Prior to that, Jaskie was senior vice president, Clinical, Regulatory and Medical Affairs at Corindus Vascular Robotics. Additionally, Jaskie was President of MedAxiom Consulting, establishing cardiovascular-specific management, operations, and financial services and solutions.
Chief Information Officer
Throughout his tenured career, Sunderman has provided strategic direction to executive management on technology and implementing robust enterprise-wide solutions. He has managed multi-national teams with the ability to prioritize, delegate and bring sound solutions to the table. Sunderman will provide IT strategy and solutions and guidance and report to CVAUSA’s chief operations officer, Suzette Jaskie, and partner with the physician and administrative leaders of the CVAUSA network.
Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis
Whitney L. Griffin is a Senior Leader in Finance with 20 years of experience in publicly and privately held companies. She has extensive knowledge in financial planning and analysis, reporting, and finance technologies.
Prior to joining CVAUSA, Whitney worked at United Surgical Partners International where she was the Director of Finance for one of the largest ambulatory surgery platforms in the US with more than 430 surgical facilities. She has key expertise in strategic planning, process improvement and automation, M&A acquisition onboarding, and ERP system implementations.
Griffin holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas.
Chief Development Officer
Tom Schwallie brings 20+ years of highly successful M&A leadership to CVAUSA, and for the past 15 years, he has exclusively focused on the healthcare vertical.
Prior to joining CVAUSA, Tom was the Chief Growth Officer at Duly Health and Care in Chicago, Illinois. There he developed corporate infrastructure and processes for inorganic growth initiatives and created a national pipeline of potential targets. He is a self-starter and succeeds in a fast-paced environment while being a tremendous team player.
Schwallie holds his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tom is a founding member of the non-profit organization, Making Life Better, a 70-person volunteer organization focusing on maximizing a positive financial impact on the local needs of the community. Making Life Better is in Glenview, Illinois where Tom resides.
Vice President of Practice Development
Lori Jackson is a senior leader in the cardiovascular field providing financial, operational oversight, and direction to CVAUSA.
With deep roots in Tennessee, she was instrumental in the recently formed Ballad Health System which was a merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System forming one alliance that included 21 hospitals serving 29 counties in the Appalachian Highlands of Northwest Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwest North Carolina and Southeast Kentucky. Lori understands the intricacies of working with heart centers, and Ballad Health offers two major heart centers that provide open heart, RAVR, EKOS, and diverse interventions including ECMO including 15 cardiac cath labs with 61 cardiac providers.
Jackson holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Ed Bassin, Ph.D
Senior Strategic Advisor
Ed Bassin, Ph.D
Ed Bassin, Ph.D brings more than 30 years of experience to CVAUSA. Bassin is a nationally recognized expert in alternative payment models for healthcare delivery. He will spearhead CVAUSA’s vision to develop and implement a new payment model which will greatly reduce the overall cost of cardiovascular care.
Most recently, Bassin has served as the President of Value-Based Long-Term Care and developed analytic models to help LabCorp and several physician practices with alternative payment models in oncology. His pioneering methods for extracting meaningful information from claims data include ways to measure efficiency, risk, and quality. Bassin also is a thought leader in the bundled payment area, participating in many task forces and national groups including the Health Care Payment Learning Action Network’s Clinical Episode Payment work group.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Larry Johnston is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Strategic Foresight Healthcare. He has over 30 years of experience as a chief executive leading cardiovascular delivery services with cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and cardiac anesthesiologists. His experiences include managing private cardiovascular practices, health system employed cardiovascular specialists, and the health system’s multispecialty physician network.
Prior to Strategic Foresight, Johnston managed the cardiovascular service line at Huntsville Health System, the 5th largest non-profit health system in the US. While at Huntsville Health System, he was responsible for all administrative aspects including strategy, quality, finance, and operations.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Scott Holbrook is Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager at PharmaLogic Holdings. In this role, Holbrook is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and execution of diagnostic and therapeutic drug products. He specializes in facilitating the translation of novel precision medicine technology from the bench to the clinical setting through unique professional experience and leadership. Holbrook will consult for CVAUSA and partner with the executive team to further understand radiopharmaceuticals and the interesting role they play in heart disease and how to bring those findings to clinicians.
"What makes CVAUSA unique is that it is cardiovascular-specific. We designed this premier network with the common goal of bringing together leading cardiovascular group practices who provide the best patient care to individuals with heart and vascular disease. Nearly half of all adults have some form of cardiovascular disease and more Americans die of heart and vascular disease than any other cause. There is a significant need to bring together the best specialists to save lives and reduce the burden of all forms of cardiovascular disease."
— Tim Attebery
CEO of CVAUSA