15 years with apogeeBio
Michael W. Gregory, MD – Chairman
Dr. Michael Gregory received his medical degree from the University of Texas in 1993 and completed his general surgery residency in 1998 at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. During his third year of surgery residency, Dr. Gregory founded American Physicians, Inc. (API), which, under his leadership, grew into the largest Hospitalist group in Arizona.
In 2002, Dr. Gregory founded Apogee Medical Group, Inc. (d/b/a Apogee Physicians) based on the vision of, “What’s best for the patient is best for the practice.” ™. “It wasn’t until we, the physicians, were in control of the practice that I felt our vision could become a reality.”
Apogee´s original business plan ended with 22 doctors in 2 local hospitals. Now, 13 years later, more than 750 physicians and nurse practitioners nationwide call Apogee home. When asked what has fueled Apogee’s explosive growth, Dr. Gregory replies, “Our growth has never been driven by a desire to be bigger. It has been driven by the understanding that if we do not create opportunities for our star talent, our competition will. Growth creates opportunity, and great people crave opportunity.” Throughout his life, Dr. Gregory has maintained an impassioned commitment not only to the health care industry but also to social issues and philanthropic efforts. In 2007, in an effort to give back to the profession that has given Dr. Gregory so much, Apogee granted the first and only full-ride scholarships in Arizona history to allow worthy students to attend medical school. Also, Apogee currently provides millions of dollars a year in free health care to underprivileged patients.
15 years with apogeeBio
Steve G. Cervi-Skinner, MD – Chief Medical Officer
As an Apogee founder, Dr. Steven Cervi-Skinner has been instrumental in Apogee’s success, having seen the first Apogee patient in early 2002. He began his career with Apogee as the Program Director of our first program, Valley Lutheran Hospital. After two years with the group, Dr. Cervi-Skinner became our Chief Medical Officer. In this role, he has implemented processes and programs that have shaped the group into what it is today: the country’s largest physician-owned, physician-led, Hospitalist group.
Along with Apogee Chairman Dr. Michael Gregory, Dr. Cervi-Skinner has worked to define what Apogee will be. He plays a major part in the on-going re-development of Apogee University, our training and orientation processes that each medical staff member goes through to ensure they have the tools they need to provide the best, most effective care to every patient, every time.
Dr. Cervi-Skinner realized that most physician practices blindly promote their best physicians into a management role. However, he also knew that “the best player is rarely the best coach” and that “physicians respond to leadership, not management.” He then founded Apogee’s quarterly Program Director Leadership Summits, where Apogee’s physician leaders gather four times a year to promote and refine their leadership skills.
Dr. Cervi-Skinner has always believed that our physician talent represents Apogee’s greatest strength and most important asset. He is passionate that, “for Apogee to realize its potential and fulfill its vision, Apogee must be the best place for the best Hospitalists in the world to call home.” This has led Dr. Cervi-Skinner to create and lead our most critical department, Physician Relations. This department has the single task of ensuring that our physicians have the best possible experience as they evaluate opportunities with Apogee. The department has become so successful that Apogee is likely the only Hospitalist group in the country with more candidates than available positions.
14 years with apogeeBio
Peter W. Thompson, MD – Chief of Clinical Operations
Dr. Peter Thompson joined Apogee Physicians in 2003. He has opened and led many Apogee Hospitalist programs in Oregon and Arizona as a Program Director. During his time as a practicing Hospitalist, Dr. Thompson was honored with Apogee’s “Resilience Award” in 2005 and “Program Director of the Year” award in 2006, and several of his sites won “Program of the Month” awards.
Upon joining Apogee´s national leadership team in July 2009 as Director of Quality and Compliance, Dr. Thompson stated, “Participating in Apogee University is a privilege and a chance to get to know and support the providers who make up the teams of Hospitalists as they prepare to start their careers with Apogee at our partner hospitals.”
Since becoming Chief of Clinical Operations in May 2010, Dr. Thompson has been responsible for providing physician, program, and hospital-partner support to foster Apogee´s vision of, “What´s best for the patient is best for the practice.”™ Dr. Thompson has played a key role in developing such new positions as Director of Clinical Operations (DCO). DCOs provide leadership to our facilities´ Program Directors while also acting as liaisons with our partner hospitals and ensuring direct contact with the home office.
Dr. Thompson obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Following residency, he joined a growing primary care group in Eugene, Oregon, where he served on the Board of Directors and chaired numerous committees for the medical group and hospitals in which he practiced. Thompson states:
There came a time in my medical career when I felt I could best serve patients by being solely in the hospital as an inpatient physician. I helped to develop my medical group’s hospital service in Eugene, but it was in hearing of Apogee and meeting its leaders that I became inspired to contribute my time and energy to the Apogee cause: Delivering the Apogee Promise of Safety, Quality, Service, and Value.”
10 years with apogeeBio
Amy Maverick, MD – Chief Compliance Officer
Dr. Maverick received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 and completed her Internal Medicine Residency in 2002 at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
Joining Apogee in 2006, she led our San Antonio program and team as a Program Director for 6 years.
In 2012 she joined Apogee’s Senior Leadership team as Chief Compliance Officer. Dr. Maverick oversees all aspects of the Apogee Corporate Compliance Program and reports to the President and other Senior Leadership team members regarding compliance issues.
Since taking on the Compliance role, Dr. Maverick continuously works with internal and external resources to refine and enhance Apogee’s compliance efforts. She oversees and coordinates responses to questions and concerns, and develops and provides education to providers and other employees regarding compliance issues.
Dr. Maverick also plays a key role at Apogee University, the Program Director Academy, and Program Director Summit by providing up-to-date education to ensure the Apogee Promise.
13 years with apogeeBio
Karen J. Harwell, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Joining Apogee in the fall of 2004, Ms. Harwell first oversaw the design and development of a new accounting infrastructure, providing timely financial information to the executive leadership team. During her tenure, these systems enhanced Apogee’s efficient growth of over 400% where they now serve more than 80 hospitals in 28 states.
As the Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for accounting, tax, contracts and benefits administration for the Apogee family.
Apogee’s mission is to provide the best care to patients, the best home to physicians and the most value to partner hospitals. It is Ms. Harwell’s responsibility to ensure Apogee continues to provide the best Hospitalist programs across the country in a financially sustainable manner.
Ms. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northern Arizona University and prior to joining Apogee she served as the Chief Accounting Officer for Bionutrics, Inc. (BNRX), a nutraceutical company, and had served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Lions Eye and Tissue Bank, then the third largest eye bank in the United States.
Kevin W. Gregory, MBA – Chief of Non-Clinical Operations
Kevin Gregory was recruited to Apogee in 2006 to implement the next phase in its information and infrastructure systems. Within his first year, Mr. Gregory created an entirely new enterprise level information system. Known as ICE, Apogee’s new information infrastructure provides industry leading features offered by no other Hospitalist company. His role includes oversight of Apogee’s second largest department, Patient Information Coordination.
After receiving his MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1993, Mr. Gregory subsequently founded a software-consulting firm that counted Fujitsu/ICL, American Airlines, and Turner Private Networks among its largest clients. He moved into the health care space in 2003 when he became Chief Technology Officer of Smaart Medical Systems, a PACS company. Mr. Gregory developed the image transmittal and management technology including a de-centralized, global image management network, responsible for transmitting over 1 Terabtye of data each day.
Michael Bell – Chief of Business Development
As our Chief of Business Development, Michael Bell investigates and develops new business opportunities. He joined Apogee Physicians in 2010 and comes to us with 25 years with Business Development experience in the health care arena.
For nearly eight years, he served as the Vice President of Business and Strategic Development for a large Hospitalist group. Previously, he served in the same capacity at Dermatology Partners, a national physician practice management firm specializing in the acquisition and management of dermatology practices. He was also the National Director of Business Development at Pediatrix Medical Group, the nation’s largest physician practice management group dedicated to the medical specialty of neonatology.
7 years with apogeeBio
Dennis Klein, DO — Division I President
After graduation, Dr. Dennis Klein was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and completed his internship and residency in family medicine at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Camp Pendleton, California. He served as an officer in the US Navy Medical Corp in Washington, North Carolina, and California, along with several overseas deployments, including a tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His time spent as a Medical Officer aboard a US Aircraft Carrier and in combat zones honed his ability to accept new challenges and adapt to unique environments.
Following his military service, Dr. Klein moved to east Tennessee and joined a group practice in Morristown. There, he provided a full spectrum of care to his patients, including inpatient services. He was elected by his peers to serve as Chief of Staff at Morristown Hamblen Hospital, where he also served on the Board of Directors at Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown. He started his career with Apogee in 2010, becoming the Program Director. While at Lakeway, he earned the distinction of Apogee’s Program Director of the Year in 2011. As a result of Dr. Klein’s superior clinical skills and demonstrated leadership, he was promoted and transferred to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, in 2013, to become Apogee’s Division 1 President.
8 years with apogeeBio
Jaime Upegui-Gomez, MD — Division II President
Dr. Jaime Upegui-Gomez received his medical degree from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivarian Medical School in Medellin, Colombia, South America, in 2003. He worked three years as an ER Attending and Director before coming to the United States to pursue his Internal Medicine residency. Dr. Upegui-Gomez completed his residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Centre at Columbia University in New York City, New York, in 2009.
Dr. Upegui-Gomez began his career with Apogee Physicians in 2010 and quickly became the Program Director at Women and Children’s Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Later in 2010, he was asked to join Apogee’s Physician Relations team and began working with other residency students who were searching for the “Destination Workplace.” Over the next two years, Dr. Upegui-Gomez continued to grow his role in Physician Relations while also fulfilling the role as Program Director at programs in Yakima, Washington; Spokane, Washington; and Spokane Valley, Washington. As a result of Dr. Upegui-Gomez’s superior clinical skills and demonstrated leadership, he was promoted to Division 2 President.
5 years with apogeeBio
Michael Marvinny, DO — Division IV President
Dr. Marvinny received his associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Biology from Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., and Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., respectively. He also received his Medical Degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky. Dr. Marvinny completed both his intern year and Internal Medicine Residency at Easton Hospital in Easton, PA and served as Chief Resident during his last year of Residency. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American Osteopathic Association.
Dr. Marvinny started with Apogee Physicians 2006. He held Program Director positions in Medford, OR and Danville, VA before being promoted to Director of Clinical Implementation. In this role, Dr. Marvinny worked with partner hospitals to integrate Apogee processes, trained and supported new hospitalist teams, built relationships within the hospital departments and worked with Administrative teams to develop an integrative approach to patient care. As a result of Dr. Marvinny’s superior clinical skills and demonstrated leadership, he was promoted to Division 4 President in 2015.