At Surgical Solutions, our mission is two-fold: (1) to provide the support services to your physicians, surgeons, and nurses that allows them to perform at the top of their licenses when delivering patient care, and (2) to provide cost-savings, efficiency and throughput gains at your institution that are crucial in our current healthcare environment of “do more with less” and “value-based care.” A partnership with Surgical Solutions will enable you to operate as economically, efficiently and profitably as possible, while supporting the highest possible job satisfaction to your physicians, surgeons, and nurses.
Surgical Solutions was founded on the premise that physicians and nurses in the operating room deserve to operte at the top of their licenses, and hospitals should be able to share in the risk associated in their performance via compelling strategic partnerships. In the “do more with less” environment surrouding US hospitals and healthsystems, we believe that outsourced partners like Surgical Solutions can play a strategic role in achieving this challenging goal. To do so, we bring together dedicated, driven, and team-oriented people with a passion for excellence in service. We value transparency and strive to over-deliver to our customers each and every day.
Our team is replete with an array of diverse, talented people, each of whom has achieved excellence in his/her own careers, and most of all, are compassionate and passionate people who wake up everyday striving for excellence. From executive leaders ranging from those with decades of health care experience to private equity veterans to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and others in between, our leadership team strives to deliver best in class strategic thinking and service to each of our existing and future potential clients. This culture of excellence permeates all levels of the organization. We view ourelves as ‘guests in your home’ in the clinical environments in which we work, a tight-knit and high performing team striving to serve as a steady drumbeat of excellence each and everyday in your institutions.
As of January 2018, Alyssa was named the CEO of Surgical Solutions by private equity firm Sterling Partners. Within six months, she was named one of Crain’s Chicago’s “Notable Women in Health Care” (June 2018), and made the list for a second year in a row in 2019. She was also been named one of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare in 2019. Starting in 2014, Alyssa joined the ranks as a lecturer-in-management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business teaching a sold-out class annually on the Dynamics of the Global Wine Industry. As of June 2019, she was also named an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth Business School. From 2005-2015, Alyssa served as the founder & CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc., the leading interactive media company in the U.S. wine, craft beer, and artisanal spirit industries. During the Bottlenotes years, Alyssa was named one of Inc. Magazine's “30 Under 30” coolest entrepreneurs in America (September 2008)” and routinely one of the wine industry’s top 25 of 100 most influential people by Intowine.com, from 2012 onward. Bottlenotes also received the “Best Advertising and Marketing Company” and the “People’s Choice Award” at the Empact 100 in September 2013 at the United Nations, honoring the top 100 companies with founders under 35. Starting in 2015, Alyssa has also served as the Managing Partner at AJR Ventures, a strategic advisory firm for Fortune 500, $500MM+ privately-held companies, and private equity firms on their new business unit/new market development, digital and e-commerce strategies. Alyssa earned a B.A. in Political Science and the History of Art from Yale University in 2000 and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2005. At Yale, she earned the Frank M. Patterson prize for the best essay on the American political system for her senior thesis on public housing reform in Chicago. Alyssa is honored to have been appointed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in 2015 to serve a four-year term on the board of directors of the Illinois Housing Development Authority. She served on the organization’s audit committee with $1B of assets and $100MM operating expenses during her tenure. In November 2019, ForbesBooks released Alyssa’s second book entitled Leadership and Life Hacks: Insights from a Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur, and Executive. When not immersed in business and civic life, Alyssa loves to run track, do yoga, ski fast, and try as hard as possible to decipher a slider from a curve ball from her husband, 1990 MLB World Series champion and current partner at X10 Capital, Hal Morris. Alyssa and Hal are the proud parents of Audrey Margaret Morris and Henriette Daniella Morris.
Logan has a background in finance and accounting and spent the previous four years working in the finance department for Sterling Partners, a middle-market buyout private equity firm in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to that, he spent three years with EY’s assurance practices in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. Logan received a bachelor’s degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington and a Master of Science in Accountancy degree from the University of Notre Dame. Logan is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Tracy is Managing Partner of TYW Consultants, a consulting and advisory firm that provides services to businesses to improve financial and operation performance. Tracy brings her expertise in finance and operations to Surgical Solutions to drive, accelerate and implement the key initiatives to enhance results.
Chief Clinical Advisor
Tony Dawson is a highly regarded Senior Health Care Administrator. His success lies in evaluating operations, strategic planning, and in leading the development/implementation of short-and long-term goals. Tony is valued for his ability to identify and implement the initiatives necessary for regulatory requirements, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission, and the Department of Health. His career with New York-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital spans 25-plus years; he most recently served as NYP’s SVP Chief Operating Officer and, prior to that, as the VP Clinical Operations for Milstein Hospital and Heart Center. Tony holds an MSN, in Nursing Administration from Hunter College, and a BSN, Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing, as well as a Diploma in General & Psychiatric Nursing from St. Michael’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.
SVP of Sales & Customer Experience
Amy is a seasoned medical device executive with more than 25 years of experience who is passionate about high growth, complex medical markets, building teams and developing others to reach their potential. She has an undergraduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Amy has held various commercial positions of increasing responsibility from award-winning sales professional to leading a high performing team of more than 135 sales professionals as VP of Sales for both Regional and National sales forces.
VP of Business Development
Jodi Levine is an independent healthcare consultant, focusing on provider strategy, business development and managed care. With an undergraduate degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Ms. Levine has held leadership positions with a focus on driving growth across both provider and vendor organizations. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Gateway Foundation, the largest not-for-profit substance abuse provider in the US. In that role, Ms. Levine reported directly to the CEO, built infrastructure for scalability, and managed marketing, sales and payer contracting.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Ancelmo Lopes currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Surgical Solutions. He is a proven healthcare executive with over thirty years of experience in building and managing health care companies. He has held key senior executive positions and board seats across the healthcare industry with expertise in the payer market in general and the Medicaid payer sector in particular, as well as the hospital and health system sector, and physician practice solutions. He also serves on the board of PhyMed Healthcare Group (anesthesia and related services). He has held previous executive roles and board seats with the following companies: CEO, President and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Ameritox (toxicology lab for pain and mental health medications); Senior Vice President/Medicaid of Coventry Health Care (Medicaid managed care); Interim President and CEO of Saint Louis ConnectCare (BJC Health System’s community healthcare provider); CEO and President of Harmony Health Plans (Medicaid managed care); President of The Prudential Health Care Plan Mid-Atlantic Operations (payer sector); and Vice President of Johns Hopkins Health Plan (payer sector). In addition, Ancelmo has served on the boards of numerous community nonprofit, public policy, educational and professional organizations, and is a current member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He holds a B.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Cherilyn G. Murer, J.D., C.R.A., is the President and CEO of CGM Advisory Group LLC, which provides strategic business planning and other executive services to businesses and organizations. She is the former Founder, President, and CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc., an international, legal-based healthcare consulting firm sold in January 2017. Cherilyn has been an active voice in the advancement of quality, cost-effective health care and higher education for more than three decades. She has authored seven advanced textbooks on healthcare issues and published more than 180 scholarly articles in trade publications. In addition, she serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards of directors. She has served on the advisory council of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, was appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, and served as chairman for the Buck Advisory Council. In 2017, she was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to a six-year term on the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She previously served for 12 years on Northern Illinois University's Board of Trustees where she was elected chairman for two consecutive terms (2007-2009 and 2011-2013). In addition, she now serves on the Board of Lebanese American University chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Ms. Murer graduated with a B.A. from Lewis University and received her law degree with honors from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Jay Istvan is the CEO of Suture Express, a mid-size, PE owned specialty distributor of surgical products headquartered in the Kansas City area. He brings 23 years of healthcare consulting experience and eight years of executive operating experience with The Boston Consulting Group, Bain and eLoyalty. Jay has an expertise in medical technology, distribution, and home health and has had extensive consulting leadership across the pharmaceutical value chain and in medical devices. He began his career as a Project Engineer at Abbott Laboratories in the Diagnostic division. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University, he completed his Master of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.
Steven M. Taslitz is Co-Founder, Senior Managing Director, and Chairman of Sterling Partners, a private equity firm where he has been responsible for strategic planning and investment policy. In addition to overseeing the growth and investment strategies of the Sterling, he has held executive roles and sat on the board of directors of many of Sterling's portfolio companies. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board at Ceres Real Estate Partners, is a Director of Laureate Education, and was a Director of Atlantic Premium Brands, Cognitive Concepts, Ameritox, Educate Online, Meritas, and Progressus Therapy, LLC. Additionally, Steven has been active in a number of non-profit organizations and educational charities, including the Illinois Board of Higher Education, President of the Glencoe Educational Foundation, and the Investment Committee of the Jewish United Fund. He received a BS in Accountancy with Honors from the University of Illinois.
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Surgical Solutions didn’t just bring equipment-related best practices—it brought leadership and improved the culture of the OR. And the intent of all of that is to better care for the patient.