WHO WE ARE
Knowledge Capital Group [KCG] is the management consulting arm of healthcare financial advisory firm – Ponder. Specializing in healthcare strategy and organizational transformation, we help clients convert issues into opportunities, inefficient processes into best practices, and marginal outcomes into sustainable results.
Our style is collaborative, direct and results-oriented; we are accustomed to complex situations and believe in fast track actions. We deliver results, not studies.
Founded at our Managing Director’s dining room table, KCG has been delivering results for over a decade.
In 2017, KCG was named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of ‘Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies’
KCG was honored by Consulting Magazine in 2017, being recognized as one of it’s ‘7 Firms to Watch’
Over the past 3 years, KCG has seen a consolidated annual growth rate of over 220%
In 2019, KCG was acquired by Ponder & Co., fusing management consulting with healthcare finance expertise
WHAT WE DO
Management Consulting Services
As the regulatory environment continues to challenge long-established business strategies, healthcare organizations must pursue new, creative avenues to grow and protect revenue and market share. KCG partners with leading healthcare organizations to devise innovative & sustainable solutions to their most pressing issues – from rethinking strategy and performance optimization, to shoring up legacy structures, to pursuing M&A and other transformative transactions.Read more
Financial Advisory Services
KCG’s parent company – Ponder & Co – is a leading financial advisory firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. Whether an organization is seeking to buy or sell a hospital, access the capital markets, or determine the suitability and risk related to interest rate swaps or other derivative products, our associates at Ponder leverage over 40 years of unsurpassed experience and expertise to help navigate the changing healthcare environment.Read more
MEET THE TEAM
Emily Hecht, Consultant & Creative Lead, partners with hospital and health system leaders to drive innovation and organizational transformation across the continuum. Having a thorough understanding of the changing needs and unprecedented challenges facing the healthcare industry, Hecht leverages the unique ability to translate complex, high-level concepts into user-friendly tools to elicit meaningful outcomes for her clients. Notable projects include: the development and implementation of a redesigned funds flow model within an integrated health system environment; the strategic alignment and integration of a nationally recognized medical university’s clinical and academic enterprises; and the design and development of a multidisciplinary clinical delivery framework spanning newly-integrated provider organizations.
Hecht’s professional foundation in healthcare spans pharmaceutical research, quality improvement, and patient-facing roles. Prior to joining KCG, she earned a BA from the University of Georgia and a Master in Health Administration with honors from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was inducted into both the Upsilon Phi Delta and Alpha Eta National Honor Societies for Allied Health Professionals.
Joseph Wechsler, Principal, oversees team delivery for all firm engagements and serves as engagement leader for many of our clients’ most complex initiatives. With over 15 years of experience in both large consulting organizations and the entrepreneurial environment, Wechsler has a unique ability to drive large scale, transformation initiatives and to manage and motivate diverse project teams. As an accomplished advisory leader, Wechsler’s core strengths lie in strategic planning and execution, project and program management, leading organizational transformation, and M&A integration planning and management.
Prior to joining KCG, Wechsler was a Manager in the Finance Advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on helping global companies link business strategies with more integrated sales and operations activities.
Wechsler earned an MBA from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and a BA in Economics Management and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Anthony [Tony] Powell, Managing Director, oversees the operations of Knowledge Capital Group and serves as the executive leader on many of the firm’s largest and most complex engagements. With over 20 years’ experience as a senior strategy and operations executive, Powell works with hospital and healthcare system C-suite leaders to drive organizational transformation and deliver exceptional operational outcomes. Notable projects include: the design, development and implementation of a health system; the alignment and integration of a nationally recognized medical university’s hospital, faculty practice plan and college of medicine; the alignment of a multi-hospital community system’s ambulatory network and clinical delivery capabilities; and the development of a novel affiliation and acquisition strategy for a regional AMC.
Prior to joining KCG, Powell was a member of the executive team at Blackbaud (BLKB), a publicly traded technology-solutions company serving the global nonprofit market, where he oversaw global professional services and enterprise sales. During his tenure, his divisions consistently grew at a CAGR of 40% with the company tripling in size. Prior to Blackbaud, Powell spent nearly a decade leading regional and national nonprofits’ development functions – his last being at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Powell’s leadership at KCG has received national recognition. KCG has been included in Inc. Magazine’s ‘Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies’ for the past two years and has been featured in Consulting Magazine as both a ‘Firm to Watch’ and a ‘Fastest Growing Firm.’ Recently, Powell was appointed as an Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Powell earned a BA in Economics and English from Allegheny College.
Chrissie Hamilton, Consultant, joined KCG in Fall 2018. Her experience and interests align with engagements that drive operational or financial efficiencies and improvements. Notable projects include: the redesign of a client’s process and structure for completing its operating budget and the development of a strategic investment fund for a health system to invest in core initiatives and programs.
Prior to KCG, Hamilton spent six years in commercial banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Washington, DC area. As a Portfolio Management Officer, she was responsible for underwriting credit requests for a portfolio exceeding $900 million in loan commitments. Her clients covered both the public and private sector and spanned across various industries. Collaborating with her team, Hamilton worked with clients to understand their credit needs and deliver solutions to help meet their business goals.
Hamilton earned an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BS in Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kingsley Mooney, Senior Consultant, joined the KCG team in Summer 2018. Mooney’s passion and strength is in helping healthcare organizations recognize strategic growth and clinical improvement opportunities. Notable projects include: the design, development, and execution of a regional AMC’s affiliation strategy and the assessment of seamless care delivery across a health system’s enterprise.
Prior to joining KCG, Mooney was an Account Manager at the Advisory Board Company [ABC] — driving large, multifaceted health systems’ utilization of Advisory Board research partnerships and technology platforms. Through this exposure, Mooney identified the need for improving healthcare operations and driving performance-based results and decided to pursue her Masters in Health Administration at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her Fellowship at KCG and graduated with her degree in May 2019.
Mooney completed her undergraduate studies at Washington and Lee University, where she majored in Economics and minored in Art History.
Weller Emmons, Consultant, joined KCG in July 2019. He is passionate about helping health systems design strategies that drive sustainable growth and streamline clinical services. Notable projects include: the redesign of an AMC’s Board and governance structures to seamlessly integrate recent and future acquisitions, and facilitation of the centralization of Pathology/Laboratory services at a growing health system.
Prior to joining KCG, Emmons was a Manager in the Strategy & Innovation Group at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), where he provided analytical insight to HCA’s competitive position across the enterprise. In addition, Emmons advised several HCA hospitals on strategic planning processes to accelerate profitability via service line development, facility and access point expansion, potential M&A activity, and other sources of revenue generation. In another role at HCA, Emmons served as project manager for a multi-hospital EHR implementation team.
Emmons earned an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a BE in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Barton Duffy, Senior Consultant, joined KCG in January 2020. Duffy plays a key role in providing strategy and operational performance consulting to our healthcare clients.
Prior to joining KCG, Duffy was a Vice President of Operations at multiple Level II Trauma facilities within HCA Healthcare where he oversaw day to day operations in clinical and non-clinical departments. Through his leadership, his departments exceeded HCA Healthcare standards around labor performance, patient satisfaction, and employee engagement. Duffy has developed and executed multi-million dollar cost savings initiatives, successfully implemented hospital and emergency department throughput initiatives, as well as created 5-year strategic plans at the facility and division level for HCA Healthcare.
Duffy spent his early career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, spending nearly a decade providing audit and consulting services to insurance providers. With significant experience at the largest healthcare system in the United States, Duffy brings a knowledge base that will aid healthcare entities in driving performance and improving efficiencies.
He earned an MHA from the Medical University of South Carolina, a Master of Tax Accounting from the University of Alabama, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Alabama.
Misty Antonacci, Project Coordinator, joined the KCG team in Fall 2018. In her role, she supports the consulting team on a variety of client projects and facilitates internal firm operations.
Originally from New Jersey, Antonacci fell in love with Charleston on her many childhood trips to the city. She joined KCG as senior at the College of Charleston, where she studied math with a focus in actuarial studies, earned a minor in women’s and gender studies, and completed research on women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College at the College of Charleston in May of 2019.
Rachel Bradley joined the KCG as an undergraduate intern in the fall 2019. A senior at the College of Charleston, Rachel is pursuing a B.S. in Economics, a B.A. in International Studies, and a minor in Math. She is a member of the College’s Honors College as well the William Aiken Fellows Program, International Scholars Program, and Market Process Scholars Program.
Rachel enjoys being involved on campus and holds leadership positions in two student organizations. In the past, Rachel has held internships with the South Carolina Community Loan Fund and Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities.
Peter Zwerner, MD
Dr. Peter Zwerner is a Professor of Medicine and the Chief Medical Officer of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) physician practice, as well as the Co-Chief Medical Officer of MUSC Integrated Health System. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of MUSC Health and has held various leadership positions with MUSC. He is committed to developing patient centric care systems and improving clinical efficiencies in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. He is focused on health system growth and major strategic initiatives that create partnerships and innovative solutions to meet patient and health system needs.
Improving health care on a global level has been a passion for Dr. Zwerner. He has led an MUSC Global Health initiative that has worked with the Tanzanian government to develop a comprehensive cardiac center of excellence at the Tanzanian National Hospital in Dar es Salaam. This capacity building work led to the first invasive cardiac catheterization performed in the country and has evolved into a sustainable clinical program that is delivering state of the art care to the citizens of East Africa.
Dr. Zwerner graduated from the George Washington University Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Prior to his appointment at the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Zwerner was CEO of a large Multispecialty Group and developed a Management Service Organization which was involved in global risk contracting.
Stefanie Owczarski PA-C, MPAS graduated from the University of Florida in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She spent a year working in Cardiology in Jacksonville, FL, before accepting a position at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003 as a Physician Assistant with the Department of Surgery. In addition to caring for the surgical needs of her patients, she is the GI & Laparoscopic Surgery Clinical Research Manager, and an EPIC Superuser. Her clinical, research, and electronic medical record skills are an absolute asset to Knowledge Capital Group’s core resources.