WHO WE ARE
Knowledge Capital Group [KCG] is a boutique healthcare consulting firm specializing in strategy and organizational transformation. We partner with hospital and health system leaders to devise innovative solutions to their toughest challenges – converting issues into opportunities, inefficient processes into best practices, and marginal outcomes into sustainable results.
Founded at our Managing Director’s dining room table, KCG has been delivering results for over a decade.
In 2017 & 2018, KCG was named to the 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%
WHAT WE DO
KCG serves as a strategic advisor and thought partner – working side-by-side executives of leading healthcare institutions to navigate large-scale organizational change initiatives. We confront instability and uncertainty with data-driven insights and actionable strategy to deliver fast-track solutions across three core areas:
KCG partners with healthcare leaders to devise strategies that balance a commitment to long-term vision with the agility to adapt to changing market dynamics – delivering solutions that enhance access, drive efficiency, and ensure clinical and financial accountability.Read more
KCG collaborates with hospital and health system executives to develop and implement sound partnership strategies, robust frameworks for integration, and best practice methodologies to capture synergies from the strategic alignment of new and legacy assets.Read more
KCG works alongside hospital and health system leadership to drive growth, increase margin, and set the foundation for continuous improvement – embedding strategies into the fabric of the organization that optimize productivity, efficacy, and value.Read more
MEET THE TEAM
Chris Rees, Principal, joined KCG in the fall of 2020. He has over 20 years of experience driving change within the healthcare industry. His experience as a senior leader and project manager has led to proven results in the effective coordination of highly skilled professionals to meet organizations needs and objectives.
Prior to supporting KCG, Rees served five years as the vice president of transformation for Tidelands Health, a two-hospital community health system on the coast of South Carolina. In this role, Mr. Rees provided support and leadership in the areas of quality, patient safety, performance improvement, service and physician engagement. Prior to joining Tidelands Health, he held numerous leadership roles, including director of quality, at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Rees earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and master’s degrees in business administration and health services administration at Xavier University in Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and President Elect of the South Carolina chapter of the ACHE. He is a Six Sigma master black belt and a certified Just Culture champion.
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.
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.
Cindy Pearcy, Principal, provides leadership and insight for firm engagements. She is passionate about helping clients design and implement strategy and coaching others to succeed. She has over 20 years of experience in management consulting with a focus on implementing strategic planning, implementing transformational change, governance structure design, and program and project management.
Prior to supporting KCG, Pearcy was a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s federal healthcare practice where she led a portfolio of projects including transformational change in medical supply chain, executive coaching for VA hospitals, and program management and accountability for major government restructuring programs. She regularly coached at Deloitte University’s training programs. She honed her skills in group facilitation, mentored diverse teams and is known for bringing order to chaos and leading drama-free projects.
Pearcy has been a professional consultant for over 20 years supporting the Veterans Health Administration, US Army Medical Command, USAF Air Education and Training Command, organizations at Brooks City Base, and both the 1995 and 2005 rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Prior to entering consulting, Ms. Pearcy taught graduate level courses in finance and budgeting and worked in corporate accounting and finance for General Electric and its subsidiaries.
Pearcy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Furman University, an MBA from Boston University, and certifications from GE’s Financial Management Program certification (FMP) and the Project Management Institute (PMP).
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.
Lauren Ollis, Intern, joined the KCG team in the fall of 2020. She is a junior at the College of Charleston studying international business and marketing, as well as a minor in Italian studies. In her role, Ollis supports the team on a variety of projects while also aiding internal firm operations.
Originally from Virginia, Ollis was drawn into the city by the history and beauty that surrounds the Charleston area. She joined KCG as a junior at the College of Charleston, where she studies international business and marketing and is earning a minor in Italian studies. She is also a member of the Honors College at the College of Charleston.
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.
Cheryl Petersilge, MD, MBA
Cheryl Petersilge is Founder and CEO of Vidagos Advisors, an enterprise imaging strategy firm. A respected physician, imaging leader and innovative engineer, Dr. Petersilge provides extensive expertise as a pioneer in enterprise imaging with deep knowledge in healthcare informatics. She started Vidagos in 2019 to share her unique combination of expertise and experience to healthcare institutions in need of sophisticated enterprise imaging systems that meet increasingly demanding industry standards.
As an internationally known radiologist and highly regarded physician leader at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Petersilge held numerous Chair and Medical Director positions in radiology and information technology. As informatics became increasingly important in healthcare, Dr. Petersilge was at the forefront of the movement to design best practices and establish the cutting-edge systems that informed the Clinic’s rise to global leadership in enterprising imaging.
In addition, Dr. Petersilge has held academic appointments at Case Western Reserve University / University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She has held numerous medical staff appointments at Northeast Ohio hospitals, and is widely sought as a subject matter expert, speaker, and writer with 27 peer-reviewed articles, 15 invited articles, and more than 100 book chapters published.
Dr. Petersilge is recognized among the top professionals in her field, having been selected as one of three U.S. representatives on the HIMSS International Center for Excellence for development of the Digital Imaging Adoption Model (DIAM). She is the past president of the Society of Skeletal Radiology and provides leadership for numerous professional organizations and advisory boards.
She earned her M.D. from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
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.