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 15 years
KCG has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of ‘Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies’ twice
KCG was honored by Consulting Magazine, 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:
Strategy & Transformation
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
Integration & Alignment
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
Optimization & Performance
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
David Jablonowski, Senior Consultant, joined KCG in April 2022. In his position, he will take a leadership role on projects and help the team deliver key strategic and operational optimization engagements. His background and experience involved leading complex teams and partnering with healthcare providers to deliver results in the healthcare industry.
Prior to working at KCG, Jablonowski has held roles in physician practice management and healthcare operations. Past roles include Administrative Fellow and Director of Operations with UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA; Division Administrator with the MUSC Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; and Practice Administrator with a large, independent rheumatology group in Charleston, SC. In his past roles, notable projects have encompassed planning, opening and managing a large, integrated outpatient center; optimizing team infrastructure, building team connectedness, and driving process improvements; and analyzing market and clinical data to make strategic decisions to improve operations and the overall patient experience.
Jablonowski earned an MHA from the Medical University of South Carolina and a BS in Health Policy and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.
Chrissie Hamilton, Manager, 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.
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.
Misty Antonacci, Consultant, joined the KCG team in Fall 2018. Her experience and interests align with engagements that involve the management and analysis of data. Notable projects include: the standardization of the provider recruitment workflow for a community health network and the development of a database to manage provider recruitment forecasting for an academic medical center. In her role, Antonacci also supports internal firm operations and finances.
Antonacci joined KCG though an internship during her senior year at the College of Charleston. She earned a degree in Mathematics with a focus in Actuarial Studies. She also completed a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and conducted 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 and joined KCG full time shortly after.
Katie Wagner, Consultant, joined KCG in August 2022. In her role, she supports the consulting team on a variety of strategy and performance projects.
Prior to KCG, Wagner worked at HCA Healthcare’s Trident Medical Center where she served as Associate Administrator; leading multiple departments and driving operational optimization projects. During her tenure at HCA, she partnered with multidisciplinary teams to reach care delivery goals and improve quality metrics in the hospital. Wagner also focused on processes improvement aimed at streamlining tasks, improving employee engagement and cost control.
Wagner earned both her MHA and BA from the University of Florida. She enjoys the outdoors and hiking with her pup, Romeo as well as exploring Charleston’s restaurant scene with her husband, Matthew.
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).
Lauren Ollis, Analyst, joined the KCG team in the fall of 2020. In her role, Ollis supports the team on a variety of projects while also aiding internal firm operations.
Ollis joined KCG as an intern while studying at the College of Charleston, where she earned a B.S. in International Business and minors in Marketing and Italian Studies in May 2022. She additionally graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at the College of Charleston.
Gretchen Clarke, Project Coordinator, joined the KCG team in May 2023. In her role, Clarke assists the team with an array of external engagements while also helping facilitate internal firm operations.
Clarke is currently completing a Master of Health Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to her graduate studies, Clarke attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she obtained a B.S. in Health Systems Management with a minor in Journalism. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Clarke holds certifications from the Lean Six Sigma Group [Yellow Belt] and the Project Management Institute [CAPM]. She has held previous roles within the healthcare and consulting space with internship experience in ambulatory operations and strategic health solutions.
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.
Dan Handel, MD
Dr. Handel is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Central Area of Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Prior to Atrium, Dr. Handel served as the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Indiana University Health’s South Central Region and an adjunct clinical professor of emergency medicine in the Indiana University School of Medicine. In his role, he was responsible for overseeing patient logistics, case management, quality and safety, credentialing, and the Southern Indiana Physicians medical group for an 11-country region. Additional roles have included Chief Medical Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Handel was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University along with a Master’s in Public Health. In June 2014, he completed his Healthcare MBA from OHSU, where he also served on the faculty of the Division of Management teaching process improvement and value streams. He has a Lean Six Sigma black belt certification and holds advanced degrees in public health, aeronautics and business. He lectures nationally on process improvement and improving patient flow. He is a Certified Physician Executive and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and American College of Healthcare Executives.