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Leadership

  • Jason Zachariah is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Kindred Healthcare. He served as President of Kindred Rehabilitation from August 2016 – January 2020. Jason joined the company in 2006 and has served in several leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer of Kindred Rehabilitation and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of the California and Arizona district for Kindred’s Hospital Division. During his tenure, Jason also oversaw the strategic growth and development of the rehabilitation hospital business, including the successful integration of Centerre and TherEX. Jason earned a bachelor of science degree with distinction in biology from Duke University. He went on to earn a master of science degree in biotechnology from Northwestern University and an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern. Jason is currently on the board of the Kentuckiana Chapter of the American Heart Association. From 2014-2017, he served on the board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers of America.
  • Russ Bailey serves as President for Kindred’s joint-venture Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals and contract-management acute rehabilitation units (ARUs). Previously, Russ served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Kindred’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities in addition to COO and DVP of Operations for the South, Midwest and West regions for Kindred. Russ joined Kindred after the Centerre merger in January 2015. Prior to the merger, Russ served as CEO of Texas Rehabilitation Hospital as well as the VP of Operations for the West Region of Hospitals. Before joining Centerre, he worked for 12 years at another large inpatient rehab provider in various positions, including Area Director of Operations in Texas. Russ began his professional career as a physical therapist in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida and his MBA from Troy University. He is currently licensed within the state of Texas and holds various certifications including neuro-developmental techniques and lymphedema.
  • Laird Smithson joined Kindred in April 2014 as Division Vice President of Finance and Regional CFO for Kindred at Home. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Kindred Rehabilitation where he leads the hospital rehabilitation business, including acute rehabilitation units, outpatient clinics, contract therapy in medical surgery units and long-term acute hospital therapy. Prior to joining Kindred, Laird served as Vice President of Finance for Gentiva Health Services. He has held a variety of roles in finance, operations and strategic planning with United Health Group, AIM Healthcare, Emdeon (formerly WebMD), Nissan North America and Ford Motor Credit Company. He currently serves on the UDSmr Executive Advisory Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Adult Literacy Council and the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Laird earned his bachelors in business administration from the University of Georgia and MBA from Belmont University.
  • Marty Mann has more than 25 years of healthcare sales and consulting experience. As Sr. Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Kindred Healthcare, Marty is focused on developing strategic joint venture, management and consulting partnerships with hospitals and health systems throughout the country. His work involves extensive strategic, operational, financial and clinical interaction with hospital c-suite and boards of directors.

    Prior to his current role, Marty was Vice President of Business Development for Kindred Rehabilitation as well as RehabCare, which was acquired by Kindred in 2011. Prior to joining Kindred, Marty served as Vice President of Sales for Cardinal Health and Vice President of the Midwest Region for NeoDyme Technologies Corporation, a provider of maintenance risk management for high-tech capital equipment in the healthcare market.

    Marty has a bachelor of science from the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) - CHEF Region, several joint venture rehabilitation hospital partnership boards, and is active in other local organizations.
  • Mary Van de Kamp, MS/CCC-SLP, is the Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President of Administration for Kindred Rehabilitation. Her responsibilities include overseeing quality initiatives and measurement across all aspects and business lines of the rehabilitation division. Mary has served in leadership positions with Kindred since 1995, in both clinical and operational capacities, with the primary focus of attaining clinical excellence. She excelled in providing innovative clinical leadership to internal and external customers, and helped assess, monitor and improve quality and clinical goals and outcomes. She also established process oversight and reporting in collaboration with compliance and legal departments. She has served as a technical expert for many organizations, including the American Health Care Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she supported appropriate quality and reimbursement in post-acute rehabilitation services. Prior to joining Kindred, Mary provided speech-language pathology services across the spectrum of care in various rehabilitation settings.
  • Sally Brooks, MD, is Chief Medical Officer for Kindred Rehabilitation. In her role, Dr. Brooks fosters partnerships with physicians and physician groups, healthcare systems and insurance organizations. She also provides educational support, tools and resources to engage and develop medical director physician leaders with the goal of providing high-quality, patient-centered and efficient rehabilitation services. She works with medical directors and leading experts to leverage best practices across sites of care, advocating safe and effective care transitions and high-quality outcomes. She has vast experience across the spectrum of care, including rehabilitation training during her geriatrics fellowship. Dr. Brooks joined Kindred Healthcare in November 2009 as Vice President and Medical Director in the company’s Nursing Center Division. She was appointed to CMO, Kindred Rehabilitation in January 2015. Before joining Kindred, Dr. Brooks was employed by UnitedHealth Group and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield where she developed and implemented Medicare and Medicaid clinical programs that serve both ambulatory and nursing center populations. Dr. Brooks practiced in ambulatory and inpatient settings focusing on senior adult care prior to launching her career as a physician executive. Dr. Brooks holds degrees in pharmacy and biology in addition to her medical degree. She is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, and Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American Geriatrics Society.
  • Brian Samberg is the Division Vice President of Business Planning and Implementation for Kindred Rehabilitation. In this role, he is dedicated to supporting the growth of KHRS across the United States through strategic partnerships that benefit all entities and enhance patient care and outcomes. Brian is responsible for supporting the regional sales officers in the development of new relationships for the provision of rehabilitation management services, and leads the implementation process for all new clients and for existing clients with whom KHRS is expanding its relationship. Brian brings almost 30 years of rehabilitation experience to his current role. During his tenure at Kindred, he has provided leadership in various roles within market research, corporate development, customer relations and business development support. Brian also serves as Chairman of the Board of Managers for St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital (a Kindred Joint Venture IRF). Brian holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Creighton University, and a master’s in healthcare administration from Saint Louis University.
  • Claire Willman assists hospitals and health systems in the development of post-acute services in the Midwest and Southeast to be financially successful and improved patient outcomes. Claire ensures success by working to create highly efficient acute rehabilitation units, outpatient therapy clinics and acute therapy management that function at their maximum level.

    Claire’s robust operations and finance background allows her to identify opportunities and work closely with CEOs, CFOs and GCs to create the strongest partnerships possible while overseeing and directing all regulatory state and federal compliance for start-ups.

    With 30-years of experience at Kindred, Claire has worked as a director of market research, within new product development, finance and operations.

    Claire has an MBA and a bachelor’s in business administration and in psychology from Saint Louis University and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a board member of the Golf Foundation of Missouri and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
  • Erik’s role at Kindred Healthcare is to help health systems reach their strategic goals through the development of inpatient rehabilitation partnerships. His success is demonstrated through his partnerships helping expand access to critical inpatient rehabilitation services – while also being financially beneficial.

    Prior to his current role, Erik was Senior Corporate Development Director at Kindred where he was integral in developing nearly ten freestanding joint-venture inpatient rehabilitation specialty hospitals.

    Erik began his career as an administrative resident with the Sisters of Mercy Health System, and holds an MBA from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
  • Ana Frankovic is a Director, Strategic Development, for Kindred Rehabilitation. Her responsibilities include providing strategic consultation to hospital executives on acute rehabilitation for inpatient rehabilitation units and freestanding rehabilitation facilities, long-term acute care hospitals, medical-surgical and outpatient rehabilitation. Prior to joining KHRS in 2017, Ana held several sales and marketing positions at various companies, including Adheris Health. She earned her bachelor of science degree in business administration from Lindenwood University.
  • Mike Meachum is a Director, Strategic Development, for Kindred Rehabilitation. His responsibilities include providing strategic consultation to hospital executives, identifying solutions for partners and potential partners, and driving business development goals. Prior to joining KHRS in 2018, Mike served in multiple business development roles at Biomedical Innovations, a medical device manufacturer in Colorado Springs. He also directed operations at CareCore National and was Site Operations Manager at Randstad Managed Services, both in Colorado Springs. Mike has a bachelor degree in business administration from Florida State University.
  • Alvin McGrew has over 20 years of healthcare experience with expertise in the development and execution of healthcare strategy with a focus in syndications, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and service line development.

    As Division Vice President for Kindred Healthcare, Alvin is focused on developing strategic joint venture, management and consulting partnerships with hospitals and health systems throughout the country.

    Prior to joining Kindred, Alvin worked in Corporate Development for a leading addiction recovery treatment provider where he helped with the expansion of existing markets, the growth strategy and the pipeline development of new acquisition opportunities, strategic targeting, and identification of new markets.

    Alvin holds bachelor’s degree in Human and Organization Development from Vanderbilt University.