Gen7 Healthcare is a visionary healthcare model developed to be “The Future of Native American Health.” Our model will dramatically enhance the quality of healthcare in Indian Country, while providing new and dynamic economic
opportunities for Tribes.
We are a strategic partnership that combines extensive experience in healthcare technology and operations, as well as Tribal leadership, operations oversight and American Indian policy development.
Tribal leaders, are you asking yourself these simple questions about healthcare?
Is your Tribe completely satisfied with the current healthcare system?
Can your Tribe make money utilizing healthcare as a business?
How does your Tribe implement an advanced healthcare system?
Who has solutions to your Tribe’s healthcare dilemma?
How do we minimize travel for primary healthcare services?
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Gen7 Healthcare is a collaborative effort between a number of prominent healthcare and Native-owned companies focused on Native American health. Our mission is to revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered across Indian Country and
provide significant economic opportunities to the Tribes we work with.
Gen7 Healthcare came together as a direct response to the healthcare challenges facing Native American Tribes and their surrounding communities. We have seen the
erosion of care over time, the shortfall of budgets and the harm it has caused Native peoples. We understand that the current healthcare model used across Indian Country is fundamentally flawed in both operational and financial execution;
and that something must be done to change it.
The Gen7 Healthcare model has been developed to provide Tribes with an advanced alternative healthcare delivery system for their members and the region in which the Tribe is located. The
creation of a new Tribal healthcare enterprise will enhance a Tribe’s position as a Sovereign Nation, deliver a recession resistant business opportunity and provide significant economic growth for the Tribe.
Indian Country faces many severe healthcare challenges. The vast majority of existing care does not meet the level of quality that Indian Country requires. Federal government appropriations cover approximately 50 to 60 percent of actual
need within most Tribal communities. The technological needs of Tribes far outpace existing capabilities. And, more critical specialty healthcare services must be available at local Tribal facilities.
The current Indian Health Service
(IHS) model is based on an outdated system that is decades old. Advancements in specialty care, surgery, diagnostics and more have lead to a far more robust and complex healthcare delivery system that is poorly suited for historical delivery
models. Consequently, we believe that the model is beyond repair and must be replaced with a system specifically designed for current and future clinical and population needs.
Gen7 has taken a green-field approach to developing a new
model for Tribes to meet the rapidly evolving needs of healthcare in the 21st century. Under the Gen7 model each Tribe can utilize current facilities, expand specialty care, implement state of the art technology, develop a robust physician
to physician telemedicine program and utilize the resources of nationally known research and university hospital systems through partnerships with these entities.
Utilizing the Gen7 model Tribes can define the future of healthcare for
their Native people, their surrounding communities and ultimately much of rural America. The Gen7 model is designed to work with existing IHS funding and enhance it through revenue expansion, cost efficiencies and much broader coverage for
The question that we want every Tribe to ask themselves is “are we providing the best healthcare for our people; if not, how can we”?
The transformational model we developed redefines self-determination through Native American ownership and Tribal control of regional healthcare services. It is different from any other methodology undertaken thus far because it is a
comprehensive approach that touches all aspects of care delivery and financial impact. The model is based on existing healthcare capabilities and dramatically enhances care, access and financial viability through:
Redefined market demographics
Next generation IT platforms
On-site specialty care
Top-tier telemedicine programs
Partnerships with well respected healthcare companies and academic medical institutions
A patent-pending integration process
A revolutionary physician recruiting program
The model was specifically created to deliver modern clinical care to areas that have been historically underserved.
Gen7 Healthcare is designed for financial success and expansion that is recognized through:
Enlargement of the local healthcare market
Growth in healthcare services
Operational efficiencies that reduce cost
Creating the critical mass necessary for population health management
Development of new facilities
Business opportunities for new support companies
The model will fundamentally transform both the quality of care and financial performance of the Tribes we partner with.
Tribes that take control of their healthcare markets will capture one of the most powerful opportunities available to further define self-determination. Our model will accomplish this and much more.
Gen7 Healthcare delivers
tremendous value for Tribes who implement the program. There are many benefits derived from the model, however value creation can be largely summarized into two general areas:
The best clinical care available
Diverse new business opportunities that will generate revenue and profit for the Tribes who participate
The Gen7 Healthcare model is centered first and foremost on delivering the next generation of outcome based care. We do this by providing access to more specialists, expanding the number and types of services available locally, partnering
with recognized healthcare providers and academic medical institutions, recruiting the best physicians available, providing seamless information to all of the clinicians involved in the continuum of care, and measuring outcomes so we can
The Gen7 model is possible because it establishes the critical mass necessary to offer a broad array of services. We do this by serving Native and non-Native populations alike. The Gen7 concept addresses the
healthcare challenges faced by most rural populations; and is thus ultimately viable for rural markets across the United States. Gen7 Healthcare is the model through which healthcare in rural America will be delivered in the future.
addition to outstanding care, a Gen7 Healthcare implementation will drive significant financial results. We can help Native American tribes recapture 50% or more of the money that is lost through outside referral arrangements and
administrative fees. We dramatically expand the healthcare revenue base through larger service areas and the addition of new services. We implement efficiencies that lower costs and drive returns. And, the Gen7 model expands access to
healthcare in a way that allows members and non-members to participate, while still honoring traditional culture and maintaining a direct focus on the Tribe and its members. Our model will deliver dramatic improvements in net revenue,
substantially improve cash flows and drive solid returns on investment for Tribes who participate.
Gen7 Healthcare utilizes partnerships to deliver its concept. Partnerships provide us access to the highest level of expertise available in each discipline our model covers. These partnerships also help us mitigate risk, accelerate the
delivery of services and ensure quality. Our dynamic group of corporate partners includes:
Ambulatory Integration Concepts
Ambulatory Integration Concepts, LLC is the leading healthcare integration solutions
company in the United States. We offer our clients a continuum of integration services ranging from identifying opportunities, to traditional consulting services, to full turnkey outsourced integration activities. We utilize a patent-pending
process along with decades of experience to deliver results for our clients.
Our team has integrated over $2B in acquired assets, worked on over 50 transactions, developed hundreds of capital projects and has extensive experience in
all aspects of healthcare strategy, management and leadership. We have extensive experience in building and leading multi-disciplinary teams in both hospital and ambulatory environments. And, we know how to engage and motivate teams to
The Chief Strategy
Chief Strategy Group (CSG) is a North Carolina based company that specializes in bringing financial strategies to both corporate and government organizations. Michell Hicks, the
founder and president of the CSG has nearly 30 years of experience and 20 of those years at an executive level. Michell served 3 terms or 12 years as the Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians overseeing 5500 employees,
numerous service programs, multiple operational divisions and several large scale enterprises, including Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and the Murphy Harrah’s River Valley Casino.
During his tenure as Principal Chief, he significantly
enhanced healthcare services for the Tribe’s members by; constructing a state of the art hospital including a drive-thru pharmacy, a hospice care unit and a cardiac stress lab, constructing a women and children’s center with enhanced
pediatric services, implementing advanced technology through the Tribe’s broadband enterprise to advance the MRI and CT scan processes for patients, creating a state of the art wellness center with an educational focus for all ages,
re-opening an immediate care center to minimize use of the emergency room and created a family care center for employees and residents of the area, upgrading the diabetes and wound care centers to allow for advanced treatment of patients and
constructing a 100 bed jail with advanced infirmary services for inmates.
Avreo® was founded in 1997 and is a leading provider of Electronic Health Records (EHR) for Radiology, Radiology Information
Systems (RIS), Picture Archival Communications Systems (PACS), Dictation, Transcription, and Report Distribution services. Avreo utilizes a single application, single database system. This innovative approach provides healthcare
professionals with user-friendly access to information in one streamlined system. Avreo offers advanced technology and solutions tailored to a variety of healthcare organizations including hospitals, imaging centers, radiology groups,
multi-specialty organizations, and orthopedics.
Avreo utilizes an in-house engineering research and development division to create its own software solutions. The company continually seeks customer feedback and monitors market needs
to ensure adjustments to its products and solutions can be made in a timely manner. Avreo’s team of experienced professionals can address any need a hospital or healthcare organization may have with the most advanced technology available.
CMS Imaging was founded in 1987 in Charleston, SC as an independent service organization that specializes in turnkey medical equipment implementation. Today CMS Imaging offers a broad range of medical imaging
equipment and service solutions including MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray, and advanced fluoroscopic systems. CMS also offers an extensive array of strategic services including equipment lifecycle management, enterprise level capital
equipment planning, and strategic project management.
With over 30 years of experience, CMS Imaging has built a reputation based on integrity, dependability, and continuous improvement. The company’s leadership team brings decades of
experience to providing robust healthcare solutions and system implementation to a large number of clients including national health systems, regional hospital systems, ambulatory practices and others.
John Sloan President - CMS Imaging, Inc. Chairman and CEO of Avreo, Inc. Chairman of Ambulatory Integration Concepts
John Sloan, President - CMS Imaging, Inc. Chairman and CEO of Avreo, Inc. Chairman of Ambulatory Integration Concepts
John began is career working for various commercial healthcare equipment companies as an X-ray engineer where he was involved with installation and maintenance of MRI systems, Cath and Angio labs. He founded CMS Imaging, Inc. in
1987 as one of the earliest Independent Service Organization (ISO) for medical imaging. Headquartered in South Carolina, CMS Imaging is the largest medical imaging retailer in the southeast and very recently has been rated the top
ISO in the entire nation.
John seized the opportunity to enter the underserved healthcare software industry in 2000 with his acquisition of Avreo, Inc. Avreo’s expertise included a software package that read, stored and
managed a healthcare organization’s digital images and reports. Under John’s leadership Avreo became a pioneer in first solutions for Radiology that provided RIS, PACS, Dictation, Transcription and Auto Report Delivery provided
through a single application with a single data database. Avreo has achieved numerous number 1 ratings from KLAS for community hospitals and the ambulatory market, and additionally, the Frost and Sullivan Award for Product
In 2010, John wrote a business process for Ambulatory Integration that was later patented and subsequently began the company of Ambulatory Integration Concepts, LLC. The process was developed to assist hospitals
and healthcare systems with integrating and streamlining their ambulatory acquisitions into their corporate environment. AIC is a nationwide company assisting hospitals with all aspects of integration.
Michell Hicks CEO - Chief Strategy Group, Inc.
Michell Hicks, CEO - Chief Strategy Group, Inc.
Michell Hicks, CPA, has served the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) for nearly 30 years. A three-term Principal Chief of a sovereign nation, and former executive director of budget and finance for the EBCI, Michell led the
15,000-member tribe through a period of remarkable economic, developmental, and cultural advancement. Through this era of advancement, he displayed significant foresight and resolve in the financial and strategic progress of the
Tribe. He established himself as a national leader in “Indian Country” by initiating and maintaining multiple relationships with Tribal leaders, banking and financial institutions, federal and state officials, and national
While serving as executive director he negotiated numerous lending agreements on behalf of the Tribe and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, and established multiple tiers of internal controls to safeguard
Tribal assets while creating a standardized review process for all major operating and construction contracts. As Principal Chief, Michell continued to focus on ways for the Tribe to operate transparently and efficiently, creating
a comprehensive annual report that focused on the financial position and summary of program initiatives and operations. Accomplishments while serving as the top executive include:
Establishing a management team of skilled professionals
Improving the budgeting process through the implementation of needs-based budgeting
Successfully negotiating a 30-year gaming compact with the state of North Carolina
Successfully renegotiating a 7-year management agreement with Caesars Entertainment
Revitalizing fleet management policies while creating efficiencies
Advancing transaction, communication, and financial processes by utilizing advanced technology
Remarkably, through Michell’s strategic leadership the net position of the Tribe more than doubled from $366 million to nearly $800 million. Gaming has been a major contributor to this increase; however, through a major focus on
non-gaming revenues, governmental funding increased by $250 million through charges for services, as well as through operating grants and capital grants, local taxes, investment income, and other revenues. In 2013, Michell’s
administration successfully completed a $650-million casino expansion that was the sixth-largest construction project in the US at the time of construction. As his administration focused on job creation and diversity, the total
employee base of the Tribe and its entities grew from 2,500 to 5,500 during his tenure in office.
Michell has been continuously recognized for his exceptional leadership and accomplishments. In 2013 he was awarded the Tribal
Gaming Visionary and Small Business Empowerment Award by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, recognizing his leadership in the $650-million expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and the
involvement of American Indian-owned businesses in the project. In 2015, he was recognized by the Native American Finance Officers Association as the Tribal Leader of the Year. This award is given annually to a Tribal leader
displaying exceptional foresight and resolve in the economic advancement of his or her nation. Later in 2015 Michell was recognized by his alma mater, Western Carolina University, with the Professional Achievement Award at the
annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of North Carolina – Asheville.
Michell is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a bachelor of science
in business administration; Southwestern Community College with an associate of applied science in accounting; and has been a North Carolina Certified Public Accountant for over 20 years. Michell has spent many years as a girls’
basketball coach in the local Cherokee and Asheville communities. He is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Richard Divers CEO - Ambulatory Integrations Concepts
Michell Hicks, CEO - Ambulatory Integrations Concepts
Richard R. Divers is the Chief Executive Officer of Ambulatory Integration Concepts LLC, a leading healthcare integration solutions company uniquely focused on turnkey transactional integration of acquired ambulatory practices.
to joining AIC, Mr. Divers was the Vice President of Development for MedQuest Associates, Inc. where he was responsible for management services, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate development, mobile operations, capital
planning and deployment, certificate of need, strategic planning, real estate, facility and equipment service, and new product development. During his time at MedQuest Mr. Divers completed nearly twenty strategic transactions, was
responsible for the development or redevelopment of nearly fifty imaging centers, managed annual budgets in excess of $35M and led a critical transformation initiative involving thirteen hospitals.
Throughout his career,
Mr. Divers has integrated nearly $2 billion in acquired assets and worked on over 50 transactions. Mr. Divers has spoken at numerous national and regional conferences.
Mr. Divers received his undergraduate degree from Case
Western Reserve University and resides in Milton, Georgia.