STRATEGIC ADVISORY BOARD

Ed Pershing - Chairman

Mr. Pershing has co-founded multiple professional services firms specializing in healthcare related matters. His healthcare experience and expertise includes turnaround/performance improvement initiatives, long-range planning studies, development of numerous hospital and medical office projects, restructuring of healthcare organizations, liaison between boards of directors and management in crafting corporate visions and strategies, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and leasing arrangements. Mr. Pershing also has served as an expert witness on healthcare industry matters and in several Certificate of Need appeals, and represented healthcare organizations before regulatory agencies. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Mr. Pershing is a Certified Professional Accountant.

John W. 'Jack' Lacey III, M.D.

Dr. Lacey was the former Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of University of Tennessee Medical Center ("UTMC"), a 600+ bed academic medical center based in Knoxville, since 1998, and retired from UTMC in 2016. He also operated his own internal medicine practice for 32 years. Dr. Lacey graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering and the University of Tennessee (Memphis) with a Doctor of Medicine degree. He was with UTMC for 40 of the academic medical center and hospital's 60+ years. Dr. Lacey also helped create Knoxville Area Project Access, a partnership with the Knoxville Academy of Medicine and providers to give primary and specialty health services to the uninsured and medically underserved, and was the inaugural chair of the Governor's Health and Wellness Task Force, which helped raise Tennessee's national health ranking.