Stroudwater Associates Announces Executive Leadership Changes and Staff Promotions

January 15, 2019 – Portland, Maine – Stroudwater Associates, a leading national healthcare consulting firm with offices in Atlanta, Nashville, and Portland, Maine, announced executive leadership changes, three staff promotions, and the move of its remaining founder to emeritus status.

Marc Voyvodich, who co-created the firm in 1985, stepped away from his Board of Directors Chair and Principal Consultant roles; he will stay on as a Senior Advisor with the firm he helmed for more than 30 years. As part of Voyvodich’s legacy, every employee now has a ‘partnership’ stake via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), enabling the firm to thrive after his retirement. “I’m very proud to move on to my next adventure while the firm continues to grow and prosper,” said Voyvodich.

New Leadership Structure

Robert Kirsch, MBA, CFA, who served as the firm’s Managing Director for five years, is now a co-practice leader for the firm’s Affiliations & Partnerships practice as well as the emerging Performance Improvement practice at the firm. Kirsch has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, with a focus on empowering clients through periods of change and chartering a strategic course through distress and challenge.

Eric Shell, MBA, CPA, the longtime leader of the firm’s Rural practice, is now Chair of the Board of Directors. With nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare financial management and consulting, Shell’s areas of focus include assisting Rural and Community Hospitals, rural health clinics, and physician group practices to improve financial and operational performance and develop strategic and operational plans.

Jeffrey Sommer, MPP, is the firm’s new Managing Director. Previously, Sommer was the leader of Stroudwater’s Affiliations & Partnerships and Capital Planning & Access service lines. For 25 years, Sommer has focused on assisting clients with strategic initiatives, including planning and executing major capital projects, analyzing strategic options, crafting of innovative affiliations and executing business development opportunities.


Gail Belt, formerly the firm’s Assistant Administrator, was promoted to the role of Administrator. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Belt was the Assistant Business Manager for Portland Radio Group.

Laurie Daigle was promoted to Senior Consultant. Daigle is a certified professional coder with more than 24 years of experience in hospital revenue cycle, physician practice management and insurance relations. She focuses on revenue cycle accountability, auditing, compliance mitigation, training, education and business office management. She has recently served as Interim Revenue Cycle Director for at-risk hospitals, implementing sustainable, action-based revenue cycle improvements to ensure hospital financial viability.

Heidi Larson, MD, MBA, was promoted to Senior Consultant. Larson, a family physician with more than 20 years’ clinical experience, is passionate about leveraging the power of relationships to build strong primary care networks. Bringing entire practice teams together and helping to define shared values and goals, Larson helps organizations establish a framework for constructing scalable and adaptable models for change.

About Stroudwater

Stroudwater Associates is a leading national healthcare consulting firm. We focus on strategic, operational, and financial opportunities where our perspective offers the highest value. As an employee-owned company, we’re proud of our 34-year partnership with Rural and Community Hospitals, community hospitals, healthcare systems, and large physician groups. Services include:

Performance Improvement

·       Operational Improvement & Restructuring

·       Provider Practice Operations Improvement

·       Staffing & Productivity Improvement

·       Revenue Cycle Solutions

·       Post-Acute Care Operations

·       Payor Contracting Advisory

·       Clinical Quality Improvement


Strategic Advisory

•        Mergers, Affiliations & Partnerships

•        Strategic Planning

•        Population Health Strategies

•        Physician-Hospital Alignment

•        Strategic Facility Planning

•        Capital Planning & Access

•        Post-Acute Care Strategy


Founded in 1985, Stroudwater has offices in Portland (Maine), Nashville and Atlanta.