President & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Kusserow is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Amedisys, the largest independent provider of home health, hospice and personal care services, and member of its Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the company has re-established itself both financially and clinically as a leader in the fast-growing home health and hospice industry.
Mr. Kusserow, a healthcare industry veteran with deep expertise in driving growth strategies, previously served as President and Vice Chairman of Alignment Healthcare, Inc., an integrated clinical care company focused on providing care to the Medicare population. Prior to that, he served for five years as Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy, Innovations and Corporate Development Officer of Humana, Inc., a Fortune 75 healthcare services and benefits company.
Mr. Kusserow’s experience also includes time as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Ziegler HealthVest Fund; Managing Director of San Ysidro Capital Partners, L.L.C.; and Managing Partner of Roaring Mountain, L.L.C. He began his healthcare career with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned healthcare service companies, where he spent seven years, the last four as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Ventures. He began his career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, Inc.
Mr. Kusserow is on the boards of Picwell, New Century Health and Matrix Medical Network. Mr. Kusserow received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Philip B. Brown Scholar and an Olin Fellow. He received his Master of Arts with honors from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Chief Human Resource Officer
Sharon Brunecz, Chief Human Resource Officer for Amedisys, is a results-oriented leader with extensive expertise leading human capital strategies that drive business outcomes, including talent management, total rewards, organizational and leadership development, employee engagement, talent acquisition, metrics and analytics and mergers and acquisitions.
Most recently, Mrs. Brunecz served as the Chief Human Resource Officer for US Acute Care Solutions (USACS), the nation’s leading physician-owned provider of integrated acute care services offering emergency, hospitalist and observation medicine to hospital partners providing care to 6 million patients annually.
Prior to USACS, Mrs. Brunecz held several senior human resources leadership positions with PNC Financial Services Group. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Gerard is Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s home health, hospice and personal care divisions.
Mr. Gerard has a track record of more than 20 years’ experience in home health and hospice. He was co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of IntegraCare Home Health, where he built a single home health start-up location into 54 branches, generating $71 million in annual revenues. He sold the company to Kindred Healthcare in 2012. He then served as Vice President of South Central Region for the Kindred at Home division, currently a $2.5 billion home health, hospice and community care services business with approximately 700 locations and 42,000 employees nationwide. Mr. Gerard was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Kindred at Home, where he was responsible for integrating a $140 million home health company and standardizing processes across a division involving 187 locations, a staff of 3,300 and revenue of $360 million. Most recently, he served as President for the South Central Region of Kindred at Home with responsibility for day-to-day operations, including the integration of the Gentiva Home Health acquisition within his region, oversight of clinical excellence, financial performance and operational efficiencies for 153 home health and hospice locations in six states with annual revenue in excess of $400 million.
Mr. Gerard received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas Tech University.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott has been an important member and leader of the Amedisys financial team for more than 10 years, and during this time, he has been responsible for all accounting functions of Amedisys including SEC reporting, general ledger, payroll, SOX, budgeting and tax. In 2015, he was promoted to SVP – Finance and Accounting, and has successfully led the accounting, Internal Audit and Risk Management departments for our company. Prior to joining Amedisys, Scott served as an Audit Director for the Baton Rouge office of Postlethwaite & Netterville, a Louisiana-based accounting and business advisory firm.
General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
David Kemmerly, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Amedisys, has over 25 years of experience in governmental affairs, with more than 17 years specializing in healthcare law and public policy. Most recently, he served as Special Counsel at Adams and Reese LLP, a multidisciplinary law firm where he represented diverse healthcare interests before the state legislature and state agencies.
Prior to Adams and Reese, Mr. Kemmerly served as Director of State Public Affairs of Humana, Inc. for six years where he was responsible for legislative and regulatory affairs and outcomes in all 50 states. In this role, he developed and led implementation of successful state legislative and regulatory strategies that helped protect the business interests of one of the nation's largest health insurers with over 13 million medical enrollees.
Mr. Kemmerly has extensive experience in state and national government relations, including serving as the Louisiana State Medical Society’s Associate Director in the Department of Governmental Affairs where he lobbied state legislators, state regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress on issues impacting physicians and the practice of medicine. He also served as an attorney for the Louisiana State Senate, political consultant for DLK Consulting Group and in the offices of various elected officials.
Mr. Kemmerly received his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. He is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Chief Information Officer
Michael North serves as Chief Information Officer for Amedisys, managing the company’s technology and analytics systems to support enterprise-wide operations and growth. He joined Amedisys in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Operations and led the integration of the company’s successful conversion to the HomeCare, HomeBase operating system.
Mr. North brings more than 30 years’ experience in integration, project management and process and system development. He most recently held leadership roles at Humana, where he oversaw the successful integration of numerous acquisitions and of shared service organizations within the company as a director in Corporate Development. Prior to that, he was integration leader for strategic acquisitions at Humana. Mr. North helped lead the creation of the Humana Vitality program, managed multiple acquisitions and worked on other company-wide initiatives.
His previous experience includes management roles at Kindred Healthcare, where he led clinical systems development for the company’s pharmacy line of business and the company’s other organizations. Mr. North holds an MBA from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
David Pearce manages and oversees the company’s ethics and compliance program, including the development and oversight of policies, procedures and practices designed to promote ethical behavior and compliance with federal and state healthcare program laws and regulations. He also assesses compliance vulnerability and risk within the organization.
Mr. Pearce has served a number of healthcare organizations, including Kindred and Extendicare. Most recently, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel for Kindred’s at Home division, a $2.5 billion home health, hospice and community care services business with approximately 600 service locations and 42,000 employees across the country. Prior to rejoining Kindred, Mr. Pearce served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Extendicare Health Services, Inc., as well as serving in a variety of other general counsel, compliance and legal roles for organizations like Vencor (predecessor to Kindred) and in private practice with law firms in Lexington, Kentucky, and Atlanta, Georgia. He began his legal career as a Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Navy.
Mr. Pearce received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky and earned his Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Susan Sender, RN, BSN, CHCE, serves as Amedisys’ Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, overseeing clinical practice, quality, clinical operations standards setting, clinical program development and implementation, clinical education and all facets of patient care, quality outcomes and clinician support across the organization.
Ms. Sender has extensive expertise in healthcare at home, with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. She joined Amedisys from Kindred at Home, where she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for three years. At Kindred, Ms. Sender was responsible for the oversight of all clinical program development; policy development; quality and performance improvement; regulatory compliance; clinical analytics and clinical education for more than 35,000 nurses, therapists, social workers and aides across 40 states.
Prior to Kindred, Ms. Sender spent five years working as the Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President of Pediatric Operations for Loving Care Agency. Her other clinical management experience includes 23 years with Gentiva, the last 7 as the as Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive. She has special expertise in quality improvement, clinical practice, policy development, reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and all clinical aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions. Ms. Sender has served on national advisory boards and CMS panels.