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Pyramid Healthcare Solutions to Attend HFMA Florida Chapter Mid-Winter Conference 2015

In Executive Leadership, Financial, Healthcare, Human Capital Trends, Operational Excellence, Personal, Published articles or white papers, Revenue Cycle Management on January 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

(CLEARWATER, FLA.) January 13, 2014 – Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, an Avantha Group company, will attend the HFMA Florida Chapter Mid-Winter Conference 2015 January 26-28 at the Doubletree-Hilton in Orlando, Florida.

According to Brian Hudson, Pyramid’s Vice President of Sales & Solutions, “This year’s mid winter agenda and theme of, What’s New on the Horizon, should be filled with great information for all who attend.” Pyramid Healthcare Solutions is included in the HFMA 2015 Buyers Resource Guide and a regular exhibitor and attendee of HFMA events throughout the year.

About Pyramid Healthcare Solutions
Founded in 1985, Pyramid Healthcare Solutions partners with healthcare providers to assess, validate and resolve gaps in their revenue cycle, leading to improved and sustainable financial results. Pyramid offers a complete best-practice suite of revenue cycle solutions, including coding services (on-site and remote), HIM services, cancer registry, revenue cycle, revenue discovery, charge capture, accounts receivable management, patient financial services, human resources, managed care services, and education and training. Headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., Pyramid employs more than 300 credentialed, knowledgeable healthcare professionals and best practices developed with more than 500 clients. For more information on Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, visit


Tampa Bay Business Journal

In Executive Leadership, Financial, Healthcare, Human Capital Trends, Operational Excellence, Personal, Published articles or white papers on January 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm

December 18, 2014

Brian Hudson

Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Pyramid Healthcare Solutions

Hudson has been named vice president of sales & marketing for Clearwater-based Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, a provider of revenue cycle management services for health care organizations nationwide.

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Six to Board of Athletic Training

In Executive Leadership, Human Capital Trends, Personal, Published articles or white papers on July 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Jul 31

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced five appointments and one reappointment to the Board of Athletic Training.

James T. Watson, 56, of Tallahassee, is an athletic trainer and community outreach coordinator at Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy. He succeeds Barry Clements and is appointed for a term beginning July 30, 2013, and ending October 31, 2015.

Nicholas A. Pappas, 60, of Tallahassee, is an athletic trainer with Florida State University. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning July 30, 2013, and ending October 31, 2015.

Heather L. VanOpdorp, 34, of Land O’ Lakes, is an associate athletic trainer and instructor at the University of Tampa. She is reappointed for a term beginning July 30, 2013, and ending October 31, 2014.

Billy J. “Bo” McDougal, 56, of Jacksonville, is an athletic trainer and assistant athletic director at Jacksonville University. He succeeds Dr. Angela Sehgal and is appointed for a term beginning July 30, 2013, and ending October 31, 2014.

Dr. Randy S. Schwartzberg, 48, of Winter Springs, is an orthopedic surgeon with the Orlando Orthopedic Center. He succeeds Dr. George Caldwell, Jr. and is appointed for a term beginning July 30, 2013, and ending October 31, 2015.

James B. Hudson, 49, of St. Petersburg, is the managing director of Kforce Healthcare. He succeeds Gerardo Gomez and is appointed for a term beginning July 30, 2013, and ending October 31, 2014.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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The Business Journals Digital Network: Brian Hudson ACHE Award 2012

In Executive Leadership, Healthcare, Personal, Published articles or white papers on February 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Brian Hudson has been awarded the ACHE Service Award by the American College of Healthcare Executives ACHE, Western Florida Chapter. He currently serves on the Western Florida ACHE Board of Directors and has been involved in the organization in both Central and Western Florida since 2006.

Avant Healthcare Professionals Will be Exhibiting at the HIMSS 11 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida February 20-24, 2011

In Executive Leadership, Healthcare, Personal, Revenue Cycle Management on February 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Orlando, FL, February 11, 2011 –(– The HIMSS 11 Annual Conference and Exhibition comes at a time when the nation is entering a new era for healthcare and long term care based on the government’s healthcare reform. According to Brian Hudson, Senior Vice President, “The HCIT changes created by Healthcare Reform have allowed us to expand our service offerings to provide exceptional Healthcare IT professionals to our clients. HIMSS11 is a great event to share our cost effective and seamless process for talent acquisition, both domestically and providing internationally trained healthcare professionals.”

The Good News

In Personal on August 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm

The following was a note I received this morning from my mother.

“I have a dear friend that writes a blog every 30-60 days and because she has such a wonderful way with words, I always wait in anticipation for each release.  This morning I received the latest, and I am forwarding you a copy because her words express my very feelings at this time in my life.”

I have attached the blog from Elizabeth regarding the Good News

Dear Mom and Dad, we need your prayers!
This was the first message I saw on my computer this morning. I braced myself as I read on. Another job in jeopardy, another family facing the harsh realities of the economy. This time it was one of my own.
I close my eyes and pray, asking God for strength for all of us. I ask for His protection and blessings for this family. My mind flashes through a litany of scriptures that reassure me God is in control and He has a plan. From Him alone comes the strength I need. From Him comes the assurance my family will be okay.
To say there is much pain and suffering in the world today would be an understatement. The difference for me now is it has infiltrated my life in ways I would have thought impossible a year ago. Family and friends facing bankruptcies, loss of jobs, loss of homes. Grown children returning home to live with aging parents. Parents worried how they will feed their children. I ask myself why? It was not supposed to be this way.
The down turn in our economy has forced us to reassess our lives. Scripture tells us not to store up treasures on earth that can easily be taken from us. That stands in stark contrast to our society which defines itself by its many possessions. But now, given the economic carnage all around us, we cautiously approach even the smallest purchase.
In her book The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom said,” The more I have to live for the less I need to live on”. During the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, Corrie was a prisoner in a concentration camp. Stripped of both her family and possessions she found the strength to persevere through her belief in God. Sharing her faith with other prisoners, preaching the good news where there was none, and giving them hope in their darkest hours. Corrie said she had”learned to hold things loosely in her hands”,knowing it would be easier to let them go if they were taken away.
So I asked myself,”where is the good news in this message, God”? Can there be only despair ahead? No! It is the same message of hope Corrie preached in that concentration camp many years ago. A message two thousand years old. A message that tells us in our darkest hours He will be there. A message that says;

When we say, “It’s impossible.” God says,” With Me all things are possible.” Luke 18:27
We say,” I can’t go on“. He says,” My grace is sufficient for you.” Corinthians 12:9 12:9
We say,” I don’t know what to do.” He says, “I will direct you.” Proverbs 3:6
We say, “I can’t make ends meet”. He says, “I will supple all your needs.” Philippians 4:19
We say,” I am alone.” He says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

So will I cry with my child? Yes. Will I feel the pain? Absolutely. I will walk with them through their darkest hours and their greatest fears. However, I know on the other side there is light and I know when one door closes another opens, because He told me so. I believe, I have faith, and this gives me the assurances I need to share with family and friends. I am grateful for my faith, I did not always have it and I know what it is to live without it. I am grateful for his words that sustain me.

And that my friend is the good news.

Monday, August 23, 2010

ACHE of Central Florida – Talent Management Sept 21, 2010

In Executive Leadership, Healthcare, Human Capital Trends, Personal on August 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Please join ACHE of Central Florida for a timely discussion on Talent Management for Bench Strength Development Speakers/Panelists Thad Seymour, Vice President and General Manager Health and Life Sciences at Lake Nona Property Cyril Doucet, Vice President, Administration for Sanford-Burnham Research Institute Dick Finnegan, President of Finnegan Mackenzie, The Retention Firm Moderator Brian Hudson, Senior Vice President, Avant Healthcare

ACHE Central Florida Board Member 6:00pm: Registration/Appetizer Networking 6:45pm: Program & Panel 7:45pm: Q&A-Meet the Panelists >

This panel discussion will focus on the future Healthcare Human Capital needs and Talent Management in Central Florida. Demand for Healthcare services will increase with the aging population as will competition for Healthcare Talent. Talent Management and Succession Planning are important to the success of every Healthcare organization. Our panelists will touch on future Healthcare Human Capital needs, key aspects of attracting & retaining talent, and succession planning. You will also get a glimpse of the Central Florida Medical City as you make your way to our meeting venue: Sanford-Burnham Research Institute. This session is for Senior Executives, Department Heads, Human Resource professionals, or those interested in Healthcare Talent Management.

Brian Hudson, Senior Vice President of Avant Healthcare Professionals Selected to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Caucus System for Talent Supply and Education

In Executive Leadership, Healthcare, Human Capital Trends, Personal on July 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Brian Hudson, Senior Vice President of Avant Healthcare Professionals Selected to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Caucus System for Talent Supply and Education

Orlando, FL, July 01, 2010 –(– Brian Hudson, Senior Vice President of Avant Healthcare Professionals has been selected to serve as a volunteer on the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars Caucus system. Hudson will serve as a member of the Talent Supply & Education Caucus. The Florida Chamber Foundation named 135 Floridians to its expanded research and policy development Caucus system designed to garner the input of local and regional subject matter experts. Caucus members are comprised of the State’s “best and brightest” with commitments aligned to one of the “Six Pillars of Florida’s Future Economy.”

“Florida is moving toward its next economy, and the Foundation’s new Caucus system will prove to be an invaluable framework to help get us there,” said Jeff Lyash, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Progress Energy Florida. “I would like to personally thank the volunteers who have been selected to serve on each Caucus for their time commitment and offering their invaluable expertise towards this great cause.”

“Each Caucus will provide strategic recommendations, corresponding policy options and white papers on opportunities facing the Sunshine State,” said Dr. Dale A. Brill, President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “These options and recommendations will be shared with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other partners for further deliberation potentially leading to selection of those policies that become priorities for Florida’s economic agenda.”

The product of years of collaboration and more than a million dollars in research by the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Six Pillars identify the critical factors determining Florida’s future: (1) Talent Supply & Education, (2) Innovation & Economic Development, (3) Infrastructure & Growth Leadership, (4) Business Climate & Competitiveness, (5) Civic & Governance Systems and (6) Quality of Life & Quality Places.

Healthcare Reform – 3 reasons “not yet”

In Human Capital Trends, Personal on March 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Letter to Suzanne Kosmas March 19, 2010 – Healthcare Reform Just as our country is in an economic crisis we will soon be in a healthcare HUMAN CAPITAL crisis that has never seen before. Healthcare reform will happen – it just cannot occur in the bill proposed as it will create a perfect storm just as Fannie and Freddie did to the economy. Just as no one could have predicted the economic collapse – the healthcare collapse, if this bill is passed, could also drag down the economy even worse, as healthcare grows from 17% of our GDP to well over 22%. I urge you to differentiate yourself and have given you some facts from the Institute of Medicine. I also would like to invite you to speak at the ACHE American College of Healthcare Executives Central Florida meeting in September at Medical City in Orlando. Here are the facts from the IOM report 2008.

1. Between now and 2030 the number of adults aged 65 or over will double. This dramatic shift will place unseen and accelerating demands on the US healthcare system. The sheer number of older patients will overwhelm the number of physicians and other healthcare professionals unless something is done. 2. Beginning in 2011 – the 1st wave of the baby boom generation will begin to turn 65 – the 78 million baby boomers will tip the population scale growing from 12 to 20% by 2030. The Orlando Sentinel actually ran an article this past Sunday speaking to the lack of geriatric physicians that is already a major concern.

 3. Older Americans will consume much more healthcare and this is not built into the $900B estimate. The current 12% of older Americans currently accounts for 26% of all physician visits – by growing to 20% – older Americans will account for more than 50% of healthcare utilization just as these reforms start to take affect.

Healthcare reform is certainly needed – just not in the form of the current bill.

Megan on a beach in Jacksonville – UNF rocks!

In Personal on March 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Where do you think they found Megan this summer – at the beach! Cool part of going to college at UNF and living a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean…Here is an excerpt from …

At Jacksonville Beach, Ashton Norris and Megan Hudson, both 19, were taking in some day-before-school rays.Both will be sophomores at the University of North Florida, both were in bikinis and both had tattoos on their rib cages with pithy sayings. (“May your joys be as deep as the ocean”, and “May the waves free your soul,” respectively.)

In addition to it being the first day of class at many schools across the area, today is also the first day of classes at UNF.

For the first time in recent memory, both sophomores admit to being summered out. Norris and Hudson worked their way through summer as waitresses. “I’m ready,” Norris said. “I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I am.”