Your Team

HES principals are senior executives with deep operating experience in fast-growth public and private enterprises in almost every segment of the health care industry.

Our principals have served in top leadership roles throughout their careers, including Chairman, CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Technology Officer and as heads of operations, finance, informatics, corporate development and business development. We have also served on Boards of Directors and Investment Committees.

We work as part our Client's Management Team, directing our energies toward understanding the environment, defining practical solutions and providing guidance in implementation.

We bring our deep experience to identifying solutions that will enable our Clients to remain or become market leaders.

Where scale is required, HES principals will engage associates as needed, building for our Clients a combined Team of inside staff and outside advisors, while remaining the key contact person with responsibility for project results throughout the engagement.

Kevin F. Hickey

Kevin Hickey is founder/principal of HES Advisors. He is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. health insurance, health services and health information technology sectors. His roles have included investor, advisor, CEO, senior executive, board director, industry leader, change agent and business model innovator.

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Nellie O'Gara

Nellie O'Gara has more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry as a manager, analyst, and strategy consultant. In this role she has helped over 250 hospitals, physician groups and payer organizations in the areas of growth strategy, new business and product startups, joint ventures, risk management, conflict resolution, and governance.


Ralph O'Brien

Ralph O'Brien is a partner of HES Advisors, Inc. He has served in numerous senior positions within the Health Insurance Industry focusing on identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to improve medical costs and patient's health and well-being. He has a keen understanding of medical cost and utilization data combined with a detailed understanding of the insurance and health care industry which enables him to create innovative and cost effective approaches to managing medical costs.


Samuel W. Levitt, ScD, CFA

Sam Levitt brings over 30 years of broad health care industry experience, with an emphasis on financial planning and analysis, financial operations, M&A integration, and managed care.


Bethany Narkiewicz

Bethany is a consulting member of HES Advisors. She brings over thirteen years of experience in health care strategy and organizational change, as well as a marketing & sales perspective. Bethany is known for her ability to define project strategies, perform program management and execute to deliver results. She is focused, diligent and always strives to surpass client expectations.


Doug Thompson

Doug Thompson is a senior consulting member of HES Advisors. He is a strategic senior executive with leadership experience in managed care, accountable care, government, and health care delivery. Doug has a proven track record in delivering impressive strategic and bottom-line results in the public and private sectors through leadership, policy development, financing, change management and implementation. He is a senior consultant to government agencies, health care plans and systems, and Fortune 1000 companies as well as a business development executive experienced in selling to the federal and state markets.


Jan Kennedy

Jan Kennedy has dedicated more than 30 years of her health care career focused on improving the clinical and financial operations of provider organizations. Ms. Kennedy has extensive expertise in the strategic development and execution of services lines and has served in senior leadership positions for multispecialty organizations and specialty practices.


Brad Buxton

Brad Buxton has over 30 years of experience in the health care and health plan management field, including health plan operations, marketing, sales, government programs, external relations, and mergers & acquisitions. Brad spearheaded numerous major change initiatives in his past management roles, particularly in the areas of reimbursement and quality measurement.


William L. Young

Bill Young brings over 20 years of executive leadership in the insurance, healthcare and health information technology arenas. Through his role in leading the development of managed care organizations, he has built national provider networks for major health plans, and has the benefits consulting expertise to lead the development of strategy to manage employee costs for large provider systems.


Facilitation of Health System Board Retreat focusing on Medicare Advantage - HES Advisors was engaged to lead a three-day Executive Board Retreat for a New England based, multi-hospital ...

Development of Multi-System Alliance - HES Advisors was engaged by a group of five like-minded, high-quality, low-cost hospital systems that desired to form a geographically...

Population Management Initiative Design and Implementation - HES Advisors worked with its client, a major East coast based Academic Medical Center, to re-design its population management...

Strategic Roadmap for the Development of an Integrated System of Care - HES Advisors was engaged to assist a Midwest based, 500-bed community hospital in the development of a...