Behind NES Health’s success and longevity stands our distinguished leadership team, which is comprised of board-certified emergency physicians, seasoned executives, and business innovators. Representing decades of clinical and administrative experience, our team is committed to maximizing the success of both our client hospitals and the clinicians who build their careers with us.
Jennifer Moore, CPA, MBA, MHA, CEO
Jennifer began her career working for Arthur Andersen’s healthcare division (now Andersen Worldwide). She subsequently worked in various financial and operational capacities for several health care organizations, including a previous term with NES as Controller. MoreAfter earning her MBA and MHA at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Jennifer worked as Regional Market Manager for HCA’s North Florida Regional Medical Center. Subsequently, she served as System Controller for the Main Line Health System in Pennsylvania, which included three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, a home health agency, hospice, and a primary care network. Jennifer is an accomplished financial manager with demonstrated success in financial operations and project management. She completed her BS in accounting at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts and is a licensed CPA.
Steven Wexler, MD, FAAEM, National Medical Director
Dr. Wexler has worked with NES Health as a Regional Medical Director for the past six years while also serving as Medical Director for Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Connecticut. He previously worked as the Assistant Director and Quality Director for the Waterbury Hospital Emergency Department in Waterbury, Connecticut. MoreDr. Wexler previously served as Assistant Clinical Instructor for Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons while working as the Assistant Residency Director for the St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1993; completed his internship year in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York; and went on to finish his residency and chief residency in emergency medicine at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.
Keri Gardner, MD, MPH, FACEP, CMO, National Director of Quality and Patient Safety and Regional Medical Director
Keri Gardner, MD, MPH, FACEP, CMO ,is the NES Health National Director of Quality and Patient Safety, as well as a Regional Medical Director. In her role she coordinates our quality program, which consists of a strong educational program and oversight through online, transparent, real time quality and patient satisfaction dashboards. She assists physicians and their attorneys in claims management and manages risk proactively in conjunction with NES counsel. MoreShe has served as the Director of Quality for hospitals over the last 6 years ranging from the Alaska Native Medical Center to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. While much of her career has been spent on faculty in large academic hospitals like Mount Sinai and UCLA, she has also served as the lead physician at McMurdo Station, Antarctica and Indian Health Service facilities in South Dakota and Oklahoma. After graduating cum laude from Harvard Medical School she joined UCLA for a four year emergency medicine residency, a two year fellowship in health services and quality of care, and a Masters in Public Health. Dr. Gardner’s leadership roles include serving as the Medical Staff President for the Alaska Native Medical Center, Public Health Commissioner for the County of Los Angeles, Instructor at the UCLA School of Public Health, Chair of the Throughput Committee for the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, and Director of Quality for various emergency departments. She is interested in systems development for quality of care and education, and was delighted to receive the Attending of the Year award from the Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residents.
Paul Brizendine, MD, FACEP, Regional Medical Director
A veteran of both the medical field and the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Brizendine brings over 45 years of medical and business expertise to NES Health. He began his career as an Air Force general surgeon, a stint that included one year in Vietnam performing general and trauma surgery. After leaving the military, Dr. Brizendine entered into private surgery practice in rural eastern Kentucky. MoreIn 1974, Dr. Brizendine assumed the role of emergency department head for a small rural hospital in Louisa, Kentucky (now known as Three Rivers Medical Center), a role in which he still serves today. He left his private surgery practice in 1978 to focus on ED staffing and management and spent two years developing urgent care centers for Norton Hospital in Louisville, KY, several of which are still operating. Dr. Brizendine founded Whitaker Emergency Services, a medical billing company, in the 1980s. Whitaker Emergency Services joined NES Health as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1992 and is known today as ProBill.Beyond serving as a Regional Medical Director for NES Health, Dr. Brizendine continues to work as a practicing emergency physician. He is actively involved with hospitals in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri, where he currently resides with his wife.
Gil Palmer, MD, FAEP, Regional Medical Director
In addition to being NES Regional Medical Director for the state of Ohio, Dr. Palmer is currently Associate Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. There, he played a key role in transforming the facility into a premier institution over the last three years. Dr. Palmer assisted in significant process improvements in the ED that resulted in a greater than one-hour decrease in length of stay for admitted patients and a drop in patients leaving without being seen from 3% to 1%. MoreBeyond his roles at NES and Mercy Regional, Dr. Palmer is Medical Director of LifeCare Ambulance, where he works to ensure that EMS personnel are appropriately trained. He also mentors tomorrow’s EMS response teams as Medical Director for LifeCare EMS Training Academy. Dr. Palmer spent many years working as an ED staff physician at various hospitals before transitioning into an administrative capacity, and is still a practicing ED physician today. Dr. Palmer has been the recipient of numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Award of Fellow from the Association of Emergency Physicians in 2013, the Caring Hands Award from Mercy Regional Hospital in 2012, and the Leadership Excellence Award from Mercy Regional Hospital in 2011.
Christopher Pepin, RN, CEN, CCRN, CXO, National Director of Clinical Services
Chris brings over 15 years of healthcare practice to NES Health—including working in EDs from Maine to Hawaii that ranged in size from small rural, 4-bed departments to 60-bed tertiary trauma centers. He has worked in ICU settings and was a flight nurse in Alaska for nearly five years. His leadership roles have included Director of Emergency Department and EMS programs, while also undertaking a multi-facility Quality and Service Excellence position. MoreThis variety of acute emergency experiences—combined with Lean Principles and project management training—gives him a strong background to contribute to ED project improvement initiatives for our client hospitals. His role at NES Health is to help our organization develop and maintain quality and patient safety practices and standards, while creating innovative approaches that ensure the delivery of excellence in emergency medicine. After earning his BS in nursing from Husson University in Bangor, Maine, Chris is now completing his MBA at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. He is a certified emergency nurse (CEN) and certified critical care nurse (CCRN).