Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Kusserow is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Amedisys (AMED), a publicly traded, leading provider of home health, hospice, palliative and personal care services with over 22,000 employees in 39 states and the District of Columbia, making over 12.3 million patient visits per year. Under his leadership, the company has grown its value 9x itself and has been established as a clinical 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 management consultant at McKinsey and Company, Inc.
Mr. Kusserow is on the board of directors of Picwell, Oak Street 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 Compliance Officer
Denise Bohnert is Chief Compliance Officer for Amedisys, managing the Company’s ethics and compliance program, which is designed to promote ethical practices and compliance with state and federal regulations.
Mrs. Bohnert brings more than 15 years of valuable healthcare compliance experience to the role. Prior to joining Amedisys in 2017, she served as the Compliance Officer for Signature HealthCARE, where she created and administered a compliance program for nearly 150 skilled nursing facilities and home health locations, and Division Vice President for Kindred Healthcare.
Mrs. Bohnert holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana State University and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law with a Health Law Curriculum Designation. In addition to her Registered Nursing License and her Law license, Mrs. Bohnert also maintains her Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).
President and Chief Operating Officer
Chris Gerard is President and 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Scott Ginn is Chief Financial Officer and oversees all aspects of the company’s financial operations, capital and financing strategy, public reporting and investor relations.
Mr. Ginn has been a leader of the Amedisys financial team for more than 10 years. Most recently, he served as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer, overseeing all accounting operations, cost control systems and financial reporting. As Senior Vice President of Accounting and Controller and Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Amedisys, Mr. Ginn played a pivotal role in leading financial operations and building strong relationships with analysts, lenders and shareholders. In his various roles, he helped oversee the growth of the company from a $500 million organization to $1.5 billion.
Prior to joining Amedisys, Mr. Ginn served as a Director at Postlethwaite & Netterville, a professional accounting and business advisory firm. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University.
Chief Legal and Government Affairs Officer
David Kemmerly, Chief Legal and Government Affairs Officer 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.