Physician-owned, patient-centered and purpose-driven. Meet the team behind the organization.
Because Schumacher Group is a privately held company founded and led by physicians, we answer to stakeholders, not stockholders. To us, that means doing the right thing for the patients and hospitals we serve and for the physicians who work with us. Our leadership team, which includes board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians, represents decades of clinical experience in emergency departments. That adds up to many years of focusing on exceptional patient care.
Dr. Schumacher is also a national leader in policy arenas, helping shape the future of health care. He has published several articles on the leadership challenges facing the health care industry, participates on nonprofit boards dedicated to health care reform and has been honored as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Keller began his career in hospital administration in 1975 at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California. Keller earned a BA from Louisiana State University in 1968 where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and subsequently spent nearly ten and half years on active duty in the Army. In 1975 he completed his MA in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University. He has previously held major leadership positions with Quorum Health Resources and Hospital Management Professionals, as well as conducted an active consulting practice.
Dr. Pilgrim completed medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota. He has been in emergency medicine practice and leadership roles for over 20 years. He is regularly involved with health policy issues at state and national levels, and continues to advise the evolving role of emergency medicine in health care delivery systems of the future.
Dr. Pilgrim was appointed to represent the IOM’s dissemination workshop series, Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point. During four terms as Board Chairman of EDPMA (Emergency Department Practice Management Association), he represented members that impact over half of the 136 million annual ED visits in the U.S., working to influence legislative and regulatory measures that affect the sustainable delivery of quality emergency care. Dr. Pilgrim serves on the Board of Directors for Louisiana’s ACEP Chapter, the ACEP Council, and ACEP’s Federal Government Affairs and Medical/Legal Committees. He is also an active board member of the EMAF (Emergency Medicine Action Fund).
As faculty for ACEP’s Scientific Assembly and ED Director Academy, Dr. Pilgrim speaks on a variety of topics related to emergency medicine and health care reform, and was recently honored as a Speaker of the Year.
He is experienced in the development and deployment of operational and financial management systems and structures in multi-state and multi-site settings, including the management of operations in Academic, For-Profit and Community Not-for-profit Hospital environments. Strategic planning, physician recruiting, human resources, financial management, sales and marketing, medical billing, managed care contracting, performance optimization, and billing & accounts receivable management are but a few of the core competencies he provides through his role at SG.
Guidry’s keen communication acumen lends itself invaluable through establishing and maintaining rapport with individuals at all levels within the organization and in the industry. A leading influence on our corporate culture of integrity, dignity and respect for employees, clients and providers, Guidry is committed to enhancing and developing our workforce, growing effective client service teams and establishing successful practice management solutions for our clients.
Guidry’s educational background includes completion of his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University Of Louisiana, with extensive graduate level studies in HealthCare Administration at The Ohio State University. He is a Master-level Graduate of Rapport Leadership International.
He formerly served as Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations at Schumacher Group. He joined the company in 2012 from EmCare and previously served at Pinnacle Anesthesia, Deloitte Consulting, KPMG and Arthur Andersen. Keith is a seasoned expert in all aspects of the revenue cycle and puts a great deal of emphasis on developing people.
Cantrell received his Masters in Health Care Administration from Southwest Texas State University and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Baylor University. He splits his time between Schumacher Group’s Dallas and Lafayette offices.