Setul G. Patel, MD, MBA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Setul G. Patel, MD, MBA helped found Neighbors Health, LLC in 2008, a regional emergency medicine healthcare delivery model through free-standing emergency facilities. As President and CEO, Setul has helped grow the company with simple philosophies—take care of the patient and take care of the people who deliver their care. In addition to providing exceptional patient care, Neighbors offers physicians equity opportunities to invest in their facilities. This model has helped grow the pool of quality physicians in the Neighbors organization, and led to high quality patient care in the communities they serve.
Setul started his career as an emergency room physician, graduating from the University of Virginia Medical School. He completed specialty training at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware where he served as chief resident. After obtaining his MBA from the University of Tennessee and graduating Phi Kappa Phi, Dr. Patel helped found Neighbors. His leadership style is high-quality, mission-driven and vision-focused, and he believes sound business principles lead to organizational success. Despite a hectic administrative schedule, Setul still finds time to see patients through clinical shifts in the ER several times a month, exemplifying the philosophies he promotes.
Together with his wife Sejal and their two sons, they have called Houston home since 2006. Setul enjoys spending time with his family, travel, photography, and a good single malt. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Dr. Andy Chen
EXECUTIVE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Andy Chen is one of the founding partners of Neighbors Health, LLC. Andy graduated from the six-year Penn State/Jefferson Medical College accelerated program in 1997 at the age of 23. After finishing his residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in 2000, Andy moved to Houston to begin his emergency medicine career. After working in various hospital emergency departments throughout Houston, Andy helped found Neighbors Emergency Center in 2008. He has served as Facility Medical Director of Neighbors Emergency Center Baytown, TX, as well as Chairman of the Board of Neighbors Health. Currently, Andy serves as Executive Medical Director of Neighbors Physician Group, and still works clinically several shifts per month. He and his wife, Wendy, have three young children and live in Bellaire, TX. In his spare time, Andy enjoys family activities and traveling.
Lauren Cotton, MS, RN, CEN
Chief Nursing Officer
Lauren Cotton has been with Neighbors Health, LLC since it’s second center opening in 2011 and has been greatly instrumental in Neighbors’ growth. Her role oversees patient care and compliance programs. Her principal responsibilities are to provide leadership and guarantee that the mission of high quality, safe, and compassionate clinical care is met. She is excited about the opportunity to be a part of a new wave of emergency medicine and believes strongly in access to care and the avenue that Free Standing Emergency Centers provide to the public.
Lauren is a native Houstonian. She received her BS in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch and her Master’s Degree from Texas Woman’s University. She is a Certified Emergency Nurse through the BCEN. She has been recognized as Employee of the Year
twice for Neighbors Emergency Center.
Lauren loves to travel around the world and spend quality time with her husband, daughter, family, and friends. She also loves challenging herself physically by running marathons, fun runs, and muddy obstacle courses like the Tough Mudder. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce W. McVeigh, MS, MA
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Bruce McVeigh began his career in the U.S. Army in 1984 after graduating from Providence College with a degree in Health Administration. He served our nation honorably for 30 years in uniform, and during that tenure, he commanded numerous medical units at every healthcare level. Bruce deployed in support of national contingency operations, and was appointed to senior health planning and operations positions within the joint realm, the Army staff, and other highly selective recruited positions. He also earned two master’s degrees in executive leadership programs during his tenure in uniform. He is a results-oriented and effective executive who delivers clear vision, a defined strategy, and innovative solutions to complex operations. Bruce led, developed, and trained organizations of over 3,800 personnel and demonstrated experience managing budgets in excess of $900 million. He has considerable knowledge in health policy formulation and program implementation, the TRICARE health plan, strategic planning, communications and marketing, media relations, healthcare training, international humanitarian assistance mission, and direct clinical care.
Together with his wife Carol and their two daughters, Bruce now calls Houston home after retiring from the Army in June 2014. Bruce enjoys spending time with his family, running, adventure racing, and traveling as much as possible. You can reach him at email@example.com
Maureen Fuhrmann, MHA, BSN, RN
Chief Business Development Officer
Maureen Fuhrmann, Chief Business Development Officer for Neighbors Health, LLC, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York and earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Maureen has been actively involved in the Freestanding Emergency Centers (FSEC) industry since 2009, when she assisted in the development of Elite Care’s first FSEC. Most recently, prior to joining Neighbors Health, LLC, Maureen held the position of CEO and managing partner for REMCO Emergency, LLC. REMCO Emergency served as the management company responsible for the design, development, construction, and operations of seven of the eight Elite Care Emergency Rooms.
Maureen also served as the administrator for the REMCO-developed Elite Care, and played an integral part in the daily operations, contract negotiations, vendor selections, staff development, policy refinement, marketing, and educating the public about the FSEC industry. Her last accomplishment before her departure was achieving Gold Seal Joint Commission Accreditation with zero deficiencies throughout the enterprise. Maureen has been a member of the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC) since its inception. She currently serves as the Membership Chair and has represented TAFEC at TCEP and ACEP.
Maureen understands the accessibility to treatment that the FSEC industry provides, as well as the competitive healthcare environment, cost management, and the importance of delivering the customer focused, patient-centric quality care. She has developed strategic alliances with major health systems in an effort to promote and foster the symbiotic relationship that can exist between the two. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Thomas Gruenert was appointed General Counsel of Neighbors Health in January 2016. Prior to that time, Mr. Gruenert was the founding partner of the Gruenert Law Group. He obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Montana in 1977, majoring in Political Science and History, and graduated with Honors. He received his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1983. In law school, he served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review.
Mr. Gruenert has been active in bar association educational and government relations programs, and is the former chair of the Wetlands and Endangered Species Committee of the ABA Real Property Section, and the former chair of the Endangered Species Committee of the ABA Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law.
Mr. Gruenert was one of the founding partners of Gibson Gruenert, PLLC in 1995, and prior to that time was associated with a number of the leading corporate law firms in Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Gruenert formed the Gruenert Law Group in 2015.
Mr. Gruenert is an avid amateur musician, a supporter of the arts, and enjoys tennis, biking, and birding. He is active in his community as a member of the Manvel Texas Code Enforcement Commission. He has been married to the former Nancy Hill for 39 years and has three grown children and two grandchildren.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Tensie Homan Axton, Chief Financial Officer for Neighbors Health, LLC., brings more than 25 years of finance and accounting experience to Neighbors specializing in mergers and acquisitions and systems and processes. Prior to joining Neighbors, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Pinnacle Medical Holdings, LLC. in Denver, a rapidly-growing network of medical practices in Colorado.
Previously, Tensie was a Transaction Services Partner and the Office Managing Partner of KPMG LLP in Denver. She had an integral role in the development of the Transaction Services practices for KPMG in Denver, CO and Silicon Valley, CA. She was also a CFO of a bank holding company and a founder of a digital product company.
Tensie is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She and her husband Mike are avid college football fans and enjoy spending time on the water with their two dogs. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Fueled by passion and enabled with experience, our leadership team drives our purpose to make lives better and they embody the patient-centered culture of Neighbors Emergency Center with a vision to be The Best Neighbors Ever.
Our patient-centered business model comes from a place of collaboration that involves the corporate leadership team as well as our broad range of employees that represent Neighbors every day. Each emergency center operates independently, but they are very much a part of the Neighbors family. As Neighbors expands, we are unified by our company values that connect our patients, our culture, and the communities we serve.
As Neighbors Emergency Center continues to grow, we are looking for passionate and talented people to join our team and vision of being The Best Neighbors Ever. Together we can make lives better by building a collaborative and compassionate medical community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.