Our Leadership Team
John Hartman MD, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. John Hartman is a board certified Nephrologist with an extensive background in technology. After thoroughly evaluating the information management needs of dialysis centers—as well as the currently available applications—he knew there could be a better solution…a way to achieve clarity.
Dr. Hartman’s greatest area of interest is the impact of health care delivery systems on individual health care providers. He has a passion to improve the efficiency and quality of how individuals deliver health care as part of a team, organization, and national system. Dr. Hartman stays actively involved in healthcare reform and quality by participating on Healthcare Reform task forces and committees. In addition, he is involved in various quality metric development organizations, and sits on the Board of Trustees for MetaStar, the Wisconsin QIO.
John Opichka, President
John Opichka co-founded Visonex® with Dr. Hartman in 2002. Before forming Visonex, John was very successful in positions involved with turning around struggling business. His passion for rebuilding businesses is closely followed by his passion for mentoring and teaching others. While turning around businesses he participated in one of his most enjoyable activities; teaching novice entrepreneurs the art of starting and running a successful business.
His focus on people and the idea of Visonex having an impact on the way Healthcare is delivered was a perfect fit. He has brought to Visonex his enthusiasm to mentor and bring together a team. John believes it all starts with people. In order to accomplish anything in business you have to have the right team with the right plan. His desire to help people grow and to show them the impact they have in this industry keeps everyone focused on the importance of doing it right the first time and having fun in the process.
David Skaletski, CPA, Vice President of Finance
David J. Skaletski has been the Visonex Vice President of Finance since 2008. Dave is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of experience in both public accounting and industry. He began his career at Deloitte LLP upon graduation from St. Norbert College with a BBA in Accounting and continued to practice in public accounting for several years. From there Dave held various leadership roles in finance and administration in manufacturing and service industries.
Dave is currently responsible for all of Visonex’s financial activities. His experience and desire to help our clients succeed has proven very beneficial for Visonex clients. His role in overseeing client billing activities as well as providing financial support for Visonex Management Services has led to very important insight and improvement across the board.
Dino Capone, Vice President of Quality and Development
Dino Capone is an experienced information technology executive with an abiding passion for healthcare. He has been responsible for IT innovation as a CTO and CIO in healthcare IT development organizations as well as provider organizations. His skills as a facilitator have allowed him to bring together patients, doctors, nurses, and administrators to guide solution building with developers across the continuum of healthcare. Engagement across transitions of care have remained an enduring focus of Dino’s efforts for many years; serving on mobile health and interoperability committees as a HIMSS and an NRAA member allows him opportunities to pursue patient and provider engagement solutions for Visonex and the industry as a whole.
Jeff Verhagen, Vice President of Operations
Jeff Verhagen is a proven executive leader in the support of health care technologies and services. Jeff held CIO and Vice President positions in large healthcare organizations including multi-specialty clinics, hospitals, and HMO’s. He knows the importance of supporting front line care givers and the importance of the impact on patients. This experience allows him to apply these learnings and continue to improve on the support services offered to our clients.
Jeff has a passion for ongoing process improvement and technology advancements in health care. His overall experience includes application development, IT infrastructure, IT Security, and Support Services across health care, providing a solid foundation to understanding the complexities we face every day. He maintains an extensive network of resources within the healthcare space to keep in touch with the ever changing technology landscape.
Michael Hess, Vice President of Sales
Michael Hess joined Visonex in 2003 bringing with him a distinguished history of healthcare sales achievements leading back to 1991. Over those years he has held various leadership roles and responsibilities and over the last 16 years his focus has been in the dialysis market. His knowledge and relationships in the dialysis industry have proven very beneficial through the years. He and his team have utilized a pleasantly persistent approach to sales and marketing which has gained the respect of many in the industry. Michael received a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he was a member of the back-to-back NCAA National Championship Hockey Team.
Nicole Lee, RN, Director of Clinical Operations
Nicole joined the Visonex team in January 2015. Her experience as a dialysis staff nurse, later moving into clinic management and operations management highlights her passion to pursue not only clinical but also financial excellence in dialysis operations. She believes not only is there a place for small dialysis organizations in the market, but there is a way for these clinics to remain independent and thriving in the healthcare market. Nicole brings more than 20 years of dialysis background and service to the organization. She has experience in the Large Dialysis Organizations, small chains, and hospital-based operations.
Inger Pound, Dialysis Operations Specialist
Inger joined the Visonex team in January, 2015. She understands the need for community-based healthcare. Her passion includes maintaining small dialysis organizations’ sustainability and success through clinical excellence, cost containment, and maximizing reimbursement of the operation. Inger understands, through her previous experience the workings of hospital labs, radiology, etc. This experience provides insight into the hospital’s administrative process.
Inger’s expertise in dialysis is derived from more than 30 years of administration and management of dialysis programs. These programs included private nephrology practices, for-profit, joint ventures, free standing, hospital-based and non-profit institutions.
Nicole and Inger’s main responsibilities lie in overseeing Visonex Management Services operations. Both at one time were clients of Visonex where a relationship was formed through a genuine connection and mutual respect. Their experience and insight into the dialysis market has made an impact in all aspects of Visonex operations.