Past President of MD MGMA, 2015 Outstanding Service Award Recipient, and former CFO of Katzen Eye Group, promoted to lead finance role
Baltimore, MD – January 3, 2016 • Sage Growth Partners (SGP), a Baltimore-based healthcare consulting, technology and marketing firm today announced the appointment of Melissa Pitchford as the firm’s first Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
In her role, Ms. Pitchford will be responsible for managing all financial activities for SGP. Additionally, Ms. Pitchford will be involved in supporting and developing strategy and driving key business initiatives.
The Chief Financial Officer appointment is a first for SGP. Pitchford will provide guidance to an organization that is scaling quickly.
Prior to joining SGP in 2014, Ms. Pitchford was the CFO of Katzen Eye Group, the largest private eye care practice in Maryland. During her tenure, she developed strategy, policies and initiatives to enhance the performance and financial integrity of the practice, advancements that contributed to the successful sale of the practice to a healthcare private equity firm in May 2014.
From 2002-2011, Pitchford earned multiple promotions, shareholder status, and ultimately a position as chair of the medical practice group for KatzAbosch, a leading certified public accounting, tax and consulting firm serving clients in the mid-Atlantic region. In her role as chair, Pitchford successfully led the medical practice to increased revenues and client volume.
Ms. Pitchford is a Certified Public Accountant and received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Salisbury State University. She served as president of the Maryland Medical Group Management Association and received its Outstanding Service Award in 2015.
“Melissa has done a remarkable job over the last year, driving innovative and profitable solutions for our healthcare clients,” said Don McDaniel, President and CEO of SGP. “Her proven skills in finance and broad understanding of our service mix make her the perfect person to influence operational decision-making and manage the processes that optimize our financial performance.”
About Sage Growth Partners
Sage Growth Partners (SGP), a healthcare strategy, technology, and marketing firm, provides insight, advice and multi-disciplined execution to growth-minded healthcare organizations nationally, including hospitals, health systems, physicians groups, insurers, trade associations, and academic institutions. With deep roots in the business of healthcare, SGP delivers results to difficult industry and organizational challenges.
Founded in 2005, SGP is located in Baltimore, MD and serves clients such as GE Healthcare, St. Jude Medical, LG Healthcare Solutions, SAS, Stericycle, Availity, and API Healthcare.