Optimum Healthcare IT is a Best in KLAS healthcare IT staffing and consulting services firm based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Working with healthcare providers, payers, software, and life sciences organizations, Optimum provides professional staffing and consulting services that support our client’s needs through the continuum of care. Optimum’s comprehensive service offerings include EHR, Technical, Security, ServiceNow®, ERP, and our talent and skill development program, Optimum CareerPath®.


Why our clients choose

Optimum Healthcare IT

At Optimum Healthcare IT, we are committed to helping our clients improve healthcare delivery by providing world-class staffing and consulting services. We bring a team of the most proficient consultants in the industry to help organizations meet their goals. When our clients have a need, we will fill it. Together, we identify and implement the best people, processes, and technology to ensure our client’s success.

Our approach is comprehensive; our experience is vast. We listen; we learn. Our success is your success.

Our Mission

To help healthcare organizations provide better patient care by acting as a trusted advisor to our clients by delivering world-class staffing and consulting services at a reasonable cost.


Current Clients

Consultants Placed Since 2012

Consultant Retention

Successful Training & Go-Live Projects


What Gives Us the Edge

Over Our Competition?

Former clinical and operational leaders from provider organizations who have been in your shoes and understand the complexities of EHR Delivery

Dedicated healthcare practice focused on the continuum of care via clinical and business processes, delivered via IT strategy and advisory services

Extensive client reference-ability and a long track record of successful engagements completed on-time and under budget

SkillMarket, our proprietary software platform designed to automate complex tasks such as resource selection, scheduling, detailed reporting, compliance, and more


One of the nation's largest consulting teams consisting of operational leadership, clinical, revenue cycle, and ERP specialists with access to thousands of resources

Extensive industry and vendor knowledge with large-scale, multi-entity EHR experience


Ability to deliver a wide array of quality services and consultants across the full spectrum of provider systems, while quickly pivoting to address your unforeseen needs


Unsurpassed Guidance

Optimum Leadership

Our leadership team brings decades of experience, knowledge, and expertise spanning all aspects of healthcare client services. We strongly believe our role is to act as trusted advisors to our clients. Our leadership team are veterans in the field of healthcare IT consulting. We are clinicians, product experts, and technical experts and know the hospital business from the bottom up. Our knowledge and experience allow us to work with our clients to leverage technology to enable them to provide the highest in quality care possible to ensure patient safety and successful outcomes for the people who trust them with their lives. This powerful motivator drives our passion for providing excellent service.

We are clinicians, product experts and technical experts who know the hospital business from the bottom up.

Gene Scheurer

Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, Interim CEO

Lydia Veal-McRae

Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Patrick McBrayer

Chief Technology Officer

Brian Symonds


Paul Canto

EVP, Business Development

Geoff Blanding

EVP, Optimum CareerPath & Implementation Services

Curtis Hendrick

SVP, Cloud Services

Steve Whalen

VP, Delivery Services

Jennifer Mahoney

VP, Human Resources

Larry Kaiser

Chief Marketing Officer


Making a Difference

Giving Back

Optimum Healthcare IT is committed to helping those who suffer from cancer. Through in-kind gifts, financial donations, and volunteer staff, Optimum supports foundations whose programs work to advance research and find a cure for cancer. We often get asked, “What’s the best way to help?” Our answer is simple: Follow our lead. The best way you can help these organizations is by visiting the websites below and educating yourself about how they help. If you feel inclined to make a financial contribution or volunteer your time, that’s great. We need to spread awareness and help where we can.


The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis. They have helped over 4,000 families and given away over $6 million in grants helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

The Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation

Polka Dot Mama’s vision is to reduce the incidence of melanoma by raising awareness, encourage prevention, improve the early detection, rapid diagnosis, & effective treatment of melanoma, & invest in scientific research that will result in a cure.
About Us

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

The camp was founded with one simple premise in mind: every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with a camp.

The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation

The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation promotes academic achievement & positive life skills in Jacksonville youth through the game of tennis. We use tennis to engage youth in an active & fun recreation program.


What our clients say

Building Relationships

We are very fortunate to have formed excellent partnerships with many of our clients.

  • After an extensive RFP process, it was clear to our selection committee that the experience and expertise that Optimum would bring to the project best aligned with our culture and approach which clearly identified them as the partner that we wanted to help us successfully implement Epic. We see Optimum Healthcare IT as a partner who is committed to helping us meet our goals and who are focused on our success.  
    Patty Dysinger, VP, EHR Systems at OU Medicine, & Executive Director, EHR Systems at OU Physicians
    OU Medicine
  • Valley Children's Healthcare
    There is no question that the launch of a new electronic medical record system was a significant project for Valley Children’s Healthcare. There is also no question that a pandemic, the first in more than 100 years, was also significant. That they both occurred simultaneously was remarkable, and the odds of major glitches in our Epic launch seemed high. The ability of Optimum to collaborate on an entirely virtual 24/7 process, providing at-the-elbow remote support to physicians, clinical and non-clinical staff, and to execute on that vision without missing a beat is a credit to their team and the team at Valley Children’s. The collaboration between Optimum and our staff was key to our success.
    Beverly Hayden-Pugh, RN - Chief Nursing & Transformation Officer
    Valley Children's Healthcare
  • Valley Children's Healthcare
    I have been involved in many go-lives over the years, but this one ran smoothly as any that I have seen. The remote training and go-live model allowed us to stay focused on the COVID-19 pandemic while Optimum ensured our go-live support ran uninterrupted.  
    Kevin Shimamoto - Vice President & Chief Information Officer
    Valley Children's Healthcare
  • scripps-health
    The complexities of this project were enormous. We needed a partner that had depth & breadth in the Epic implementation space and selected Optimum for these activities. They brought hundreds of resources to bear and were flexible in terms of meeting unanticipated needs as they became known across the health system. They managed the logistics completely with no noticeable impact on the business and clinical operations. They were clear on what they would deliver and executed on those deliverables in all respects.  
    Clark Kegley MBA, CHCIO, Chief Technology Officer
    Scripps Health
  • Ellis Medicine
    Optimum Healthcare IT understands how EHRs work and how to implement them best so hospitals can serve their communities better. We appreciated the expertise and knowledge they brought to Ellis Medicine and for ensuring that the implementation of the system set our staff up for success.
    Ron McKinnon, Chief Information Officer, Ellis Medicine
    Ellis Medicine
  • Deaconess Health
    Deaconess Health System chose Optimum Healthcare IT as our CareConnect go-live partner because of their history of delivering quality resources and successful projects. Optimum’s Skillmarket tool and their absolute ability to provide quality support, dispatch and monitor resources in a highly effective manner, all within very flexible pricing boundaries highlight why we selected them for these projects and why we’ll continue to partner with them for future needs.
    Lisa Hobgood - Deaconess Health System
    Deaconess Health System
  • Ellis Medicine
    The partnership between Optimum Healthcare IT and Ellis Medicine resulted in a smooth transition from our old Soarian system to our new Cerner system that will enable us to serve our community better. We were very impressed with Optimum’s Cerner knowledge and appreciated the hard work to deploy our new system.
    Ron McKinnon, Chief Information Officer, Ellis Medicine
    Ellis Medicine
  • North Mississippi Health Services
    We found a partner in Optimum Healthcare IT that we could trust to guide us in our decisions and be able to take full advantage of lessons learned and experiences gained through prior training and go-live projects.
    Jim Weldon | Chief Information Officer
    North Mississippi Heath Services
  • I am the training director at an organization that recently implemented Epic using the Specialists Training Specialists (STS) program to train all of our providers.  We used Optimum as our sole training partner, so many of the credentialed trainers participated in leading the classes with our specialist physician trainers.  All of the trainers were professional, delivered very good presentations and were diligent about collecting information (attendance, grades, etc.).  Overall, the CTs were a strong group with excellent communication skills and the course evaluations that we received were very positive.  I don’t think we could have done it without them!
    Jennifer Cappetta | Epic Product Director, Training
    Jefferson Health
  • Our partnership started with Optimum right at the beginning of our Epic implementation several years ago now, and they have not disappointed since. The Optimum team and attention to service have elevated what I now expect from an advisory, systems optimization, and managed service partner.
    Jim Feen | Chief Information Officer
    Southcoast Health
  • scripps-health
    For me, I need partners to do their work accurately and promptly without requiring a lot of oversight. Optimum did that very well, and we appreciate their partnership.
    Clark Kegley - Asst. VP, Information Services
    Scripps Health
  • We went live at INTEGRIS with nearly all of the newest Epic offerings across a geographically scattered system, & Optimum partnered with us to provide a skilled talent pool for our credentialed training & at-the-elbow needs. The combination of our satisfied end-users, Optimum’s flexibility & depth with resource requests, and consistent better than budget performance made the partnership a win-win.
    John Manfredo | System VP Hospital Operations
    INTEGRIS Health
  • Optimum won a competitive bid process for our Epic planning, project management, implementation, training, and go-live support. They beat out ten vendors in the process. Their breadth of experience at a fair price put them head & shoulders above the competition. It gives me comfort to know I have a partner that can fill our needs with proven processes & talented people at the right price.
    Chuck Podesta | Chief Information Officer
    UC Irvine
  • Optimum brought a very detailed level of experience to the Epic training program at Greenville Health System. They truly cared about the success of our training program and our go-live.
    Janet Thompson | Epic Program Director
    Greenville Health System
  • Optimum was part of the family. Every request was handled promptly and professionally. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.
    Terri Couts | VP Epic Program Applications
    The Guthrie Clinic
  • We knew that we could call our Optimum project leaders at any time – whenever we needed help, had any concerns, or needed guidance on how to model our Community Connect program – Optimum was there for us.
    Terry Henderson | IT Director
    Allegheny Health Network
  • Over decades, INTEGRIS adopted best of practice technologies that supported leading-edge medicine. Our innate expectation to provide the highest standard of care mandated that our transition to Epic be as seamless as possible while moving at a rapid pace, and we wanted to showcase early successes to our patients and team members. Optimum Resources were critical at every step to ensure the smoothest possible technical and cultural adoption of Epic and were key to our success.
    Patty Dysinger | VP, IT Operations
    INTEGRIS Health