Our Story


Ponder & Co. is a leading financial advisory firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. We have been providing financial services for not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems for more than 40 years. With complete objectivity, we advise clients on the most suitable and prudent way to access capital.

In addition, we provide unsurpassed market expertise in the analysis and application of interest rate swaps and other derivative products. We also provide Mergers & Acquisitions advisory services and we manage cash and fixed income investments.

Our ultimate goal is to empower our clients with the information they need to make the most informed decisions.

Our sole focus is to serve as a financial advisor to not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems.  We have refined our services to concentrate on three critical areas: Capital Advisory & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions and Investment Management.

Our Expertise

Capital Advisory & Derivatives

Ponder & Co. is the leading U.S. independent financial advisor to healthcare organizations seeking access to the bond markets. Our expertise includes credit and debt capacity analysis as well as detailed knowledge of financial products such as bonds, interest rate swaps, other derivatives and guaranteed investment contracts. 

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Buying and selling operating assets are infrequent activities for most healthcare providers. Certainly, these activities occur less often than accessing the capital markets. Consequently, healthcare providers can benefit from the active involvement of an independent financial advisor with experience in valuing healthcare assets and negotiating the terms and conditions of buying or selling those businesses or engaging in other forms of change of control transactions.

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Investment Management

Ponder Investment Co. (PIC) provides fixed income investment management solutions for healthcare institutions, universities and other not-for-profit institutions. We manage  $2+ billion in assets including bond proceeds, self-insurance funds, funded depreciation accounts, board designated funds and excess working capital funds.

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Our Team

We believe no single professional can possess all of the knowledge and experience clients require. That is why we believe in the team-of-experts concept. A senior officer is in charge of each client relationship. As unique needs arise, other specialists in our company can be called upon to provide clients with the benefit of their expertise.

For example, during a client engagement with a healthcare system that was developing its plan for the future, we drew upon one expert to create a financial model and assess the system's credit, while three additional executives utilized their expertise to design an interest rate swap, price its bonds and invest the funds it raised.

Our people offer three key advantages:

  1. Senior-level executives are strategically paired with clients.  Each relationship manager has a minimum 20 years of experience.
  2. We focus exclusively on financial services for the healthcare industry. This gives our staff a rare level of expertise, which they devote full-time to clients — free of conflicts of interests.
  3. Each of our staff specializes in one product or service: capital advisory work, derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions or investment management. As experts in their areas, they save our clients time and money while adding value to the process.

    We invite you to get to know us, Meet Our Team.

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