About Us

Our Story

Ponder & Co. is a leading financial and strategic advisory firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. We have been providing advisory services to not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems for more than 45 years. With complete objectivity, we advise clients on the most suitable and prudent ways to access capital, execute transformative relationship and integration strategies, and ultimately drive financial and operational performance.

Our ultimate goal is to empower our clients with the information they need to make the most informed decisions, concentrated in four critical areas: Capital Advisory & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Management Consulting and Investment Management.

While our strategic advisory team brings a deep understanding of the market to board education, strategic options assessments, and buyside & sell-side representation, our management consulting team partners with clients to define and drive strategy, organizational transformation, health system development and performance optimization.

In addition, our investment management team provides unsurpassed market expertise in the analysis and application of interest rate swaps and other derivative products, and in the management of cash and fixed income investments.

On Our Team

We believe no single professional can possess all the knowledge and experience clients require. That is why we believe in the team-of-experts concept. With a senior officer in charge of each relationship, our clients have a designated, executive resource who champions a deep and thorough understanding of the organization’s nuances and inclinations; and, as unique needs arise, our clients have access to a wide array of subject matter experts from each Ponder & Co. service line to ensure the highest degree of expertise across a wide breath of specialties.

Because of the value that this dynamic offers our clients, it is not uncommon for one healthcare system to work simultaneously with multiple Ponder & Co. services lines to develop an all-encompassing plan for its future: for example, leveraging our capital advisory team to create financial models and assess system credit, our M&A team to evaluate market opportunities and pursue transactions, and our management consulting team to guide and support organizations through the integration process.


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    Senior-level executives are strategically paired with clients. Each relationship manager has a minimum 20 years of experience.
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    Because we focus exclusively on financial services and management consulting for healthcare organizations, our staff possesses a rare level of expertise, which they devote full-time to clients across the healthcare industry.
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    Each of our staff specializes in one of our four service lines – capital advisory & derivatives, mergers & acquisitions, management consulting or investment management – providing both a highly specialized and multi-specialty focus to our clients.