Team Group


Team Members

Laura Gifford

HR/Medical Staff Services

Laura leads MedHQ’s credentialing services area. In her role she leverages 20 years of healthcare management and credentialing experience. She has successfully managed credentialing for a hospitalist group and managed the medical staff department for a prominent community hospital in Chicago. As a credentialing expert, Laura is a contributor to thought leadership articles and healthcare journals including […]

Julie Jacobs


Julie is an experienced executive and human resources professional who enjoys all facets of HR and organizational development. She strategically aligns talent across the entire organization to produce stronger business results and employee engagement. Julie has more than 20 years experience implementing both growth and right sizing staffing initiatives. She is currently managing partner of Ironside & […]

John Merski Jr.

Executive Director of Human Resources

John leads MedHQ’s HR services area. With more than 30 years of HR leadership experience, John is a highly effective human resources executive with a record of success guiding and advising senior management on the strategic alignment of HR services with the needs of the business. He is an expert in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resource modeling, leadership […]

Dave Becker

CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Dave leads MedHQ’s outsourced accounting services. He directs monthly financial statement compilations, and provides financial analysis and controller solutions for MedHQ’s surgical facility and outpatient healthcare clients. Prior to joining MedHQ, Dave was controller of MLB Solutions, a $70 million HR outsourcing firm that managed payroll, workers’ compensation, employee benefits and human resources for approximately 130 client corporations. At […]

Tom Jacobs

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Tom has served as CEO of MedHQ since its founding. He brings an enthusiasm for transforming the healthcare employment model through more effective people management. For over a decade, Tom has worked daily with ASC administrators nationwide to improve operations, reduce costs and reduce their employer risk. His own healthcare background includes work as an ASC administrator, […]