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© Rural Hospital Group 2019  |  4770 N Belleview Ave, Ste 205  |  Kansas City, MO 64116

Who We Are

Trent Skaggs 
Chief Executive Officer
Dennis Davis
Chief Legal Officer
Darrel Morris
Chief Operating Officer
Larry Arthur
President
Jim Shaffer
Senior Business Associate

The founders of Rural Hospital Group (the “Management Team”) have, on average, over 30 years of experience in the rural hospital market. Over a period of five years (2007-2012), the Management Team built a system of 12 critical access hospitals, approximately 900 employees, and net patient revenues exceeding $90 million annually. During their tenure, they planned, developed, and implemented an operations platform that centralized the day-to-day management and integrated the financial reporting and revenue cycle activities, along with other back office functions, of the 12 CAHs into a fully consolidated business enterprise. This “integrated systems” approach led the way to the successful financial turnaround of these hospitals. The consolidated approach helped many of the 12 hospitals survive and weather the ever-changing healthcare environment.

Larry Arthur

President

Mr. Arthur has more than 35 years of healthcare-related management, planning, development, and consulting experience with a specialization in the management of rural hospitals. Mr. Arthur’s work experience has included developing strategic plans for hospitals of all sizes and for large healthcare systems, preparing feasibility studies involving the development of new and replacement of obsolete facilities, structuring approximately $700 million dollars of capital related financing, and advising rural hospitals on capital formation plans for the construction of new and replacement hospital and clinic facilities. He has acted as Corporate Director of Project Planning for Research Medical Center, as Senior Hospital Consultant with URS/Hospital Development Corporation, and as Assistant Executive Director for Northwest Missouri Professional Standards Review Organization.

 

Mr. Arthur has a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Sciences Administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City (Kansas City, MO) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rockhurst College (Kansas City, MO).

Email Larry: larthur@ruralhospital.net

 

Trent Skaggs

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Skaggs has more than 22 years of healthcare-related experience.  Recently Mr. Skaggs served as the Chief Operating Officer of a critical access hospital system with 12 hospitals. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Skaggs oversaw the consolidation and centralization of the day-to-day management and was fundamental in integrating the IT platforms, financial reporting, revenue cycle activities, and other back-office functions of the fully consolidated hospital network.  Between 2013-2017, Mr. Skaggs served as Executive Vice President of a hospital management company that oversaw operations of the 12 CAHs and 2 additional PPS hospitals. Skaggs has worked as a senior health analyst at a 15-hospital network system in Kansas City, Missouri, where he assessed contracts with health management organizations (HMO) and financial solvency and has also worked as a consultant with a healthcare management and consulting firm in the Midwest, where he worked on strategic planning and development projects.

 

From 2003-2010 Mr. Skaggs served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City (Kansas City, MO) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Economics from Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO).

Email Trent: tskaggs@ruralhospital.net

 

Dennis Davis

Chief Legal Officer

Mr. Davis was in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri, and a partner of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP until October of 2008, where he acted as outside general counsel for several Greater Kansas City area companies for which he provided representation for matters related to healthcare, casualty insurance, intellectual properties and real estate development. He is experienced in medical claims and administration, real estate development, business contract negotiation and administration, management of commercial litigation, and arbitration relating to insurance coverage issues. Mr. Davis has worked with a wide variety of healthcare providers and is knowledgeable with regard to managed-care contracting and regulatory compliance issues.

 

Mr. Davis has a Juris Doctorate degree with distinction from University of Missouri – Columbia (Columbia, MO), a Master of Arts degree in American History from University of Missouri – Kansas City (Kansas City, MO), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO).

Email Dennis: ddavis@ruralhospital.net

 

Darrel Morris

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Morris started his healthcare career in admissions, quickly progressing through patient accounting, special projects team member, management analyst, business director, then CEO.  His early career work, starting in 1998, gives him detailed knowledge that few in administration experience in the front lines of hospital work.  Mr. Morris started at a new Critical Access Hospital as the Business Director in January 2005 just 3 months prior to the hospital opening.  He helped develop policies and procedures, established insurance contracts, and participated in initial facility surveys.  Mr. Morris became CEO in June 2006.  Since that time, he added new services, increasing annual revenues from $11 million to $23 million, while keeping a focus on improving patient care.  Under Mr. Morris’ tenure, the hospital added new physicians, installed an electronic medical records system, and constructed and opened a new medical office building attached to the hospital.

 

Mr. Morris accepted a position as COO with a management company in March 2015 to provide leadership of rural hospital operations to all facilities in cooperation with the Regional Vice Presidents.  The management company managed 10 critical access hospitals and multiple rural health clinics.  His expertise includes fundamental hospital operations focusing on reducing operating costs while increasing revenues.  His education credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration as well as a Masters in Business Administration.

Email Darrel: dmorris@ruralhospital.net

 

Jim Shaffer 

Senior Business Associate

Mr. Shaffer has practiced law for more than fifty years. His practice included areas of sports stadiums and arenas, administrative, health care, real estate and public finance law. He also has more than thirty-five (35) years' experience handling all types of public finance transactions. Mr. Shaffer served as bond, underwriters’, issuers', credit providers’ and developers’ counsel. He has played a significant role in the development of the Missouri State Revolving Fund Program, assisting in structuring state regulations which established the program, and in financing for all projects completed thereunder. He also handled financing for numerous water and sewer projects, including one of the largest regional sewer districts in the State of Missouri, a project in excess of $300 million. Lastly, Mr. Shaffer was involved in capital improvements projects for a variety of clients, including health care institutions and municipalities.

Email Jim: jshaffer@ruralhospital.net