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About CQuence Health

Our Story

What Drives Us

CQuence Health is a holding company that shapes the future of healthcare by providing strategic guidance, professional services and investment capital to some of the industry’s most innovative companies.

CQuence fosters and supports entrepreneurs from bold idea to thriving business venture and everywhere along that sequence, maximizing their impact on patient lives and the community.

With a 35-year history in the industry, we work to strategically position our customers for success in a dynamic healthcare industry, all while keeping our shared mission at the forefront of our work. From start-up companies to industry veterans, we help you increase efficiency, improve quality initiatives, decrease costs and improve healthcare for patients everywhere.

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Who We Are

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Our Mission

Investing in Companies Who Shape the Future of Healthcare
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Our Vision

We improve healthcare access and patient outcomes by investing in healthcare companies through capital, strategic guidance and professional services.
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Our Passion

At CQuence, we’re passionate about making a difference in healthcare and improving health outcomes. We believe together we can:

  • Deliver innovative services to enable better experiences for patients and providers
  • Create personalized experiences that reshape the connections between patients and practitioners, allowing for optimal trust and communication
  • Drive greater patient engagement through improved technological and data-driven solutions, resulting in higher efficiency, accuracy and safety
  • Expand access to healthcare and improve efficiency of care for better outcomes

Our Culture

What It’s Like to Change Healthcare

We foster an award-winning culture where your contributions and ideas are valued, your hard work is rewarded, and you are encouraged to speak up.

Bruce Stec , Vice President of People & Culture

"What Bob started at Cassling has led us to where we are today. His philosophy that in order to take care of our customer, we have to take care of our people, and living that philosophy every day, is a cultural advantage for us."

Morgan Weishaar, Senior Marketing Strategist

“One thing I love about working for CQuence is the culture. Everyone here is passionate about the work that we are doing. Being in this unique environment and culture has allowed me to learn and grow in my role.”

Our Founder

Mike Cassling, Executive Chairman of CQuence Health

Mike Cassling is the Founder and Executive Chairman of CQuence Health, formed in 2011 to provide investment capital, strategic guidance and professional services to healthcare companies.

Mike is active in the Omaha community as Vice Chair of the Aksarben Foundation, Vice Chair of Omaha Performing Arts, and serving on the Board of Directors for The Salvation Army and CyncHealth. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he is the Founding Chair of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative.

Nationally, Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Institute, and he recently closed out a three-year tenure as Chair for The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board. In his capacity there, Mike was awarded the Salvation Army’s Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service, the highest mark of appreciation available to non-Salvationists.

Mike is an Omaha “40 under 40” alumnus, was recognized in 2014 and 2010 with an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a Westside High School Hall of Fame honoree. Mike has two daughters, Megan and Kaila; his wife, Elizabeth, has two sons, Gage and JT.

CQuence Leadership

Mike Cassling

Executive Chairman
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Mike Cassling is the Founder and Executive Chairman of CQuence Health, formed in 2011 to provide investment capital, strategic guidance and professional services to a dynamic portfolio of healthcare companies making an impact in patients’ lives. With Mike’s guidance, CQuence is on a mission to impact 1 billion patient lives by 2030.

In addition to his role with CQuence, Mike serves as Chairman at CQuence's flagship partner company, Cassling. He joined the team in 1985, working alongside his father and Company Founder, Bob Cassling. Mike worked in sales, serving as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing before being appointed President of the company in 1996.

Mike is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of CQuence, identifying prospective future holdings who share in the CQ mission and using his expertise to foster companies within the portfolio from bold idea to healthcare startup to thriving business venture and everywhere along that sequence. Under his leadership, CQuence and its holdings have earned multiple honors and awards, including:

  • Modern Healthcare’s #1 ranked Best Places to Work in Healthcare (2015-2016)
  • Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare (2013-2018)
  • Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (2016)
  • Employee Voice Award, Quantum Workplace (2015)
  • Well Workplace Award and the Wellness Council of America (Gold 2014, Platinum, 2011)
  • Highest Actively Engaged Population and Highest Overall Job Satisfaction by Avatar Solutions (2012)
  • Best Places to Work in Omaha (2011)
  • Best Places to Work for the Advancement of Women (2011)
  • HR Solutions Employee Engagement Awards, 1st place nationally (2010)
  • Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award (2008, 2017)

Mike holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in general accounting and marketing. He completed the Graduate School of Sales and Marketing at Syracuse University in 1992.

Mike is active in the Omaha community as Vice Chair of the Aksarben Foundation, Vice Chair of Omaha Performing Arts, and serving on the Board of Directors for The Salvation Army and CyncHealth. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he is the Founding Chair of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative.

Nationally, Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Institute, and he recently closed out a three-year tenure as Chair for The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board. In his capacity there, Mike was awarded the Salvation Army’s Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service, the highest mark of appreciation available to non-Salvationists.

Mike is an Omaha “40 under 40” alumnus, was recognized in 2014 and 2010 with an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a Westside High School Hall of Fame honoree. Mike has two daughters, Megan and Kaila; his wife, Elizabeth, has two sons, Gage and JT.

 

Kyle Salem, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
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Kyle Salem, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer at CQuence Health. As CEO, Dr. Salem ensures CQuence’s holdings and portfolio companies have the investment capital, strategic guidance and professional services they need to shape the future of healthcare and positively impact patients’ lives and experiences.

Dr. Salem also currently serves as President and CEO of Cassling, CQuence’s flagship holding, which provides customer-centric imaging and therapeutic technology, services and solutions. He joined Cassling in 2005 as Director of Clinical Imaging Technology and was promoted to Vice President of Advanced Imaging and Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development. While at Cassling, he completed the Kellogg Management Institute at the Kellogg School of Management.

Kyle was named president of Cassling in 2017 and, since that time, the company has seen tremendous growth, expanding its geographic reach and growing its market presence resulting in 40% revenue growth. Focusing the company’s efforts on strengthening community healthcare, developing long-term relationships and delivering world-class service, Kyle has helped Cassling position itself for a run to impact 350 million patient lives by 2030. He was named CEO of Cassling in 2023.

Dr. Salem graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, where he also earned his doctorate in 2002. Dr. Salem served as a research scientist for Siemens Medical Solutions, where he managed U.S. research collaborations at nationally known facilities such as Duke University, Emory University, University of California – Davis, University of Texas – Southwestern, Princeton University, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Kyle is passionate about the future model of care coordination, payment reform and new technologies in healthcare delivery. He routinely speaks to healthcare clinicians and professionals on topics related to the shifting healthcare landscape. He contributes to a number of community and arts organizations through either board participation or donated time to lead strategic planning efforts.

 

Mike Haywood

Chief Financial Officer
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Mike Haywood is the Chief Financial Officer at CQuence Health and its partner company, Cassling. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Omaha in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and completed his MBA at the University of Bellevue in 2015 in Accounting & Finance. Before Joining Cassling, he worked at ConAgra Foods and Kiewit in various finance and accounting roles. 

Mike is active in the community and serves as Treasurer & Board Member on Millard's Teammates Mentoring program.  He is also active with his two boys' sports clubs throughout the Elkhorn community. 

Randy Wobig

Chief Information Officer
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Randy Wobig is Chief Information Officer for CQuence Health and its partner company, Cassling, a diagnostic medical equipment and services company. In his role, Randy oversees all corporate information technology, as well as facility planning and management, for the organization.

Randy joined Cassling in 1999 as a Clinical Network Specialist. He was promoted to Director, Clinical Applications, and later to Vice President of Services, where he managed Cassling’s applications support, PACS service support, and project managers. Randy transitioned to the role of Chief Information Officer in January of 2010.

Before joining the team, Randy spent 14 years gaining hands-on diagnostic imaging and digital imaging systems management experience at Nebraska Medicine (formerly Nebraska Health Systems). He had eight years of experience working with the Hospital and Radiology Information Systems (HIS/RIS) teams. Randy also held a courtesy faculty appointment for teaching in the College of Allied Health Professions.

He is a graduate of UNMC’s College of Allied Health Professions with an associate’s degree in radiography and a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography. He also served as a founding member and Vice President of the UNMC Radiation Science Technology Education Alumni Chapter.

Steve Chambers

Treasurer & Executive Vice President
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Steve Chambers is the Treasurer and Executive Vice President of CQuence Health. In his role, he is responsible for accounting, financial reporting and financial planning. Stever also evaluates mergers, acquisitions and investments for CQuence's growing portfolio of healthcare organizations.

Steve joined the company in 1990 and before that worked in public accounting for Deloitte & Touche, where he earned his Certified Public Accountant certification. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree, with Distinction, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Steve is a passionate and active volunteer with several youth mentoring organizations. He currently mentors a child through the Teammates school-based mentoring program and serves on the Millard Teammates Board of Directors.

Bruce Stec

Vice President of People & Culture
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Bruce Stec is Vice President of People and Culture for CQuence Health and its partner company, Cassling, a diagnostic medical equipment and services company. Bruce is responsible for aligning organizational goals and objectives with human resource programs and projects to ensure a unified culture throughout all CQuence partner companies and business units.

Bruce joined CQuence in 2013 with nearly 20 years of human resources management and consulting experience. At CQuence, Bruce has implemented innovative performance management tools and the company’s first-ever formal leadership development program. Under Bruce’s leadership, CQuence has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for its award-winning workplace culture and wellness programs. The organization has been ranked in the top 10 of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for four straight years.

Bruce graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and has earned both his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification and his Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification. He was named SHRM Nebraska’s Human Resource Professional of the Year in 2015.

He contributes his time and talent as a board member for several local organizations, including the Human Resource Association of the Midlands and CASA for Douglas County.

Tana Phelps

Vice President of Marketing
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Tana Phelps is the Vice President of Marketing for CQuence Health and its partner company, Cassling, a customer-centric imaging and therapeutic technology, services and solutions company. Tana is responsible for managing the strategy, planning, growth and development of marketing for all CQuence partner companies and business units.

Tana brought her passion for healthcare to CQuence in 2011. Her marketing experience includes work in diagnostic imaging, healthcare IT, concierge medicine, telehealth, cardiology and more. She has executed customized marketing campaigns on behalf of hundreds of hospitals and clinics throughout the country, gaining great insights into consumer and physician audience behavior.

With Tana's strategic support, CQuence and Cassling launched a 2030 plan to impact more than 1 billion patient lives. In 2021, she was honored with the Bob Cassling Service Excellence Award for exemplifying the company’s cultural beliefs and commitment to customer service.

Prior to joining CQuence, Tana was communications manager at NRC Health, a national patient satisfaction survey vendor and research organization. Tana is a published blogger and author—with features in Midwest Medical Edition magazine. She studied journalism, marketing and advertising at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and earned a Certificate of Excellence in Business through the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and four kids, running and volunteering.

Chad Brough

Vice President of Growth
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Chad Brough is the Vice President of Growth at CQuence Health. His diverse experience spans across the healthcare delivery system, from rural community hospitals and large, complex multi-hospital systems to academic medical centers and the largest provider of home care in the world. Throughout his 30-year career in healthcare leadership, Chad has led with an entrepreneurial spirit by building high growth strategies for new programs and service lines.

In 2016, Chad moved to Omaha to become the Chief Experience Officer at Nebraska Medicine. He later became Vice President of Health Care Transformation at Home Instead. While there, he transformed Home Instead’s non-medical home care delivery model to include clinical nursing services and an expanded scope of care for aging adults.

While at Home Instead, Chad became a global thought leader in aging, family caregiving and healthcare delivery in the home, serving as an expert advisor on these subjects to The World Economic Forum, The National Academy of Medicine, The Global Coalition on Aging, The World Summit on the Information Society.

Since living in Omaha, Chad has served on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House, The MAHA Music Festival and the F3Omaha Foundation, and has spoken at South by Southwest (SXSW). In 2018, Chad founded F3Omaha, a free men’s outdoor workout group with a mission to invigorate male community leadership. In 2023, he was appointed to the national board of directors for F3Nation.

Our Portfolio Companies

Driving the Industry Forward Together

Healthcare is our sole focus, and through a mix of innovative products, services and target markets, our portfolio companies are making a real difference on patient lives. Many of these companies have experienced remarkable growth.
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