John Cline

Managing Director

John joined NCP in 2020. Prior to joining NCP, John spent nearly 30 years working for private equity-backed health care companies in various operating roles, including Director of Marketing and Account Services with Complete Health Services (managed care), CEO of Viva Health (managed care), President of Electronic Healthcare Systems (software), Founder and CEO of Community Hospices of America, President of Business Development of Hospice Compassus, CEO of STX Healthcare (dental service organization), and Executive Chairman of Hospice Partners of America.  John also spent 4 years with Deloitte in auditing and consulting.

John has served on numerous boards of investor-backed companies including Viva Health, Revnet (B2B software), Electronic Healthcare Systems, Entegreat (consulting), Community Hospices of America, CLP Healthcare/Hospice Compassus, STX Healthcare, Hospice Partners of America, and Care Hospice.

John holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler and a BS in Accounting from the University of Alabama.

Of the five NCP values, which is your favorite one? Why?

My favorite NCP value is “Do the right thing. Always.” As a leader for many years in the healthcare sector, I believe this is a critical cultural cornerstone for any company and particularly in healthcare. Not only is it morally and ethically the right approach, but healthcare companies that can demonstrate industry-leading compliance achieve higher patient and employee satisfaction and higher valuations.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am most proud of starting Wellspring Hospice Care (later name changed to Community Hospices of America) from a business plan, obtaining private equity and debt financing and ultimately far exceeding the 5-year business plan in less than five years, to become one of the 10 largest hospice companies in the US, with 25 locations and 1,400 patients prior to selling to CLP Healthcare/Hospice Compassus. We generated a 50%+ IRR for our investors and won the 2006 Jemison Award from the Birmingham Venture Club.

What are some words of wisdom you live by?

“It is not about luck.  It is about hard work and a relentless drive for constant progress”