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Regal brings a breadth of experience through its Senior Management – from entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes and have navigated the process of choosing an operating and financial partner, to financiers who have helped leading companies sufficiently capitalize to propel expansion, to operators who have executed on people, strategy, and direction, to lay the course for the next stage of growth.
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Letter From Dr. Kim
Dr. Kim’s entrepreneurial success starting, growing and selling companies to private equity brings unique insights and makes us a valuable resource for healthcare entrepreneurs.
“As a physician-entrepreneur having gone through a private equity sale process three times, I’ve found that picking the right partner can be a daunting task, especially given the abundance of quality private equity funds in the market. Initially, I was scared and nervous about upsetting the status quo and giving up control of my company – private equity was an enigma to me and I was hesitant to jump headfirst into something I didn’t understand. Fortunately, I found that my relationship with the private equity firms I partnered with was incredibly positive, and that was one of the driving forces behind me co-founding Regal Healthcare Capital Partners with my colleague Jon Santemma.
The timeline for partnering with private equity is different for all healthcare entrepreneurs. For me, it was when my first business, Premier Care Urgent Care, started to experience accelerated growth and I realized that I needed a capital partner to help me grow at the speed and scale required to become the market leader.
As I learned more about private equity, it became clear that not all private equity firms were created equal. I met with dozens of firms during my sale processes and a recurring frustration was the lack of specialization. I was determined to only partner with a fund that lived and breathed healthcare and that would value clinical quality at the same level as financial performance, but most of the funds that I encountered did not have a healthcare focus and did not understand the nuances of a medical practice. Ultimately, I found the right partner for my business, but I realized how lucky I was to find a partner who had the same values as me and wasn’t only focused on the bottom line. When I started Regal, I set out to be the antithesis of all the funds who saw my business as an investment that happened to be in the healthcare space. Together with my partner, Jon Santemma (who has over 25 years of healthcare experience), we built a team of professionals who have spent their careers in healthcare and who share our passion of lending our clinical, operational, and financial expertise to leading healthcare entrepreneurs who are hoping to scale their business.
As a physician, clinical quality was my first priority and I was adamant about partnering with a firm that wanted to help me grow and expand my business without sacrificing patient care. A patient-first attitude is critical in healthcare and if we lose sight of that we are doing a disservice to our patients and to ourselves.
In my experience, I’ve found that most private equity firms will rush to consummate a transaction, inadvertently shocking a seller who has never been through a process before. At Regal, we try to consider the experience of being the selling physician-entrepreneur while going through any process. We make a point of spending as much time as needed to walk the selling physician through all the key terms of our deal prior to starting the onerous diligence process, rather than dropping a stack of legal documents on the physician-entrepreneur at the eleventh hour. Similarly, I’ve found that many private equity firms exaggerate their operational experience and capabilities, but in reality, have never operated a company. I am ultimately a doctor and operator before an investor and we’ve built a team with experiences across the spectrum so that we can not only “talk the talk” but can also “walk the walk”. We understand how an efficient business ought to run and we roll up our sleeves to help our partners get to where they need to be. Simply put, we know that the companies we work with are looking for a partner, and we feel that a true partner needs to do more than just show up at a quarterly board meeting.
When looking to partner with a private equity firm, an entrepreneur should look for a differentiated capital provider, one who’s values and vision align with that of the entrepreneur, the company, its employees, customers and all other stakeholders. Aside from capital, the entrepreneur should look for a true partner – a sponsor who will build out a team around the entrepreneur, guide with strategy and direction, invest in new tools, technology, and infrastructure in order to propel the company into the next stage of growth. The key to success in a healthcare business is simple: drive greater value to patients. We spend every waking moment at Regal working towards this goal and we aim to help as many healthcare businesses as we can.”
David Kim, MD, MBA
Co-Founder and General Partner of Regal Healthcare Capital Partners