For his achievements, Kasper is being recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Up & Comers of 2012.
Most recently, Kasper engineered the formation of Illinois Health Partners, a joint venture with Edward Hospital in Naperville, to manage 100,000 HMO patients. Dennis Fine, DuPage Medical's chief operating officer, has worked with Kasper during both career stages, including in 2000 when they were both at Aetna U.S. Healthcare in Atlanta. “I've never had so much fun working with a guy while working so hard,” Fine says. “He's still extremely driven and a very results-oriented guy, but he's calmer, more mature and more methodical—a lot of that comes with age, but also with experience and finding the best ways to deal with people.”
This includes using a talent for public speaking while mixing data and a passion to persuade people to focus on a common vision—such as persuading physicians that forming a joint venture with a competing hospital is a good idea. While presenting what he thought was positive news to a group of physicians at a quarterly shareholders meeting, Kasper says that he still felt skepticism about the joint venture with Edward Hospital and that “there was still a lot of curiosity.”
“I said, 'I know I come across as a bulldog, but I'm your bulldog,' ” Kasper recalls, adding that it seemed to be the right thing to say to calm the doctors' concerns, though they weren't the first to view the arrangement with skepticism. Kasper first had to persuade Edward CEO Pamela Davis—best known for working with the FBI in its probe of corruption in the state certificate-of-need process.