We take the word healthcare very seriously.
When you care about someone you look for the most experienced staff and the most advanced technology available. Our team has decades of experience building and overseeing successful respiratory care programs. We help our clients stay current with the most cutting-edge techniques and equipment while maintaining an appreciation for the history of the field, the tried-and-true.
Our Museum of Respiratory Technology, in an historic building in downtown Livingston, TN, displays antique equipment from the field of respiratory care, state-of-the-art technologies from an earlier period, as well as American memorabilia from a bygone era.
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Our Leadership Team
Gene Gantt, RRT, FAARC
President & CEO
Gene has practiced respiratory care exclusively in the post-acute care arena since 1984. Along with brother, Scott, he has cofounded two successful companies which were acquired by international health care firms. In 2004 he was recognized as the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Long Term Care Practitioner of the year. From 2008 to 2011, and again from 2014 to 2016, Gene was selected by his peers to chair the AARC Long Term Care specialty section. From 2009 to 2014, he was appointed by the Governor to the Tennessee Board for Respiratory Care, which he chaired from 2013 to 2014. In 2014, he was selected to serve on the Industry Advisory Council of the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC). He was inducted as a fellow in the AARC in 2016.
In 2006, Gene introduced and successfully codified a set of core standards of care which were adopted in Tennessee as operational rules for skilled nursing facilities. Compliance with these standards is now required for participation in the TennCare Enhanced Respiratory Care program. In 2010 these standards were adopted and published as a national recommendation by the AARC: “Delivery of Respiratory Therapy Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities Providing Ventilator and/or High Acuity Respiratory Care.” These standards remain the primary guide for states to formulate long term ventilator rules.
In 2013 Gene co-founded the Eventa Group to consult with government and private health plans as well as international manufactures. He is an advocate of patient safety in the post-acute arena and has presented nationally and internationally on the subject. Gene has represented the AARC at various conferences addressing the need for patient monitoring and promoting clinical awareness of early recognition of respiratory compromise.
Scott Gantt, COO
Scott Gantt has practiced and innovated in the post-acute care arena since 1987. During that time, he cofounded two successful companies which were acquired by international health care firms.
In 2006, Scott, along with his brother, Gene, introduced and successfully codified a set of core standards of care which were adopted in Tennessee as operational rules for skilled nursing facilities. Compliance with these standards is now required for participation in the TennCare Enhanced Respiratory Care program. In 2010 these standards were adopted and published as a national recommendation by the AARC: “Delivery of Respiratory Therapy Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities Providing Ventilator and/or High Acuity Respiratory Care.” These standards remain the primary guide for states to formulate long term ventilator rules.
After his company was acquired by Linde, in 2008 Scott served as Linde Clinical Manager, where he was responsible for technical training on Respiratory care devices to all Lifegas locations, as well as development of regional clinical support for their operations.
In 2013 Scott co-founded the Eventa Group to consult with government and private health plans as well as international manufactures. At Eventa, Scott consults with hospitals and industry leaders to develop strategies for enhancing market share with specialty long term ventilation, and population health, programs, and innovative products and techniques.
Samantha began her career in healthcare as a hospital based Certified Pharmacy Tech (CPHT). She later joined a Women's Health Service practice as a part of the billing team. Samantha was recruited by Respiratory Support Services and played a key roll in the operations during the companies growth. She gained an in-depth knowledge of the day to day operations of this specialized long term care company, including Ventilator Units, Rebound Programs and billing challenges associated with the business model. In 2013 Samantha joined The Eventa Group assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer as well as taking the lead in the HITRUST compliance certification project. In her capacity of supporting the management and clinical staff she’s able to utilize her diverse skills to benefit Eventa’s complex business model.
Asa Clyde Heflin, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Heflin is a pioneer in Pulmonary Medicine who brings a wealth of experience in to Eventa. We have had the privileged of working with Dr. Heflin in some capacity for over 35 years.
Dr. Heflin attended Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine. His distinguished career includes a stint in the Navy where he served as Senior Medical Officer at Cutler Dispensary,Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Clinic Cutler, Maine. Later Dr. Heflin was the Parker B. Francis, Fellow in Pulmonary Research Vanderbilt University Hospital Nashville, Tennessee.
He was in private practice with the St. Thomas Medical Group and served as President and Medical Director of the St. Thomas Medical Group for 10 years, and was Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Dr Heflin also served as Medical Director of Milestone Ventilation Rehabilitation Center from 1992 -1994 before most rehabilitation centers had considered the complex care of ventilated individuals.
He has served as Medical Director at several Long Term Care Facilities and remains a pioneer in the care of ventilator dependent patients.
Dr. Heflin is licensed in both Tennessee and Kentucky.
Morgan Smith, MSN, FNP-C
Morgan brings a lot of clinical experience to her role at Eventa.
Tonya Loftin, RRT
Middle TN Clinical Liaison
Tonya has extensive experience in home care and long term care. She first worked for Gene and Scott in 2004 at Respiratory Support Services, their first ventilator unit management company. In 2012, she became Clinical Director of Respiratory for Alana HealthCare, a disease management company, where helped design respiratory care programs, managed a staff of respiratory therapists, and reported directly to the Medical Director and Clinical Officer. In 2014 she became VP of Clinical Innovation at Alana, where she helped oversee population heath programs. She joined the Eventa team in 2016 as the Middle TN Clinical Liaison. Outside of Eventa, Tonya is dedicated to her family and children.
Director of Information Systems Security
Brett Smith is a IT professional, with years of experience working closely with both education and healthcare facilities. His experience ranges from working for the Overton County Board of EDU as a help-desk technician and security specialist to helping implement network infrastructure in multiple Veterans Administration facilities across the United States. A graduate of the Information Systems Technology program from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Brett has been in the IT industry since 2011, when he received his diploma as a Microcomputer Specialist. With years of experience as a Server Administrator, Network Administrator, and a help-desk technician, Brett is able to help Eventa cope with the ever-changing landscape of business information technology in the healthcare space. Brett joined Eventa last year, as the Director of Information Systems Security. In this role he is helping Eventa to adopt security best practices and system standards into its IT infrastructure, helping to manage its rapid growth. Brett resides in Allons, TN.