The MedLite leadership team offers years of experience in the fields of medicine and business, and is dedicated to excellence, innovation, duty, care, and integrity.
Rodney W. Schutt
President / CEO / Board Member
Rodney Schutt is a proven multiple time President and CEO of publicly traded, privately held, venture capital and private equity backed companies.
He has led several companies in the healthcare industry; including HyperSound with directed audio emitter technology, Widex and Unitron who both develop hearing solutions, and Aspyra with clinical software. He also led Luminetx with their development of the VeinViewer, a mobile device used to locate a patient’s vasculature. Previously, Rodney held Senior Executive positions within Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics. He started his career at GE Healthcare, where he spent 18 plus years growing in the organization and eventually serving in Senior Executive roles.
This broad range of leadership experience has provided Rodney with a well-rounded and intuitive appreciation of operations, sales, marketing, business development and management skills, as well as a deep understanding of the Healthcare industry.
Rodney, and his wife Cheri, have four children. He also enjoys the outdoors, hiking, sports, traveling with his family and exploring new places.
H. Steven Savage
COO / CFO
Steven Savage has executive experience in chemical, construction equipment, energy, and medical device business sectors. His career has spanned global cross-functional roles including, President & CEO, COO, CFO & Senior Vice President with private and publicly traded companies. He recently served as President & CEO of ELC consulting firm, and brings previous experiences from Unitron, GE, Smith & Nephew, ABB, Case Corporation, and Monsanto. Steven has led organizations in Europe, MEA, South America, Japan, Canada, and the United States. His passion is operational excellence and sustained revenue and profitability growth.
Multiple roles provide Steven with a wealth of knowledge regarding operations, sales, marketing, construction projects, and business development. He brings key executive skills from global cross-cultural environments.
Steven, and his wife Lee Anne, have two sons, and seven grandchildren. He enjoys jogging, sports, study of history, music, and travel abroad.
Dr. Wayne Provost
Chairman of the Board / Co-Inventor /
Dr. Provost has been involved with various patents since the early 1970’s. In the 1970’s he worked on the insulin pump, the portable dialysis machine, and received a patent for the re-sealable cereal box top. He is associated with multiple patents ranging from mechanical devices, dental products, medical devices and medical software products. He has always donated his time and money to help others. For two years he was the Chairman of the March of Dimes Walkathon for the state of Utah, and also served as Chairman for the American Diabetes Association’s Walk America fund raiser.
Dr. Provost has helped over 200 individuals through the patent process by helping with prototype construction, and proof of concept analysis. After the passing of his 17 year old son Dusty, he has dedicated his life to supporting and helping individuals and institutions develop new ideas. The passing of his son led to his most recent patent the Illuminated Infusion Line.
Dr. Provost, along with his wife Donna, and his daughter Emma, started Teen’s Kickin Cancer, a youth leadership organization that raised money to help pediatric cancer patients and their families. Approximately two years ago Dr. Provost founded the Innovation Guidance and Solutions Department at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. He presently is the Director of that organization and has helped students, faculty, and community members file over 50 patents.
Jeffrey D. Stewart
Co-Inventor / Co-founder / Board Member
Jeffrey Stewart is semi-retired business owner and entrepreneur living in Washington, UT. Jeff and his wife Julie of 40 years have four children and five grandchildren. Jeff started his career in the air conditioning and heating business in 1977 in Las Vegas. He eventually sold his main A/C business in 2004 and found his way to St. George in 2006.
During his time in Las Vegas, Jeff taught air conditioning at both the community college and at UNLV. In 1999 Jeff was elected to serve as the president of the Southern Nevada Air Conditioning Refrigeration Service Contractors Association, (SNARSCA) for two terms. Jeff started a training school in 1993, a post-secondary education facility with an emphasis on air conditioning and refrigeration training. Jeff is also part owner of three other businesses in Las Vegas; a roofing company, drywall painting company and another small A/C business. Since moving here Jeff enjoys partnering with his eldest son in several real estate projects around the St. George area.
With an entrepreneurial spirit Jeff partnered up with his friend Dr. Wayne Provost to pursue several patent ideas in the construction and medical fields. When Dr. Provost moved to St. George and joined Dixie State University in the fall of 2016, Jeff was asked to help with the mentoring program and he now donates his time to help students and community members who are working on various patents and business start-ups. His semi-retirement then ended. More recently Jeff and Dr. Provost donated one of their patents, the funnel jet turbine, to DSU. They, along with several local business mentors, now teach a class to a select group of students. These students are building a business around that patented device. This is the first for DSU and possibly the first for any university in the country to have a class where students are owners of a patent and are building a real business around that patent. So, Jeff keeps himself quite busy on campus, which he certainly enjoys.
Jack Friedman was a senior vice president of accountable care services and payer relations for Providence Health & Services and chief executive officer of Providence Health Plan. In his role, Jack was responsible for the strategic direction of accountable care delivery and financing models to improve quality, cost and access throughout Providence Health & Services’ five-state region. Jack also drove strategy and operations of Providence Health Plan, serving 400,000 people. Providence also offers a network of providers through its preferred provider program and operates a workers’ compensation program that manages the medical costs associated with injured workers in Oregon.
Jack worked in several positions with Providence Health Plan prior to accepting the SVP position in 2000. Prior to that, Jack served as the executive director of the Greater Portland Business Group on Health, a coalition of employers dedicated to improving the cost and quality of health care. Prior to that position, Jack was employed as a benefit and pension consultant with Frank B. Hall Consulting Co. He also worked as a business reporter with the Portland Business Journal from 1984 to 1986.
Jack graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. He then went on to receive a Ph.D. in anthropology from Rutgers University in 1983. Jack serves as a board member for Health Plan Alliance, Stand for Children and the Oregon Economic Forum.
Dr. Gregory J. Schears, M.D.
Dr. Schears is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is a pediatric intensivist and anesthesiologist by training and cares for both adult and pediatric patients in his practice. He has a long standing interest in reducing patient complications and improving our approach to vascular access and patient safety.
Dr. Schears completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, his anesthesia residency, pediatric anesthesia fellowship and pediatric critical care fellowship at John’s Hopkins hospital, and worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 5 years until he was recruited to the Mayo Clinic in 2001 to head the ECMO service. There he serves as Consultant of Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and is the physician liaison to the nurse led PICC team, former Medical Director of the ECMO Service for 16 years and Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Unit. He has served on the editorial board for JAVA and on the AVA Board of Directors as Treasurer. He is very active with product development to help reduce complications and has given hundreds of presentations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Lindsay T. Atwood
Former Chairman of the Board / Co-Partner / Investor / Trustee Dixie State
Lindsay Atwood founded, developed, and sold six companies over the last 37 years. In 1991, he founded Paradise Optical and Alpine Vision centers. As part of this venture, which he oversaw for four years, he managed a small chain of optical stores that were only accessible to contracted health plans and their members. He then went on to found TruVision, Inc., a national vision company, in 1995. It was acquired by the publicly traded company TLC Vision in 2005. Following the success of TruVision, Lindsay created TruHearing in 2001. This company was acquired in 2005, and in 2008 he acquired it back. In 2012, Lindsay sold 35 percent of the company to Sorenson Capital.
Lindsay retired as the CEO of TruHearing in 2013 and served as the chairman of the company’s board through March 2018. Additionally, he is a limited partner of Mercator Partners. From 2005 to 2010, Lindsay was an active member of the Utah Angels as an early stage investor, and from 2001 to 2002, he sat on the Westminster College Advisor MBA Board and helped revamp the college’s MBA program. Lindsay has served on the Dixie State University National Advisory Board for the past three years. He is a father of six and grandfather of 12.
Unfortunately, we lost Lindsey in October of 2019. His leadership and friendship will be deeply missed. Read more about the life of Lindsay Atwood.