Falcon Consulting Group

About Us

Company Overview

Falcon’s consulting team has collectively worked to improve the healthcare IT environment in over 100 of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations, ranging from children’s hospitals to large, multi-state integrated delivery networks, and everything in between. What have we learned from this vast experience? Simply put, every client is unique and careful consideration of an organization’s distinctive qualities must be considered when providing value-add solutions.

Our past experience has also taught us that not all consultancies are created equal. With that in mind, we set out to create the best possible firm and centered our values on three core elements – our people, our perspective, and our passion.

Our People

Our consultants go through a rigorous screening process when hired to ensure that past performance will result in future success for our organization and our clients. Falcon’s strong support and training network ensures that each consultant has full access to the resources and knowledge to ensure that no problem goes unsolved. Simply put, we provide industry-focused experts who think critically to understand our clients’ needs.

Our Passion

Few industries have experienced as rapid of a change in technological and regulatory landscape as the Healthcare Provider market. This complexity continues to drive industry leaders to identify new ways to provide improved, cost-effective patient care. Falcon’s consultants are passionate about helping provider organizations face these challenges head on.

Our Perspective

Our leadership team, comprised of past healthcare  provider executives and managerial staff from industry-leading technology vendors and consultancies, has provided advisory services to over 60 of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations. Our compiled knowledge, continued education, and focus on a single industry, allows us to create and apply the best practices to solve complex problems in the industry.

Brendan Downing


Brendan is a founding Partner, responsible for the leadership and strategic vision of Falcon Consulting Group. In addition, he currently manages several key account relationships and oversees the operations component of the business. Brendan has been involved in implementations at nearly 20 healthcare systems and thoroughly enjoys solving complex problems with process improvement and technology. Prior to the inception of Falcon, Brendan worked at Epic, implementing revenue-cycle products at large, integrated health systems. In addition to implementation, Brendan was heavily involved in internal roles, contributing to the advancement of Epic's client-training methodology and advancement of Epic's reporting functionality. Brendan possesses a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and currently splits time between offices in Miami and Chicago. Brendan is an avid sports enthusiast and is heavily involved in philanthropic organizations assisting in the advancement of healthcare outcomes.


Vice President of Service Delivery

Andrew currently serves as Falcon's VP of Service Delivery. In his role, he works with the leadership team to define and refine Falcon's solution offerings, manage the firm's quality assurance program, and oversee our clients' most complex initiatives. Still active in delivery roles, Andrew recently worked with UCLA Health to create an internal Program Management Office (PMO). He is currently overseeing special projects for the CMIO's office at Presence Health. Andrew came to Falcon from one of the top management consultancies in nation, where he served as a subject matter expert in the firm's Healthcare Provider and Private Equity Practices. He began his career at Epic Systems, where he served as Project Director for several large-scale, enterprise-wide implementations. Andrew holds a dual BA in Economics and Spanish from DePauw University and has completed coursework at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Outside of work, he can be found marathon training on Chicago's lakefront trail, sweating it out in a yoga studio, or traveling to pursue his various outdoor hobbies, such as kite boarding and snowboarding.

Michael Melnik

Client Relations

Michael is responsible for business development and strategic recruiting at Falcon. He currently serves as an account manager for many of Falcon’s larger accounts, to ensure successful engagements and client satisfaction. Michael has worked on a variety of revenue-cycle implementation and optimization projects while at Falcon, ranging from small community and academic medical centers to overseeing the business applications team at one of the nation's largest health systems.  Prior to the inception of Falcon, Michael worked at Epic, managing complex Revenue Cycle and Ambulatory Application implementations across the country. Michael possesses a bachelors degree in Science with focuses on Molecular Biology and Finance/Economics. He enjoys applying a business mentality to improve the profitability, processes, and outcomes for health systems around the country. He is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan with a passion for playing golf.

Nichole Firmani

Director of Operations

Nichole Firmani is Falcon's Director of Operations.  In this role, she maintains Falcon's internal operations, including payroll, human resources, accounts payable and accounts receivable.  She honed her communication and organizational skills while working as a Member Services Representative for a credit union, interning at MIT's financial aid office, and teaching for several years at the elementary school level. Nichole earned her Bachelor's Degree in American Studies at Endicott College, and her Master's in Elementary Education at Salem State University. Nichole enjoys spending time with her children, reading, and watching home design shows.

Steve Weichhand

Director of Inpatient Services

Steve Weichhand is the Director of Inpatient Applications with Falcon Consulting Group. He is responsible for managing and growing the Inpatient, Inpatient Ancillary, and Clinical Optimization service lines and managing numerous internal projects. Steve is still active in client delivery, recently as the architect for a clinical documentation improvement project at a large integrated delivery network in Southern California. Steve entered the healthcare IT industry at Epic Systems and holds certifications in ten Epic applications. At Epic, he served on the implementation team as a project manager for several high profile implementations. Prior to joining Falcon, Steve worked at PatientKeeper, where he specialized in physician charge capture and handheld solutions. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, Steve enjoys boating, snowmobiling in northern Michigan, and hopes to one day complete all six world major marathons.

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