Michael Gonzales, CEO and Founder of HNI Healthcare, is announced by EY as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central South Award Finalist

HNI Healthcare is proud to be led by an ambitious pioneer that is tackling one of today’s biggest challenges

AUSTIN, Texas — Michael Gonzales, CEO and Founder of HNI Healthcare, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central South Award finalist by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US). Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed.

Michael Gonzales was selected by a panel of independent judges according to the following criteria – entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact – among other core contributions and attributes.

When asked about HNI Healthcare’s purpose, Michael Gonzales stated, “We are focused on decreasing the overall cost of healthcare in our country, while improving outcomes and overall well-being. Of the $4.1T of healthcare spend, the Centers for Medicare estimates that 25% is waste. This waste comes from: unneeded care, dislocation between providers and patients, patients being transitioned into care gaps, and adverse outcomes/complications at the point of care. Our value-based approach targets care gaps, ensures more accountable clinical oversight, and eliminates this waste – making healthcare more sustainable in the communities we serve.”

When HNI Healthcare was founded in 2009, only 5% of reimbursement existed in value-based relationships with provider groups. Today, it stands at 36% and it is estimated to grow to 67% by 2026. The prompt commitment to value-based clinical and operating models made HNI a pioneer. Early on, this approach proved economically disadvantageous in the dominant fee-for-service environment. Today, HNI is considered a leader and doing well by doing good.

Regional award winners will be announced on June 23, 2022. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel, and National awards will be presented in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2023.

For over 35 years, EY US has celebrated the unstoppable entrepreneurs who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other members of the entrepreneurial community in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In Central South, sponsors also include Colliers, DLA Piper, Marsh McLennan Agency, ADP, Bridgepoint Consulting and Pierpont Communications.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

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About HNI Healthcare (HNI)

HNI is a healthcare technology and physician practice management company focused on improving clinical, operational, and financial outcomes for healthcare facilities. The company’s advanced technology and management expertise enable hospitals to improve key quality and performance metrics through a clinically-integrated, value-based care model. HNI is based in Austin, Texas. Visit our website at

Londin Mair
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
HNI Healthcare

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