Partners and Associates

Partners and Associates

A hybrid team of accountants, advisors, and consultants whose collective experience and diverse backgrounds ignite ideas, reconfigure approaches, and recommend strategies and innovative solutions for our clients.

Nick Smith

7601 France Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN

Tel: 952.548.3427

Areas of Focus

  • New and replacement hospital and health care facility planning
  • Facility master planning
  • Functional and space programming
  • Hospital and urgent care planning
  • Physician demand assessments
  • Physician recruitment planning
  • Market assessments in support of financial feasibility studies
  • Community health needs assessments
  • Service line demand forecasting and pro forma development
  • Market share analysis
  • Strategic planning and business plan development


Health Care


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Master of health care administration degree
Skidmore College - Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Bachelor of arts degree in economics

Nicholas E. Smith


Nicholas Smith has over a decade of proven leadership experience with Wipfli LLP’s national health care consulting practice.  In this role, he has the opportunity to serve a broad array of health care organizations including health systems, integrated delivery systems, county and district hospitals, critical access hospitals, physician specialty groups, behavioral health centers, and health care networks.  Nicholas leads consulting engagements with energy, enthusiasm, and an analytical problem-solving approach to effectively respond to the facility, operational, and strategic challenges facing his clients.  He believes in proactive communication, strong collaboration with stakeholders, and creation of practical, effective, and affordable solutions to assist leadership in undertaking important strategic decisions.

Typical market planning engagements for Nicholas include new service line planning, market share projections, community health needs assessments, physician demand assessments, and volume and demographic projections in support of financial feasibility studies and facility growth.  His facility planning engagements include all aspects of planning new and replacement hospitals and other health care facilities, planning major renovations and additions, and performing other aspects of planning for future growth.

Professional Memberships and Activities
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) - Member
  • Regular speaker at health care conferences across the country
  • Author of several articles published by state health care journals