About Guardian Healthcare Solutions



Guardian Healthcare Solutions was created by a group of seasoned industry professionals who wanted to bring a variety of novel products, services, and shared expertise to the healthcare community.

When and Why

When and Why

GHS was formed in 2010 to address the need for additional tools to help providers fight back against decreasing reimbursement, increasing complexity and cost of rendering services, constantly changing rules and regulations, and an explosion of payor processing issues.

Today and Tomorrow

Today and Tomorrow

We’ve come a long way in a short period of time.  We work with providers and facilities from Alaska to Alabama and places in between.  We are passionate about what we do and we welcome the opportunity to show you how we can help your organization reach its maximum potential.

Leadership Team


Peter W. Lauterbach

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to creating Guardian Healthcare Solutions, Pete was the founder and CEO of AmerOnc, Inc. (now MedSym Solutions), one of the largest oncology practice management services and consulting companies in the U.S.  Up to the time Pete left the company, AmerOnc had worked with over 1000 oncologists in over 40 states around the country in a variety of capacities.

Before starting AmerOnc, he was the CEO of two large physician practices and Executive Director of US Oncology of Alabama.  Pete's background also includes managing PPO and HMO operations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Vice President of Operations for Coastal Healthcare, and Assistant to the President of Merial (now Boehringer Ingelheim) Animal Health where he worked in mergers and acquisitions, operations, sales and marketing.

Pete speaks routinely throughout the country on healthcare management, revenue cycle, and provider development. He graduated cum laude with a BA degree from Wake Forest University. He earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in marketing and healthcare management along with having attended Duke University for post-masters studies.


Mary Ruth Williamson, BSN, MSN, NP, AOCN, CPC

Executive Vice President

Before co-founding Guardian Healthcare Solutions, Mary Ruth was one of the early executives and Vice President of Clinical Services for AmerOnc Inc. (now MedSym Solutions), one of the largest oncology practice management services and consulting company in the U.S.  Between its inception in 2004 and 2009, Mary Ruth and her team had worked with over 1000 oncologists in over 40 states around the country.

She is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse as well as being a Certified Professional Coder. She has over 25 years of clinical, operational and management experience in a variety of medical specialties and settings including surgery, family practice, endocrinology, ob/gyn, cardiology, radiation and medical oncology.  She was the Director of Clinical Services for US Oncology of Alabama and Birmingham Hematology and Oncology Associates where she was responsible for 12 sites of services and all clinical aspects supporting a 16 physician practice. In that role, she was an active member of the Clinical Leadership Council for US Oncology where she worked with oncology clinicians from across the country.

Mary Ruth received her diploma in nursing from St. Vincent's School of Nursing, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama- Huntsville and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


W. Pronce Acker

Chief Technology Officer

Pronce is the Chief Technology Officer at Guardian Health. Pronce joined Guardian with over 20 years of experience in information technology primarily focused in the health care arena.

Prior to joining Guardian, Pronce served as Chief Information Officer at Revenue Cycle Solutions (now part of nThrive), a healthcare revenue cycle management company. Pronce was a core member of the management team at CashRetriever Systems prior to its acquisition by RCS. During his tenure at CashRetriever Systems, Pronce pioneered the development of the company's website, web applications, networking and systems integration infrastructure. This included web applications focused on the HIPAA transaction code sets as well as HIPAA privacy and security implementation.

Pronce has invested in and been actively involved in the management of several early stage companies. Collectively, these companies have enjoyed financial success and created hundreds of jobs. Pronce is an active member of the venture capital community. Pronce serves on the board of Momentum Telecom an Inc. 5000 UCaaS provider.

Pronce is currently the Alabama state chair of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF). Pronce is a member of the Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Pronce holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.