Cathy DoughertyChapter: Georgia

Job title: Assistant Vice-President, Revenue Management, Gwinnett Hospital System, Inc.

Worked here since: 2000, but at my health system since 1990.

Responsible for: All revenue cycle operations in my health system.

Best part of my job: The people I work with every day.

I joined HFMA because: I value the networking opportunities and the education provided to me. When I worked in a hospital for the first time, my local chapter was my only avenue for learning about the management of accounts receivable in my hospital.

First involvement with HFMA: I was asked to serve on a chapter committee by a current chapter leader.

Favorite HFMA memory: Being presented the first “Cathy H. Dougherty Distinguished Mentoring Award” and realizing the Georgia Chapter had named an ongoing award in my name.

First job: Administrative Assistant in Human Resources Department at Western Electric, Inc. (then called a Secretary in the Personnel Department).

Most unusual job: my responsibility for attending employees’ funerals to deliver death benefit checks.

My family: I have a loving family who has moved along the HFMA journey with me – my husband, Bob, my daughter, Alexa, who is in Pharmacy School, my two step sons, Bobby and Eddie, and my two wonderful grandsons, Ethan and Eli. My parents were both teachers, and my Dad was a high school coach so I love sports of all kinds.  They were married for 52 years but both passed away in the late 1980’s.

Pets: My cute rescue dog, Millie, who is part Yorkie and part Dachshund, better known as a “Dorky.” We also have my daughter’s “left behind” cat, and a loud parrot named Snapper—guess why he is named this?

If I’m not working, you’ll find me: Relaxing at the beach somewhere, reading a book and enjoying the view under a palm tree!

Hobby: Reading at the beach and enjoying Carolina Beach Music.

Proudest moment: The birth of my daughter when I was 38 years old.  Those proud moments continue!

Best advice received: Always be aware of the perception you give, always be perceived as “fair.”

People might be surprised to know that: I was a very shy child and teenage who was terrified to speak in a public forum.

Benefits of HFMA involvement: I have developed lifetime friends throughout HFMA.

Publication Date: Friday, June 28, 2013