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Chapter: Central Pennsylvania
Job title: Manager, Corporate Finance, Susquehanna Health System
Responsible for: The day-to-day financial operations for a number of corporations within Susquehanna Health (SH). I oversee the preparation of the financial statements, the budgets, and the annual audits for these corporations. I also have responsibility for the monthly reporting of our pooled investment program and lead the home health billing and the home infusion billing operations.
Worked here since: 2000 (I started working for SH in the dietary department when I was in high school (1981). I was allowed to work during college breaks and the summers. Once I graduated, I was hired for an accountant position in the accounting department.
Best part of my job: seeing a difficult project be successfully completed and knowing that your team helped your organization make the correct decision or save substantial capital.
I joined HFMA because: My boss at the time signed a number of us in the accounting department up for a coaching class for the certification exam. I hardly knew what a certification exam was let alone HFMA.
First volunteer involvement with HFMA: was asked to be on the newly created physician committee of our chapter. After a few years of being on this committee and the program committee, I mentioned to my boss that I would like to get more involved in leadership. She had been a recent past president of the chapter. My first board position was Treasurer.
Favorite HFMA memory: It’s hard to pinpoint on one item. I very much enjoyed my years as president of my chapter and being able to serve the members by creating value for their membership. I have so many wonderful memories around all the wonderful trips that I have taken, all the wonderful friends that I have made, and the President dinners that I have been able to attend. I really enjoy seeing the all the leaders of all the chapters get recognized for their hard work at the President’s dinner.
Benefits of HFMA involvement: The challenges that being a chapter leader presented to me. I was able to watch and learn from many of our chapters’ past presidents; some of them were part of the Shelton award winning team for our chapter. In addition I was able to learn from the many HFMA LTC events that I attended. Because of the challenges of being a chapter leader, I was able to push myself to become a better leader, not only for my chapter, but for my organization. My involvement helped me to realize how I enjoyed being not only a leader, but a servant leader. I will never be able to repay HFMA for the many benefits that I have received from being a chapter leader.
First job: helping my Dad take care of lawns and flower beds for a few homes in our area. I believe I was around 10 or 12 when I started helping. My first job was working in the dietary department of Divine Providence Hospital scrubbing pots, working the dish machine, cleaning floors, working the food line, delivering food carts, pretty much everything in the dietary department.
Most unusual job: My job in dietary. Not that it was usual, but that it helped me realize I needed to go to college and learn a skill.
My family: I have been married for almost 16 years to the most wonderful women in the world, Donna. We are both on our second marriages and have 7 children (hers, mine, and ours). I have 2 boys from my first marriage, she has a daughter, and we have 4 girls together. Their ages range from 23 to 5. Oh! And the first grandchild is on the way, due in November of this year.
Pets: I had a beagle (Rowdie) growing up who was a tremendous hunting dog. When I was married I had a yellow lab mix (Shane), and currently we have 3 cats, all of which adopted us.
If I’m not working, you’ll find me: Taking the girls to dance, soccer, or some other event, or just spending time with my family.
Hobby: I love to play golf, basketball, and hunt and fish. However, there are not enough hours in the day to do these very much.
Proudest moment: There are a number of these. While I have enjoyed being recognized by my peers at SH and HFMA for my accomplishments throughout the years, I would have to say my proudest moments are watching my children succeed in sports, music, and dance, and watching my wife when she recognizes a need and fulfills it with her servant’s heart.
Most difficult goal achieved: Ts yet to be. I say this because I hope to keep challenging myself with more difficult goals throughout the rest of my life. Depending on when this question would have been asked of me, I would have said passing the certification exam, or surviving my Master’s degree. I am still working on trying to be a great father, husband, HFMA member, SH service partner, and most important a servant to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Best advice received: No one can make you happy, only you can, and that I am in control of my emotions, attitude, and happiness.
Favorite quote: I love quotes, so this is hard. If I had to pick, these three come to mind:
Favorite food: Wow, I love food so this one is hard. I would have to say Donuts.
Favorite singer: Again, so many favorites here, but I would have to say Led Zeppelin.
Favorite sports team: College – Penn State; Football – Oakland Raiders; Baseball – Philadelphia Phillies; Basketball – Philadelphia 76ers.
Book I’d recommend: The Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth).
Hero or mentor: So many to mention here both professionally and spiritually, I would hate to leave someone out.
People might be surprised to know that: It is usually that I have 7 children, or my favorite group above, or that I do not subscribe to any TV service, or that I love to play volleyball and basketball.
Publication Date: Friday, June 28, 2013
Tom Myers, chief strategy officer, The SSI Group, discusses the shifting payment environment and how it affects providers' patient access and claims management processes.
Jeff Chester, senior vice president and chief revenue officer at Availity, shares his thoughts on "Revenue Cycle 2.0" and how to best meet its challenges.
Mitch Morris, vice chair and global leader, healthcare, Deloitte, and Michael O'Rourke, senior vice president and chief information officer, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), share perspectives on the need for transformational IT in health care today.
Brian Kueppers, founder and CEO, Apex, discusses the importance of a robust patient payment strategy in boosting organization revenue and enhancing patient satisfaction.
Brian Grazzini, CFO, HealthPort, describes the importance of efficient and compliant information exchange and audit management in helping HIM staff spend less time on paperwork and more on mission-critical projects.
Cindy Matthews, executive vice president, Community Hospital Corporation, discusses how rural and community hospitals can use collaborative partnering to position for success through tough market conditions.
Rick Heise, senior vice president, revenue cycle, at Cerner Corporation, discusses the importance of integrating clinical and financial data to excel in health care’s changing payment environment.
Russ Graney, founder and CEO for Aidin, and John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, share insights on how to improve care transitions between acute and post-acute care settings and incentivize high-quality patient outcomes.
Scott Elston, strategic accounts manager, GE Healthcare Services, describes how substantial cost reduction in health care requires rethinking business strategy and asset use.
Robert Williams, MD, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Arielle Freiberger, product strategist, ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte, explain how sophisticated retrospective, real-time, and predictive data analytics can inform decision making to reduce costs and improve care.
Stuart Hanson, director of business development (healthcare solutions) at Citi Retail Services, discusses how improving the payment experience can benefit consumers and healthcare providers.
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