The First Illinois Chapter is the premier membership organization in the Chicagoland area for healthcare finance leaders. We were chartered as the first chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) on October 15, 1948.

With more than 1600 members, including healthcare finance leaders and professionals from hospitals and health systems, provider organizations, physician practices, business partners and payer markets, we are one of the largest metropolitan chapters of HFMA.

President's Welcome


Welcome to the 2021-22 chapter year!

I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to help lead the First Illinois Chapter as we transition out of the depths of the first (and hopefully only) pandemic of our lifetimes. 

Thank you to our current and prior leaders, volunteers and partners for your stewardship setting the strong foundation for the oldest chapter of HFMA.  The chapter is in good hands for years to come.  Brian Pavona, President-elect, and Katie White, Secretary/Treasurer, are excellent leaders with a wealth of chapter knowledge.  Our Board of Directors are a talented, dedicated group of involved members. 

A special thanks to Bart Richards – our chapter is in a better place after a year of your leadership during the pandemic.  It was great to work with you, and I look forward to your continued contributions in your role as Past President.

As HFMA’s 2021 National Chair Tammie Jackson’s theme so aptly states– we are Bolder,  Brighter, Better as together we forge our path forward.

Look forward to making this journey with you!

Rich Schefke, FHFMA, CPA

2021-22 Chapter President

Chapter Event

First Illinois HFMA Spring Forward Event 

5/19/22 - 5/20/22

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park 200 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601 

Chapter Event

Women in Leadership 8th Annual Retreat


Join us for a powerful lineup of events during a full day of networking and education sessions, sure to expand your perspective as a leader and tap into some of your own strengths. Sponsored by the First Illinois Women in Leadership committee, this year’s retreat will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Morton Arboretum for a day to recharge your leadership batteries.

Chapter Event

First Illinois HFMA Transition Dinner