Thanks to unprecedented heavy rain, thousands who attended the 2023 Burning Man event Aug. 27-Sept. 4 in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert found themselves literally stuck in the mud. For HFMA member Michael Bumann, it was a transformative experience.
Bumann, of Olympic Valley, California, is the founder and CEO of RedDot, a company that specializes in converting motor vehicle accident accounts into revenue for healthcare organizations. He’s also a former firefighter and current emergency medical technician (EMT), who volunteers as a Quick Response Vehicle (QRV) Medic at Burning Man.
“Every year since 2017, I’ve volunteered my firefighter/EMT skills as a QRV Medic,” said Bumann. “In this role, I respond to the full spectrum of medical emergencies. In Burning Man lingo, volunteering is both my ‘art and my gift.’”
Bumann said adaptability was key for him and his fellow volunteers this year.
“The muddy conditions required ingenuity and resourcefulness to maintain our response levels,” he said. “As an example, two out of our four QRVs were modified for advanced life support calls. When a serious cardiac situation arose, doctors from the temporary hospital loaded equipment and joined the response in an SUV. They, along with our QRV crew, ran one of the smoothest and professionally run cardiac calls of my career. Collectively, we adopted a mass casualty incident response approach for the event, working resourcefully and effectively.
“In the face of radically austere environmental conditions and all the other inherent resiliency challenges baked into the Burning Man experience, this year’s burn was profoundly impactful for me,” said Bumann. “From spontaneous joys with strangers to planned events with friends, I was reminded of our shared humanity and unearthed a profound empathy I’d thought was lost.”
Yvonne Wigington is the new CFO at Cheyenne Regional
The Cheyenne (Wyoming) Regional Health System recently named Yvonne Wigington, FHFMA, MBA, CPA, as CFO. Wigington brings 29 years of healthcare financial experience to the health system, which includes the 184-bed Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Cheyenne Regional Medical Group — the largest multi-specialty group in the state. Most recently, she served four years as CFO for Montrose Regional Health in Montrose, Colorado, and, prior to that, was senior vice president and CFO at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Wigington is a member of HFMA’s Wyoming Chapter.
Chris Milligan joins Revenue Group
Chris Milligan, MBA, recently was hired as executive vice president of strategy for Revenue Group, a revenue cycle management company based in Cleveland, Ohio. In the new role, he will be responsible for new product development, strategic planning, standardization of processes and workflows and key client development. Milligan has 30 years of revenue cycle experience and most recently served as director of revenue excellence at Trinity Health in Livonia, Michigan. An active HFMA member, he is a former president of the Northeast Ohio Chapter and has served on the Chapter Advancement Team and the Regional Executive Council.