Joseph J. Fifer receives HFMA UK’s highest honor 

January 25, 2023 2:36 pm

HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, has been named an honorary fellow of HFMA U.K. The honor was bestowed on Dec. 8 in London at the HFMA U.K.’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. The event took place during the U.K. association’s 2022 Annual Conference.

Mark Knight (left), CEO of HFMA U.K., and Lee Bond (right), HFMA U.K.’s 2022-23 president, present HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer (center) with an honorary fellowship in the U.K. association.

“Joe received this award in recognition of his lengthy period of leadership of HFMA USA and his substantial contribution to the relationship between the U.K. and the U.S.,” said Mark Knight, CEO of HFMA U.K.

Knight explained that the honorary fellowship is the highest individual award presented by HFMA U.K. and is given to members who have made a sustained and substantial contribution to HFMA’s work. Fifer, who has announced he will retire as president and CEO in June, was one of four recipients awarded the U.K. honorary fellowship in 2022. Each received a Bristol blue glass trophy, a free lifetime HFMA U.K. membership and recognition on the honors board at the London conference center where the event was held.

“’I’ve known Joe for 20 years, firstly as Chair and latterly as President and CEO of HFMA,” said Knight. “In that time, he’s been a great friend to us here in the U.K. with his many visits to our conference and as a wonderful host whenever we have traveled across to the USA. We will miss his insight and perspective on the important issues which affect our industry globally. This award recognizes his whole career in healthcare finance and puts on record our thanks to him as an association.”

Kim Shrewsbury

Kim Shrewsbury named CFO at Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent in Macon, Georgia, has selected Kim Shrewsbury, FHFMA, CPA, MBA, as its new CFO. Shrewsbury previously has held CFO positions at Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast Ministries in Pensacola, Florida, as well as with other hospitals and health systems in Georgia and Alabama.

“Kim Shrewsbury’s prior financial leadership experience makes her a great addition to Atrium Health Navicent in our continued drive for excellence,” said Delvecchio Finley, president and CEO of Atrium Health Navicent.

Shrewsbury is a member and past president of HFMA’s Alabama Chapter and has served as the HFMA Region 5 Regional Executive. She also is a member of the American Association of Provider Compensation Professionals.

Andy Zukowski

Andy Zukowski succeeds David Hughes as ECU Health CFO

Andy Zukowski, MBA, is the new CFO at ECU Health in Greenville, North Carolina. In announcing the appointment, Michael Waldrum, MD, CEO of ECU Health and dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, cited Zukowski’s 20 years of experience in highly matrixed healthcare organizations as well as his expertise with value-based care models and strategic financial planning and analysis. Prior to assuming the new position, Zukowski served as CFO of UNC Rex Healthcare.

Zukowski fills the position vacated by David Hughes, CPA, who recently retired after 25 years with ECU Health.

David Hughes

“David’s leadership and expertise were instrumental in our ability to lay the building blocks that have positioned ECU Health to successfully realize its vision of becoming a national academic model for providing rural health care,” said Waldrum. “I greatly appreciate David’s contributions to our region and wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Both Zukowski and Hughes are members of the HFMA North Carolina Chapter.

Rick Carrico becomes new CFO at Baptist Health as Steve Oglesby retires

Rick Carrico

Rick Carrico, CPA, MBA, recently was named CFO for Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky, the state’s largest health system. He brings nearly 40 years of healthcare-related experience to the position, most recently serving as executive vice president and CFO for WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Rick Carrico has the background that we were looking for ― experience with bond rating agencies, strategy development, investment management, treasury, the workings of a complex healthcare organization and the desire to take on a new challenge,” said Gerard Colman, Baptist Health CEO.

A member of HFMA’s North Carolina Chapter, Carrico is a U.S. Masters swimmer and a former marathon runner. He also has climbed Mount Rainier.

Steve Oglesby

Carrico replaces Steve Oglesby, CPA, MBA, who joined Baptist health in 1993 and was named CFO in 2016. In announcing his intended retirement, Oglesby said he was opting for early retirement in order to spend more time with his family and perform more volunteer work.

“The faith-based mission of caring for others is what drew me to healthcare and kept me involved as a servant leader to provide financial and business guidance to the clinicians who fulfill our mission to our patients,” said Oglesby, who is a member of HFMA’s Kentucky Chapter. “In this next phase of my life, I feel called to serve the Lord by helping others and to reconnect with the joy I find with my family and in teaching.”

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