One of the highlight’s of HFMA’s Annual Conference 2019 was the presentation of the Frederick C. Morgan Achievement Award to Ann Paul, DrPH, MPH, on Tuesday, June 25. She is the 61st recipient of this award, which honors career-long contributions to HFMA and to the healthcare finance profession.
Paul, who is chief strategy officer at Ascension St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla., has served HFMA at all levels, from chapter to national, since she became a member in 1995. As president of the Oklahoma Chapter, she designed the strategic plan that led to the Chapter’s being recognized with the Robert M. Shelton Award for sustained excellence in 2006. She also developed and implemented the Chapter’s mentoring program for early careerists as well as a volunteer recognition program. Paul helped initiate the annual Region 9 Conference and served on the conference’s planning committee for eight years.
As a widely respected expert in her field, she is a frequent speaker at local and regional meetings, presenting on managed care, ACOs and other healthcare topics. She also has served on HFMA’s National Advisory Council and as a judge for the Association’s Helen M. Yerger Awards. Paul is a recipient of the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver and Muncie Gold merit awards in recognition of her many contributions to HFMA. She also is a recipient of the Founder’s Medal of Honor.
A letter recommending Paul for the Morgan award described her as a “servant–centered volunteer.” The past-presidents of the Oklahoma Chapter, who followed in her footsteps, said they accepted the challenge to fill her shoes because they knew she’d be there to provide support and guidance. They added, “Frankly, we jumped at the chance to learn from, and be associated with, this organized, phenomenal woman.”
“Ann Paul exemplifies the role of servant-leader,” said Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, president and CEO of HFMA. “She has also been a catalyst for change. Through her public speaking, mentorship and her many contributions to the healthcare finance community in the Oklahoma region, Ann has touched many lives and has truly made a difference.”
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