New year brings new chief financial officer to Dayton Children’s
Chris Bergman, CPA, joins Dayton Children’s as chief financial officer. Bergman is a highly experienced CFO with more than 35 years of experience in health care. Prior to joining Dayton Children’s, he most recently held the role of chief financial officer and vice president at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, listed as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report. He was directly responsible for financial reporting/accounting, data governance, reimbursement, payer relations, supply chain, patient financial services, admitting and registration, central scheduling and medical records and coding.
“I am excited to be joining Dayton Children’s at such an important time in its history,” says Bergman. “I look forward to working with the Senior Leadership Team as we work to ensure Dayton Children’s vibrant future.”
Bergman begins at a pivotal time in Dayton Children’s history, with several major projects already underway. A $153 million patient tower, part of a campus revitalization plan, is in the middle of construction on Dayton Children’s Valley Street location and an expansion of the Springboro Urgent Care location began this fall. It will include expanded access to Dayton Children’s top specialists, an ambulatory surgery center and an emergency department.
Prior to Christ Hospital, Bergman was the chief financial officer at Sparrow Health System, the largest integrated delivery system in Lansing, Michigan, with five hospitals; and vice president of finance at Centura Health Corporation in Colorado, a $1.3 billion system with 11 hospitals and eight long-term care facilities.
“Chris brings a deep understanding of health care finance, outstanding strategic planning and leadership skills, as well as a strong commitment to the Dayton Children’s mission,” says Deborah A. Feldman, president and CEO. “He will be a tremendous addition to our talented leadership team.”
Accomplishments in his career history include:
- Leading a master facility planning effort at Christ Hospital, resulting in the creation of a $282 million expansion and the addition of five ambulatory outpatient centers.
- Providing financial leadership resulting in increased cash flow of $73.6 million from operations in a six year time period.
- Leading a finance team to create and execute a $315 million finance plan.
- Implementing an operational excellence initiative that reduced costs by $14 million in one year.
- Creating a vision and strategy to develop a clinically integrated network of employed and independent physicians to improve quality and lower cost.
- Developing a capital prioritization process to ensure expenditures were maintained within budgetary limits and provided allocation between routine and strategic expenditures.
Bergman replaces David T. Miller who retired at the end of 2015, after 30 years of outstanding service.
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