Ralph A. Castillo is the Chief Executive Officer at Morgan Memorial Hospital in Madison, Georgia. He received his B.S. and his M.B.A. from Brenau University, and is a licensed CPA in both Georgia and North Carolina. Ralph has been in healthcare since joining Gilman Hospital (now known as Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus) in the spring of 1987 as a temporary file clerk in the Business Office. In 2000, he took the Chief Financial Officer role at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, North Carolina, and in the summer of 2005, became its Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure as CFO, he successfully transitioned his hospital to Critical Access Hospital status in less than two months; and successfully negotiated and implemented a $4.6 million dollar loan guarantee with the USDA to help fund a $7.6 million dollar CON renovation/replacement building project. In his current role, Ralph and his senior management team have instituted some fundamental changes keying on what he calls the “Three Legged Stool” – Care and Safety of the Patient, Financial Viability and Community Relations. These changes included instituting a Hospitalist Program, a Nurse-Patient Matrix, re-engineering of the attached 21-bed nursing home and government and community relations. His vision for his hospital can be summed up this way, becoming a “Patient-Focused Center of Excellence.”
Ralph lives in rural Morgan County with his wife Pamela; they have five children.
Jim has over 30 years of progressive experience in the healthcare industry. His experience comes from both the provider side as well as the consulting side and includes finance, regulatory compliance, and third-party reimbursement for a number of provider settings including hospitals and health systems, home health agencies, continuing care retirement communities, and skilled nursing facilities. Areas of concentration include compliance plan development and re-design, compliance auditing, IRO services, revenue recovery, acquisition due diligence, financial modeling, and third-party reimbursement.
Jim earned his Master in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Administration and his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Jim has spoken on the Development of Corporate Compliance Programs for several National and State Associations.
Bill Lee joined Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in 2010 as vice president of The Children’s Hospital. In 2012, he was named system senior vice president & chief strategy officer. In his role, he provides oversight to Memorial Health Partners, managed care, regional development, system wellness, external relations, trauma services and the Memorial Health Foundation. He also serves as the executive administrator for the newly named Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah.
Lee has more than 20 years of experience in hospital operations, including work at non-profit pediatric teaching facilities. Before coming to MUMC, he served ten years as the president and executive director of the children’s health network at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with HCA, Eastside Medical Center, and Piedmont Hospital, all in Atlanta.
Lee holds both a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oglethorpe University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and past president of the Georgia Society for Managed Care. Lee serves on the boards for the Savannah area Chamber of Commerce, Safe Kids of Georgia, March of Dimes of the Coastal Empire, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives, and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah. In 2015, he was appointed as the CFO/Treasurer for the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition of Georgia.
Lee is married to Liane and has two children – Evan and Lauren.
Stacey McCreery is Executive Director of Indiana University (IU) Health, Indiana’s most comprehensive healthcare system. With a unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading medical schools, IU Health gives patients access to innovative treatments and therapies. IU Health is comprised of hospitals, physicians and allied services dedicated to providing preeminent care throughout Indiana and beyond. In her role, she has been responsible for the mergers and acquisitions of several hospitals as well as the financial integrations of several hospitals and physician groups. After spending 20 years in corporate roles, she has also founded ROI Search Group, an executive search group.
Stacey is active in HFMA. She has spoken at regional levels regarding healthcare financial system-wide integrations and also has written for HFMA HERe. She is a member of the finance council for St. Luke’s Catholic Church and Treasurer and board member for Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation.
Prior to IU Health, Stacey served as director for the State of Indiana and the MENTOR Network. She also has been responsible for five ERP system conversions.
Stacey originally grew up in Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University and Keller Graduate School. Stacey lives in Fishers with her husband, son, and their three dogs. When not in the office, she takes pleasure in spending time with her family and friends. They love traveling to new places and participating in new activities. They also support their son who is very active in hockey. Her family is also very involved in the Catholic Church.
Ren has several years of experience advising all levels of federal and state government, large health systems, Academic Medical Centers (AMCs), and other health care providers on issues surrounding payment transformation, system delivery innovation, health homes, managed care, payer/provider integration, financial planning, quality monitoring and reporting.
• Strategy: Conducted multiple payment transformation strategies for state Medicaid, mental health, and developmental disability agencies, and developed growth strategies for AMCs and various other healthcare providers.
• Operations: Advised health systems, federal and state agencies on areas related to process transformation, labor optimization, and performance improvement. Created multiple performance dashboards as part of service line assessment and improvement.
• Finance: Conducted re-pricing analyses for health system joint ventures, and developed complex business case scenario modeling as part of enterprise strategy engagements.
I hold a Doctor of Science in Health Administration degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the best health administration programs in the country. My dissertation topic is, “The Contribution of Interim Executives to the Healthcare Industry.” This dissertation research was the first objective study of interim executives in the history of the US healthcare industry. I am currently the nation’s leading authority on interim executive services in the US healthcare industry.
The thing that makes me different from the ‘typical’ healthcare CFO is my extensive experience in and out of the acute care setting. I have served as the CFO of multiple hospitals and as the interim CFO of multiple hospitals in multiple jurisdictions. I have experience in religious, community free standing and tertiary regional referral center facilities with teaching programs. Through my commercial banking, business development and entrepreneurial experience with VHA and other organizations, I have started, operated, sold companies with focus on healthcare revenue cycle, healthcare capital finance, mobile CT, mobile MRI, mobile lithotripsy, TPA, shared laundry, temporary staffing agency, patient satisfaction, insurance products and productivity improvement consulting. I have served as a corporate angel for healthcare focused commercial signs and commercial fleet maintenance businesses. I have experience with C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and LLC organizations. Few CFOs have this breadth of experience in and out of the acute care setting.
Areas of specialized expertise include: Healthcare finance, healthcare capital finance, governance, healthcare administration, healthcare strategic planning, financial planning, pro-forma development, third party reimbursement, third party liability and managed care.
Eddie Staub is Founder and Executive Director of Eagle Ranch, a community uniquely designed to help make life better for children and families going through a crisis. For more than 30 years, Eagle Ranch has served as Georgia’s foremost family reunification program.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Eddie graduated with a B.S. in Science Education from Auburn University and was a member of the varsity baseball team. He also has a master’s degree in Physiology from Auburn.
Eddie has participated in Leadership Georgia and has been honored for Eagle Ranch’s contributions to youth and families throughout Georgia. He has appeared on local and national broadcasts, including CNN, and has been the subject of print media outlets including Southern Living and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others. He is a regular speaker at civic clubs, churches and community organizations throughout the Southeast.
Eddie is married to the former Kayanne Morris of Atlanta, and they have five children.
Jennifer Stephens is the Regional Executive Director of Phoebe Hospice at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, GA. She is responsible for the oversight of outpatient and inpatient hospice operations provided at Phoebe’s innovative Willson Hospice House. Jennifer is also responsible for developing and executing strategies to exceed financial, clinical and compliance goals. Under Jennifer’s leadership Phoebe Hospice has been awarded Deyta Analytics’ Hospice Honors for continuously providing the highest level of satisfaction through care measured from the patient’s point of view, has achieved We Honor Veterans Star Status and has become a No One Dies Alone Provider. Jennifer is the co-chair of Phoebe’s Post Acute Care Council, serves on Phoebe’s Ethics Committee and enjoys collaborating with Phoebe’s Foundation, Cancer Center and Palliative Care. She is an active member of the GA Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and a Field Instructor for Valdosta State University’s School of Social Work.
Prior to joining Phoebe Jennifer worked as the Area Vice President for Pruitt Health Hospice. Jennifer is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Valdosta State University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of GA. Jennifer has two children, Flint (18) will graduate from Crisp County High School in May and will be attending GA Southern University in the Fall and Sarah Ashley (14) who is in the 8th grade. They reside in Cordele, GA and enjoy skiing, wakeboarding and boating on Lake Blackshear.
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