North Florida Regional gets new CFO


Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7:06 p.m.

North Florida Regional Medical Center will welcome a new chief financial officer in mid-January, just as the hospital enters the final stage of its $62 million expansion that began in 2009, according to a NFRMC media release.

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Jay St. Pierre

Jay St. Pierre, currently the CFO of Parkridge Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn., will oversee NFRMC's finances, budget and accounting.

"The top priority now with the concluding phase of the expansion is operationalizing the new 92 beds over the next year," St. Pierre said in a phone interview.

The four-story addition will include a new neonatal intensive care unit, a neuroscience wing and an expansion of cardiovascular services, said Pamela Rittenhouse, marketing director at NFRMC.

"The idea is to get as much of our heart and vascular program care areas as possible close together to enhance care," Rittenhouse said, adding that the new facility will include non-invasive diagnostic testing and a new catheterization lab. The facility is expected to be completed next June.

St. Pierre said that health care in Chattanooga is similar to Gainesville because both cities have large academic medical centers as well as smaller, private hospitals. He has overseen the finances of the three hospitals in Chattanooga that comprise the Parkridge Health System and is looking forward to concentrating his efforts on one consolidated facility at NFRMC, he said.

"I look forward to working with the board, physicians and employees at North Florida Regional as we continue to build on the positive momentum of the hospital," St. Pierre said in the media release.

Prior to his current position, St. Pierre was also CFO at three Hospital Corporation of America hospitals in Texas.

St. Pierre noted that he will be beginning his new position at NFRMC in the midst of important changes in health care nationally.

"With health care reform and the ACA, what we're seeing is a shift in the care delivery system," he said. "Right now, readmission is a piece requiring better coordination between hospital care and follow-up care."

St. Pierre added that reducing emergency room saturation is another priority. "Having more access points like urgent care provide people with more options so that they don't use ER as a clinic," he said.

St. Pierre was born and raised in New Orleans and earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a master's from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He also holds a CPA license from the state of Tennessee.

An avid sports fan and nature lover, St. Pierre said he is looking forward to relocating to Gainesville. He brings with him his wife, Sandi, and their three children.

Contact Kristine Crane at 338-3119 or kristine.crane@gvillesun.com.

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