From the article in the September 5, 2013 edition of Healthcare Finance News; teamwork, support and open lines of communication from the CFO through the frontline staff are among the touchstones of the finance department at BSA Health System.
Brian Walton, vice president and CFO, said his approach to management is “all about people” – getting the right people and supporting them and their ideas. James Taylor, director of financial planning and reporting and the day-to-day department manager, believes in mentoring and delegating. Together, the two have worked to create a finance department that’s: 1. committed to teamwork; and 2. a great place to learn. An example of that teamwork occurs each month when financial statements must be closed within seven working days.
“The staff meetings that Taylor routinely holds foster an environment where people feel comfortable talking about challenges and bringing up new ideas about how to make tasks more efficient,” Walton said.