Hospital CFO: Jeremy Jeffery, Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Hospital CFO: Jeremy Jeffery, Jefferson Regional Medical Center
Jeremy Jeffery, SVP & CFO / Jefferson Regional Medical Center / Pine Bluff

It took a five-minute phone call to interest Jeremy Jeffery in health care.

An accounting major at the University of Central Arkansas, inspired by Professors Mike Moore and Danny Vance, Jeffery was setting out on his first public accounting job at BKD LLP (now Forvis) when he got a call from partner Susan Miller. 

In their five minutes, Miller spelled out how consulting with health care clients might compare to other industries, and Jeffery agreed to join Miller’s health care industry group.

“I really didn’t know what the health care industry would really offer me or what that career path would look like. It almost sounds like an accident,” Jeffery said. “It was just one of those moments where ‘Do I do this? I’ve got this person on the other end of the phone asking me to do something specific here.’”

A 2003 UCA graduate, Jeffery became a certified public accountant in 2004. He moved on to Hudson Cisne & Co. (now HCJ CPAs & Advisors) in 2006 and joined Jefferson Regional Medical Center as assistant controller in 2008, working his way up to his current position in January. 

As CFO, Jeffery helped correct revenue cycle problems by bringing the billing and collections operations in-house. He also worked with President and CEO Brian Thomas on the cancer treatment expansion strategy at the Jefferson Regional Jones-Dunklin Cancer Center. 

Jeffery believes in the value of clear communication and says that gaining experience is wasted unless the expertise gained is applied in a meaningful way. Pursuing his MBA in his spare time, Jeffery wants to continue to expand Jefferson Regional’s services and improve efficiency even as hospitals face unprecedented stress and health care costs continue to rise. 

“The most fulfilling thing about working in health care, and particularly in not-for-profit health care, is that what we do has an impact on the community,” Jeffery said. “You don’t get to say that in every industry.”

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