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Large Private Company CFO Winner: Gina Dailey, Central Arkansas Group of Universal Health Services

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Gina Dailey took an accounting class in her sophomore year in high school and was hooked. Numbers came easy to her and “made sense,” she said.

After high school, Dailey went to Pittsburg State University in Kansas, where she graduated in 1994 with a degree in accounting. She earned her MBA in health care administration in 2018 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

After jobs in the insurance industry and at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Dailey took a job at Pinnacle Pointe Hospital in Little Rock in 2008. She was attracted to the position because she had never worked in behavioral health. Also, Pinnacle’s CEO at the time, Lisa Evans, was willing to teach Dailey about the operations side of health care. “Accounting is accounting no matter where you go,” Dailey said. Dailey said she is working on expanding the service lines at Pinnacle Pointe and hopes to have an announcement in the first part of the year.

Pinnacle’s net patient revenue in 2019 was $35 million, an increase of $7 million from the previous year.

In 2019, the Parsons, Kansas, native was promoted to CFO for the Central Arkansas Group of Universal Health Services Inc. of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which includes Pinnacle Pointe, Rivendell Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas in Benton and the Bridgeway in North Little Rock. The group also includes several outpatient facilities in Arkansas.

Dailey said her greatest accomplishment is developing the people on her team. “It’s more like a teaching role to me,” Dailey said. “And teaching them that every little thing they do impacts the bottom line.”

Dailey credits her success to treating “everyone with dignity, respect and grace.”

Away from the office, Dailey is a member of the Little Rock chapter of the AIM at Melanoma Foundation.

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