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August 23, 2011 > Special Life Events: David McGrew

Special Life Events: David McGrew

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Laurel Anderson

David McGrew, CPA, has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System. McGrew has 20 years of progressive leadership and financial management in complex health care organizations and at one of the nation's top public accounting firms. Of specific interest to the County is McGrew's experience in an integrated healthcare delivery system, large tertiary academic medical centers, public health hospitals, district hospitals and community, non-profit hospitals.

"We're delighted David will be joining us," said Smith. "Our Health and Hospital System is in the midst of transformation and is re-tooling to meet both the opportunities and challenges of healthcare reform. David's fiscal leadership will be a great asset."

As Chief Financial Officer for Kaiser Permanente's Oakland and Richmond Medical Centers from 2004 to 2010, McGrew was responsible for all aspects of the financial accountability in Kaiser's complex healthcare delivery system. While at Kaiser he implemented systems and processes to reduce medical expense trends and improve financial oversight. He was also instrumental in implementing process initiatives to improve the timeliness of medical record coding and reduce patient billing cycle times which led to increased revenue for the organization.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the outstanding team at Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System and to be part of such a critically important healthcare provider for the residents of Santa Clara County," said McGrew. "I look forward to helping position our organization to address the current economic and fiscal challenges and to prepare us for the future under health care reform."

Other relevant experience at Kaiser includes McGrew's significant participation in joint hospital/medical group committees for Joint Commission readiness, compliance, utilization management, medical records and operating room strategy; leading workgroups for the implementation of an electronic medical record system; developing reorganization plans for health information management and patient financial services; and directing responses to Medicare regulatory and internal audit findings.

Prior to joining Kaiser, McGrew was employed for six years with Davies Medical Center in San Francisco as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this 341-bed not-for profit independent medical center, McGrew directed all medical center financial operations and had additional accountability for clinical areas of lab, radiology and outpatient rehabilitation services.

From 1985 to 1992, he was a Senior Audit Manager in the healthcare practice at KPMG Peat Marwick. McGrew was a leader in managing the financial audits in both publicly and privately held corporations, including public health and district and community hospitals.

McGrew is a native Californian who received his BA in Business/Accounting from San Francisco State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and also a member of the American Institute of CPAs, California State Society of CPAs and Healthcare Financial Management Association. He currently serves as the Board Chairperson of the Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland.

McGrew's appointment, which carries a starting salary of $215,533.76, is effective Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

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