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Healthcare Finance Veteran Joins UAB Hospital as New CFO

Analysis  |  By Amanda Schiavo  
   April 03, 2023

The organization has also appointed a new CEO.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System—a research university and academic medical center with over $9 billion in revenue—has appointed 35-year healthcare industry veteran Susan Jennings as its new chief financial officer.

In her more than three decades in healthcare, Jennings has served in a number of roles focused on organizational financial health and strategic financial decision-making. Her responsibilities include financial reporting and budgeting for the Health System and UAB Hospital and overseeing any debt and financing initiatives across the enterprise. She joined UAB in 2006. Prior to being named interim CFO of the Health System, she had been CFO of UAB Hospital since November 2018.  

Jennings isn’t the only new appointment at the organization. Brenda Carlisle has assumed the role of chief executive officer for UAB Hospital, after serving in the role in an interim capacity. Before taking on the role in November 2022, Carlisle had been serving as vice president of clinical operations for UAB Hospital since 2017.

"Brenda and Susan are outstanding leaders with many years of experience in health care management," Dawn Bulgarella, CEO of the UAB Health System, said in a release. "They have contributed significantly to our positive momentum and are poised to address the many opportunities and challenges we face. These leaders are talented and dedicated professionals who will play major roles in leading the hospital and Health System forward in our relentless efforts to provide the highest level of health care for all Alabamians."

Amanda Schiavo is the Finance Editor for HealthLeaders.

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