Health-care executive Gary F. Conner has joined City of Hope as chief financial officer (CFO). Conner, who arrived Feb. 14, is the newest member of the Executive Team.
|Gary Conner (Photo by p.cunningham)|
Conner oversees all areas of corporate finance and financial operations for City of Hope, including financial planning and analysis, accounting, audit, treasury and budgeting. He also leads patient financial services, materials management, purchasing and managed-care contracting. Collaborating with members of the Executive Team and the City of Hope board of directors, he will develop new strategic initiatives to advance the organization’s mission.
“Gary has demonstrated visionary leadership throughout his career and has significant experience in health-care finance,” said Michael A. Friedman, M.D., president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased to have him on board and look forward to his contributions to City of Hope.”
Conner joined City of Hope from Catholic Healthcare West, the largest private nonprofit health-care provider in California. He served as vice president of financial operations in the organization’s Pasadena headquarters and as CFO and senior vice president of the Southern California Division. His responsibilities included strategic planning, operational analysis, performance management, implementing financial controls and coordinating annual audits. He also oversaw CFOs in each of the organization’s 40 health-care facilities.
Before his time at Catholic Healthcare West, Conner served as CFO at Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.’s Pacific Division in San Diego, Scripps Clinic Research Foundation and Green Hospital of Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., and Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Calif. He also was controller at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Conner received his bachelor’s degree in business management from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and his Master of Business Administration from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. He has served on the boards of several hospitals and health-care organizations.