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Joe Felkner
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Joe Felkner serves as a strategic financial partner and member of Health First's system executive leadership team, as well as the Health First Board of Trustees. He is responsible for overall Health First financial operations, including revenue cycle activities, controllership functions, treasury and investments, strategic financial planning, managed care contracting, supply chain, as well as Health First Health Plan's and Health First Medical Group's financial operations. He also leads the mergers and acquisitions activities for the system.

Before joining Health First, Felkner served as Chief Financial Officer of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, an integrated healthcare network in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Fla., and System Vice President of Finance for Ohio Health. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Felkner began his career with Ernst & Young and has vast experience in hospital and health system financial management, operations improvement, managing institutional investment portfolios, joint venture development and working with capital markets and rating agencies on behalf of not-for-profit health systems.

Felkner earned both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his Master of Health Administration at The Ohio State University.