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George Boyadjis.

George Boyadjis has always had his eye focused on the field of finance, and he's combined it with healthcare, an area to which he's already devoted more than 28 years of his professional career.

Title: Executive Vice President, CFO, Secretary & Treasurer

Company: American TeleCare Inc., a leader in technology-enabled disease management

Born: Cleveland, Ohio

Spouse: Married to Linda since the day after they both graduated from Ohio State in 1978

Children: Adam, 23; Mark, 20; and Andrea, 14

Education Summary: BS in Business Administration, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1978; Masters in Business Administration, Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1990; earned CPA, 1981; earned certification as a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), 1986

Career Summary: Began his career in the Columbus, Ohio and Grand Rapids, Mich., offices of Ernst & Young, serving in its healthcare practice. By the time he joined American TeleCare Inc. (ATI) in 1999; he had served in officer-level roles for the following organizations: Health-Partners[R], a large St. Paul, Minn. HMO; Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems Inc., a large national multi-provider healthcare system in Cincinnati; McKesson MedManagement[TM], a multi-state homecare, DME and specialty care provider in Plymouth, Minn.; St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, an integrated delivery system in Pueblo, Colo., and the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

FEI Chapter: Twin Cities Chapter (past-president); also chairs the Strategic Planning Committee for Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) Board of Trustees


Leisure Pursuits: Travel, reading, cooking and playing golf with my sons.

Time Management: I begin each day asking, "What's the most important thing I can do with my time, right now?" I first learned this concept as an undergraduate at Ohio State during the years when Archie Griffin won his two Heisman trophies. I recall wandering by the entrance to the football coaching offices one day, and seeing a three-foot tall, scarlet-and-grey sign above the doorway: "What have YOU done TODAY to help WIN the National Championship?"

Favorite book: Gideon's Trumpet; it's a history of the landmark Supreme Court case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. In his simple letter to the court, Gideon wrote--in pencil--that his constitutional rights were violated when he was denied counsel. Ultimately, the Supreme Court agreed with him, and established a new landmark.

If I could, I'd like to spend one hour with: Gen. Colin Powell. His life teaches us why America is one of the greatest countries to live in, and how, if you work hard, anyone can achieve the great American dream, as Powell has done himself.

Favorite Job/s: Other than my current position, my favorite jobs from earlier in my career include work with my early mentors, Mark Bainbridge at Ernst & Young and Rich Telkamp; and Sister Edward Cecile Hafertepe at Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems (now Catholic Health Initiatives).

Worst Job: Cleaning out the grease traps from the sinks at my parents' bakery.

Favorite Deal: The sale and sponsorship transfer of a large, multi-hospital system from one Catholic healthcare system to another. We substantially improved the ability of both of the communities served by the two systems to meet unmet healthcare needs, through an innovative transaction structure that generated tens of millions of dollars in additional third-party payor reimbursement.

If I could, I'd change:

1) The perverse economic incentives embedded in the current U.S. healthcare delivery system, which drive waste and sub-optimal quality care; and

2) The level of understanding by the average FEI member regarding the high-quality research services delivered for members and the profession as a whole by FERF; it is (inadvertently) one of FEI's "best kept secrets." The board and FERF and FEI staff are all currently working diligently to shine a spotlight on FERF's reinvention!

Quotable: "You win with people," by former Ohio State football coach Wayne Woodrow ("Woody") Hayes.


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