Baptist Health Hardin appoints new CFO to its team


Baptist Health Hardin has appointed Cora McPherson to its leadership team. As vice president of hospital financial operations, McPherson provides key financial analysis and forecasting to Hardin, one of Kentucky’s largest healthcare systems when categorized by patient volume.

McPherson, who joined the team amid the COVID-19 pandemic, quickly established his expertise, showing his understanding of financial strategy and demonstrating how best to manage finances during this time.

Baptist Health Hardin President and CEO Dennis Johnson said McPherson was a great fit and easily assimilated into Hardin’s patient-centered culture.

“Cora is a seasoned healthcare executive and already a highly regarded and respected part of our senior leadership team,” Johnson said. “It helps leaders across the system understand the impact of finance on day-to-day operations and on the future. We are more than grateful to have someone of talent like Cora in this key leadership role. ”

Prior to joining Baptist Health, McPherson served for seven years as Business Director and Director of Operations Improvement at Mission Health System in North Carolina.

Baptist Health Hardin has enjoyed financial success and positive bond ratings over the past decade due to growth in outpatient services and improvements in the revenue cycle. The revenue cycle includes billing and payment processing.

In September 2020, Baptist Health Hardin, formerly known as Hardin Memorial Health, was acquired by Baptist Health. Kentucky’s largest healthcare system, Baptist Health, has nine hospitals in Kentucky and southern Indiana. About 75 percent of Kentucky residents live in the health care system’s service area.

“The Hardin team, patient volumes and successful execution of its growth strategy to recruit the best physicians and provide top-notch patient care and services in top-notch facilities drew me to this post, ”McPherson said.

“The investments Baptist Health plans to make in Hardin will only improve what we can offer patients. It is an exciting time for the people of central Kentucky.

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