Healthcare Financial Management, CFO Professional Development, Delphi Method
Rochester, Charmaine Spence
Wilson, Asa B.
Berkshire, Steven D.
Houlihan, Robert H.
Study explored attributes for CFO development and success in U.S. healthcare. The research question is, “How well are CFO success themes and attributes in the literature aligned with opinions of healthcare finance executives?” A three-round Delphi method was used to capture opinions of healthcare finance executives. Communication and Interpersonal Skills; Experience, Education, and Training; and Leadership Acumen were the top-rated themes. Key attributes within these themes were 1) ability to translate financial information into meaningful metrics, 2) communicating information in a manner that is comprehendible to operations staff, 3) ability to execute, 4) being ethical and of high integrity, and 5) being an effective problem solver. Results are discussed in terms of career development strategies needed for aspiring healthcare CFOs