CHE Trin­ity’s Carter adds CFO ti­tle

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Who: Ben­jamin Carter, 55

New role: CFO at CHE Trin­ity Health based in Livo­nia, Mich. CHE Trin­ity, which op­er­ates 86 hos­pi­tals across 21 states, is the re­sult of the merger of Catholic Health East and Trin­ity Health that closed in May 2013. He will still have the ti­tle of ex­ec­u­tive VP of fi­nance, which he has held since the merger.

Pre­vi­ous po­si­tions: Be­fore the merger, he was se­nior VP and CFO of Trin­ity Health. He also served as ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO of Detroit Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Carter also spent nearly 20 years in ex­ec­u­tivelevel po­si­tions, in­clud­ing CFO, at Oak­wood Health­care in Dear­born, Mich.

On his new role: “My main duty is to help guide and shepherd the or­ga­ni­za­tion through what is a pretty sig­nif­i­cant tran­si­tion as we go from a vol­ume-based, pro­ducer-cen­tered base to a pop­u­la­tion health, peo­ple­cen­tered base. The tran­si­tion of go­ing from one to the other is one that has to be done care­fully so as to man­age it in a fi­nan­cially re­spon­si­ble way.”

On his high-fly­ing hobby: Carter is a pri­vate pi­lot and a flight in­struc­tor. “There is a strong par­al­lel be­tween avi­a­tion and fly­ing and man­ag­ing a health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion. You have to pay at­ten­tion to and man­age your in­stru­ments, know what your key in­di­ca­tors are, plan ahead and as­sess vari­ables, and be pre­pared to make changes along the way. But prob­a­bly one of the most sig­nif­i­cant lessons from avi­a­tion is the use of check­lists.”

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