DELVEC­CHIO FIN­LEY, 38

CEO Alameda Health Sys­tem

Modern Healthcare - - 2015 UP & COMERS - — An­dis Robeznieks

Delvec­chio Fin­ley built an im­pres­sive track record long be­fore he

took over this year at public health sys­tem Alameda Health in Oak­land, Calif. Fin­ley opened peo­ple’s eyes as a young CEO at the Har­bor-UCLA Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a Los An­ge­les County hos­pi­tal, which had just re­ceived dis­mal re­sults in a CMS sur­vey.

“My first or sec­ond week there, I got the kind of let­ter you never want to get,” Fin­ley said. “We were deemed non­com­pli­ant.”

He said the turn­around was al­ready un­der­way, but it was up to him to “mar­shal the team over the fin­ish line.”

Fin­ley grew up in an At­lanta hous­ing pro­ject. The be­gin­ning of his healthcare ca­reer was just as hum­ble. While in col­lege, he worked as a park­ing at­ten­dant at Pied­mont Hos­pi­tal. Af­ter that, he was a med­i­cal records file clerk and then an emer­gency room reg­is­trar—like the Jerry and Frank char­ac­ters in the “ER” tele­vi­sion show. “Only I wasn’t as charis­matic,” he joked.

That was fol­lowed by work as an in­ten­sive­care-unit tech­ni­cian and then, af­ter earn­ing his master’s de­gree in public pol­icy from Duke Univer­sity, a job as an as­so­ciate ad­min­is­tra­tor with the San Fran­cisco Public Health Depart­ment.

“He’s cho­sen to work in public hos­pi­tals, but he could work any­where,” said Jessie Tucker III, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and ad­min­is­tra­tor at Hous­ton’s Lyn­don B. John­son Hos­pi­tal, who nom­i­nated Fin­ley. “I wouldn’t put any lim­its on his fu­ture.”

“I wouldn’t put any lim­its on his fu­ture.” —Jessie Tucker III, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and ad­min­is­tra­tor, Lyn­don B. John­son Hos­pi­tal, Hous­ton

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