Community Health Systems ACFO Merit Health Wesley-Hattiesburg, MS in Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Merit Health Wesley is your community healthcare provider. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We are over 200 physicians strong, while employing over 1,200 health care professionals. We have been nationally recognized for patient safety and quality care. Merit Health Wesley is the area’s first and only accredited Chest Pain Center and the only hospital in the area accredited for Heart Failure care. We work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home.

As a member of the Hospital's senior management team, the Assistant Chief Financial Officer (ACFO) will participate in the financial and functional decision-making processes necessary for the successful attainment of the hospital's mission in addition to maintaining an awareness of changes in healthcare matters that could have an impact on the success of the hospital.

The responsibilities of the ACFO include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with the overall financial operations of the acute-care facility including accounting, budgetary, audits, tax and other financial planning activities within the hospital organization; including management of respective department heads as assigned

  • Working with system management to develop and implement policies and procedures, short- and long-range goals, objectives and plans.

  • Providing financial leadership to hospital managers, directors and officers that will enroll support, create ownership of goals, and encourage active participation in decisions that impact the hospital in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer

  • Assisting the Chief Financial Officer to ensure the hospital meets necessary financial regulatory and compliance requirements

  • Assisting the Chief Financial Officer in contributing financial expertise in the planning of new services that generate additional sources of profitable revenue

  • Managing costs by continually seeking data that will identify opportunities and take action to eliminate non-value costs in conjunction with the hospital's Chief Financial Officer

  • Analyzing areas in planning, promoting and conducting organization-wide performance improvement activities

  • Representing the hospital at meetings including medical staff, hospital board of director meetings as well as relevant community meetings as needed

  • Participating in the hospital's monthly operation reviews as well as participating in corporate office meetings as deemed necessary

This position reports directly to the CFO and in the absence of the CFO, the ACFO may be required to interpret hospital financial policy and provide guidance.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Business related field with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned in Accounting from an accredited institution. (Master's degree preferred).


  • Minimum 2 years financial/accounting progressive experience in a healthcare environment; for-profit experience preferred

  • Recent controller (or similar) experience highly preferred

  • Business office experience preferred, but not required


  • CPA preferred


  • Ability to relocate to hospital location and possibly substitute for other administrative positions

  • Must be proficient in written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with hospital staff and community

  • Ability to maintain confidential information concerning personal, financial, or medical matters


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.