Houston Healthcare hires new chief financial officer

wcrenshaw@macon.comDecember 14, 2011 

WARNER ROBINS -- Houston Healthcare announced Tuesday that a hospital executive from Atlanta will serve as its new vice president and chief financial officer.

Sean Whilden, currently system controller and chief financial officer for DeKalb Medical at Hillandale, will start here in early January, according to a Houston Healthcare news release. DeKalb Medical at Hillandale is part of the DeKalb Regional Health System in Decatur.

“We are pleased to have Sean as the newest member of our executive team and welcome him and his family to Houston County,” Houston Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Cary Martin said in the release. “We are confident his skills and knowledge base will be an asset to our organization.”

Whilden holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a master’s in business administration from Samford University in Birmingham. He is a certified public accountant with nearly 20 years experience in health care accounting and finance.

“During the upcoming year, it will be vitally important to maintain our financial strength, understand how the changes in health care will impact our organization and community, and continue to provide safe and quality care for our patients and their families,” Martin said in the release. “Sean will play a key role in helping us achieve these goals.”

Whilden is filling the position vacated in September when Frank Powell resigned without explanation.

Houston Healthcare operates Houston Medical Center, Perry Hospital, Houston Heart Institute, Houston Health Pavilion and other outpatient facilities.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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