Atrium Health Names Delvecchio S. Finley President & CEO of Atrium Health Navicent

Staff Report

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Atrium Health announced that Delvecchio S. Finley, FACHE, has been named the next president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health Navicent, serving communities in central and south Georgia. Finley will assume his new role with the organization on February 1, 2021. He will have accountability to the local Board of Directors for Atrium Health Navicent and report directly to Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health, of which Atrium Health Navicent has been a part of since the beginning of 2019.

Finley brings more than 15 years of healthcare leadership to Atrium Health Navicent, having most recently served as chief executive officer of Oakland, California-based Alameda Health System for the past five years.

“Delivering on our mission has never been more important than during these unprecedented times, and I am excited about the fresh perspective and depth of experience Mr. Finley is bringing to our team,” said Woods. “As a nationally recognized leader in the healthcare field with a passion for caring for underserved, vulnerable populations and for rural communities, we are looking forward to him joining us as we continue to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all.”

“We are very excited to welcome Delvecchio Finley to the Atrium Health Navicent family,” said Starr Purdue, chair of the Atrium Health Navicent Board of Directors. “Healthcare is changing rapidly and requires leaders who have a vision combined with the necessary tools to shape positive outcomes. After an extensive national search, Mr. Finley’s background and experience are the right fit as Atrium Health Navicent continues delivering exceptional healthcare to our communities.”

Finley is the quintessential success story. Raised in public housing in Atlanta, he saw healthcare as a pathway to serving others and promoting equity for disadvantaged communities. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Emory University, in Atlanta, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. Through hard work and a solid educational foundation, Finley quickly established himself within the healthcare industry, becoming a first-time CEO in his mid-30s.

“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to join and lead Atrium Health Navicent and further its traditions of providing high-quality care for the community, while being part of Atrium Health, one of the nation’s leading health systems,” said Finley. “With Atrium Health Navicent being a safety-net health system for central and south Georgia, I look forward to advancing its many accomplishments and collaborating with partners throughout the community in the future. The ‘for all’ mission and approach to compassionate care resonates deeply with me, and I cannot wait to get started.”

In Finley’s most recent position, he turned around Alameda Health System in his first year, reversing a $60 million operating loss and achieving a $27 million gain. Alameda Health System is a nine-site system with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. There, he also oversaw a $668 million, multi-phase construction project which included a new, 9-story acute care bed tower at one of the system’s hospitals and was an instrumental part of the Alameda Health System Foundation capital campaign that exceeded its fundraising goal by 50 percent. He also previously served as CEO of Los Angeles County/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in Torrance, California.

While currently serving on the American College of Healthcare Executives Board of Governors, Finley is also a board member for the American Hospital Association, a member of the Council on Healthcare Spending and Value and the immediate past-chair of the America’s Essential Hospitals Institute. He was also the chair-elect of the California

Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and a member of the California Hospitals Association board of directors, as well as multiple locally based health boards, prior to his selection to lead Atrium Health Navicent.

Finley has been recognized by industry peers for several awards and commendations, including Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minorities in Healthcare Watch List and its Up and Comers Award, Becker’s Hospital Review Top Healthcare Executives under 40 and received the Robert S. Hudgens Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award by the American College of Healthcare Executives organization.

“We are extremely grateful to Dr. Tom Oliver for his excellent leadership while we conducted our national CEO search,” said Purdue. “Dr. Oliver is a tremendous and well-respected leader within our organization and our community, and we are deeply appreciative of how he has helped guide us throughout this leadership transition.”

Finley’s initial focus will be continuing Atrium Health Navicent’s efforts to provide the best treatments and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. He will also continue the hospital system’s integration with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health, in order to provide the best standards of care and operations.

Finley, his wife and daughter will relocate to Macon in the new year.