Aurora Hires Leading Health Care Finance Management Executive

August 31, 2015

Gary Hovila Joins Aurora as SVP of Finance and Strategy

MilwaukeeAurora Health Care today announced the hiring of Gary Hovila, an expert in delivery system management and finance, as the organization’s new senior vice president of finance and strategy. In his role, Gary will direct financial due diligence and integration for business development and partnership and other collaborative opportunities, while working closely with Aurora’s enterprise business group.

“Aurora is continually looking for new, innovative ways to deliver the very best in patient care in a cost effective manner, and we recognize the value of Gary’s extensive, strategic health care fiscal management experience and background,” said Gail Hanson, chief financial officer for Aurora. “In these fast-changing times of health care, Gary’s decades of insurance company and provider systems expertise will prove invaluable to our organization.”

Prior to joining Aurora in August, Gary was executive vice president of business development for Health Payment Systems, where he was responsible for the strategic initiatives, partnerships and growth opportunities available with provider-owned health plans and accountable care organizations. Prior, he co-founded Trilogy Health Insurance and held leadership positions at Humana and United Healthcare of Wisconsin.

“I’m excited and honored to join Aurora Health Care – the state’s leading integrated health system – and look forward to working side-by-side with the enterprise business group in pursuing and evaluating new partnership opportunities aimed at furthering the organization’s mission of helping people live well,” said Gary Hovila. “It is an incredibly exciting time in health care, and I welcome the challenge of this new role with such an esteemed organization.”

Gary is a certified public accountant and holds a master’s in health care fiscal management from UW-Madison.

About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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