Kurt Ellis Named HealthNet’s Chief Financial Officer
Ellis to Manage Financial Operations of One of the Nation's Largest FQHCs
After a national search, HealthNet has named Kurt Ellis as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer, effective April 23, 2018.
He will manage the day-to-day financial operations of one of Indiana’s largest federally qualified health centers. HealthNet provides care annually to more than 60,920 uninsured and underinsured patients in Marion County and beyond through its network of 10 primary care health centers and numerous outreach programs.
“I am very pleased to be part of an organization so important to the lives of the patients and the communities it serves,” Ellis said. “I look forward to working with HealthNet’s board, health care providers, patients and staff to address the health care challenges of our day. This is an unparalleled time of opportunity for community health centers and I feel HealthNet is uniquely positioned to meet the growing needs of the uninsured and underinsured in Indianapolis and beyond.”
As a member of HealthNet’s senior leadership team, Ellis will oversee financial planning, budgeting, accounting, financial audits, billing, revenue cycle management, accounts receivables, accounts payable, and other key functions.
In announcing the selection, HealthNet President/CEO Rick Diaz said, “We are very pleased that Kurt has accepted this role. He has a very clear vision for the critical role community health centers play as safety net providers and has the ability to turn vision into action. Kurt will be a true asset to HealthNet and the many patients we serve.”
Ellis has more than 15 years of experience in health care financial management. Before joining HealthNet, he served as Business Development Manager for the Indiana Division of the American Red Cross as well as President of Ellis & Associates, a business development, strategy and operations consulting firm.
Prior to these roles, Ellis worked with the Columbus Regional Health System for 24 years in various leadership positions. He served most recently as Vice President of Health System Operations, managing the $40 million budget and finances of its outpatient operations, including a 100-member physician group.
Ellis has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Ball State University and completed Advanced Management for Healthcare training at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Executive Green Belt. He has been active in community and professional organizations, including the strategy committee of the Indiana Cardiovascular & Diabetes Initiative and the Greater Columbus Economic Development Board of Directors.
Since 1968, HealthNet (www.indyhealthnet.org) has been a mainstay in the Indianapolis community. Through its network of 10 community-based health centers, seven school-based clinics, and numerous outreach programs, HealthNet annually serves over 60,920 individuals – many of whom are uninsured or underinsured and live below the federal poverty level. HealthNet’s comprehensive primary care services include pediatrics, OB/GYN, adult medicine, behavioral health, dental care, lab, radiology, optometry, health education, nutrition counseling, social work services, access to discounted prescriptions as well as the Homeless Initiative Program, Healthy Families and other outreach programs. programs. HealthNet's health centers include Barrington Health & Dental Center, Martindale-Brightwood Health Center, Northeast Health Center, Northwest Health Center, People's Health & Dental Center, Southeast Health & Dental Center, Southwest Health & Dental Center, West Health Center, the Care Center at the Tower, the Pediatric and Adolescent Care Center.