CFO John Geppi: Creating Efficiencies at Covenant Health

John Geppi, CFO of Covenant Health in Knoxville, Tenn., has helped the seven-hospital system become one of the most financially viable providers in east Tennessee, and for his efforts, he has earned extra recognition.

John Geppi is CFO of Covenant Health.The Knoxville News Sentinel named Mr. Geppi "CFO of the Year" among Knoxville-area non-profits, attributing Mr. Geppi's success to creating a more efficient healthcare organization and convincing bond investors that Covenant Health was worth the risk.

During his tenure at Covenant Health, Mr. Geppi has kick-started multiple projects. He currently serves as CEO of Central Atlantic Health Network, a group purchasing organization that is part of VHA that has saved Covenant Health an estimated $1 million over two years, and he also helped initiate four major bond issuances totaling $750 million, according to the report. Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's have rated Covenant Health's debt as "A" and "A-", respectively.

Before joining Covenant Health, Mr. Geppi served as CFO of several different hospitals and health systems, including Memorial Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Geppi's professional financial career started in Baltimore with Arthur Andersen.

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