FORT WAYNE, IND. – DEC. 11, 2023 – Jeanné Wickens, senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Parkview Health, has been named Top Honoree in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s annual CFO of the Year awards.
Wickens was one of three honorees in the large not-for-profit category. She was named Top Honoree for the category and featured in a special edition of the Indianapolis Business Journal on Friday, Dec. 8.
Wickens has been with Parkview Health since 2016, bringing her financial leadership to Parkview’s network of hospitals and physician offices in 22 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
“Through times of great growth and times of great turmoil during the pandemic, Jeanné has been a steady force guiding Parkview these past seven years,” said Rick Henvey, chief executive officer, Parkview Health. “I’ve worked closely with Jeanné since she arrived at Parkview and her financial leadership has allowed our system to continue to accomplish its strategic goals of expanding high-quality care to our region, increasing value for our both providers and patients, and building and maintaining a world-class workforce. This recognition is well-deserved and a testament to her leadership and dedication.”
In her role as CFO, Wickens is responsible for financial decision support, fiscal services, health plan services, managed care contracting, strategic financial planning and budget, benchmarking, reimbursement, revenue cycle, tax and treasury services. She also co-leads Parkview’s population health, employer and transformation-to-value strategies. Furthermore, as a member of Parkview’s executive leadership, she serves as a strategic financial advisor to the executive team and the board.
During her tenure as CFO, Wickens created multi-disciplinary “diamond teams” to focus on Parkview’s goals of safety and quality, service excellence, financial and human resources, and growth. She guided Parkview through the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and helped keep the system resilient in 2022, one of the nation’s worst financial years for healthcare.
Over the past seven years, Wickens also helped develop and execute strategic growth plans, including development and construction of the Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute and a new 142-bed medical tower at Parkview Regional Medical Center; expansion of Parkview Warsaw to become Parkview Kosciusko Hospital upon its opening in January; and affiliation agreements that welcomed Parkview DeKalb Hospital, Parkview Bryan Hospital, Parkview Montpelier Hospital and Parkview Archbold into the system, among other expansions.
Wickens holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in management from Purdue University. Prior to joining Parkview, she previously served as a CPA with Ernst & Young, controller/director of finance for Battle Creek Health System, and senior vice president of finance and strategy and CFO for Allegiance Health. She serves on the board of directors for multiple regional organizations including Fort Wayne’s downtown Electric Works development, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Huntington University, Turnstone and United Way of Allen County.