Please join us in extending best wishes to Jim Budzinski, executive vice president and chief financial officer, on his decision to retire.
Jim joined Wellstar in 2008 and has led critical initiatives and strategies that created the foundation for the Wellstar we know today. He has worn many hats during his tenure, including bold champion of our managed care division during significant periods of payer and provider discourse, first president of our highly successful Medicare Accountable Care Organization, head of information systems during our successful Epic implementation and leader of our supply chain team.
Jim has been recognized by the healthcare industry throughout his career. The American Hospital Association designated him an International Emerging Healthcare Leader early in his career. He received a bronze and silver award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association and was honored as one of Atlanta’s top CFOs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Last September, Jim was invited by the American Hospital Association to provide expert testimony before a United States House Committee on Ways and Means hearing on the patient impact of surprise medical billing.
Jim’s servant-leader heart and his passion to help others are evident in his decade of volunteerism with organizations like MUST Ministries and The Tommy Nobis Center, where he was recognized as a Thomas A. Slaughter Award recipient in 2016 and as a Community Champion in 2022.
We would like to thank Jim for his years of dedicated service to Wellstar, our patients and our communities. We wish him all the best and can be assured that after a career that spanned five decades, with the last 15-plus years at Wellstar, Jim has earned the opportunity to enjoy his retirement with his wife Deb, his three adult children and his seven grandchildren.