Gary Raju, a certified public accountant with experience at some of the nation’s leading health insurance companies, has been hired as chief financial officer for Mercy West Region.
Raju has served in various financial roles with Northshore University Health System, Kindred Healthcare, Aetna, Coventry Healthcare, American Imaging Management and Erie Family Health Center, a federally qualified community health center in Chicago. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche.
Raju has managed billion-dollar budgets, overseen long-term planning for health systems and health plans, and has assisted in the sale of two companies for more than $400 million. He has navigated health insurers through extremely challenging, changing times and has helped Erie Family Health Center save money and increase the time physicians spend with patients.
“Through these experiences, Gary brings a rich understanding of hospital, physician and insurance perspectives of our industry,” said Di Smalley, president of Mercy West Region. “Gary’s expertise will help Mercy grow in its ability to provide care to the underserved in Oklahoma while meeting the challenges in today’s health care environment.”
Raju has an accounting degree from Michigan State University, a master’s in business administration from Northwestern University and a master’s in health services administration from the University of Michigan. He is licensed as a CPA in Illinois and California.
Raju became familiar with the Sisters of Mercy from his work in health care administration and Oklahoma from overseeing the state for Kindred. He admired Mercy’s vision, focus, mission and financial strength.
“I wanted to work for a faith-based organization at some point in my career,” he said. “I wanted to do something where I was impacting care for the poor and underserved.”
Raju said he would like to leave his mark by navigating payment reform and by working to deliver coordinated care that keeps patients out of the emergency department.
Raju’s first day will be April 1.