Saturday 17 August 2019
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Al Alred, CFO: Leading the Finance Committee on the Path For Growth at EHS

A l Allred is the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for Effingham Health System in Effingham County, GA. Mr.
Allred hails from the Laurel area of Mississippi and earned his BS in Accounting from the University of
Southern Mississippi and his MBA from William Carey University which are both located in Hattiesburg,
Mississippi. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in multiple states including Mississippi, Alabama,
Florida and Georgia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), as well as, a
Fellow of the Healthcare Finance Management Association (FHFMA).
Upon graduation, Mr. Allred began his career as a healthcare auditor for a certified public accountant firm.
He has held the title of CFO beginning with Methodist Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and most recently
as CFO of a hospital formerly known as Florida Hospital in New Smyrna Beach, Florida prior to its purchase by
Adventist Health.
In February of 2017, Mr. Allred joined Effingham Health System as interim comptroller and was asked to
become a full-time comptroller for the hospital by CEO, Fran Baker-Witt. In July of 2018, Mr. Allred was
named CFO for Effingham Health System.
Mr. Allred had always read a great deal about, and been greatly intrigued by, a unique hospital model that
consisted of a Critical Access Hospital, a long-term care nursing home offering extensive rehabilitation services
and off-site clinics like the model at Effingham Health System. “Even having the opportunity to work with
some larger hospital systems, I had never had the opportunity to work with a model like what exists at here,
and I was extremely excited at the opportunity,” explained Mr. Allred with a smile.
He is proud to be a part of the team at Effingham Health System. “It’s incredibly exciting to be here,”
explained Mr. Allred. “Our CEO, Fran Baker-Witt, is not only a visionary but she’s also a builder and that is so
critical now with healthcare. She puts our patients and nursing home residents first reminding us that it is an
honor for us to take care of them.”
As Effingham County continues to experience great growth, Effingham Health System’s vision is locked on
the future. Mr. Allred and his financial teams are a critical part of that vision. In planning for the future needs
of the community, they work closely with the CEO, the EHS Board of Directors and various committees to
review monthly and quarterly trends and figures.
They assess supply and demand for services needed, equipment and technology available, as well as space
provided for future needs. “Making sure the financial teams provide the information for the decision makers,
and that we do it timely and accurately which is extremely important to the growth of this hospital,” explained
Mr. Allred. “Experience counts now more than ever in healthcare.”
Effingham Heath System is currently conducting a community health needs assessment with the help from
Georgia Southern University.” The assessment is designed to learn from the members of our community what
they want and need from us as their health care system. Even through your own research and evaluation of
needs, you always find information that you had not thought about from those assessments. They are
incredibly valuable, and we are looking forward to seeing the results of that assessment,” explained Mr. Allred.
Mr. Allred is proud to be a part of Effingham County. “The hospitality of this community, its beauty and
history are what attracted us to this area,” explained Mr. Allred. “It is an incredibly beautiful place to live!”