St. Joe’s has new VP for financial operations

Julie Edmunds Smith, a certified public accountant, has been appointed St. Joseph’s Health’s vice president of financial operations and planning, effective immediately.

Moving forward, Smith will be instrumental in setting and achieving performance metrics as well as working with operations on new business ventures and assisting to drive St. Joseph’s strategy forward in a manner consistent with its mission and values.

Smith joined St. Joseph’s Heath in April 2016 after 14 years of progressive experience with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Syracuse and Atlanta, Georgia.

During her nearly five years at St. Joseph’s Health, she served first as the director of finance, then system controller. In those positions, she has been responsible for accounting, finance, budget, strategic planning, and payroll management for SMEs. She has led several initiatives that improved the competency and efficiency of St. Joseph’s Health financial operations.

“Julie’s collaborative leadership style coupled with her ability to drive organizational strategy and financial performance has enabled her very successful career,” said Meredith Price, chief financial officer at St. Joseph’s Health. “She is a true professional who has a keen ability to balance mission and margin in the complex healthcare environment.”

Smith holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College.

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