Main Line Health hires Leigh Ehrlich as new executive vice president and CFO
Health care finance veteran arriving after nine distinguished years at Lehigh Valley Health Network
Bryn Mawr, PA — Main Line Health today announced the hiring of Leigh Ehrlich, a leader with a long and distinguished track record in health care finance, as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Ehrlich will replace Mike Buongiorno, who is retiring at the end of 2023 after more than 25 years in the position.
Ehrlich joins Main Line Health following nine years with Lehigh Valley Health Network, where she served as senior vice president and CFO for hospital operations. In her role, she oversaw a team of regional CFOs and was responsible for financial oversight of an acute care division with $4 billion in annual revenue. She partnered with hospital and service line leaders on operating budgets, financial planning and analysis, revenue cycle issues, managed care and supply chain.
“Leigh is exceptionally well qualified to manage our system’s fiscal health and strategic financial planning,” said Jack Lynch, FACHE, President and CEO, Main Line Health. “She is skilled at driving operational performance, business growth, transformation and meaningful change. It is clear that she approaches her work and leadership from a service perspective, one we all share and value within Main Line Health, as we work together to ensure our patients receive safe, high-quality, equitable and affordable care.”
Ehrlich said she is thrilled to join Main Line Health, indicating she was drawn to the health system by its reputation for both medical-care and operational excellence.
“I look forward to using my experience with acute care hospitals to work in an outstanding comprehensive health system like Main Line Health, which offers a broad array of services impacting the community it serves,” Ehrlich said. “Overseeing health system finances involves teamwork and building a true sense of partnership throughout an organization. I am excited at the opportunity to work with the fine administrators, physicians, clinicians and other leaders at Main Line Health to strategically invest in patient care while finding efficiencies to ensure the system’s future is a bright one.”
Buongiorno said the transition will be seamless with a quality candidate like Ehrlich coming aboard.
“I know that Main Line Health will be in good hands with Leigh as executive vice president and CFO,” Buongiorno said. “She is well qualified for the position and has a real talent for strategic health care planning.”
Ehrlich is a certified public accountant and certified health care financial professional who holds an MBA from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in management and accounting from East Stroudsburg University. Buongiorno will work alongside Ehrlich through the end of the year to assist in the transition.
About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment — to deliver safe, high-quality, equitable and affordable care for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management, as well as training physicians and other health care providers — reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 13,000 employees and over 3,500 employed and independent physicians and advanced practice providers care for patients throughout Main Line Health.
At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.
Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including the prestigious American Hospital Association Quest for Quality Prize, highest tier ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Overall Hospital Quality and systemwide recognition in the 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.
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