Mark Harrison, a former DaVita HealthCare Partners executive, has been appointed CFO of UC San Diego Health Sciences.
Harrison, 57, will oversee finances for the university's schools of medicine and pharmacy as well as the UC San Diego Medical Group and the UC San Diego Health System. He began his new role in late March.
Most recently, Harrison was principal and founder of Apex Healthcare Group, a healthcare consultancy based in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He also served as a senior VP at Accretive Health, a Chicago-based revenue-cycle management company.
Harrison served as CFO of DaVita, a major kidney-care provider, from 2006 to 2007, after serving as CFO of Minneapolis-based Allina Hospitals and Clinics. He said working for providers has taught him that a good CFO can't just be a number-cruncher.
“I have the capabilities and the nuts and bolts of finance, but the key in finance is that there are no lines ... we're working with operators and practitioners, and we're partners in all of these processes,” he said. “You can't be a good finance person without understanding strategies, operations and clinical care.”