Chief Financial Officer Grant Byers joined Columbus Regional Health in March after serving six years as CFO of a four-hospital health system in Valdosta, Georgia. Indiana is where he has spent most of his life and wanted to be, so when the opportunity arose to join CRH, he was glad to be returning home. “Coming back to Indiana was important,” he said.
Grant’s first experience working with healthcare organizations was as a consultant for accounting firms. “Once I figured out I could help hospitals financially and what they want to do for the community, that makes you feel good,” he said. Grant consulted with both national health systems and smaller community hospitals in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. In 2008, he started his own consulting company that helped with hospital financial turnarounds. That led him to work in Georgia to help with a turnaround at South Georgia Medical Center, where he became CFO.
While Grant had previously worked with many Indiana hospitals, he had not worked with CRH, but he was familiar with the health system. “I knew that Columbus Regional had always had a strong reputation – financially secure and an innovative hospital,” he said.
As CFO, Grant provides the vision, leadership, direction, and administration of financial systems and strategy for all Columbus Regional Health entities: Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus Regional Health Physicians, Southeastern Indiana Health Management, Inc., and Columbus Regional Health System Services. Collaborating with senior leadership, he works to maximize financial resources to achieve our long-term financial sustainability as an independent health system. As CFO, he enjoys working to insure CRH has the financial resources now and in the future to provide services to the community.
Some of Grant’s priorities include making sure we have the necessary capital to support existing services as well as growth opportunities, including the 46 West (former Clarion) and NexusPark properties. Additionally, he regularly works with insurance payers, Medicaid and Medicare, as well as large employers.
Originally from Noblesville, Grant maintains a home there as well as one in Columbus. His wife is an RN practice manager in Indianapolis. He has three daughters and one grandson, all of whom live in Indiana. He enjoys family time with his grandchild, traveling (pre-COVID), and flying as a private pilot.