BRENTWOOD, TN — LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier, announced last week that Elmer Polite has been named chief financial officer of its Eastern Division of hospitals. In this role, Polite will oversee financial operations for 26 hospital campuses located in Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
“We are delighted to welcome Elmer to our team,” said Jamie Carter, president of LifePoint Health’s Eastern Division. “He brings a tremendous amount of health system financial and operational management experience to our company, and we are confident that he is the right person to support our hospitals through the COVID-19 crisis and into the future. We look forward to working with him to continue to advance our growth and our ability to fulfill our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”
Polite brings more than a decade of financial and operational leadership to LifePoint. He has expertise in areas including strategic planning, revenue cycle, budgeting, contracting, capital management, cost containment, labor efficiency, mergers and acquisitions, treasury and banking, physician practice expansion, academics, state and regulatory reporting, financial reporting and disaster management.
Prior to joining LifePoint, Polite served as the chief financial executive of the Midlands market for Prisma Health in Columbia, SC. In this role, he oversaw the financial management and operations for six Prisma Health – Midlands hospitals. Before Prisma Health, he held positions as the system chief financial officer and chief staffing officer of Hospital Corporation of America’s Macon market, and also as the chief financial officer of the Georgia Market for Community Health Systems.
Polite earned bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Agribusiness and Economics from South Carolina State University and holds a master’s degree in finance from DeVry University. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and American College of Healthcare Executives.
“I am pleased to join LifePoint Health and look forward to making an impact in its communities within the Eastern Division,” said Polite. “I am especially excited to begin working closely with hospital leaders, employees and clinicians to continue to enhance the delivery of high-quality care close to home.”