Andrea Nathanson, of Easthampton, has been named Finance Director for Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Baystate Health Northern Region. She comes to the position with more than sixteen years of financial management background in health care organizations, and most recently, with six years of experience in strategic planning for Baystate Health.
Nathanson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brandeis University, and an MBA from Duke University with a concentration in Health Sector Management. “My diverse educational and professional experience has helped me think about finance as being less about the numbers,” she said, “and more about the stories the numbers tell, including the people behind those stories.”
Naturally analytical, Nathanson first became interested in Economics when she took a course in high school. She wanted to work in a field where she could contribute to the greater good by helping people, even if indirectly. “Health care matches with my values,” she noted, “though my skills are better suited for behind the scenes work. So this is a great fit for me.”
Nathanson was drawn to the position in Greenfield by the strong leadership of BFMC and BH Northern Region president, Chuck Gijanto, and chief medical officer, Dr. Gerda Maissel. “All community hospitals are facing financial challenges right now, given the cuts in reimbursement from government and private insurers,” she said. “When you have a creative leadership team, these challenges also present opportunities to take a step back and look at things differently, make the needed changes in how we provide care and account for quality so that we are able to be successful in the new environment.”
Having worked on several projects for Baystate Franklin Medical Center during her tenure in strategic planning with Baystate Health, Nathanson was attracted to the hospital’s culture and commitment to the community. “It’s a culture that is conducive to innovation,” she noted, “where people are open to trying things out, exploring possibilities, and are committed to moving things forward. I look forward to working with the management team in support of their efforts, and to getting more involved in the community, as well.”
Nathanson served for six years on the board of Girls, Inc., a youth empowerment agency based in Holyoke; and she continues to be a member of their Finance Committee. She is also an active member of Baystate Health’s Diversity Council, working with employees across the system to promote better understanding and appreciation of people’s differences and commonalities. And she was the first woman to play in the Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, where her instrument was the saxophone.
“At this point in my life, however,” she acknowledged, “the most important thing I do outside of work is spend time with my partner and our six-year-old daughter. She adds to our perspective on all kinds of things and keep us on our toes.”