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MOBILE, Alabama -- Carl Biber has been named assistant chief financial officer for USA Health.
Currently based at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, Biber is tasked with ensuring that clinical and research operations at MCI serve the community and remain financially viable for the long run. He brings 15 years of experience in health care finance, most recently as chief financial officer and vice president of finance for Columbus Regional HealthCare System in North Carolina.
Biber described today’s health care industry as “challenging but rewarding.” “The future of health care in general is as mysterious as I’ve ever seen it,” he said. “Effective long term forecasting is getting shorter and more directional in nature. The environment has more moving pieces than ever.”
He said the challenge for health care systems is to “re-strategize” the delivery of health care. “I’m very positive,” he said. “Huge shifts create inefficiencies, and inefficiencies create opportunities.”
A native of south Florida, Biber started college at age 24, when he began studying computer science at the University of Kentucky. Over the years, he held blue-collar jobs, including pest control, construction and management at United Parcel Service.
During college, Biber worked in production control for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, where he spent more than five years in Toyota’s just-in-time system, overseeing the delivery and ordering of parts, and negotiations with vendors. By then, he had switched his major to accounting.
“I learned to do what you can with what you’ve got,” he said. While at Toyota, Biber became one of only 11 people in Kentucky to pass all four parts of the CPA exam in 1994. He completed an MBA at the University of Louisville in 2006.
Prior to joining Columbus Regional, Biber worked as internal audit director and consultant for Catholic Health Audit Network, a joint venture between CHI and Ascension Health. While at Catholic Health, he was tasked with responsibilities at two hospitals in Kentucky and special projects that covered various facilities across the country.
“That gave me a lot of good exposure for how a health care system operates and how it applies processes,” he said. “I learned that what may be best practices in one system may not necessarily work in another, that’s why your local talent (people) are so valuable.”
Biber and his wife, Amy, have two daughters. They will reside in Daphne.
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