James J. Kelly Jr. named senior vice president and chief financial officer for UF Health Shands

James J. Kelly Jr. has been named as senior vice president and chief financial officer for UF Health Shands, UF Health officials announced today (Oct. 2).

Kelly has served as interim senior vice president and CFO since January. He originally came to UF Health Shands in 2012 as vice president for finance.

“Jim has tremendous expertise and has earned the confidence and trust of leaders at UF Health Shands as he stepped into the interim role,” said Ed Jimenez, chief executive officer of UF Health Shands. “He has shown that he can balance thinking about our patients and our employees while maintaining a fiscally healthy organization.”

UF Health Shands includes the academic health center’s flagship hospital, UF Health Shands Hospital; UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital; UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital; UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital; UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital; and numerous outpatient programs. Patients come to UF Health Shands from all 67 Florida counties and throughout the region, nation and a dozen countries each year. UF Health Shands has a $1.3 billion operating budget and employs more than 8,900 staff.

Kelly’s responsibilities include overseeing all revenue cycle activities, including managed care contracting, as well as accounting, tax and reimbursement, financial planning and analysis, supply chain and accounts payable, and treasury functions. 

“We are fortunate to have Jim with us during this period of growth as we continue to focus on patient care, research and education in advancing the missions of the University of Florida,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health.

Prior to joining UF Health, Kelly was the corporate controller for Partners HealthCare System in Boston, Massachusetts.  Founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, home care and other health-related entities.  Prior to Partners, Kelly served as a senior manager in the health care practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston. 

“I am excited to be working with an organization that has such clear focus on its threefold mission,” Kelly said. “I look forward to continuing to watch UF Health Shands grow to help more communities in north central Florida.”

He is a certified public accountant and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.  He and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Jim III and Kate.

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Director of News and Publications for UF Health. Before joining UF Health staff in 2012, she was the senior director of academic communications for the University of Arkansas. She has 20 years...Read More