Sturbridge woman recognized as emerging healthcare leader

HMFP Interim and Associate CEO named to Modern Healthcare‘s Top 25 Emerging Leaders List

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BOSTON — Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is pleased to announce that Meghan Agnew, Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Associate CFO is among Modern Healthcare’s 2020 class of Top 25 Emerging Leaders. Modern Healthcare, the leader in healthcare business news, research and data, annually honors emerging leaders all age 40 or under, who have made significant contributions in the areas of innovation and financial, operational and clinical excellence early in their careers. 

“In a year that’s proven to be a gamechanger for the industry, a group of leaders have risen to meet the moment. Some members of the 2020 class of Top 25 Emerging Leaders were freshly minted in their roles when COVID-19 hit. They rose to the occasion, whether it was developing outreach for underserved communities or standing up robust telehealth capabilities. And that’s on top of the growing accomplishments they were already registering in their regular jobs. These 25 honorees represent the most impressive leaders driving change across the industry,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. 

Agnew, 34, has made a name for herself as a healthcare finance professional in the Boston area. She has been with HMFP for nearly seven years, becoming interim CFO in December 2019. Since then, she has pursued strategies to root out inefficiencies and waste, implemented a new budgeting system giving stakeholders real-time results and managed the transition to telehealth, including establishing new billing procedures with all payers.

“Meghan had been in her position as interim CFO for just three months when the world – and in particular, the healthcare world – was rocked by COVID-19. Often the only female in the room during meetings of CFO’s, and also frequently the youngest executive in attendance, Meghan was already facing what would have been a challenge for most new CFOs.  Her effort and leadership in successfully navigating the pandemic cannot be understated – her incredible talent, poise, calm demeanor and astute judgement made it possible for the clinicians and health care providers to have the support they needed to take care of patients. She got us through day to day – and often hour to hour – uncertainty, coordinating and managing input, demands and needs of various stakeholders with differing goals and interests.  Put simply, she is the one who made our financial well-being work,” says HMFP’s President and CEO, Dr. Alexa Kimball. 

“I’m honored to be included in this impressive group, and hope that this will inspire others in the finance field to think about using their skills in a hospital or medical setting. Supporting healthcare professionals and making sure that they have the ability to effectively care for patients is incredibly rewarding, and I feel so fortunate to be able to combine my passion for patient care with my financial background,” says Agnew. 

Agnew came to HMFP from Boston Medical Center, where she identified $34 million in savings over two years while serving as Director of Finance. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Bentley University. She lives in Sturbridge.

This year’s honorees were profiled in the October 12 issue of Modern Healthcare and online at


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