Denise is a seasoned public company director with more than 30 years of operational and financial experience having served most recently as COO of a $1.5b healthcare system; and previously as CFO of a public debt healthcare company and CFO of a public equity entertainment company.
She currently serves as an Independent Board Member, Audit Committee Chair and member of the Compensation Committee for Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD). In addition, she serves as an Independent Board Member, Compensation Committee Chair, Audit Committee Member and Innovation & Technology Committee Member for Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPSI). Lastly, she is a member of the Advisory Board for LookDeep, a private equity startup in the healthcare technology arena.
In her Board roles, she is experienced with the Special Committee process providing independence and evaluating/guiding potential M&A activity. In addition, she has Board experience in conducting internal investigations into potential misconduct; and navigating shareholder activism successfully.
Denise retired from WakeMed Health & Hospitals in 2020 where she served as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. She was responsible for a $1.5bn P&L and provided leadership for and had oversight of all operating entities (5 Hospitals; 3 Healthplexes; numerous physician clinics, and joint ventures), as well as Information Technology, Construction & Design, Strategic Ventures and Clinical/Administrative Operations. She also advised on the operations of WakeMed’s ACO. Under her leadership, EBITDA grew from $36m to $153m.
Prior to WakeMed, Denise spent 10 years as Senior/Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Capella Healthcare supervising the areas of Finance, HR, Corporate & Hospital Accounting, Tax, IR/PR, Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Reimbursement, Marketing, and Treasury.
Denise completed numerous financial/acquisition/divestiture transactions including a $500m public High Yield offering; an acquisition of a portfolio of 9 hospitals; as well as the sale of multiple non-essential assets in both the healthcare and entertainment industries. Denise assisted in the sale of Capella Healthcare to Medical Properties Trust in a transaction valued at north of $1 billion.