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Finance leader helps clinicians understand numbers
Aurora resident earns Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital pillar award

Bolingbrook – Dedication to Adventist Midwest Health’s mission can take many forms. For Aurora resident Rachel Skilton, assistant to the chief financial officer at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, it means providing quiet leadership in promoting good stewardship.

“Finance can be a very challenging concept for a lot of the mangers who have a background in direct clinical care,” Skilton said. “I try to help them bridge the gap from a clinical role to understanding the numbers, and how their day-to-day decisions can impact those numbers and financial wellness of the hospital.”

For this commitment to staff and to Adventist Midwest Health’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ, Skilton was one of five leaders to receive the organization’s pillar award at Adventist Midwest Health’s leadership development institute.

“Her analytical mind and quick analysis of difficult problems have helped us not only in managing our staffs, but in program development,” said Chief Executive Officer Rick Mace. “Her leadership in our budget process enables our hospital to be successful.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Skilton welcomes the challenge.

“Developing the budget is a very extensive process that I really enjoy,” she said. “I like putting it all together. It’s a little bit like a puzzle.”

Skilton has been with Adventist Midwest Health for two years. She began working at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights in the same financial position before transferring to Bolingbrook a year and a half ago. Previously, she worked in finance for five years at an Adventist hospital in Florida.

Skilton earned a degree in accounting from Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, Tenn. She became a certified public accountant earlier this year.
Pillar award nominations were solicited from Adventist Midwest Health’s senior leadership team. To be eligible for an award, leaders must demonstrate their commitment to the organization’s standards of behavior: sense, help, acknowledge, respect and explain. They must also demonstrate measurable results on the quarterly goals set for their departments. These goals are organized under the seven categories, or pillars, of spiritual life, people, clinical, service, community, growth, and stewardship.

One pillar award winner is chosen from each of the organization’s four suburban hospitals and a fifth winner is chosen from among the organization’s non-hospital programs and shared services support departments. Pillar awards will be presented at the organization’s quarterly leadership development institutes, held in January, April, July and October.