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Bernard S. Fellner Digital Essays

 Collection
Identifier: B423

Overview

Bernard S. Fellner wrote “The Confessions and Convictions of a Conscientious CFO” about his nearly 18 years as the chief financial officer of National Jewish Hospital from 1980-1997. He helped make NJH solvent during the transition of National Jewish Hospital from inpatient to outpatient treatment of asthma. National Jewish Hospital began as a tuberculosis sanitorium and was free to all patients. When Bernard Fellner arrived in 1980, NJH had only recently begun to charge for treatment and had deep financial problems. He found ways to increase income such as through bequests and by qualifying National Asthma Center asthmatic child patients for payment by governmental and private insurers. National Asthma Center was absorbed by National Jewish Hospital in 1979 and the patients transferred to NJH. In 50 vignettes he portrays the things he did right and what he did wrong as CFO.

Dates

  • Other: February 2020

Creator

Biographical / Historical

Bernard S. Fellner spent nearly 18 years as the chief financial officer at National Jewish Hospital (NJH). He began a career in financial management at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and then worked at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. National Jewish Hospital began as a tuberculosis sanitorium and was free to all patients. When Bernard Fellner arrived in 1980, NJH had only recently begun to charge for treatment and had deep financial problems. He helped make NJH solvent during the transition of NJH from inpatient to outpatient treatment of asthma. National Asthma Center was absorbed by National Jewish Hospital in 1978 and the remaining asthmatic children were transferred to NJH for treatment. Bernard Fellner began a bequest program and qualified the NAC asthmatic child patients for payments by governmental and private insurers. While he was at National Jewish, Bernard Fellner worked for four chief executive officers: Richard Bluestein, Michael Schonbrun, Len Perlmutter, and Dr. Lynn Taussig. He was an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association for over 50 years. In 1997, Fellner left National Jewish Hospital and went to work for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Extent

0.079 Megabytes (digital)

Scope and Contents

Bernard S. Fellner wrote “The Confessions and Convictions of a Conscientight about his nearly 18 years as the chief financial officer of National Jewish Hospital from 1980-1997. There are 50 vignettes in the digitized paper where he tells about things he did right and things he did wrong as CFO at NJH. The paper is 55 pages long.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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