Garden Park Medical Center
January 26, 2017

Garden Park Medical Center Announces Stacey O’Connell, MBA, Has Been Appointed Chief Financial Officer. A seasoned finance professional with over 20 years of success in all areas of financial management, planning, and business development in both public and private sectors, Stacey will assume her responsibilities on Feb. 20, 2017.

Stacey comes to Garden Park Medical Center from Community Health Systems - Merit Health Biloxi in Biloxi, where she served as Assistant Chief Financial Officer. She spent six years in the position where she was responsible for the direction, oversight and administration of financial operations for the 198-bed acute-care hospital, 45-bed off-site behavioral health facility, 14 employed physician clinics, ASC, wound care center, radiation oncology center and offsite imaging centers. During her tenure, among other accomplishments, Stacey was involved in the evaluation and acquisition of two ASCs, a two-site imaging center, radiation oncology practice and numerous physician practices. She also served as interim CFO. Stacey’s healthcare experience includes Accel Healthcare Communications, Inc. in New York City where she was Vice President of Finance and Control for the organization, and Director of Accounting at Tenet Health Systems-Professional Home Health/Gulf Coast Medical Center in Biloxi.

Stacey is recognized by her colleagues as a champion of staff development to produce both technical proficiency and a big-picture understanding of business strategies to increase revenues and bottom line. She is regarded for her integrity, work ethic and resourcefulness and has a particular passion for high-quality, compassionate healthcare. A resident of Gulfport, she also has a fondness for the community and its well-being. Stacey’s outstanding leadership in every juncture of her career will enhance Garden Park Medical Center’s strong foundation of patient care and employee satisfaction and her commitment for excellence will be an asset as the hospital moves into the future.

Stacey received a bachelor’s degree at the University of South Alabama in Mobile; her PCPA in the Accounting Graduate Program at the University of New Orleans in New Orleans; and a master’s of business in finance from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

“It is my honor and privilege to be named as Chief Financial Officer of Garden Park Medical Center,” Stacey says. “I am excited to continue Garden Park’s legacy of making this hospital the area’s premier healthcare resource and a wonderful place to work. Together, with the outstanding medical staff and employees, we will continue to advance high quality, compassionate healthcare for patients and their families and every day, enthusiastically and authentically support one another in those efforts.”