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California Hospital Appoints New CFO

Feather_River_Adventist_HospSenior healthcare executive, Gary Kemske, CPA, MBA, was recently named Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of Feather River Hospital in Paradise, CA following a search engagement managed by FaithSearch Partners.

Kemske has more than 26 years experience working in the healthcare sector and spent the majority of his career serving in senior-level financial leadership positions within the North American network of Adventist hospitals and healthcare systems. He most recently held the title of Vice President of Finance/Senior Finance Officer of the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Region in northeast Kansas.

Kemske earned his MBA from Wilmington University and is a member of many professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the Healthcare Financial Members Association (HFMA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In his new role as VP/CFO of Feather River Hospital, Kemske will lead efforts to address, interpret, resolve and monitor a broad range of financial, operational and strategic issues and needs for one of northern California’s premier healthcare providers. “Gary is a seasoned, resourceful financial executive with experience in capital planning, business development and labor productivity management,” said Ed Reifsnyder, Senior Vice President of FaithSearch Partners. “Along with his professional talents, his deep understanding of the needs of faith-based hospital systems makes him well suited to serve the needs of the Feather River team and their patients.”

FaithSearch Partners is one of the nation’s leading retained executive search firms and is the only one of its kind focused exclusively on identifying and recruiting leaders for churches, parachurch organizations, as well as faith-based hospitals and healthcare systems. Combined, consultants at FaithSearch Partners have successfully managed more than 450 executive-level searches for numerous high-profile faith-based organizations across the country. Its website can be found at

Feather River Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith-based acute care hospital serving the city of Paradise and Butte County, CA. Feather River, established in 1950 as a 15-bed facility, has grown to a 100-bed center offering whole-person care to residents of the Ridge community and surrounding areas. It is home to The Birth Day Place, one of the most highly desired birthing facilities in the North State, a world-class Cancer Center featuring top radiation and oncology equipment and a state-of-the-art Emergency Department opened in 2012. In addition, Feather River operates the Paradise Hospice Facility, the only establishment of its kind in the region providing inpatient and in-home support for those considering end-of-life decisions as well as the Feather River Health Center, a certified Rural Health Clinic that offers extensive physician and other services. Feather River Hospital is highly regarded in northern California and beyond and has been the recipient of some of the industry’s highest scores for overall quality. More information can be found on the Hospital’s website.



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