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Brittany Whitaker
ALUMNI PROFILE
Name: Brittany Whitaker
Residence: Irvine, California
Occupation: Chief Financial Officer, Placentia-Linda Hospital


Brittany Whitaker
“Focus” and “drive” are the unofficial watch words of the career plan Brittany Whitaker ’10 has mapped out.

Whitaker accepted her current position, CFO for Placentia-Linda Hospital in Placentia, California, after moving through the ranks within the Tenet Healthcare system – first at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, then Atlanta Medical Center. Whitaker explained that her career path centered on one key objective: take advantage of every learning opportunity offered.

“The true process for how I got here is that I took advantage of every opportunity I could,” said Whitaker. “I took advantage of every opportunity to learn something new; to involve myself in a new project; to network with people within the hospital and outside; and to always show value in what I was doing.”

Whitaker noted that her participation in Tenet Finance Academy – then a pilot program, now an extended senior leadership program – helped prepare her to work in the CFO role and understand the rewards and challenges of the position. She loves her job and relishes the challenges of leading people within the healthcare system while balancing finance with the hospital’s mission of first-rate patient care.

The Rock Hill native always knew she wanted to work in healthcare management, so she enrolled at Winthrop to pursue her dream career. Whitaker said that the healthcare program “gives the critical information you need to start a career in healthcare,” while the cultural events shaped how she approaches diversity in the workplace from a leadership position.

Whitaker credits Keith Benson, associate professor of management, and Michael Matthews, associate professor of management, with helping her find valuable internship opportunities and pushing her to think big.

“They both challenged me to want to do big things,” said Whitaker.

Last Updated: 7/7/2016

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