UnityPoint Health Announces New Chief Financial Officer

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West Des Moines, Iowa (July 22, 2021) – UnityPoint Health President and CEO Clay Holderman announced today that Doug Watson has been selected to serve as senior vice president and chief financial officer of UnityPoint Health. Watson comes to West Des Moines based UnityPoint Health from the Southwest Division of CommonSpirit Health (formerly Dignity Health) based in Phoenix, AZ.

“Doug has a strong track record as an innovative healthcare leader who is a champion for business and financial transformation,” said Holderman. “His consulting and audit background along with his operations expertise at several health systems will be an asset to UnityPoint Health as we continue to refresh and refine our path forward,” he added.

In his previous role, Watson led financial operations for 15 acute care hospitals as well as an extensive integrated care system that included a $4.4 billion revenue health plan and a network of emergency rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, rehabilitation hospitals and medical groups across a multi-state region. 

Watson takes over for Dan Carpenter, who will continue as senior vice president, planning for UnityPoint Health with a focus on strategy. Watson will oversee finance, revenue cycle, consolidated services and treasury. Additionally, he will support affiliate CEOs and regional finance leaders and work closely with payor innovation leadership. Watson begins work at UnityPoint Health on August 16, 2021.