In volunteering for his organization's Cancer Fighter program, Charles E. Ribbe dresses up in his "ultimate power suit" (see photo inset) - appearing at hospital events and cancer fundraisers to share a message of hope and strength.
GOES BY Chuck
TITLE Chief Financial Officer
COMPANY Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb, since 2008. CTCA is a growing network of regional destination hospitals specializing in complex and advanced-stage cancer.
BORN Danville, III., December 1959. SPOUSE Teresa, for 17 wonderful years, this month (November).
CHILDREN Tyler, 25; Kara, 21. Both studying accounting at Arizona State University.
EDUCATION SUMMARY BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Illinois State University, 1982; CPA certification in 1985.
CAREER SUMMARY In Phoenix - Phoenix Memorial Hospital, senior accountant, 1982-86; Mountain Park Health Center, executive vice president finance/ chief financial officer, 1986-2000; Phoenix Children's Hospital, controller/interim treasurer, 2000-04; Premier Hospice & Palliative Care, CFO, 2004-05; Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital, CFO, Mesa, Ariz., 2005-08. BOARDS OF DIRECTORS Arizona Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association and Metro Phoenix Valley of the Sun YMCA.
OTHER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Earned a spot last year in the Valley Leadership Program - Class 33; and member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
FEI CHAPTER Arizona Chapter, since 2012, Membership committee. LEISURE TIME One of my hobbies is collecting autographed sports and music memorabilia. Other interests: travel and attending live theatre with my wife; squeezing in golf; and my daughter and I attend classic rock concerts such as Van Halen and KISS. In addition, as avid sports fans, my son and I loyally follow the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes.
TIME MANAGEMENT I use my long com-mute time to schedule meetings and return voice messages (hands-free) to sister hospitals in the eastern time zone and our corporate office, in the central time zone. Before leaving the office each day, I plan the next day's activities. STRESS MANAGEMENT As part of my daily routine, I interact with our stakeholders (CTCA employees), patients and their caregivers (making rounds and visiting with them in the hospital).