UP Health System – Marquette is proud to welcome two new leaders to its leadership team – Ashraf Ali, MBA, CPPS, who started as Associate Director in February 2022, and Henrietta Skeens, CPA, who joined in May 2022 as as interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Ashraf is a driven healthcare leader with a passion for entrepreneurship and delivering high quality healthcare to the community – instilled in him from an early age through his own family experiences. It was a combination of these interests that drove him to pursue a career in healthcare administration.
He holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and a Bachelor of Health Services Administration from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Additionally, he is a Certified Patient Safety Professional and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Prior to joining UP Health System – Marquette, Ashraf was an administrative resident at Clark Memorial Health, another LifePoint Health facility in Jeffersonville, IN, where he played a critical role in analyzing and executing several enterprise-wide initiatives. of the establishment and gained valuable experience with strategy, operations, data analysis and business development.
In his new role as Associate Administrator, Ashraf will provide administrative oversight and support to the Laboratory, Wound Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Wellness/Diabetes Education departments. , Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition, Transportation and Linen at UP Health System – Marquette.
Originally from Detroit, Ashraf was drawn to UP Health System – Marquette and our welcoming community. He said, “I’ve lived in towns of different sizes and while big cities have their charm, I’ve never felt connected to the community like I do here in Marquette. It’s refreshing, an exciting place and the community is very welcoming. I look forward to enjoying Lake Superior this summer and all the recreational activities Marquette has to offer.
A seasoned and hands-on financial executive, Henrietta Skeens, CPA, joins UP Health System – Marquette as Interim Chief Financial Officer. With her, she brings extensive experience in private practice, locally and regionally with multiple accounting firms, as well as a number of CFO roles, including Twin County Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint Hospital in Galax, VA; and Cancer Outreach Management Services, a large oncology medical practice in Abingdon, Virginia. Her national hospital management experience includes touring with community health systems in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas and Florida.
“It is an absolute pleasure for me to serve as interim Chief Financial Officer for UP Health System – Marquette,” said Henrietta. “I look forward to my time here and intend to focus on operational improvement, a solid financial strategy and effective collaboration among my peers so that we can continue to provide the highest level of care to our community.
Henrietta holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Concord University in Athens, WV, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). His past professional affiliations include the American Institute of Public Accountants and his participation on the Virginia Society CPA Public Steering Committee.
“We are proud to have two recognized healthcare leaders join our leadership team,” said Gar Atchison, CEO of UP Health System – Marquette and President of UP Health System Market. “Their experience, especially at other LifePoint Health locations, and their passion for community health will help us continue to drive forward the achievement of our mission – Making Communities Healthier,” he said.