William B. Rutherford is chief financial officer and executive vice president of Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. As CFO, Rutherford has management responsibility for the company’s treasury department, Office of the Controller, information technology, government programs and Parallon.
A 28-year veteran of HCA, Rutherford joined the company as a staff auditor in 1986. He served the company in a variety of roles, including director of operations support and chief financial officer for the Georgia division. From 1996 to 2005, Rutherford was chief financial officer for the Eastern group. During this time, the Eastern group comprised approximately 90 hospitals with $12 billion of net revenue.
In 2005, Rutherford left HCA to start his own training and education company which led to work with several private equity ventures. He served as chief operating officer of Psychiatric Solutions, a behavioral health services provider, from January 2006 to June 2007.
Rutherford returned to HCA in December 2008, serving as chief financial officer of the Outpatient Services Group through January 2011. In this role he was responsible for HCA’s company-wide operations of freestanding outpatient facilities to include ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging and cancer center operations. This also included physician services to support both hospital and outpatient strategies. Prior to his current appointment, Rutherford served as COO of the Clinical and Physician Services Group, helping to provide leadership oversight of physician employment, recruiting and practice management for over 3,000 providers.
Rutherford’s current board membership includes Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS). Past board memberships include Center for Non-Profit Management and YMCA Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center.
Rutherford received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Tampa and is a Certified Public Accountant. He resides in Nashville with his wife, Nancy, and their two sons.