James L. Smith, CPA - Vice President of Finance

Jim Smith joined Palomar Health in 2019 with four decades of health care financial leadership experience.  As Vice President of Finance, Jim’s stewardship encompasses the organization’s accounting and financial reporting, financial compliance, audit coordination, treasury management, third-party reimbursement management, accounts payable and payroll for the organization’s 4,000 employees.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Haas School of Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley.  His professional accounting training was gained as a Senior Auditor with Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young) in the firm’s San Francisco office-Northern California Health Care Practice.  He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of California.  Jim has served successfully as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller for hospitals and integrated health systems of varying sizes and complexity in the western United States.

On a personal note, Jim serves on the Deacon Board in his church, where he is also a guitarist, bassist and vocalist, serves as a member of the Association of California Healthcare District’s Finance Committee, and is an Advanced Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  He and his wife, Linda, have two sons and a granddaughter, who they thoroughly enjoy spending time with.



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