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The accountant uses her financial skills in the service of the hospital

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Emma Grosman

Ventura County native Emma Grossman has found a way to use her interest in finance to serve the most vulnerable people in her community.

The 33-year-old Oxnard resident, who began her career in audit and tax for national CPA firms in Los Angeles, is now chief financial officer of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Hospital Camarillo of St. John’s.

“I always had a taste in me to think of others before myself,” she said, adding that her mother, father, sister, grandfather and uncle are all doctors. “What drew me to St. John’s and away from the traditional business environment was being able to really make a difference in our community and in the lives of our patients.

The transition was successful, according to the West Ventura County Business Alliance, which this month named her Young Professional of the Year.

As CFO, Grossman leads the company’s financial reporting efforts while managing resources and people, the latter of which is one of his favorite parts of the job.

“The most rewarding part is mentoring #1 – watching individuals grow and develop to be successful,” she said. “The other thing for me is hearing the stories of the patients. It’s what keeps us going after long days.

Barry Wolfman, president and CEO of St. John’s, said Grossman exceeded all expectations.

“While the pandemic has presented some of the greatest challenges to health care and society, Emma has handled it with grace,” he said. “At a time when resources were not plentiful, she and her team constantly went above and beyond to ensure that the hospital and the community were more than equipped to handle a surge in patients.”

He describes Grossman as a born leader who prioritizes kindness.

“As a native of Ventura County, Emma approaches every project and initiative with a common goal: to care for the community,” he said.

Grossman, who grew up in Westlake Village, became a chartered accountant in 2014 after earning her bachelor’s degree in business studies from Drew University in New Jersey and her master’s degree in accounting from USC.

She began her healthcare career as a comptroller at Los Robles Regional Medical Center, but realized she had higher ambitions.

“I decided my career goal was really to be a CFO,” Grossman said. “I strive to muster enough business acumen to be that trusted advisor in a company . . . and I felt the CFO role was dynamic and really pushed the boundaries.

Still, she found her job in the healthcare industry fulfilling, which is why she was thrilled when she learned of a position opening in St. John’s in late 2020.

Grossman, who was recognized Aug. 18 at the business alliance’s annual Oxnard Community and Business Awards, said she was honored to be just nominated.

“I was incredibly humbled, considering there are so many talented professionals, especially in Oxnard, under the age of 40, who are doing tremendous things for our community,” she said. . “I try to leave every place and every person I’ve interacted with hopefully a little better.”

The CFO’s advice to other young professionals?

“Work hard, be patient, and relentlessly pursue your goals,” Grossman said.