Every year Arkansas Business puts the spotlight on talented young leaders in Arkansas’ business and nonprofit community. Each “20 in Their 20s” class is chosen by an internal committee reviewing more than 300 nominations with an eye toward accomplishments, responsibilities and people clearly ahead of their time. Arkansas Business is proud to present “The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.”
Congratulations to our own Kevin Cullinan on being named to this elite list for 2015.
Article as it appears in Arkansas Business:
Kevin Cullinan might have been an investment banker if not for the Great Recession.
After graduating from the State University of New York at Albany with a degree in finance in 2009, the Oswego, New York, native failed to land a job in finance. He eventually decided to return to school to study the business of health care.
Cullinan earned a masterâ€™s in health administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and joined CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock as an administrative fellow in 2012. CHI St. Vincent then hired Cullinan as the manager of business development, and he quickly was promoted. In February, he was named the executive director of orthopedics. Cullinan is responsible for the administrative oversight of the spine and orthopedics service lines. In 2014, approximately 5,500 patients had inpatient orthopedic and spine procedures in CHI St. Vincent hospitals in Arkansas.
Cullinan also headed CHI St. Vincent in Little Rockâ€™s bundled payments program with Medicare.
CHI St. Vincent saved more than $1 million in the first year of the coordinated care program, which it started in October 2013.
Away from the hospital, Cullinan is a volunteer youth coach for Arkansas United Soccer Club.
â€œThe motivation for me is trying to improve anything that Iâ€™m a part of,â€ he said.