Daniel J. DeBarba Jr. M’89 is president and CEO of Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn. He joined the hospital as vice president and chief financial officer in 2007, becoming chief operating officer in 2009.
A certified public accountant, DeBarba began his career at as an auditor with Ernst & Young in Hartford, Conn. He attributes the Barney School of Business with setting him on a path of considerable accomplishments.
In the 80’s, the University of Hartford had an accounting program (Master of Science in Professional Accounting) that allowed liberal arts graduates like myself to earn a master’s degree in accounting over a very reasonable duration, DeBarba says. In fact, with a BA in English and no previous business coursework, I was able to complete the program in 18 months.
I joined Ernst & Young as an auditor soon after I graduated and the firm assigned me to health care industry clients, DeBarba says. Ironically, Barney had allowed me to complete an independent study in not-for-profit and health-care organization accounting. That experience greatly enhanced my success in the early stages of my career.
After Ernst & Young, DeBarba worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1994 to 2000. He was then named corporate director of financial planning at Yale New Haven Health System in New Haven, Conn., where he managed the development of annual operating and capital budgets, financial forecasts and projections, and business plans for Yale-New Haven, Bridgeport, and Greenwich hospitals.
DeBarba next moved to Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., where he was vice president and chief financial. Praised as a savvy financial leader, DeBarba was appointed president and CEO of Norwalk Hospital in 2010.
I greatly enjoy my current career as a hospital administrator and am grateful for the fine education that the Barney School provided to me, DeBarba says. I received an incredible education largely due to the quality of the professors and the small class size. In addition, I was able to serve as a teaching assistant, which helped me develop and enhance my presentation skills. Finally, the connections that the Barney School and the accounting department maintained with local, regional, and national accounting firms proved to be invaluable.
DeBarba received his bachelor’s in English from the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.