Bo Cofield ’93March 21, 2014
Engage found Bo Cofield ‘93 in Charlottesville, where he’s working for the University of Virginia Medical Center as associate vice president for hospital and clinics operations. It’s the perfect position for Cofield, who’s known he wanted to work in the administrative side of healthcare since his time at Hampden-Sydney.
“The best part about it is I get to help people,” Cofield says. “Every day is different. It contributes to society and I get to work with some of most committed people in the world; people committed to caring and healing.”
Cofield grew up in a medical family; his father, grandfather and great grandfather were all physicians. After his freshman year at Hampden-Sydney he took an internship in the business office of the Mayo Clinic. It worked well in conjunction with his classwork as an Economics major. Cofield is particularly grateful to Ken Townsend, who was then chair of the Department of Economics, for allowing him to design a seminar class in health economics.
“That solidified that this is what I really wanted to do for my career,” Cofield adds. “I soon came to appreciate the management side of the field, so every summer I took increasing responsibilities with my internships.”
After graduation, Cofield earned advanced degrees in Health Systems Management from Tulane University. He then spent 10 years in Birmingham, Alabama, working for the University of Alabama Health System. During his final three years with the company he was the chief operating officer of UAB Highlands Hospital.
In his current role Cofield has a wide range of responsibilities that cover efficient operation of the U.Va. Medical Center. In a given day he often finds himself moving between hospital finances, human resources, critical care delivery and logistics. He credits Hampden-Sydney for providing him a well-rounded education and strong moral compass, both essential requirements for the various areas of his job.
“In this career integrity is key, and that is something that is definitely instilled at Hampden-Sydney through the Honor Code and the entire community,” he says. “That often comes back to me when I’m thinking about the needs of patients.”