Maria Faulkner



Nashville, TN


Maria brings a wealth of experience to Pinnacle having spent her career in a variety of healthcare management roles. Her background includes healthcare consultant, business manager, program director, practice administrator and regional director of operations for group providers and healthcare systems. As an effective and innovative leader, Maria is adept at professional team development, complex problem solving, forming and maintaining strong business relationships, and ensuring policy compliance.

Experienced in revenue cycle management and all aspects of business operations at both the facility and system level allows her to effectively update antiquated systems and streamline operations. Maria is also highly experienced at EMR integration having recently led a highly effective 10 to 1 EMR system consolidation and transition. Her broad expertise also includes onboarding of new practices, evaluation of existing practices, and improving system-wide efficiency to expand capacity and increase profit.

Much of her success can be attributed to effective management of clinical and administrative staff at all levels. This includes providing leadership and direction toward improved KPIs using monthly operational meetings with practice managers and providers. Other examples include revision of human resources and operational procedures to create greater consistency and efficiency among clinics, and organizational-wide MIPS responsibility that included measure selection and training for providers and staff.

Maria has an MS in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a BA in Finance from the University of North Alabama, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

  • Over 15 years of healthcare operations experience
  • Experienced in human resource and organizational development
  • Expertise in development and administration of quality programs for physicians
  • BS in finance with MS in health administration