Management Team
Linda Funston

Linda Funston
Vice President of Business Office Operations

"Do the right thing - and never lose sight that we're all people - and we need to treat one another the way we'd like to be treated."

- Linda Funston

These are the words that Linda Funston lives by when it comes to her career - and she's bringing it to life in her role as Elite Surgical Affiliates' Vice President of Business Office Operations - where she oversees all billing, collections, accounts receivable, accounts payable, monthly reporting and every aspect of accounting for the company's surgery centers.

Linda left a large corporate entity to join Elite's ranks - noting that the chance to grow a business from the ground up and make a meaningful mark in the Houston healthcare landscape was a great career opportunity.

"It's liberating that the days of going through layers and layers of management - 'the pecking order' if you will - to get things done are behind me," said Linda. "To be on the ground floor and see a company grow out of nothing into something significant is pretty exciting."

Even more exciting for Linda is to see Elite's surgery centers functioning - and collecting revenue in "unheard of" time frames when compared to the industry standard, which is 60 to 90 days. "We're collecting funds within two weeks of opening in some cases - which is simply amazing and completely atypical when you consider the norm," said Linda, noting her secret to success is to hire excellent people and empower them.

Linda says the most rewarding aspect of her job is the group of people she gets to work with each and every day. "We have a really good, hardworking core team. Everyone works well together. There's a lot of camaraderie," she said.

When asked what joining Elite has taught her about herself, Linda says that - given the faltering economy - she's learned to "think outside the box" and come up with creative solutions to improve the company's bottom line. "The whole situation has really just made us a better and stronger company, and we know we can do it, and do it exceedingly well," she said.

Before joining Elite, Linda worked for United Surgical Partners International (USPI) and was responsible for the business office operations of three surgical hospitals, 13 ambulatory surgery centers and one central billing office. Her prior experience also includes management roles at Heathsouth and The Eye Center of the Rio Grand Valley.

When asked what's next in terms of her career at Elite, Linda says her goal is to help grow the company and keep Elite on the forefront of healthcare in Houston.