ARDEN JEAN BIGGAR Vice President, Revenue Cycle The Methodist Hospital HOUSTON,TEXAS
Arden Jean Biggar, 57, nationally respected for her 25-year career in health care finance, passed away suddenly Tuesday. To her friends, family and colleagues at The Methodist Hospital she was known and loved for her zest for life, her very personal sense of style, and for always standing up for the right thing. She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed for her remarkable spirit, her love of travel and a passion for life that she instilled in those around her. Arden blessed her friends and colleagues with her engaging personality and intellect. Her unexpected death has left all who knew her deeply saddened. She was a truly beloved friend and coworker.
Ms. Biggar was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Alfred University. Ms. Biggar had an illustrious career. She became a chief financial officer at the young age of 26 and served in a variety of health care facilities in upstate New York. Ms. Biggar was involved in the design and establishment of Eastern Mercy Healthcare Systems, based in Radnor, Pennsylvania; a multi-state consortium of Sisters of Mercy Hospitals. She was recruited to Houston to fill the role of controller, revenue cycle for Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in August 1996. Later, Ms. Biggar established a revenue cycle oversight function for all 14 hospitals in that system. In July 2000, The Methodist Hospital was fortunate enough to recruit Ms. Biggar to build a revenue cycle team and streamline access and billing processes. She had an immediate impact at Methodist on a professional and personal level. She was a former Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) chapter president at the Rochester Regional Chapter from 1987 to1988 and at theTexas Gulf Coast Chapter from 2005 to 2006. She served as a board member of the Gulf Coast Chapter at the time of her passing. Ms. Biggar was selected as a delegate to the HFMA United States United Kingdom exchange program for 2005 to 2006. She was also a delegate in the People to People exchange program with HFMA to China in 2007 to study the health care delivery model there. Ms. Biggar also worked on health care delivery systems in Saudi Arabia and Istanbul, Turkey. A memorial service was held Friday at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. Internment at Langcliff Presbyterian Church, Avoca, NY. Donations in her honor can be made to The Methodist Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, TX 77210-4384, in support of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.