Title: Associate Director
Firm: S&P Global Ratings
Allison Bretz, 32, an associate director at S&P Global Ratings, said she entered graduate school at the University of Michigan not totally knowing what she wanted to do.
She knew she wanted to tap into her healthcare background and was interested in the business side of hospitals and health systems. A rating agency ended up being a great place to explore that intersection, she said. Allison joined the US public finance team at S&P in 2015.
“I think the level of insight and access is really unparalleled because we work with hospitals and health systems of all sizes across the country and so you really get to see first-hand the issues facing multi-billion dollar health systems and single-site standalone hospitals so it gives you a really broad perspective of the industry,” she said.
Allison covers healthcare credits from coast to coast including some of the largest health systems in the country, such as Henry Ford Health System, University of Chicago Medical Center, Oregon Health & Sciences University and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
She is also a member of the analytical team covering other high-profile issuers including Providence Health & Services and CommonSpirit Health.
In addition to her credit work, Allison authors insightful commentaries on the sector. She was the author of S&P Global Ratings’ annual health system median studies in 2017 and 2018, an analysis of the rise in the rate of uninsured Americans and the resulting impact on credit, and most recently an article focusing on social determinants of health.
"Allison has grown in to a top healthcare analyst in a short space of time and will surely continue to grow and become a very well-known and respected voice in healthcare muni finance," said Ken Gacka, senior director and analytical manager of healthcare ratings at S&P.
In her free time Allison likes to cook and travel. “I am a very ambitious cook and I try to experiment with new recipes when I can,” she said.