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Richard Carmona

Richard Carmona

January 17, 2005

The idea of serving a larger community has always been very strong for Richard Carmona. Before becoming a doctor and healthcare administrator, he spent two years in the U.S. Army's Special Forces during the Vietnam War, earning two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star as a Green Beret and medic.His strong sense of duty carried over during his post-military career in healthcare and all the way through 2002, when he was sworn in as the nation's 17th surgeon general. Carmona's devotion to healthcare at so many levels

Ronald Spaeth

Ronald Spaeth

January 17, 2005

Ronald Spaeth says "running a hospital is like running the city of Chicago." He should know, having attended graduate school in the city and spent most of his long healthcare career in the metropolitan area."Every aspect of running a city is found in a hospital," Spaeth says. "You have to deal with money, staff, financing, human resources, service. ... You have to do all of that and still make sick people well."For his big-picture approach to leadership and his four decades of healthcare service, Spaeth, 61, president of the Evanston (Ill.)

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