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Up & Comers - 2012

2012 Up and Comers: Patient-centric, reform-minded

2012 Up and Comers: Patient-centric, reform-minded

By Charles (Chuck) W.B. Wardell III  |  September 22, 2012

More than two years of speculation about health reform came to an end this year when the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. What has yet to end is uncertainty about the potential impact of the presidential election and looming “fiscal cliff” on the future of healthcare.

2012 Up and Comers: Dr. Paveljit Bindra

2012 Up and Comers: Dr. Paveljit Bindra

By Joseph Conn  |  September 22, 2012

Dr. Paveljit Bindra serves in the dual capacity of chief medical officer and chief information officer for Citrus Valley Health Partners. “He's a new breed,” says Robert Curry, president and CEO of the three-hospital, 620-bed healthcare system. “He's passionate about evidence-based medicine and medical informatics. Evidence-based medicine is probably in his DNA.”

2012 Up and Comers: B. Lynn Detterman

2012 Up and Comers: B. Lynn Detterman

By Joe Carlson  |  September 22, 2012

Lynn Detterman wasn't planning to leave her job as a staff accountant for a major firm in Cleveland. Yet something about the job opening as a financial operations manager at a mission-oriented hospital not far from her home town of New London, Ohio, appealed deeply to her.In a role as manager of an accounting department at Mercy Willard Hospital, she knew she wouldn't be providing direct patient care, but the idea of serving as a financial steward to an institution serving vital community needs interested her in a way that work at a big accounting firm didn't, she says.

2012 Up and Comers: Jason Dinger

2012 Up and Comers: Jason Dinger

By Beth Kutscher  |  September 22, 2012

Jason Dinger has been called the “resident entrepreneur” at St. Thomas Health System, Nashville.Before he joined the five-hospital system, he had already started and sold his own consulting company. He began his healthcare career working as a hospital administrator in rural Zimbabwe, helping to design new buildings and set up other infrastructure.So when it came time to build the system's accountable care organization—a new healthcare delivery model—Dr. Mike Schatzlein, CEO of St. Thomas Health, knew who to choose for the job.

2012 Up and Comers: Alexander Fernandez

2012 Up and Comers: Alexander Fernandez

By Patrick Smith  |  September 22, 2012

During his first three years studying finance at Florida State University, Alexander Fernandez says he never considered a career in healthcare. It wasn't until a college trip to Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Hialeah (Fla.) Hospital that Fernandez realized healthcare offered everything he was looking for.“In college you never thought of a hospital as big business, or at least I didn't,” Fernandez says.

2012 Up and Comers: Michelle Hornberger

2012 Up and Comers: Michelle Hornberger

By Ashok Selvam  |  September 22, 2012

Esteemed philosopher and former baseball great Yogi Berra might say Michelle Hornberger's career path in the mid-'90s presented her with the proverbial “fork in the road” as she mulled choices between pursuing medical school and working as a hospital administrator. And she took it.

2012 Up and Comers: James Jarrett

2012 Up and Comers: James Jarrett

By Jaimy Lee  |  September 22, 2012

Seven years ago, few people knew about proton therapy, a form of radiation that can more precisely target and irradiate a tumor. However, that didn't stop James Jarrett from taking what he calls a leap of faith to join a fledgling company that has now built three proton-therapy facilities and is the largest provider of proton therapy in the U.S.

2012 Up and Comers: Michael Kasper

2012 Up and Comers: Michael Kasper

By Andis Robeznieks  |  September 22, 2012

Whether it's rolling out an electronic health record, recruiting physician practices into the group or persuading executives from a local hospital to form a joint venture and then getting his physician team to buy into the concept, Michael Kasper has a reputation for pulling people together to work on a common goal.

2012 Up and Comers: Mark Klosterman

2012 Up and Comers: Mark Klosterman

By Melanie Evans  |  September 22, 2012

Mark Klosterman's early interest in science developed into a medical technology degree and led to a job in hospital laboratories. But it was the desire to improve healthcare and guidance provided by an informal mentor that drew him toward the C-suite.Klosterman, 40, president and CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, Ill., says he benefited greatly from an accessible chief executive at the Minnesota hospital where he landed one of his first management jobs.

2012 Up and Comers: Dia Nichols

2012 Up and Comers: Dia Nichols

By Rich Daly  |  September 22, 2012

Like much of the rest of the country, John Randolph Medical Center was struggling financially in 2011. The HCA hospital in Hopewell, Va., was hemorrhaging cash, and the state of its balance sheet presented one of the first major challenges for its young CEO, according to a company official.But aggressive management changes undertaken by Dia Nichols, 37, demonstrated why executives at the Nashville-based hospital chain appointed him CEO in August 2009.

2012 Up and Comers: Becky Tucker

2012 Up and Comers: Becky Tucker

By Maureen McKinney  |  September 22, 2012

When Becky Tucker took a job in 2001 as an administrative assistant at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, she already had her sights set on a career in healthcare administration. But she didn't imagine that just nine short years later, she would be named administrator of a newly opened 53,000-square-foot outpatient facility, overseeing all operations at a center that she helped plan and design. “At times, it was almost surreal,” Tucker, 35, says of her quick rise through the ranks at Texas Health Resources, a 14-hospital system headquartered in Arlington.

2012 Up and Comers: Monica Vargas-Mahar

2012 Up and Comers: Monica Vargas-Mahar

By Paul Barr  |  September 22, 2012

A casual conversation with Pete Duarte, a neighbor who happened to be CEO of a local hospital, put then-college student Monica Vargas-Mahar on track to work as a hospital administrator with aspirations to be a CEO herself. Vargas-Mahar says she was intrigued by Duarte's suggestion that she consider healthcare as a career, and eventually shadowed the CEO of what is now University Medical Center of El Paso (Texas) before deciding, “OK, this is where I can see my calling,” she says.

2012 Up and Comers: Philoron (Phil) Wright

2012 Up and Comers: Philoron (Phil) Wright

By Jessica Zigmond  |  September 22, 2012

Growing up in Gainesville, Fla., sports taught Phil Wright the essential skills he credits with his success as a hospital administrator: tenacity, practice—and especially blocking and tackling.

2012 Up and Comers: How we did it

By David Burda  |  September 22, 2012

Modern Healthcare published a call for nominations to its 26th annual Up & Comers recognition program on May 21. Nominations were accepted through July 13. Readers submitted a record 265 entries, surpassing last year's then-record of 202. An editorial review board composed of the magazine's senior editors reviewed the nominations and selected the final 12 recipients. We extend our thanks to all of this year's nominees and appreciate their participation in the program. Look for an announcement of the 27th annual Up & Comers...

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