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.
Up & Comers - 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...