I have been publisher of Modern Healthcare for the past 20 years. Watching the magazine take hold with readers and flourish has been an incredible experience for me. They say time waits for no one, and these past two decades certainly prove the point. The time has passed so quickly. But what sticks out most in my memories through the years are the people. It's the people who have made it all worthwhile.
First there are my colleagues. Modern Healthcare has been blessed with so many terrific individuals, on the editorial and business sides-people who are true professionals and care deeply about their assignments on a day-to-day basis. Without them and their commitment to excellence, our success would not have been possible.
Then there are our readers. They're the ones who run America's healthcare institutions, the men and women who have made this industry what it is today. This is the most dynamic, entrepreneurial, forward-thinking sector of the nation's economy. Our readers are service-oriented executives dedicated to making the healthcare system even better, and they're doing just that. What an honor it has been to provide them with the news and information that has helped them do their jobs better and prepare for the future. And what an honor it has been for me to know so many of these people personally.
Next are our advertisers. They're companies and organizations of every persuasion supplying the industry with the products and services that give our readers the tools they need to deliver high-quality healthcare to their customers. Time after time they have responded to the industry's needs with incredibly diverse and advanced products that have enabled caregivers to treat people better and have helped the industry grow faster. Here, too, I've had the honor and privilege of counting many of the people who lead these organizations among my good friends.
However, I do have a concern when there's too much emphasis on new high-tech systems and devices, not only in healthcare but in other industries as well. With too much focus on technology, it's easy to forget people. People make the critical difference in any organization. In healthcare, we can never underestimate the roles played by caregivers. Machines can't take their places. Without good people no company can truly succeed. Furthermore, good people beget good people.
Healthcare is a people business filled with highly dedicated professionals at all levels. That's the promise of the industry, which I believe has yet to see its best years. It has been and I hope it will continue to be my privilege to be part of this industry. I have been blessed.
Charles S. Lauer