It is disheartening to read week after week about healthcare managers who have been indicted for fraud or other illegal activity. For a while I felt as if I were reading a criminal magazine instead of a healthcare publication. That's why it was gratifying to read about the "1999 Up & Comers," the young managers dedicating their careers to improving the health status of our nation (Sept. 13, p. 46).
But let us not forget the countless unnamed managers who start their days at 6: 30 a.m. to meet with doctors and boards and end their days at 6: 30 p.m. or later after meeting with doctors and boards. Many of us also began our healthcare careers working in hospital kitchens or as orderlies and patient aides. We may never receive an award or have our picture in a magazine, but we are there day after day providing the leadership to keep America's healthcare system the best in the world. Once in a while we deserve a pat on the back.
Director of administrative services
Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment