After reading your special report about hospital systems' desperately seeking chief executive officers ("Wanted: a few good leaders," Oct. 2, p. 38), I was disappointed with the healthcare profession. The article scarcely touched on the crux of the problem. The reason for a shortage of skilled leaders is because the healthcare industry doesn't give qualified midlevel careerists an opportunity to rise to senior-level management positions and subsequently into the coveted CEO slot. Too long has it been stated that to get into the realm of upper management, it is not what you know but who you know.
To CEOs and recruiters looking for top leaders, we're out there-probably right under your noses.
Pharmacy, asset management, couriers
Frye Regional Medical Center