We all know about the leadership gap in healthcare-a generation of retiring chief executives along with a dearth of young executives trained to fill their shoes. We also know the reasons behind the shrinking talent pool. The demands of leading healthcare organizations are great and interfere with the time and effort needed to cultivate and mentor the next generation. The bottom line is that healthcare is driving away gifted young executives.
But this year we know of at least 150 healthcare leaders who took some time to cultivate a young executive-by nominating someone for the 2003 Up & Comers award program. Each nomination represents a memorable career step for an aspiring executive, but more importantly, a significant advance in developing the future generation of healthcare leadership.
This is the eighth year Witt/Kieffer has co-sponsored the Up & Comers with Modern Healthcare. We consider it a privilege-and now a responsibility-to be part of a process that cultivates and recognizes some of the finest young leaders healthcare has to offer.
Nominators put care, thought and attention into presenting nominees' qualifications for the Up & Comers competition. Though most of the nominators and nominees remain anonymous, they're still making important contributions to the nation's healthcare delivery system.
Only a dozen of this year's 150 nominees were chosen as award winners. Yet all of the nominees touch so many lives-colleagues, employees, neighborhood residents, patients and physicians.
We're here to recognize the standouts among these nominations. But we know the real winners are the young nomi- nees and the executives who presented them, those who read about and relish their achievements and the countless others who benefit from the healthcare enterprise.
Chairman and chief executive officer