Confidence and competence.
Those two qualities exist too rarely in the same person. Just take a look at the corporate world and government and you will find plenty of recent examples of overconfidence. A lot of people are full of bluster and swagger, but they lack the temperament and the skills to get the job done, or at least done without wrecking the enterprise.
In this special section, we present profiles of three healthcare industry figures who successfully meshed confidence and quality. They did what needed to be done and left their organizations in better shape than when they took over.
See profiles of this year's inductees
The 2006 inductees to the Health Care Hall of Fame are Vernon Loucks, former chief executive of Baxter International; D. Kirk Oglesby Jr., former head of AnMed Health in South Carolina and chairman of three of healthcare's top organizations; and C. Thomas Smith, former hospital executive and chief of the VHA alliance. They are now among a total of 75 luminaries honored in the hall.
Loucks, a former Marine, guided Baxter to a quadrupling of its sales while CEO and served as mentor to young executives who went on to lead their own companies. Oglesby, a quiet, dignified man found that being a good listener made him a skilled moderator who could pull his organizations through contentious times. Smith, according to his colleagues, combines intellect with the ability to set goals and develop plans to reach them.
The profiles of this year's inductees were written by former Modern Healthcare News Editor Barbara Kirchheimer and freelance writer Ed Finkel, a regular contributor to the magazine. Kirchheimer can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and Finkel can be reached at [email protected]