Vicki (Romero) Briggs decided many years ago that if you can't complete a deal with 'em, join 'em.
Briggs, 53, was Vicki Romero when she was named an Up & Comer in 1991 at age 37. Her last name is not the only thing that has changed since then.
She was chief executive officer of Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., at the time. Five years later and a month after a deal she had helped orchestrate with Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. was scuttled by the hospital parent's board, she resigned to become president of the Baton Rouge market for Columbia/HCA's Louisiana region.
About 18 months later, she became president and CEO of 2021 Healthcare, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning for hospitals and physician practices, women's health services and board relations. After seven months as a consultant, she moved on to become CEO of Longview (Texas) Regional Medical Center, owned by Triad Hospitals, where she stayed for nearly seven years.
In mid-August, she resigned after two years as CEO of Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., which had been a partnership between Triad (recently purchased by Community Health Systems) and Baptist Health System. In a news release, Briggs attributed the decision to a desire to spend more time with her family and evaluate future opportunities. “I am eager to take a step back, catch my breath, and see what the future brings,” she said.