Paul Diaz, president and CEO of Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.
Reaction to being named a Top 25 Minority Executive in Healthcare for 2010:
Paul Diaz: Well, I was honored. Really, on behalf of Kindred Healthcare and our whole team. And it's wonderful for us and the efforts that we have in terms of trying to broaden our base in terms of recruiting and to more reflect the patient population that we care for.
The key factors that have contributed to career success:
Paul Diaz: I've been extremely lucky over the years in a number of different contexts, but primarily the mentors that I've had, the people that I had an opportunity to work with over the years that really looked out for me and helped me get stronger at the things that I needed help with, and nurtured those things that I think have made me pretty fortunate today.
Advice for other minorities considering a career in healthcare administration:
Paul Diaz: Well, I think some advice I have for all up-and-coming folks is to really broaden your skill sets. If you're a clinical person, look to learn the financial aspects of hospital operations and healthcare. If you're a financial person, then make sure that you understand patients and the customer perspective and the clinical aspects. I think that we often approach careers from a silo, and the opportunity to have a broad-based sense of what we do is terribly important.