Hornberger recalls when she made her decision to switch to administration. She ultimately realized that insurance companies can hinder a doctor's ability to deliver care, and that she could better utilize her talents serving in executive roles.
“I remember speaking with some physicians. There was frustration—they were going and getting an incredible education and being taught how to treat the patient, only to be told by the HMO and insurance company what they could and couldn't do in terms of what would be covered,” she says. “I really didn't want to go that route.”
She soon found herself enrolled in the Master of Health Administration program at University of Michigan. And while she says her imagination occasionally drifts through the different career paths she could have taken, the 39-year-old says she's more than pleased with the outcomes of her choices. Since 2006, she's served 244-bed Crittenton Hospital Medical Center as chief strategy officer. She's also the chief operating officer at Crittenton Home Care, a post she took last year.
For her achievements, Hornberger is being recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Up & Comers of 2012.
“I've been very happy with the choices I've made,” Hornberger says. “Fortunately, I've been fairly lucky that other people also thought those choices were worth it.”