Growing up in Gainesville, Fla., sports taught Phil Wright the essential skills he credits with his success as a hospital administrator: tenacity, practice—and especially blocking and tackling.
Although the 36-year-old CEO of Southampton Memorial Hospital went to Florida A&M University on a tennis scholarship, he sees the blocking and tackling he learned in football as the most relevant to what he's learned as a hospital executive. On the field and in the hospital, that means focusing on the basics in order to achieve success. And as a hospital leader, Wright sees those basics as doing no harm and treating patients well.
For his achievements, Wright is being recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Up & Comers of 2012.