Who: Tim Rice, 60
New role: President and board chairman of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, Chicago.
Previous positions: Rice is CEO emeritus of Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health, after retiring last October. He spent nearly 40 years at the system, starting as a pharmacist at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in 1978. After completing a graduate program in healthcare administration, he worked his way up through several VP roles at Cone, eventually becoming COO before he was named CEO in 2004.
Building a broader skill set: “We're not training people to be hospital CEOs; we're training people as healthcare system executives, or one of the many different elements within that. Now you may be running any single component of that large system.”
Learning a new system: “I think we're just at the beginning of the curve in really changing our focus around a sickness system to a wellness system. I think we're just getting our hands around what population health means.”
Focus on the community: “Integration in the community is so much more important than it was 20 years ago. It's because of the critical nature of what we do: In addition to being a large healthcare delivery system, we're a large business.”