Top 25 Emerging Leaders
Mary Mikki Clancy, 38
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Premier Health Partners
As one of four children, Mikki Clancy knew from an early age that if she wanted to go to college, she would have to find a way to pay for it herself. To that end, she channeled her baton-twirling skills into the creation of Mikki's School of Baton in Madisonville, Ky., which she opened when she was in eighth grade and operated for four years, before her family's relocation forced a shutdown. At its peak, it had 100 students.
Not only did the school produce college cash directly, it also impressed those in charge of granting the handful of Marine ROTC scholarships awarded annually. "I'm convinced they thought the school showed evidence of leadership ability," Clancy says. The result was a four-year ride at Vanderbilt University, where she earned an engineering degree before joining the Marines.
Outsized leadership skills have brought Clancy to the position of vice president and chief information officer at Premier Health Partners in Dayton, Ohio, formed from the merger of Miami Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. Joining Miami Valley in 1994 as a computer systems auditor, she created an automated charge detection and correction system that recovered $1 million in revenue lost by a previous programming bug. Tapped to shepherd both Premier hospitals through the Y2K period, she organized the testing of thousands of pieces of clinical equipment and more than 100 high-risk computer applications. Thanks to her efforts, the calendar flipped to Jan. 1, 2000, without incident.
In spring 2002, she was the obvious choice to fill Premier's suddenly vacated CIO position, and she now is engaged in moving the organization to fully integrated clinical information systems and an electronic medical record.
Clancy came to healthcare by accident. After receiving her information technology training from the Marines, her first job as a civilian was at the Center for the Disabled in Albany, N.Y. "I wanted to be where my work could help people and I saw the degree to which technology could help the disabled," she says. "I've been lucky-in all the positions I've held, I've been able to have an impact on patient care. I can use the technology and the data to home in on where we have difficulties and improve the quality of care."
Premier Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tim Jackson, to whom Clancy reports, says Clancy's people skills are among her most important assets. "She deserves a lot of credit for her success in attracting and retaining high-caliber management talent through a blend of new hires and well-deserved promotions," he says.
Clancy's excitement is obvious when she talks about technological developments like the move to wireless computing. "If we can find a way to make it secure enough to satisfy (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), it will revolutionize care," she says. "We'll have better outcomes, be able to see more patients and have a better quality of life for doctors and nurses."