Top 25 Emerging Leaders
Brittany Lavis, 29
Market chief financial officer, Detroit Medical Center
Healthcare wasn't a field Brittany Lavis thought she could tackle. Shadowing her mom, who was a nurse, made it clear to Lavis that she wasn't interested in clinical work.
"I didn't realize until I was going to college that there was a business side to healthcare and to healthcare management," she said. "It was when I was choosing my major that I learned that, and I thought, 'That's what I'm doing!'"
In which TV medical drama would you star? "The Good Doctor"
What musician would you dream of having perform at your next birthday celebration? John Mayer
What superhero are you? Spider-Man
Lavis has worked in healthcare management ever since. The youngest chief financial officer within the Tenet Healthcare Corp. chain, Lavis has worked to achieve numerous operational and financial goals, including improving patient satisfaction scores and turning Placentia-Linda Hospitalwhere she served as CFO until being promoted to DMC in Septemberfrom one of Tenet's worst performers on late charges into one of the top three. She also helped a team at the hospital develop an application for swifter out-of-network transfers.
Conquering new challenges has created a domino effect for Lavis to continue making strides within her company and in her career.
"I've always been intrinsically motivated and always looking for another opportunity. For example, when working out, there's something about the satisfaction of doing something I wasn't able to do before that continuously motivates me. I'm the same in my career," Lavis said.