CEO Julie Manas: Leader of Choice for Sacred Heart Hospital
Julie Manas serves as president and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., and president of the western Wisconsin division of Hospital Sisters Health System based in Springfield, Ill.
Ms. Manas' goals for Sacred Heart include being in the top percentile for performance in quality, safety and service. "Doing the right things clinically for our patients, providing care in a safe and accurate manner and creating a positive patient and family experience [are my goals]. We'd like to be the place of choice for our patients, physicians and colleagues/employees," says Ms. Manas. In addition, Ms. Manas plan to work closely with the hospital's physician partners to further align and integrate the care the hospital provides as well as implement initiatives that will improve the health and wellness of the community.
Prior to joining Sacred Heart and Hospital Sisters Health, Ms. Manas served as president of Genesis Medical Center and senior vice president of Genesis Health System in Davenport, Iowa, from 2009 to 2011. During her tenure, she spearheaded a patient-first/patient safety initiative resulting in first-time national awards from J.D. Power, Thomson Reuters and HealthGrades. In addition, Ms. Manas improved overall financial performance and employee retention rates for the hospital and health system.
Prior to her role at Genesis Medical Center and Genesis Health System, Ms. Manas served as vice president of Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola University Health System from 2002 to 2009; vice president of Chicago-based Resurrection Health Care from 1996 to 2002; and COO of VA Hines (Ill.) Hospital from 1991 to 1996. She also served as interim CEO of VA Hines Hospital from 1995 to 1996.
"Every experience, from my first job in healthcare to my current position, has helped shape how I approach challenges and opportunities. In college, I had the chance to work as a nursing assistant in a nursing home; to this day, I still believe it was the hardest job I've ever had, not just the physical demands of caring for up to 30 residents at a time, but the emotional impact as well. Even though that experience was many years ago, I'm still reminded about the importance of care and compassion at the bedside. [I] also know how difficult it can sometimes be to consistently provide that compassionate, selfless care. I have such an appreciation for our clinicians," says Ms. Manas.
Ms. Manas' work has been published in healthcare management publications, and she has given presentations at various national conferences, including the American College of Healthcare Executives Annual Congress on Administration. Ms. Manas is a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation, the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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