Becker's 10th Annual Meeting Speaker Series: 3 Questions with David Zechman, President of The Zechman Group

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David Zechman, FACHE, serves as President for The Zechman Group. 

On April 3rd, David will speak at Becker's Hospital Review 10th Annual Meeting. As part of an ongoing series, Becker's is talking to healthcare leaders who plan to speak at the conference, which will take place April 1-4, 2019 in Chicago.

To learn more about the conference and David's session, click here.

Question: What do innovators/entrepreneurs from outside healthcare need to better understand about hospital and health system leaders?

David Zechman: Innovation adaption is sometimes slow and deliberate and rapid and fast in hospital organizations. What innovators and/entrepreneurs would be advised to do is be patient, deliberate, and support an innovative product that brings value and cost savings vs current technology.

Q: Healthcare takes a lot of heat for not innovating quickly. What's your take on this?

DZ: Absolutely agree. In a recent research article authored by Phillip Weintraub and David Zechman, the “Drivers of Innovation” in healthcare should have the following: Creation of a psychological
environment for innovation; Quality of a Leader’s Organizational Relationship; Social Capital; Leadership Clarity; Opportunities to Share Information (Team Reflectivity); An Appropriate Employee Mindset; Organizational Culture; and Leadership For Innovation In Health Care: Drivers Of Health Innovation.

Q: Can you share some praise with us about people you work with? What does greatness look like to you when it comes to your team?

DZ: McLaren Northern Michigan again received CMS 5 star designation, was named as a Top 50 Heart Hospital two consecutive years, and received other numerous quality awards in 2018. The formula is very simple: it takes a team effort dedicated to patient service, quality, and value starting with the board down to the bedside and support services. It is a culture ingrained in all colleagues who serve patients AND each other because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

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