New BJC CEO: healthcare is 'an industry ripe for disruption'

Rick Liekweg was named president and CEO of St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare in January, and recently spoke about the future of his system and the healthcare industry during an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Here are three notable quotes from the discussion.

1. "Healthcare in the U.S. is not affordable; therefore, it's not accessible to all members of our communities. Healthcare as an industry is ripe for disruption," Mr. Liekweg said. "We have a responsibility to lower the total cost of care in all markets we serve."

2. "We are embracing technology as a creative solution — the best example is virtual care or telehealth. The technology is available to bring care into the home in order for individuals to bypass the emergency room or a physician's office," Mr. Liekweg said. "This creates greater access points for our community for both those who are served well and those who are not."

3. "In terms of my style — I'm a consensus builder and a servant leader. I'm one of 31,000 individuals and ultimately here to support those individuals in providing the best care possible to the communities we serve," Mr. Liekweg said.

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