What Makes a Great Hospital CEO, CFO? 3 Reponses

Three healthcare industry leaders answer the question, "What makes a great hospital CEO and/or CFO?" and "Who do you consider an exception CEO and/or CFO?"


Bob Kahn, CEO of Orthopedic Specialists of Texarkana (Texas): Chris Karam, in 10 years as CEO of Christus St. Michael Health System has implemented programs and led initiatives that have allowed the hospital to be recognized by national, regional and local agencies as a 100 best hospital, best place to work and leader in cardiology and orthopedic care.

Lynn Massingale, MD, FACEP, Executive Chairman, TeamHealth: Great hospital CEOs are those who can build broad consensus around mission, vision and values, who can inspire during challenging times and who never fail to praise achievement and success enroute to a goal...not just at the destination.

All good CFOs have a firm "grasp" on the numbers. Great CFOs understand the organization's mission and objectives intimately and can firmly connect and communicate financial performance to the ability to accomplish that mission and those objectives (i.e., it really isn't just about the money).

Andy Sandler, Vice President, Senior Search Consultant, Cejka Executive Search: John Kerndl, Chief Financial Officer, National Division, LifePoint Hospitals. John is a strong, goal-oriented leader with a clear vision for the future. He has a balanced focus on cost containment, new program development, revenue enhancement and quality improvement.

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