Living Like a Leader

The Becker's Hospital Review Living Like a Leader series examines the daily routines of influential decision-makers to offer readers an idea of how they manage their energy, teams and time. Interested in participating in the series? Please contact Alia Paavola at apaavola@beckershealthcare.com

Living Like a Leader: A day with RWJBarnabas Health's Hospital Division President Thomas Biga

Biga-Tom.jpg "I think it's critical to our well-being to decompress and let things go ... As I'm always telling my kids, you can't obsess over what you can't control. If something doesn't work and you can't control that outcome, you must move on. Otherwise, you get engrossed in what didn't happen and have trouble moving forward."

Living like a leader: A day with Yale New Haven Health's Northeast Medical Group CEO Dr. Prathibha Varkey

  Varkey photo feb 2017.jpg"I prefer to be at the practices where I believe the magic happens instead of in meeting rooms."

Living like a leader: A day with University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics CEO Suresh Gunasekaran

Gunasekaran_Suresh 2018 1a.jpg"I'm a big believer in management by wandering, so I will often leave my office a bit early and pop into different departments on my way to a meeting. I'll often round for 15 to 20 minutes on my way to meetings, because there is always a lot to see, a lot to learn and a great chance to refine my thinking by observing what happens on the front line by talking to patients and staff."

Living like a leader: A day with UnityPoint Health President and CEO Kevin Vermeer

Vermeer_Kevin.jpg"Working at home is a reality of this job, so I'll often play catch-up at night, but I try to keep it reasonable — for my family and myself. If my team members feel compelled to work at home, I encourage them to set limits, too."

Living like a leader: A day with Jeff Welch, CEO of Florida Medical Center and Tenet's Miami-Dade Group

FMC Jeffrey  Welch CEO.jpg"Building energy and camaraderie within your team is so important in healthcare, because we have tough jobs. I always tell people that nobody coming into our building is typically having a good day and it's up to us to make a difference. We should be honored to have that opportunity."

Living Like a Leader: A day with CHI Franciscan CEO Ketul Patel

Ketul 8073a Full.jpg "There's a piece of advice I received from a board chairman when I started my career: to live your life like you're riding an elevator … he told me if you want to be a successful executive, you must live your life in an elevator, so you are connecting at every level of the organization."

Living Like a Leader: A day with Scripps Health CEO Chris Van Gorder

CVG Headshot 2.jpg "Healthcare is always going through a lot of change, and sometimes employees, managers and even physicians think we are making those changes because somebody in administration decided it's the right thing to do. The reality is, we're reacting to what's changing in the marketplace or what we believe will be coming in the marketplace. If we don't adjust fast enough then it will negatively affect our organization and employees."

Living Like a Leader: A day with Adventist Health Southern California Regional President Andrew Jahn

Jahn_Andrew.jpg"I'm firm believer that as leaders, there's certain work that we need to be in the driver's seat conducting. We can't delegate all of it."

Living Like a Leader: A day with Keck Medicine CEO Tom Jackiewicz

Jackiewicz_Tom_Headshot.jpg "I realized over time that being successful as a CEO is to be able to work very quickly and transition quickly from issue to issue."

Living Like a Leader: A day with HealthPartners CEO Andrea Walsh

Andrea Walsh Headshot 2.jpg "I think gratitude and focusing on the little things is really important for leaders. From my vantage point, it's important to focus on things that need to be fixed and where you want to head, and it's important to be appreciative of the things that are going right. We have to find the right balance between those two."

Living like a leader: A day with Methodist Hospital CNO Jane McCurley

Picture.jpeg "I do snack rounds at least once a month, where I take some goodies out, visit a floor and just talk to people. I think I'm highly visible and engaged with my frontline team because I recognize their importance to the organization."

Living Like a Leader: A day with OSF HealthCare's Children's Service Line CEO Dr. Divya Joshi

Dr. Joshi_headshot.jpg"Time is a very precious resource. Time enables or disables communication between people, and we all know that leadership is all about communication. The day's schedule has to accommodate the freedom to enable interpersonal communication."

Living like a leader: A day with Albert Wright, CEO of WVU Hospitals and WVU Health System

  AlbertWright.jpg "I think visibility is important, but I think you have to be visible in a way that you're comfortable with. So, I do two things. I do skip-a-level meetings every week, which is when I'll go and I'll meet with the direct report of one of my direct reports at their place of work."

Living Like a Leader: A day with of U of Rochester's Associate CIO Robert Evangelista

image001.png "The most rewarding part of the day is when I am heading home, and I know things are working as designed. It's knowing that the people and staff are in a good place and I'm leaving the university and medical center in a better place than where we started."

Living like a leader: A day with Dr. Linda Hofler, SVP-nurse executive at Vidant Health

Hofler-Linda_04_HR.jpg "There aren't really typical days when you're a clinical leader in a 974-bed hospital. There's really no such thing as 'typical.'"

Living like a leader: A day with Tenet's Northern California CMO Dr. Gabrielle Gaspar

Gabrielle Gaspar"The needs of patients don't really fit into an eight-hour day, and the responsibility we have as leaders doesn't either. Leadership is largely about communication, and it doesn't fit neatly into a workday, especially in a patient care environment." 

Living like a leader: A day with Adventist Health chief clinical officer Dr. Hoda Asmar

hoda asmar "The most rewarding part of my day is usually at 8:45 a.m., when I hear a report of all zeros on the five safety metrics we focus on." 

Living like a leader: A day with Children's National Health System CEO Dr. Kurt Newman

Kurt Newman"When I became CEO, which was not in my career plan, I was chief of surgery. The executive suite was on the fifth floor, and I felt that that didn't necessarily fit with my style. So I moved my office down beside the cafeteria, right in the center of the hospital."

Living like a leader: A day with AHA chair elect and Atlantic Health System CEO Brian Gragnolati

brian gragnolati"The way the AHA works — you spend a year as chair elect, then you spend a year as the chair, and finally you spend a year as the past chair. The time obligation is pretty significant and it's not just the travel piece, it's participating in a lot of calls and making sure you're staying on top of the issues we're facing as an industry. In my year as chair elect, I'm on the road probably two to three times a month."

Living like a leader: A day with Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic

tomislav mihaljevic"I'm an early bird, so I try to get to bed on time because having enough sleep is important. That is something I've learned as an executive. As a leader you meet hundreds and hundreds of people a day, and every interaction you have with folks is being measured and perceived differently. These conversations may be just one conversation out of dozens and dozens in a day for me, but to the person I'm speaking with it may be the most important conversation they will have in an entire year."  

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