Melisa Adkins, CEO at U of L Health Mary & Elizabeth Hospital

This episode features Melisa Adkins, CEO at U of L Health Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. Here, she discusses her focus on growth & behavioral health, the importance of culture for recruiting & retaining workforce, how her diverse background serves her in her current role, and more.


Melisa Adkins, CEO at U of L Health Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Discusses Growth & Behavioral Health

Melisa Adkins, CEO at U of L Health Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, has been making waves in the healthcare industry with her focus on growth and behavioral health. In this episode, Adkins talks about the importance of building a competitive and welcoming culture, her diverse academic background, and more.

Focusing on Growth & Behavioral Health

Adkins has been spearheading the growth and development of U of L Health's Marian Elizabeth Hospital, Peace Hospital, and Future South Hospital. She has a specific focus on behavioral health and is working to create a more comprehensive approach to mental health care.

The Importance of Culture for Recruiting & Retaining Workforce

Adkins recognizes the importance of creating a positive work culture for recruiting and retaining a talented workforce. She has been working to build a competitive and welcoming culture for each hospital that includes flexible scheduling, professional development, and more.

A Diverse Background

Adkins' diverse academic background has served her well as a leader in the healthcare industry. She started with a Bachelor's degree in nursing and went on to earn a Master's in business before studying law and earning a degree in health law.

Discovering the Beauty of Louisville

Adkins also takes a moment to talk about the beauty of Louisville, a city that many people don't realize has so much to offer, including culture, restaurants, wineries, and the famous Derby. She also touches on the friendly rivalry between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.

Overall, Adkins' focus on growth and behavioral health, as well as her commitment to creating positive work cultures, make her a leader to watch in the healthcare industry.


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This episode aired on 05/08/2023 and can be listened here.


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