Where’s the com­mu­nity?

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

I am a lit­tle be­hind in my read­ing so just to­day I got to your cover ar­ti­cle for the April 19 is­sue (“Leap­ing hur­dles,” p. 6). I read it with great in­ter­est. I found the ar­ti­cle to be both well-writ­ten and in­spir­ing. That said, I also found it a bit dis­con­cert­ing that through­out the en­tirety of the health­care field there is not a sin­gle note­wor­thy mem­ber of the best and bright­est who does not work in the very limited sec­tors of hos­pi­tals, health plans or govern­ment ser­vice.

There are many very ac­com­plished and in­flu­en­tial mi­nor­ity lead­ers in the com­mu­nity health cen­ter field, for ex­am­ple, who surely should have made the list. That is only one area of which I am aware, and I am con­fi­dent that there are many oth­ers. I re­al­ize, of course, that you did not gen­er­ate the list, but I won­der if you also found it odd that no other sec­tors of the vast health­care field were deemed to have any of the “best and bright­est”?

John Fel­ton Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions River­Stone Health

Billings, Mont.

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