Fresh perspectives

This year’s class al­ready has a record of in­no­va­tion

Modern Healthcare - - Special Feature - Charles W.B. Wardell III Pres­i­dent and CEO Witt/ki­ef­fer

The sum­mer of 2011 brought se­vere heat, vi­o­lent storms, a stom­achchurn­ing leg­isla­tive ses­sion and a Dow Jones tilt-a-whirl. No won­der we’re ready for cooler weather, cooler heads and a fresh per­spec­tive.

A re­newed out­look can be a pow­er­ful thing—par­tic­u­larly for health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions as they face the grow­ing uncer­tainty of an un­steady econ­omy, health re­form and count­less other chal­lenges. Hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems are push­ing to re­tool and find more ef­fi­cient ways to move from strat­egy to ex­e­cu­tion, and peo­ple are the key to mak­ing it hap­pen.

What bet­ter group to bring an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s plans to life than the Up & Com­ers of 2011. They are in­no­va­tive, op­ti­mistic and bring a fresh ap­proach to im­prov­ing out­comes, re­duc­ing costs and align­ing in­cen­tives. This year’s win­ners are all the more re­mark­able given un­prece­dented de­mands on the na­tion’s de­liv­ery sys­tem and the in­creas­ing com­plex­ity of their jobs. Equally im­pres­sive is their un­fail­ing en­thu­si­asm for mis­sion and vi­sion, ded­i­ca­tion to car­ing for pa­tients and com­mit­ment to health­ier com­mu­ni­ties.

Witt/Ki­ef­fer has been proud to spon­sor Modern Health­care’s Up & Com­ers pro­gram since 1997. Each year, ex­tra­or­di­nary win­ners emerge who rep­re­sent the best of young, tal­ented health­care lead­ers. We en­cour­age you to read about the ex­cit­ing, for­ward-think­ing ac­com­plish­ments of the class of 2011, and imag­ine the cool new perspectives they might bring to the fu­ture of health­care. That, in it­self, is re­fresh­ing.

Wardell

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