Meet the 12 rising stars we’ve named Up & Comers for 2012
More than two years of speculation about health reform came to an end this year when the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. What has yet to end is uncertainty about the potential impact of the presidential election and looming “fiscal cliff” on the future of healthcare.
That notwithstanding, the transformation occurring in healthcare is bigger than politics, judicial mandates or even acts of Congress. Reform continues its inexorable march forward—in the name of lower costs, better outcomes and improved population health. Regardless of who sits in the Oval Office or sets economic policy, the nation demands affordable, accessible, accountable care.
Those of us in healthcare have known for years that the challenges we face require a new brand of leadership—the type of young visionaries the Up & Comers program annually celebrates. This year’s hon- Wardell orees are extremely gifted with traits and skills distinctive to this new breed. They are reformminded, cost-conscious, community-focused and technologically savvy. They are unique in leadership style, diverse in background and determined to find solutions to healthcare’s thorniest issues. Most important, they are the generation of leaders who will ensure patients are at the center of the delivery system.
We knew 15 years ago when Witt/Kieffer first sponsored Modern Healthcare’s Up & Comers program that the individuals who receive this award each year would represent healthcare’s greatest potential for future vision and innovation. What we did not know is how deeply gratifying it is to follow the extraordinary contributions each class of winners continues to make to their organizations and communities. Charles (Chuck) W.B. Wardell III President and CEO Witt/Kieffer