Meet the 12 ris­ing stars we’ve named Up & Com­ers for 2012

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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

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