How a man who never went to med­i­cal school is chang­ing health care in Amer­ica.

Modern Healthcare - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

He spent his ca­reer as an en­tre­pre­neur and global con­sul­tant in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. And then he de­cided to take that ex­pe­ri­ence and gen­er­ously share it with us at Beau­mont. Serv­ing as a trustee and Board mem­ber of our health sys­tem for 19 years, Steve Howard’s in­sight and strate­gic vi­sion have helped us di­rect the fu­ture. As Board Chair, he em­braced a part­ner­ship in which Beau­mont is the only Michi­gan health sys­tem to join the na­tional High Value Health­care Col­lab­o­ra­tive – an or­ga­ni­za­tion that is de­sign­ing a model of high qual­ity and value-based care for the coun­try. Through his lead­er­ship, Steve has sup­ported phi­lan­thropy that al­lows us to at­tract renowned physi­cians and ac­quire lead­ing edge tech­nol­ogy. And he has been a cham­pion for pa­tient safety and su­pe­rior out­comes. As a re­sult, Beau­mont con­tin­ues to be rated the most pre­ferred health care provider in the re­gion. An­tic­i­pat­ing the chal­lenges of health re­form, Steve’s for­ward think­ing has led an ini­tia­tive that will cre­ate an his­toric merger be­tween Beau­mont and Henry Ford health sys­tems. This new or­ga­ni­za­tion will be a na­tional model for health care. With a tire­less com­mit­ment of time, tal­ent and en­ergy, Steve has ben­e­fited pa­tients at Beau­mont – and around the coun­try – mak­ing health care bet­ter, and more ac­ces­si­ble, for us all. Steve Howard has earned Mod­ern Health­care’s 2013 Trustee of the Year award. And he re­minds us that it doesn’t take a med­i­cal de­gree to change health care. All it takes is a heart.

Steve Howard, chair, Board of Direc­tors, Beau­mont Health Sys­tem

Mod­ern Health­care’s 2013 Trustee of the Year

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