Ju­dith Per­sichilli, in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO of CHE Trin­ity Health

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE -

MH: In your cur­rent job, you’re knit­ting to­gether two sys­tems and there must be a lot of egos in­volved. How are you ad­dress­ing that?

Per­sichilli: Well, that’s a cul­tural chal­lenge. I think that one of the things we have to re­al­ize is that bring­ing groups to­gether is a huge trans­for­ma­tion, a change man­age­ment process, and at the end of the day cul­ture mat­ters. The strat­egy may be spot on, but if you can’t merge the cul­tures, if you don’t re­ally study what’s im­por­tant to each group, you will fail. And egos will get in the way, so we have to keep re­mind­ing our­selves, why did we do this? To build a stronger foun­da­tion, to be able to con­tinue our min­istries into the fu­ture is why we did it; to sus­tain what we do now and broaden it and en­hance it is why we’re do­ing this. And as lead­ers, you need to keep re­mind­ing your­selves of that and things will fall in place. But cul­ture mat­ters, and this con­sol­i­da­tion could fail on the lack of at­ten­tion to cul­ture.

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