Judith Persichilli, interim president and CEO of CHE Trinity Health
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.