Re­defin­ing health­care lead­er­ship

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT - By Chris­tine Can­dio

Ilook upon health­care man­age­ment as some­thing I live and love to do, which is why I de­cided to join the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives as a stu­dent as­so­ciate many years ago. As some­one with strong com­mit­ment, re­spect and pas­sion for the pro­fes­sion, I rec­og­nize the enor­mous chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties we face.

Health­care’s trans­for­ma­tion re­quires bold yet de­lib­er­ate lead­er­ship. The need for new skills, new dis­ci­plines, new set­tings and new part­ners is in­creas­ing, and those with the abil­ity to pre­pare for the fu­ture while nav­i­gat­ing to­day’s is­sues will re­de­fine suc­cess.

The ACHE has a rich his­tory of guid­ing its com­mu­nity of more than 40,000 health­care lead­ers through such change. A foun­da­tional com­mit­ment to in­tegrity, life­long learn­ing, lead­er­ship and di­ver­sity an­chors us to our mis­sion­driven work, and liv­ing these val­ues sets us apart as lead­ers.

Enor­mous shifts in think­ing are es­sen­tial to pro­vide our pa­tients with the right care in the right set­ting at the right cost. These changes ne­ces­si­tate fo­cus­ing more on clin­i­cal in­te­gra­tion, ac­count­able care and man­ag­ing new mod­els for pay­ment and risk, all while fac­ing re­source con­straints. To­day’s lead­ers need a solid knowl­edge base, a vi­tal el­e­ment to achiev­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in health­care man­age­ment as an ACHE Fel­low. In ad­di­tion to mas­ter­ing a clear set of com­pe­ten­cies, all health­care lead­ers must build new skills to stay ahead of emerg­ing is­sues.

But as health­care de­liv­ery changes, so will the types of in­di­vid­u­als who man­age health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions. We must con­tinue to en­gage ex­ec­u­tives across the health­care spec­trum. The ACHE stands ready to serve as a re­source for lead­ers of vary­ing back­grounds, wel­com­ing to its ranks all those who are work­ing on a daily ba­sis to strengthen our com­mu­ni­ties and make our pop­u­la­tions health­ier.

There has never been a more im­por­tant time for strong lead­er­ship in health­care. Let’s not de­fine our­selves by what the walls of our or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent. What it means to be a health­care leader of the fu­ture is de­pen­dent on so much more. Let’s build on our val­ues­based ap­proach, en­gag­ing in pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, shar­ing knowl­edge and best prac­tices as a pro­fes­sion com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing health­care de­liv­ery. And no mat­ter how we adapt our roles, may we never lose sight of those we serve—our so­ci­ety, our com­mu­ni­ties, and most im­por­tantly, our pa­tients.

Chris­tine Can­dio is chair­man of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives, CEO of Inova Alexan­dria (Va.) Hospi­tal and se­nior vice pres­i­dent, Inova Health Sys­tem, Falls Church, Va.

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