Lofty goals lead to the moun­tain­top

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Some Texas Health Re­sources ex­ec­u­tives are reach­ing for the sky as they im­ple­ment their 10-year strate­gic plan be­gun in 2007.

Just a few years af­ter they started re­fer­ring to the plan as the climb up “Trans­for­ma­tion Moun­tain,” sev­eral ex­ec­u­tives at the Ar­ling­ton-based sys­tem de­cided to do just that. Since then, they’ve trekked 19,336 feet up Mount Kil­i­man­jaro in Tan­za­nia, 14,410 feet up Mount Rainier in Wash­ing­ton state and 15,554 feet up Mount El­brus in Rus­sia.

“Our strate­gic metaphor is ‘Climb­ing Trans­for­ma­tion Moun­tain,’ ” said Dr. El­iz­a­beth Ran­som, zone clin­i­cal leader for Texas Health Re­sources. “A few of us de­cided to take that lit­er­ally.”

The ex­ec­u­tives, all climb­ing novices and led by THR Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Ed Marx, made the first climb up Longs Peak in Colorado in 2010. This year they are plan­ning a re­turn to Tan­za­nia to work at a med­i­cal clinic in a nearby Ma­sai vil­lage that they opened af­ter climb­ing Kil­i­man­jaro in 2011.

Their goal is to climb six of the “seven sum­mits”— the high­est peaks on each con­ti­nent. Next up is Aconcagua in Ar­gentina within the next year.

Texas Health Re­sources ex­ec­u­tives climbed Mount Kil­i­man­jaro in 2011.

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