Youth cel­e­brated, not wasted

Modern Healthcare - - UP & COMERS -

We have all been hear­ing and read­ing about mil­len­ni­als— that dy­namic, up­start gen­er­a­tion of young adults who are shak­ing up the way we live and work. Most mil­len­ni­als are still 20-some­things but, de­pend­ing on which def­i­ni­tion you go by, the old­est mem­bers are en­ter­ing their late 30s.

In health­care, this means the mil­len­nial spirit is creep­ing up into the ranks of ex­ec­u­tives. Is this a good thing? I think so.

When painted in a neg­a­tive light, mil­len­ni­als are de­scribed as im­pa­tient, en­ti­tled, and more in tune with the vir­tual world than the real one. On the pos­i­tive side, how­ever, mil­len­ni­als are con­sid­ered fear­less, in­no­va­tive and civic-minded. They want to make a dif­fer­ence and don’t need to be told by el­ders when it is time to do so.

The age 40-and-un­der Up & Com­ers you will read about in the fol­low­ing pages are on the lead­ing edge of the mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion. Whether in­flu­enced more by their peers, par­ents or po­si­tion in life, they all ex­hibit th­ese re­deem­ing qual­i­ties:

Fear­less. Th­ese young ex­ec­u­tives seem to have no in­hi­bi­tions about fast­track­ing their ca­reers and cham­pi­oning new ini­tia­tives at their or­ga­ni­za­tions and in their com­mu­ni­ties.

In­no­va­tive. In­fus­ing their work with cre­ativ­ity, open-mind­ed­ness and tech­no­log­i­cal know-how, th­ese lead­ers are re­think­ing the way health­care is de­liv­ered, just when it is needed most.

Civic-minded. Health­care is all about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives, and the 2014 Up & Com­ers wholly embrace this call­ing.

“Youth is wasted on the young” is a proverb of­ten at­trib­uted to George Bernard Shaw. That may be true in some in­stances, but this year’s Up & Com­ers are liv­ing proof that the maxim has plenty of ex­cep­tions.

For the 17th year, Witt/Ki­ef­fer is proud to spon­sor Mod­ern Health­care’s Up & Com­ers awards. Our en­tire in­dus­try stands to ben­e­fit from the bold and pro­gres­sive ideas of th­ese hon­orees.

An­drew Chas­tain Man­ag­ing part­ner, health­care prac­tice leader Witt/Ki­ef­fer

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