Jonathan Nalli, 39

CEO St. Vincent Health, In­di­anapo­lis

Modern Healthcare - - UP & COMERS - —Joseph Conn

At age 12, Jonathan Nalli started a lawn-mow­ing and land­scap­ing business with his 10-year-old brother.

Qual­ity con­trol was en­forced by mom and dad.

“My par­ents used to go on walks through the neigh­bor­hood and cri­tiqued our work,” Nalli re­called. “It was in­stilled in us by our par­ents that we had to pro­vide peo­ple with value.”

The boys ex­panded the business—to nearly $350,000 in rev­enue by the time Nalli turned 20—sell­ing it when he ap­plied to the health­care ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­gram as an un­der­grad­u­ate at the Univer­sity of Ken­tucky.

In an eighth-grade English class, on a survey of ca­reer in­ter­ests, Nalli checked a box for hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor, and his ca­reer path changed. “I felt I could have an im­pact in be­ing a hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor,” he said. “It just stuck and I never let go.”

Again, his par­ents had in­di­rect in­flu­ence. “Their men­tor­ing and their guid­ance was that you have to con­trib­ute and have an im­pact that is self­less.” Nalli also said his older cousin Hugh Lav­ery, a se­nior vice pres­i­dent at Thomas Jefferson Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals in Philadel­phia, has been a ca­reer-long men­tor.

Nalli was ap­pointed in Fe­bru­ary to be CEO of In­di­anapo­lis-based St. Vincent Health, a sys­tem with 22 hos­pi­tals and scores of clin­ics in 47 of In­di­ana’s 92 coun­ties, part of As­cen­sion Health. He pre­vi­ously spent seven years as CEO of the two-hos­pi­tal Porter Health Sys­tem, a Val­paraiso, Ind., af­fil­i­ate of for-profit Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems, Franklin, Tenn.

Dur­ing his ten­ure at Porter, Nalli over­saw the con­struc­tion of a $210 mil­lion, 238-bed re­gional hos­pi­tal that opened in 2012, re­plac­ing an ag­ing and for­merly county-owned hos­pi­tal build­ing in Val­paraiso.

He also “syn­di­cated the sys­tem with its physi­cians, de­vel­oped a mul­tispe­cialty physi­cian group of pri­mary-care and sur­gi­cal providers, and led the hos­pi­tal to its recog­ni­tion as a Best Place to Work from 2011 to 2013 by North­west In­di­ana Business Quar­terly, said Dr. Mike Schat­zlein, mar­ket leader for the In­di­ana and Ten­nessee min­istries at As­cen­sion, who nom­i­nated Nalli.

“Given his cre­den­tials,” Schat­zlein said, “we know St. Vincent Health has cho­sen the right per­son to lead it for­ward.”

FIRST JOB AFTER COL­LEGE: Worked for Ju­nior Achieve­ment of Ken­tucky, ex­pand­ing the pro­gram in com­mu­ni­ties out­side of Lex­ing­ton.

GU­RUS: FA­VORITE­and Max JohnDe LEADERSHIPPree. Maxwell Lessons from Maxwell: “A leader just doesn’t man­age down; he man­ages up, down, left and right. You need to have all of your senses on and your view­point not blocked.” Lessons from De Pree: “Vir­tu­ous ser­vant lead­er­ship.”

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