Can­dio named next CEO at St. Luke’s in Mis­souri

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Who: Chris­tine Can­dio, 53

New role: Pres­i­dent and CEO of St. Luke’s Hos­pi­tal, Ch­ester­field, Mo., ef­fec­tive in Jan­uary, re­plac­ing Gary Ol­son, who is re­tir­ing after 36 years at St. Luke’s. For the past six years, she has served as CEO of Inova Alexan­dria (Va.) Hos­pi­tal and se­nior VP of Inova Health Sys­tem. In March, she be­gan a one-year term as chair of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives.

Pri­or­i­ties in the new job: “I want to get to know the staff, the physi­cians and the com­mu­nity. Go­ing in, it’s what I call a lis­ten­ing tour.”

Chal­lenges posed by re­form: “We need to ask, ‘How do we be­come more ef­fi­cient with­out com­pro­mis­ing qual­ity, safety and the pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence?’ That’s the af­ford­abil­ity piece. How do we look at things and de­crease the waste?”

Re­flect­ing on her nurs­ing back­ground: “Hav­ing a clin­i­cal back­ground has re­ally en­hanced me as a leader. I can re­late to the clin­i­cal staff. I un­der­stand the chal­lenges that they face, so that has been a tremen­dous as­set to me as a leader.”

On Ebola preparedness: “Ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion needs to un­der­stand the Ebola cri­sis and be pre­pared. Our emer­gency de­part­ments are our front lines, and we are all train­ing our staff to en­sure we keep them safe so they can de­liver care to pa­tients.”

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