JYRIC SIMS, 33

Vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tu­lane Health Sys­tem

Modern Healthcare - - 2015 UP & COMERS - Joseph Conn

Jyric Sims got out of the start­ing blocks early in his

healthcare ca­reer, earn­ing a nurs­ing as­sis­tant cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in high school in Ba­ton Rouge, La. He has been run­ning hard ever since.

As a pre-med un­der­grad­u­ate at Louisiana State Univer­sity, he took a turn to­ward what he called the “broader plat­form” of ad­min­is­tra­tion dur­ing his sopho­more year.

Since then, “Jyric has risen through the ranks quickly,” said Dr. Wil­liam Lunn, pres­i­dent and CEO of Tu­lane Health Sys­tem in New Or­leans. Sims is sys­tem vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at the aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter.

It is his eighth healthcare po­si­tion. He pre­vi­ously served at HCA’s St. Lu­cie Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Port St. Lu­cie, Fla. While di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions at the Univer­sity of Texas MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter in Hous­ton, he also over­saw the con­struc­tion of a can­cer cen­ter in Is­tan­bul.

Along the way, Sims has re­ceived mul­ti­ple ac­co­lades that “un­der­score his com­mit­ment and pas­sion for the healthcare pro­fes­sion, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and eth­i­cal com­pass,” Lunn said. Un­der Sims’ lead­er­ship, a num­ber of sys­tem per­for­mance mea­sures have im­proved, in­clud­ing op­er­at­ing mar­gin, am­bu­la­tory clinic vis­its and pa­tient-sat­is­fac­tion scores, Lunn said.

“I’m not just a COO of a $3 bil­lion healthcare or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Sims said. “I’m the COO for ev­ery pa­tient who comes in here.”

“I’m not just a COO of a $3 bil­lion healthcare or­ga­ni­za­tion. I’m the COO for ev­ery pa­tient who comes in here.”

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