Cel­e­brat­ing the 30th class of Up & Com­ers

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THIS YEAR we honor the 30th class for Mod­ern Health­care’s Up & Com­ers awards. The pro­gram rec­og­nizes health­care’s ris­ing stars— young men and women still in the early phases of their ca­reers but who have al­ready made their marks in the in­dus­try, demon­strat­ing their knack for lead­er­ship and in­no­va­tion.

The Up & Com­ers pro­gram is a la­bor of love for Mod­ern Health­care. Noth­ing gives us more joy than send­ing high-fives to pro­fes­sion­als age 40 or un­der whose in­tel­li­gence, skills and drive are ad­vanc­ing trans­for­ma­tion across the health­care land­scape.

The pro­fes­sion­als we have rec­og­nized over the years are also ev­i­dence that bold lead­er­ship per­me­ates our in­dus­try and stretches across the health­care con­tin­uum—from mul­ti­state health sys­tems and not-for-profit com­mu­nity hospi­tals to med­i­cal de­vice star­tups and the largest health in­sur­ers.

Look­ing at ev­ery year’s class of hon­orees, we’re also re­minded that we need not fret about the fu­ture of health­care. These young lead­ers con­tin­u­ally demon­strate “the right stuff” nec­es­sary to con­front our lat­est health­care chal­lenges—from mean­ing­ful use of health IT to pop­u­la­tion health man­age­ment, MACRA and mo­bile health.

As we look back over the years of Up & Com­ers hon­orees, it’s amaz­ing to see so many who have who played prom­i­nent roles in shap­ing the in­dus­try. Con­sider just a few of past win­ners. I’m sure you’ll rec­og­nize the names:

Dr. Don­ald Ber­wick (1987), pres­i­dent emer­i­tus at the In­sti­tute for Health­care Im­prove­ment and a for­mer CMS ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Marna Borgstrom (1992), long­time pres­i­dent and CEO of YaleNew Haven (Conn.) Health Sys­tem.

Dr. Brent James (1988), ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor at the In­ter­moun­tain In­sti­tute for Health Care De­liv­ery Re­search.

Bobby Jin­dal (1997), for­mer gov­er­nor of Louisiana and an early con­tender in the 2016 race for the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

Nancy Sch­licht­ing (1991), who has served as CEO of Henry Ford Health Sys­tem since 2003 and will be re­tir­ing at year-end.

Mod­ern Health­care is proud of its role in spot­light­ing young lead­ers with the in­sight and savvy to trans­form the in­dus­try. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of our Up & Com­ers—past and present— who lead the charge for bet­ter health­care de­liv­ery.

FAWN LOPEZ

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