Young lead­ers driven by a de­sire to serve

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MEM­BERS OF our 2016 class of Up & Com­ers, Mod­ern Health­care’s 30th, have a com­mon mo­ti­va­tional thread run­ning through their as­cents to health­care lead­er­ship: a deep de­sire to serve and im­prove the lives of their fel­low cit­i­zens.

Their paths into health­care, on the other hand, are as unique as the 12 in­di­vid­u­als we honor.

Jacey Cooper, for in­stance, as­pired to medicine, but early moth­er­hood drove her to a ca­reer in health­care con­sult­ing. Now she is a ris­ing star among public ser­vants in Cal­i­for­nia, serv­ing Gov. Jerry Brown in a key lead­er­ship role.

An­dre Boyd, born to a teenage mother, grew up in his grand­mother’s home sur­rounded by her other grand­chil­dren. His mo­ti­va­tion to en­ter health­care man­age­ment was in­spired by his fre­quent vis­its to the emer­gency room, which was the only form of pri­mary care he knew as a child.

Alan Mur­ray was a semi-pro soc­cer player in Europe who came to the U.S. to be with his girl­friend. It comes as no sur­prise that he sees team­work as the key to suc­cess in build­ing payer-provider col­lab­o­ra­tions.

One of the hard­est jobs we face ev­ery year is choos­ing among the stand­out young lead­ers com­pet­ing for our an­nual Up & Com­ers awards. If lead­er­ship is in short sup­ply, you wouldn’t know it from the 110 nom­i­na­tions we re­ceived this year.

Will one of this year’s picks be­come as in­flu­en­tial as the al­ls­tar Up & Com­ers of the past three decades we fea­ture in this sec­tion? It is just as likely to be some of many of the wor­thy can­di­dates who didn’t make this list. Judg­ing from the qual­ity of the ap­pli­ca­tions we re­ceived, the fu­ture of health­care is in good hands.

MER­RILL GOOZNER

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