WHAT GOT YOU STARTED ON THE PATH TO HEALTH­CARE LEAD­ER­SHIP?

Modern Healthcare - - Q&A -

DAVID EN­TWISTLE

I had aunts who were nurses, grand­moth­ers who were nurses. I have an aunt who was a CEO of a hos­pi­tal in ru­ral Mis­sis­sippi. I had the op­por­tu­nity to visit her at work and see what they were able to do in re­ally im­pact­ing pa­tients’ lives. It al­lowed me an op­por­tu­nity to think about where I wanted to be.

MARNA BORGSTROM

I grew up in and around health­care. My dad (a com­mu­nity physi­cian) was a vol­un­teer in so many ways that I got pulled into work­ing in the health de­part­ment, work­ing at Planned Par­ent­hood, things like that. … Get­ting into ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship for me came when I had op­por­tu­ni­ties to do some work for peo­ple (at Stan­ford and Yale-New Haven) who were im­por­tant men­tors, who were very strate­gic and very com­mit­ted to evolv­ing with health­care.

WARNER THOMAS

I never as­pired to be a top leader or as­pired to be a CEO. I started off, ac­tu­ally, at Ernst & Young in au­dit­ing and con­sult­ing and then went to work for one of my clients in health­care. I thought it was very in­ter­est­ing; I thought it was a very com­plex in­dus­try and most im­por­tantly, it had a higher pur­pose of help­ing peo­ple. … At the end of the day, you were there to serve peo­ple and there to help peo­ple, and that’s re­ally what was in­ter­est­ing to me.

DR. DON­ALD BER­WICK

(At) Har­vard Unity Health Plan, which was my first real job in lead­er­ship, I was put in charge of qual­ity of care. And the HMO had a pro­gram that they worked out with Har­vard Busi­ness School in which we got training one day a month for sev­eral years. It was eye-open­ing. So, I was just lucky. I got into a cou­ple of po­si­tions where peo­ple took me un­der their wing and taught me some stuff I didn’t know.

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