Hon­or­ing val­ues that will en­dure

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - Mer­rill Goozner Edi­tor

The two hon­orees be­ing in­ducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame for 2017 ded­i­cated their ca­reers to pro­mot­ing two key build­ing blocks for or­ga­ni­za­tional suc­cess in health­care: lead­er­ship di­ver­sity and ef­fec­tive nurse lead­ers.

I had the plea­sure of get­ting to know Thomas Dolan dur­ing the last year of his ten­ure as CEO of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives. His com­mit­ment to ex­pand­ing the ranks of mi­nori­ties in hos­pi­tal C-suites was pal­pa­ble—I could see it among the at­ten­dees at ACHE’s an­nual Congress on Health­care Lead­er­ship.

Like so many of the lead­ers who have been men­tored by Dolan over the years, I came away from our first en­coun­ters with a broader un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of pro­mot­ing lead­er­ship di­ver­sity in my own role as edi­tor of this magazine. He also im­pressed upon me the im­por­tance of in­ter­act­ing with and learn­ing from health­care lead­ers from around the globe, as his en­gage­ment with the In­ter­na­tional Hos­pi­tal Fed­er­a­tion at­tested.

As the long-time dean of the Van­der­bilt Univer­sity School of Nurs­ing, Colleen Con­way-Welch pushed for nurses to take on greater lead­er­ship roles. She led by do­ing. She stepped out front, for in­stance, by push­ing her univer­sity to con­duct AIDS re­search at a time when many in­sti­tu­tions shied away from deal­ing with the deadly dis­ease.

She also was ahead of her time in pi­o­neer­ing the ex­pan­sion of nurses’ scope of prac­tice and ex­pand­ing com­mu­nity clin­ics cater­ing to the poor. “If you can stand the con­se­quences, take the risk,” she says.

In these di­vi­sive times, the ca­reers of this year’s Hall of Fame in­ductees of­fer as­sur­ance that within health­care, cer­tain val­ues—a be­lief in di­ver­sity and the courage to act with em­pa­thy—will en­dure.

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