Groom­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers

Modern Healthcare - - News - —Har­ris Meyer

Chris­tine Can­dio first got in­ter­ested in health­care when she landed in a hospi­tal bed as a child. She chose to be­come a nurse, in­spired by two aunts in that pro­fes­sion.

After work­ing as a bed­side nurse for many years, she de­cided she could have a broader pos­i­tive im­pact on pa­tients and hospi­tal staff as a hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Since 2014, Can­dio has served as CEO at St. Luke's Health in St. Louis, an in­de­pen­dent, two-hospi­tal sys­tem with 32 sites of care.

There she launched a physi­cian lead­er­ship in­sti­tute to groom up-and-com­ing med­i­cal lead­ers. She es­tab­lished an ex­clu­sive clin­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion with the Cleve­land Clinic's heart and vas­cu­lar pro­gram. She over­saw the build­ing of a $40 mil­lion am­bu­la­tory ser­vices cen­ter. And last year, she spear­headed the ac­qui­si­tion of Des Peres Hospi­tal, an­other com­mu­nity hospi­tal in St. Louis, from Tenet Health­care Corp.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously served as CEO of Inova Alexan­dria Hospi­tal in Vir­ginia and as vice pres­i­dent of Inova Health Sys­tem, Can­dio said she's com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing and men­tor­ing fu­ture health­care lead­ers. She works as an ad­vi­sory board mem­ber for the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity grad­u­ate pro­gram in health ad­min­is­tra­tion. And each sum­mer she has a grad­u­ate stu­dent from St. Louis Univer­sity shadow her.

“One day we'll be older pa­tients, and we want to be in great hands” is how she ex­plains her ded­i­ca­tion to men­tor­ing.

For her ex­em­plary lead­er­ship in im­prov­ing health­care, the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives has hon­ored her with its 2019 Gold Medal Award.

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