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Our interviews with the industry's 'Most Influential'

August 25, 2014

    Modern Healthcare's most recent list of the "100 Most Influential People in Health Care" features some of the biggest movers and shakers in the industry. It includes dozens of hospital leaders and leaders at Advisory Board organizations.

    Modern Healthcare congratulates members on the 'Most Influential' list

    We've interviewed several of this year's honorees in our "Lessons from the C-suite" interview series. Hear directly from these prominent leaders.

    No. 9: Anthony Tersigni, CEO of Ascension Health Alliance

    Anthony Tersigni, the CEO of Ascension Health Alliance, shares his thoughts on where the health care industry is headed, how his health system approaches potential partners, and one of his biggest fears when running a $21 billion enterprise.

    Key except

    Q: Where's Ascension headed?

    Tersigni: Here's the destination point for us: We need to have the capability of taking care of 30 million lives, from birth through death.

    That’s the bottom line—that’s where our growth is focused.

    And that's different from historically, when you'd capture a snapshot of an organization like ours by comparing hospital beds or annual revenue.

    Read our interview with Anthony.

    No. 11: Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives

    Kevin Lofton, the CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, offers his perspective on how being an ED administrator helped prepare him for life as a hospital leader, what he's learned since his days as a 'baby CEO,' and his vision for the future of CHI.

    Key excerpt

    Lofton: About 95% of my job is to be forward-thinking, looking out to see where CHI can go. [And] we're focusing more on the continuum of care, especially because of health care reform and changes in care delivery. As part of that, improving management of population health—keeping people healthy in our communities—and looking for growth outside of the hospital.

    Read our interview with Kevin.

    No. 16: John Noseworthy, CEO of Mayo Clinic

    John Noseworthy explains how the Mayo Clinic is forgoing traditional M&A to instead use "knowledge as an integrator."

    Key excerpt

    Noseworthy: Every patient who comes to Mayo has a team. If more than one physician is needed—and 95% of the time, more than one is—the team focuses around that patient and shares their knowledge of how best to handle the problem.

    Since this is at the heart of what we do every day.

    Read our interview with John.

    No. 21: Lloyd Dean, CEO of Dignity Health

    Lloyd Dean, the CEO of Dignity Health, talks about his unusual path from teacher to pharmaceutical executive to hospital leader, and why he wants patients to always have "Dignity with them."

    Key excerpt

    Q: How does your teaching background inform your management style?

    Dean: Successful educators tend to have three key attributes.

    One, you have to be able to listen. Two, be able to take complex principles and ideas and put them in a language that people will understand. Three, motivate and create the desire in individuals to learn—to get them to focus together on a common project.

    Read our interview with Lloyd.

    No. 22: Rod Hochman, CEO of Providence Health & Services

    Rod Hochman, president and CEO of Providence Health & Services, discusses his transition from doctor to CEO, the traits of an aspiring clinician leader, and the importance of disruptive innovation.

    Key excerpt

    Hochman: I use the analogy that iconic companies can go out of business. Kodak stayed on film too long, they didn't think about images. And where's Blockbuster? For those of us in health care, if you're not thinking that way, you're going to get lost.

    Read our interview with Rod.

    No. 65: Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health

    We interviewed Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health, as part of "Making an Impact" interview series. Van Gorder discussed his organization's commitment to public service and how he keeps Scripps connected to its founding mission.

    Key excerpt

    Van Gorder: Since we are in the midst of the most significant change in health care in the last 100 years, if you focused on just these huge changes and the unpredictability over the next few years it would be easy to lose focus on the individual patient and local community.

    Therefore it is helpful and grounding to take yourself back to the patient and the community, which you’re responsible to serve.

    Read our interview with Chris.

    No. 72: Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic

    He barely got into med school. Now he runs the Cleveland Clinic. Read about how CEO Toby Cosgrove sees the industry, and his secrets of success.

    Key excerpt

    Cosgrove: I am a shameless stealer of ideas. I learned about valve repair in Paris, I learned about minimally invasive robotic surgery at Stanford, I learned about aortic aneurisms in Texas, and on and on.

    Read our interview with Toby.

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