A “Pentagon” in Sioux Falls, SD

I know at first read that sounds like a typo.  Trust me, it is not!  Sanford Health, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the largest integrated delivery system in the Dakotas with 43 medical centers in the Northern part of our country.  In addition to the medical centers, Sanford today has a health plan more »


Integris Health

Integris is currently the largest healthcare system in Oklahoma.  I particularly like their value statement, which is pretty easy to remember as it consists of three powerful concepts  – “love, learn, and lead.”  With this foundation in mind, the Integris board conducts an annual off-site retreat focused on timely and relevant governance topics. This year more »


Charleston Chew

The tall guy in the photo here is Dr. Todd Shuman, the Chief Physician Officer of a clinically integrated delivery system in Charleston, SC called Roper St. Francis.  We were together at  their annual board and leadership retreat at the famous Wild Dunes Resort on Palmetto Island, just outside Charleston.  The Roper St. Francis Board, more »


Population Health Prayer

Aren’t those stained glass windows beautiful?  That’s Dr. Mark Hackman, Vice President of Medical Affairs, standing with me at Mount Carmel East Hospital’s annual Quality Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mount Carmel East is now part of Trinity Health, and the leaders of both organizations have decided to focus on population health. I have visited Mount more »


UC Davis Pre-Health “Love-In”

This is Dr. Rob Simmons and me on the gymnasium floor of the  13th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference on their campus in suburban Sacramento, CA.  Rob is the Director of our fully accredited MPH program and he’s been a regular attendee at this annual jamboree.  He’s been encouraging me to more »


The Sunshine State

The healthcare system in the Sunshine State is always in the national news.  Governor Rick Scott, himself a former for-profit hospital executive, has been publically fighting with providers across his state for months.  The current struggle focuses on the Governor’s refusal to accept Medicaid funding from the federal government and his recent stand demanding that more »


A Beacon of Hope

Almost four years ago, two community hospitals, Elkhart and Memorial in South Bend, Indiana came together to create Beacon Health.  These historical rivals overcame their competitiveness with one another to refocus their energies on the community that they serve together.  Led by a long-serving CEO, Phillip Newbold, Beacon Health System now has a unified board more »


Leaders at the Lake

Have you ever been to Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd, MN?  I first went there in 2005 and last week I made a return visit to give the closing plenary address at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Hospital Association.    I was asked to speak to the hundreds of leaders in attendance about the more »


Celebrating NCQA #25

Margaret (Peggy) O’Kane is a force to be reckoned with!  As the founding CEO of National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Peggy hosted a 25th Anniversary Gala in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.  I was pleased to serve as host for a table filled with a team of Jefferson leaders responsible for the more »


Steamy Summer Saturday

The “real feel” temperature was easily over 102°F when I visited the Florida Medical Clinic on one of the last Saturdays of summer to speak at their  8th Annual Meeting.  The FMC is a well-established, 25-year-old multi-specialty group practice with over 200 physicians in 33 specialties serving patients in Tampa and the surrounding area.    As a more »

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