How Hospital CEOs Spend Their Time

How 4 hospital and health system CEOs spend the bulk of their time


Chiefs from Baylor Scott & White Health, Henry Ford Health System, Rush University Medical Center and Saint Francis Medical Center define their top priorities.

At the Becker’s Hospital Review 6th Annual Meeting in Chicago May 8, four hospital and health system leaders responded to a question posed by Tucker Carlson, moderator and Fox News correspondent: “What are two to three issues you spend the most time on?”

Panelists included:

  • Nancy M. Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit
  • Steven Bjelich, president and CEO of Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  • Larry Goodman, MD, CEO of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and president of Rush University
  • Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas

Ms. Schlichting said her priorities are people and strategy. Henry Ford Health System has had a stable and “wonderful” leadership team in place for more than 10 years, but that is changing. Ms. Schlichting plans to transition out of her role at the end of 2016, a decision that has placed an enormous amount of value on succession planning over the past few months. She said the system is always thinking strategically about its future and its role in the community, which has taken a hard hit. In 2014, it was reported the city’s population fell to fewer than 700,000 residents. “Detroit has gone through incredibly difficult times, with bankruptcy and a 30 percent drop in the population. We have to constantly think about how to drive strategy to grow an organization that’s not in a market that’s growing,” said Ms. Schlichting.

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