Four decades ago, Vernon Loucks was offered a position as assistant to the president and chief executive officer of what is now Baxter International. Loucks' new boss, Bill Graham, shared his theory on what it would take to succeed at the company. His choice of words no doubt struck a resonant chord with Loucks, who had served as a Marine Corps officer.
Health Care Hall of Fame - 2006
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For a man who stayed at one hospital for 30 years, D. Kirk Oglesby Jr. got around. Oglesby, 75, was president of Anderson (S.C.) Memorial Hospital from 1967 to 1997. But at different times in his career, he also chaired three of healthcare's most prominent organizations: the American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. >
C. Thomas Smith says he ended up in healthcare "somewhat accidentally," after a college fraternity brother introduced him to the field.Intrigued, Smith contacted John Gilbreath, a member of his church who also was the chief executive officer of what is now known as Baptist Health in Little Rock, Ark., where Smith grew up. Smith spent the summers of 1958 and 1960 at the hospital, first as an administrative intern and then as acting personnel director, and was able to try a bit of everything, including mopping floors, watching the switchboard and observing surgeries."That was it," Smith...
Confidence and competence.Those two qualities exist too rarely in the same person. Just take a look at the corporate world and government and you will find plenty of recent examples of overconfidence. A lot of people are full of bluster and swagger, but they lack the temperament and the skills to get the job done, or at least done without wrecking the enterprise.In this special section, we present profiles of three healthcare industry figures who successfully meshed confidence and quality. They did what needed to be done and left their organizations in better shape than when they took...
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