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2016 Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare–Tauana McDonald: Leaders remove roadblocks so their people can succeed

By | December 8th, 2016 | Blog | Add A Comment

 

Tauana McDonald: “I believe that having a diverse workforce as well as a diverse leadership team helps us serve our patients better.”

 

Classic content: One in a series of interviews with Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for 2016.

 

She paved the way for the ICD-10 project at Trinity Health in Michigan. She led the move to electronic health records. She mastered meaningful use. Now, she’s wrapping up bundled payments.

 

If you need a major project orchestrated correctly at Trinity Health, you inevitably turn to Tauana McDonald, senior vice president of clinical business operations for the Catholic health system.

 

“I know that I am not a clinician,” she says. “I identify the strategy needs and develop the plans. I lead the work from the corporate office so our clinicians don’t have to focus on operational issues and they can do the work they do best, which is taking care of patients.”

 

From the standpoint of organizational mission and personal satisfaction, it’s a role that McDonald says is a good fit for her.

 

“I think some of the projects I lead are making very positive change,” she adds. “That’s how I get to impact both the patients and the caregivers.”

 

McDonald came close to becoming a physician herself. Both of her mother’s sisters were nurses – one in the operating room and one in pediatrics. She remembers them both as being very nurturing people.

 

“People in the community looked to them during their most vulnerable times and there was something about that quality that really appealed to me,” she says.

 

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