One in a series of interviews with Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare for 2017. Furst Group and NuBrick Partners, which comprise the companies of MPI, sponsor the awards.
In an interview with Christine Candio, President and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital, the former ACHE chair talked with us about the independent course that St. Luke's has chosen to maintain. According to Candio, being independent keeps the organization flexible, which she highlighted with a reference to a nostalgic, beloved TV duo.
“We best serve our patients being nimble and responsive to our community’s needs. You have to be like Gumby and Pokey – bendable and pliable. We have that here.”
Candio goes on to say that it's imperative that independent healthcare organizations continually evaluate performance and objectives in an effort to deliver outstanding quality. As part of this evaluation, she suggests three questions that should be considered:
“Do you have the essentials to remain independent? Do you have collaborations and partnerships? Are you trying to be all things to all people?”
Candio says that it's important to reflect on these questions as you assess the value of remaining independent. Find out more about Candio's leadership philosophies in the full article.