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ACHE’s Deborah Bowen: Healthcare leadership is still about people trying to make a difference

By | August 18th, 2015 | Blog | Add A Comment


Deborah Bowen: “My legacy, I hope, is going to be all about building the culture of ‘and.’ ”


One in a series of interviews with Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare for 2015.



Deborah Bowen guides one of the most influential associations in healthcare, but her complex work with C-suite leaders is rooted in a simple desire: to change people’s lives for the better.


As the president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Bowen heads an enterprise that assists administrators in developing their abilities to lead their organizations. Its Fellow certification (FACHE) is one of the most respected designations in the halls of a health system and its annual Congress is one of the industry’s biggest draws. But Bowen says she herself is drawn to the servant leaders she sees all around her.


“I think one of the great things about this profession and this field,” she says, “is that I’ve always found the people in it are very dedicated to giving back. I think we all come to it from a place of trying to make a difference in whatever way we can.”


Bowen began her career as a social worker dealing with some of the toughest issues out there – drug addiction and alcoholism.


“I started out working with heroin addicts,” she says. “That is a difficult line of business because people often don’t get better because they don’t have the right support networks. Some of them get detoxified, but then they’re going right back into the same environment that probably drove them to addiction in the beginning. That was the catalyst for me to say, ‘Maybe there is another way to do this work that might have more impact.’ ”


She moved on to Wisconsin’s Department of Health and Social Services, where she gave grant money to programs battling drug abuse and alcoholism.


“That’s where I started to learn a little but more about what it means to influence decision-makers,” Bowen says, “and if you influence decision-makers, you can potentially have a bigger imprint in changing policy.”


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Banks to speak on healthcare executive careers at ACHE Congress

By | March 11th, 2015 | Blog | Add A Comment


Deanna Banks speaks on talent solutions in healthcare at the ACHE Congress on Tuesday, March 17, at the Hilton Chicago.


Deanna Banks, principal of Furst Group and a longtime mentor to many healthcare executives, will be one of the presenters for “Executive Search in Healthcare,” a lively symposium scheduled as part of the ACHE’s 2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership on Tuesday, March 17, in Chicago.


Joining Banks as a presenter will be Mindy Kairey of Russell Reynolds Associates. Dennis Kain of Tyler & Co. will moderate the session, which is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The venue will be the Boulevard A-C room on the hotel’s second floor.


Banks joined Furst Group’s East Coast practice as a vice president in 1998, was promoted to a Principal in 2006, and now has an ownership interest in Furst Group. Deanna founded the firm’s Washington, D.C., office where she serves a national client base that has placed executives at several of the top 25 hospitals consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report. She has successfully placed enterprise leaders, regional presidents, chief executive officers, division heads, and operations, finance, human capital, and clinical leaders who are transforming the industry through their innovative leadership in this new era shaped by the Affordable Care Act.


For more information on American College of Healthcare Executives Congress, visit www.ache.org/congress.