Cabell Huntington Hospital has been named the 2007 Top Leadership Team in Healthcare for community and mid-sized hospitals by HealthLeaders Media.
The HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare 2007 program, sponsored by CIT and Pershing Yoakley & Associates, is designed to celebrate the outstanding teamwork that occurs in healthcare organizations each day, to share what makes top leadership teams successful, and to encourage other healthcare leaders to learn more from the best practices of top leadership teams.
Facing an aging physical plant at the hospital, Cabell Huntington Hospital CEO Brent Marsteller and his team set out to transform the building outside and to commit to a culture of excellence inside. The senior leadership team has seen the hospital through marked increases in patient satisfaction, physician satisfaction, employee satisfaction and financial performance. And later this year, Cabell Huntington will open its new five-story patient tower.
"This is a well functioning team that understands all employees must be part of the group process," says Top Leadership Teams judge Laurence P. Harkness, who retired as CEO at Dayton Children's Hospital. "This is a team ready for change and one that recognizes its future existence demands change. Team members seem to be clear about the priority of their tasks, and they have ways of clearly communicating with one another and with employees."
"Cabell Huntington Hospital is fortunate to have an administrative team with the variety of backgrounds, experience and strengths that it does," Marsteller said. "Our team is supported by a strong management staff, outstanding physicians and talented employees who recognize that we all have the same goals ? striving for excellence and constantly looking for better ways to meet the lifetime healthcare needs of people of this region."
Other winners in the 2007 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program include CHRISTUS Health in Dallas, Texas, for large hospitals and health systems; Wright Medical Center in Clarion, Iowa, for small hospitals; Erickson Advantage in Baltimore, Md., for health plans, and Radiological Associates of Sacramento for Medical Group Practices.
HealthLeaders Media Editor-in-Chief Jim Molpus says one of the themes from this year's honorees is their ability to sustain a momentum toward excellence over a period of time. "One of the truths we have found in the years of the program is that truly great healthcare leadership teamwork takes long, hard, disciplined work from a dedicated group," Molpus says.
The 2007 honorees of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare will be featured speakers at the annual Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Conference and Awards, to be held Oct. 11-12 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. Along with the winners, more than 30 healthcare chief executives and team members will share their secrets of teamwork success in focus areas including governance, financial strategy, quality improvement and physician relations. For more information, visit www.topleadershipteams.net.