It’s a small understatement to say the health care industry is in the midst of a sea of change. Leadership in health care is vitally important right now and the TRUST is focused on providing a dialogue as we move through the year. And we continue to support our members through our four pillars — Leadership Development, Education, Career Advancement and Networking — so they can be the best leaders possible.
Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, has written extensively about finding one’s True North, which represents who you are based on your values and sources of satisfaction in your life. When you find your True North, your leadership will be authentic. He states, “The key is knowing the True North of your internal compass, and then staying on course in spite of the challenges and seductions that cause so many leaders to go astray.”1 Remember to stay true to your True North.
Every election cycle sees changes to the health care landscape and this cycle is no different in that regard; however, there appears to be more focus on changing health care at the federal and state levels than ever before. Each day features a new headline, such as, “The Fight for Health Care has Begun,”2 “Republicans Have Plans to Replace Obamacare — Now They Need to Agree on One,”3 and “The Meaning of ‘Access’ to Health Care.”4
Will anticipated changes pan out? Only time will tell which ones will be implemented. What many in the profession are focusing on now is running the business as usual while also keeping a close eye to the horizon and having discussions with fellow health care leaders to prepare for the future.
The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is helping lead the dialogue with an Election Impact Review program on March 3. Key leaders in health care will discuss anticipated changes at the federal and state levels. I hope you can join us for this program as we explore impact on health coverage, Medicare and Medicaid payment reform, health care exchanges, and paying for value. Our goal is to help members and non-members prepare their organizations for success.
The Election Impact Review will include guest speakers Minnesota State Senator Michelle R. Benson, Deputy Majority Leader Chair – Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee; Robert E. Nesse, MD, Senior Director for Payment Reform, Mayo Clinic, and Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic; Chet Speed, JD, LLM, Vice President of Public Policy, American Medical Group Association; Elena McFann, Chief Executive Officer, Central Region, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement; and moderator Sharon Gabrielson, Chair – Global Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic, and Board of Directors, Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.
The new political administration is evolving and it’s difficult to predict what the future of health care will hold. The TRUST will continue to provide educational resources for members to help them parse through changing information as we move through the year. The TRUST is here to support women leaders in health care, and together, we can drive positive change and shape the future of health care even in uncertain times.
Theresa Pesch currently serves as TRUST President and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.
1 True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, 2007
2 The New York Times, January 10, 2017
3 NPR, January 26, 2017
4 The Atlantic, January 24, 2017