Member Spotlight: Diane Nanstad

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Diane Nanstad

Diane Nanstad

Diane Nanstad is Population Health Strategy Executive at Cerner Advisory Services. Diane joined the TRUST Board of Directors in mid-2019. She aligns her clients' population health and value-based care strategies to help them create value, maximize growth and improve their business performance. She asks herself, “What is my client’s current state, and what are their future state goals for their patients, members and community? How can they better manage their population inside and outside of the brick and mortar of their hospitals and clinics?

Working in an advisory relationship role, I leverage the strength of the broader Population Health team and client experience in clinical integration, care model transformation, consumer strategy, physician alignment, payer contracting strategy, regulatory programs, organizational readiness and business model shift.

What is the best career advice you've received?

Early in my health care career a leader told me, “Diane, when you’re green you’re growing and when you’re not you’re rotten.” My interpretation was that I can always find room for improvement — and the day I start to coast and think I have this job nailed, I will no longer be successful. As a result I started to compete with myself, worked to lead by example, share what has worked for me and my strategies for success with my team and colleagues.

I have taken this to heart throughout my career and published an article on LinkedIn where I talk about how I have incorporated this into my teamwork: Compare Your Teamwork to Your Coworkers. Are You a “Me” or a “We”?

How do you want to support other women in their leadership journey?

I always wear what may appear to be a silly-looking bracelet around my right wrist. If you look closely, you will realize it says EMPOWER. Too often, women compete with each other instead of empowering each other. I would love to see all women encourage one another and build each other up. What an amazing gift we could give each other if we decide to be a person who nurtures and builds, roots for others and encourages other women to believe in themselves and their dreams.

Who or what inspires you?

I used to co-host the monthly TRUST New Member Breakfast meetings with Board Members. One of the questions I had members answer was what accomplishment may others not know about you? Some of the answers we heard were amazing. Examples: I received a hand-written note from Hillary Rodham Clinton thanking me for my work. I’m a single parent, a full-time student and a medical helicopter nurse. These are people who inspire me.

What is something that not many people know about you?

Health care is my second career. I was in retail management and I never felt challenged.

In 1996, I went back to college to earn a second Bachelor’s degree. I worked 50-60 hours a week, went to school full time for 3 years and graduated Magna cum Laude. I’m not sure how I did it, but it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Any words of wisdom to live by?

Identify and clearly articulate what your goals are in life and share your goals with others. I have landed in really amazing jobs throughout my career because I shared my goals and dreams.

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