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Charles S. Lauer: Defining Leadership in Healthcare

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

lauertrilogylarge1The healthcare industry has lost its soul, and must return to its roots of healing people.  This is the opinion of Charles S. Lauer, the retired publisher of Modern Healthcare magazine, best-selling author, and an acclaimed lecturer on leadership and success in the healthcare industry.

In a recent interview for the Alter+Care Podcasts on Healthcare (hyperlink here), Lauer states that healthcare has become a business.  As a result, hospital CEOs must have great financial acumen, but a focus on healthcare financial metrics can take a leader away from the core mission of healthcare.

When asked to identify an individual who demonstrates real leadership in healthcare, Lauer cites Dr. Edward Eckenhoff, who is the founder, President and CEO of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.  A paraplegic since a college auto accident, Eckenhoff is working to teach seriously injured war veterans how to walk again.