Taney Hamill, Principal, Silopanna Consulting
How did you become an executive in the health care industry? Did you always have an interest in health care?
I have always had an interested in health care back to the days when I was a volunteer. I was actually a candy striper in a Washington, DC hospital in high school and I got to see how the providers – physicians, nurses, even volunteers – helped the patients and their families. I saw the satisfaction that they got from helping others and that struck a chord in me. I’ve always felt most fulfilled when I was able to do “meaningful work” where I could help others and give back to society.
What is one major challenge you see facing the health care industry today?
Communication and education. First, we as an industry do not communicate well with patients and families - we speak our own language of sorts. Second, we need to start educating people from a young age about taking care of one’s self in order to be healthier through the pipeline. I also believe that technology, combined with an increasingly tech-savvy patient population with a desire to take charge of their health care, will increase the sense of partnership between patient and provider. This will create a greater sense of being a "team", and including the patient as part of that "team" will provide better outcomes.
I also see a paradigm shift in how healthcare at the provider level will be paid. I see it moving from the current fee for service model to a model based more on outcomes, where providers are paid not for how many patients they see, but for how healthy the patients are.
Name one recent accomplishment you are proud of.
Raising my daughter because she has turn into an accomplished, beautiful woman who also works in the health care industry!
As the winner of our WBL Connections Campaign, what are some of the strategies you use to engage both new and veteran members?
The strategy I used to win the WBL Connections Campaign was to talk about WBL when I was with senior executives - both men and women inside and outside of healthcare. You never know who someone may know that would be a good fit for WBL. The most important tactic to use in growing an active WBL network is to know the folks you nominate, and then follow-up with them and encourage them to get involved (whether it be facilitating introductions, attending an event with them, etc.). Follow-up is the key to getting women involved, and helping them to stay involved throughout the year.
I once nominated "Laura" to WBL and within a week she was attending the Annual Summit. She has been at every Summit since I nominated her and always tells me that she has "found her people". WBL is an amazing network not only for professional connections, but also for personal ones. I have made some life-long friends through this organization, and have been inspired by every connection made.
Do you have any advice for members looking to get the most value for their WBL Membership?
We live in an increasingly competitive, fast-moving and stressful workplace universe. Support and guidance – particularly for women moving up – is hard to find. WBL has incredible value because of it's ability to provide an inclusive network where women can help other women, whether it is nominating them to a board, helping them in business, or simply being a mentor throughout their career. There is great power in the peer-to-peer networking that WBL allows us to do at the executive level. And most importantly, if a call or email says this is a WBL ask – always return the call or email!
What does it mean to you to be a part of the WBL network?
WBL has been an important part of my professional network for over 17 years. I have made lifetime friends and developed a network of peers. The network has help my daughter find career opportunities as well.
WBL offers me the ability to enhance my leadership skills by attending the annual summit, stay current, and strategically make contacts and build partnerships. It has helped in my current role as an executive search consultant with new searches and opportunities to work with great companies.
Personally, or professionally, what might the WBL network be surprised to know about you?
I love history! I am named after Supreme Court Justice Roger Brooke Taney. He was my great great Uncle.
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