Welcome to the new members who joined WBL in the month of December!
Here's To Us recognizes the great work and accomplishments of all WBL members. To submit your news, click here.
Danguole Altman, Founder, Vapogenix, Inc. was highlighted in an article by the Yale School of Management about her dedication to both her family and her career. Read the complete article here.
WBL Platinum Sponsor AMN Healthcare was named one of Dallas Fort Worth’s 2019 Best & Brightest Companies To Work For.
Amii Barnard-Bahn, Principal, Barnard-Bahn Consulting & Coaching, testified in multiple legislative committees for the successful passage of California's SB826 "Women on Boards" bill. Click here to view the San Francisco Chronicle article quoting Amii.
Rebecca Dexter has joined Premise Health as Vice President of Operations.
Sharon Gabrielson, Chair, Global Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic, has joined the Board of Directors of Catasys, Inc., a leading AI and technology-enabled health care company.
Kim Maersk-Moller has been promoted to Senior Vice President, US National Sales at KCI, An Acelity Company, based in San Antonio, TX.
LeTesha Montgomery has joined Houston Methodist as Vice President, Operations and Patient Access.
Dr. Charu Raheja, CEO of TriageLogic and Continuwell, authored an article titled “How can your practice or hospital engage patients in today’s 24/7 demand society?”. Read the complete article here. Dr. Raheja has also been named as the winner of the 2018 Gold Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Business Services category. Additionally, the TriageLogic Group and Continuwell is the 2018 winner of the Silver Stevie Award for the Most Innovative Company of the Year in their division. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run. It is a worldwide award, and it is hailed as the world’s premier business awards.
Jean Rush was appointed to the Board of Directors for Eventus Wholehealth, a provider of comprehensive medical and mental health care to LTC residents. Jean was also appointed to the Board of Directors for Addus Homecare (NASDAQ: ADUS), a Dallas company providing home and community based services.
WBL Diamond Sponsor Tivity Health has acquired Nutrisystem for $1.3 billion in cash and stock. Read the press release here.
Nkem Okeke, MD, MPH, MBA, MSPM, Executive Vice President, Management Solutions, LLC
How did you become an executive in the health care industry?
I became an executive in the healthcare industry by having consistency of purpose (and divine providence) … it was in many ways, an inevitable next step! My first introduction to healthcare was growing up with a mother who was a nurse, and in my early teens, I was clear on what my passion/mission was ... “Connecting Silos to Sustain Systems that Save Lives”. I journeyed from clinical practice as a primary care physician to public health & health policy, then on to healthcare business administration/operations management and telehealth -- gaining a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare ecosystem; with invaluable experience in various healthcare organizations, across continents. As Executive Vice President at Management Solutions, LLC and an Executive Consultant at Johns Hopkins Healthcare, I consider myself truly fortunate to be leading and supporting healthcare transformation in different capacities. Click here to view Nkem's LinkedIn Profile.
What does true leadership mean to you?
True leadership to me is simply – “Action led by Decisive Kaizen-Spirited Service”. Service that is continually improved; Service that is all inclusive; Service that influences people to trust your judgement to lead; Service with a mindful purpose of building and supporting other leaders.
And specifically, to healthcare - having a profound awareness of the “sense of urgency” to save and preserve lives – one decision (clinical, business, policy etc.) at a time!
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