The Anderson file Featured

8:00pm EDT October 26, 2008

Born: Chicago

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Yale University; law degree, Vanderbilt Law School

First job: Caddy

What do you like best about being a leader?

It’s fun, but I think from a satisfaction standpoint it gives you the opportunity to have a much broader impact on important things than you would be able to have as an individual.

If you could have another job other than being a CEO, what would it be and why?

On the light side, it would probably be sailor on a sailboat somewhere just because I like that. From a career standpoint, I came to this from practicing law, and being a business lawyer was great fun, as well, and I would probably be that if I was not doing this because that’s what I did before.

As the former mayor of the village of Indian Hill, what similarities do you see between being a mayor and the CEO of a hospital?

Being a mayor, even of a relatively nonpolitical place, you realize that it is a political job and one of the skills you need to develop is how you work with why the varying constituencies do or not do something. Being sensitive to multiple views and having a responsibility to fashion a course of action (that) respects those views and does good things is similar to what I do here.

Fast facts about Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

  • Established in 1883

  • Ranked the third best children’s hospital in the U.S. in general pediatrics for 2008 by U.S. News & World Report

  • Named one of the top five children’s hospitals in the U.S. by Child magazine

  • Received the 2006 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize