Born: Beaver Dam, Ky.
Education: Bachelor of science in allied health sciences, Western Kentucky University; Master of health administration, University of Louisville
What was your very first job?
Registering patients in the emergency room at the (former) Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville. You got to experience behind the desk an extremely busy inner-city emergency room. It got me excited about the potential of working in health care.
I spent eight years as a respiratory therapist specializing in newborn ICU. I started my career in a clinical role before moving into management. Most of my career has been in cardiovascular service administration.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
One of my favorites is an author and it’s John Maxwell. I am so intrigued not only by my personal faith but also in experiencing who I value as leaders. It’s those that lead and teach according to the concepts of servant leadership.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You can’t do it all.
If you could have dinner with any three people in history, whom would you pick?
Former presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy and Jesus Christ.
More about St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana: St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana performed more open-heart procedures for the 12 months ending June 30, 2007, than any other hospital or health system in the state of Indiana.
According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2006, patients have shorter-than-average stays for cardiovascular services than the national average, are less likely to return to the operating room after a procedure and have lower mortality (2006).