The Corley file Featured

8:00pm EDT October 26, 2008

Born: Pittsburgh

Education: College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va., bachelor’s degree, business; Duke University, Durham, N.C., master’s degree, health care administration

What has been your biggest challenge?

Probably the year I grew the most was the year I spent in Vietnam when I volunteered to go in 1967. I was in the Army in the medical service corps — just the fact that I made it through. Every other job has been easier because no one was shooting at me.

Corley on training: I became CEO of the Hershey Medical Center (in Hershey, Pa.) when I was 32. I had to build a whole new team. For the first six months, I never left Hershey because I was the only person on call. I’m one of these guys who believes challenges are good for people and struggling is good. When people go through something and they then achieve a success and you didn’t really help them through it or showed them the right path to go, I think they come out of it much stronger.

It’s not that we haven’t provided any formal training and throw them into the deep end and see whether they can swim. You provide some of that training. But then you do throw them in, and you are there with a life preserver if they need it. If they can figure it out, then it’s better that they figure it out.

What is your favorite movie?

I’ve liked all the ‘Star Wars’ movies. My son and I went to every Star Wars, not at midnight, but we saw every one of them together. I like the adventure. And to me, the subtleness of the force. There is a little deeper meaning. I thought it was extremely well done, and I think doing that with my son was probably very meaningful.