The Creem File Featured

8:00pm EDT August 26, 2009

Where were you born?

Boston

Education: B.S. in accounting and business administration from Boston University; master’s in health administration from Duke University

What was your very first job?

I was a newspaper boy. It was the Patriot Ledger, and I used to have to take my bike every day uphill, in the snow. ... I forget how much money I got per paper, but it was probably 5 cents or something.

Whom do you admire most in business?

Bill Twomey. He was the CEO of Greenville Health Systems down in Carolina, and he was a professor I had at Duke, and he was an older gentleman then teaching the course, and I just remember he was always so excited to teach. He was always so excited about what he did, and he was an engineer in hospital systems back then — 1982 — and somebody in class asked him why he was always so happy, and he said he loves what he does. He loves being in health care because it’s the only business he knows that is constantly a new business because it’s changing every day. It’s changing because of medicine, it’s changing because of regulation, it’s changing because of patient preference, technology, science, and every time I think about him, about how wonderful it is to have this opportunity to work in health care.

If you could be one superhero, who would you be and why?

Batman. He exemplifies that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary feats fueled by their passion and dedication, not unlike our doctors and nurses who don their surgical caps and gowns when they enter our state-of-the-art operating rooms.