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8:00pm EDT September 25, 2007

Birthplace: Spokane, Wash.

Education: Attended the University of Southern California; University of South Florida, bachelor’s degree in communications; Golden State University, master’s degree, public health and health care administration

First job: University Community Hospital, Tampa, director of marketing

What is your most important business lesson?

Surround yourself with great people, whether they’re executives, medical staff or board members.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Jack Welch because of the phenomenal business insights he’s shared with people around leadership and success.

What is your favorite business book?

‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. I think he’s done a good job of staying current and contemporary.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I’m very passionate about our mission, and I hire people with the same kind of passion and commitment.

How would you describe your leadership philosophy?

There’s no way to get a big job done by yourself.