To the Top: How 2 Senior Healthcare Leaders Advanced Their Careers

To the Top

Today we are revisiting two fascinating interview segments in which the featured leaders talk about their careers and how they made it to the top in the healthcare industry.

In the first segment, hospital president Traci Bernard describes her mindset when it came to advancing her career:

“I started out in nursing and loved nursing, but I like to make change; I like to be a part of change, I like to drive change. And with that passion and the willingness to take risks and embrace fear, every time someone would ask if I’d like to try something different, I thought ‘Why not?’ So I would try something different and take on a new challenge. And that challenge opened another door, which opened another door.”

Eventually, Bernard’s efforts opened enough doors to lead her to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Southlake, Texas, where she has served as president since 2005.

In the second segment, Chris Van Gorder talks about his own unconventional rise through the ranks of the healthcare industry. After several odd jobs as a teenager, Van Gorder started working as a clerk in an emergency room. He had no particular career aspirations, but quickly fell in love with healthcare. Little did he know that he was just beginning a remarkable career that would eventually lead him to the top as the president & CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego, California, where he has served since 1999.

To watch these two excellent interview segments, click below!

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