Mimi Roberson Interviewed for Women's Leadership Article in Becker's Review
Recently, President and CEO, Mimi Roberson was interviewed by Becker's Review for an article on Women's Leadership in Healthcare.
Here is the Q & A from the interview with reporter Sabrina Rodak:
Q. What are the greatest challenges female hospital and health system leaders face today, and are these different from the challenges male leaders face?
Mimi: I think everyone who has the honor of serving in healthcare today faces many challenges, whether male or female. It is a turbulent time which requires patience, confidence, tenacity and commitment. As women, we often have additional concerns about work/life balance as we are all passionate about assuring the safety and happiness of our children and spouses. Another challenge for females in healthcare is the ability to be “mobile” for job opportunities and professional growth when it impacts the professional growth or security of our spouses or partners.
Q. How might female hospital and health system leaders approach healthcare reform challenges differently than male leaders?
Mimi: I think females have a natural holistic approach to healthcare and clearly align with the continuum of services, most importantly preventative care and health maintenance. Data shows that females are often the “healthcare decision makers of the family” so this trait is one that supports developing business plans and entering into clinical relationships quite naturally.
Q: What is the biggest misunderstanding or myth about women's leadership in healthcare today, and how can this misunderstanding be avoided?
Mimi: Unfortunately, I think that sometimes females have been thought to work less hard than men by virtue of their responsibility for childbirth. There is also a myth that we are too sensitive to handle complex situations or conversations which can be construed to become controversial. I have never found that to be true. We have always demonstrated our professionalism and focus to our jobs. Fortunately, I think those myths are resolving themselves by the increase of women executives in the healthcare workforce
Q: How are healthcare reform and other market pressures changing women's leadership in healthcare?
Mimi: I think there are a world of opportunities for growth, development and excellence. More and more positions are opening up throughout the United States which require refined skill sets. The pressures are just to keep ahead of the curve and be prepared on behalf of your organization to meet patient and community needs.
Q: What advice do you have for other current or aspiring female hospital or health system leaders?
Mimi: My advice is quite simple. Always enjoy what you are doing and keep your moral and professional compass. Be honest and ethical in everything you do, and appreciate the multitude of relationships you develop throughout your career. Those professional and personal relationships become the foundation for your success, and you should always extend that same courtesy to the next generation of healthcare leaders.
Women's Leadership in Healthcare in 2012: 9 Hospital Leaders Offer Insight
Written by Sabrina Rodak | October 09, 2012
Women account for only 18 percent of hospital CEOs and only 4 percent of healthcare company CEOs, according to a report from Rock Health. However, they face the same challenges of reimbursement, hospital-physician alignment and population health management. How are today's female hospital and health system leaders managing these challenges? Here, nine top female healthcare leaders tackle questions about gender in healthcare leadership.