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Garren Colvin, interim president and CEO, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

What is the most challenging aspect of being leader? 

The difficult challenge of being a leader is that the amount of hours in a day doesn’t give a leader enough time to spend the time one-on-one with all the individuals that he or she would want to send time with. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received in my entire career was when I was in healthcare. It was that if you take care of the patients, if you take care of the associates and if you take care of your physicians the rest of it will fall into place without any trouble. 

What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?

A good sense of humor. 

How do you think your employees would describe you?

They would think I’m not as funny as I think I am. But they would consider me a leader who leads by example. 

What aspect of your company are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about the high quality of care we deliver to our patients. Our associates and our physicians are dedicated to taking care of each and every patient and family that walks through our door and I am passionate about seeing that level of care that takes place every day.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

The craziest thing I’ve ever done is, once we were in the middle of a dispute and it took us about a year to get this dispute settled. At the end of the dispute we had to pay a settlement and this settlement was about seven figures. Given that we were holding this patient for probably a year or more, I asked for a prop pay discount and received a $50,000 prop pay discount. 

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