ACHE 2017: How hospitals can groom physician leaders

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More physicians are becoming healthcare leaders.

CHICAGO—Just because a senior physician brings in a lot of money doesn't mean the individual will be a good physician leader. These days it's important that hospitals and healthcare networks choose physicians who have the necessary skills—like problem-solving and the ability to communicate with others—to succeed in the job. 

Your best doctors might not make great leaders, Lily J. Henson, M.D., chief medical officer at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia, told an audience Tuesday at the American College of Healthcare Executives 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Executives at healthcare organizations who think physicians have the right characteristics to become good leaders, such as the ability to collaborate and cooperate, show appreciation for others and have the ability to adapt and evolve, must take steps to help those doctors succeed in their new roles. 

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Physician leaders must have support and training, said Frank D. Bryne, M.D., president emeritus at St. Mary’s Hospital and senior executive advisory at HealthXVentures in Madison, Wisconsin. That could include management training, support from mentors and face-time with senior leaders. 

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