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Archived-Her Story

Envisioning the Leadership Possibilities in Healthcare

Kermit the Frog Leadership

Meet Our Guest: Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD is an accomplished, strategic leader with a deep understanding of health economics and a heart-felt commitment to outstanding patient care. Her diverse background as a healthcare executive, health economist, physician and health policy expert has given her a unique perspective on how health policy impacts the real lives of patients. She most recently served as Vice President of Clinical Care Transformation at MedStar Health, where she conceptualized, designed, and implemented population health and value-based care initiatives and served on the senior leadership of the 10 hospital, 300+ outpatient care site health system. The care models and service lines under her leadership, including community health, geriatrics, and palliative care, have been nationally recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others. She also cared for patients as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Key Insights: Dr. Seshamani transitioned from being a physician to a health economist to fulfill her passion of contributing to the community. ● Diversity in Leadership: Dr. Seshamani highlights the positive impact of having women and people of color in leadership roles at CMS.● Balancing Private and Public Sector: Her background in both the private and public sectors has enriched her understanding of complex healthcare issues, allowing for innovative solutions and thoughtful policymaking.● Overcoming Obstacles: Dr. Seshamani triumphs over obstacles in her path and advocates for a culture that values qualifications over appearance. This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.Relevant Links: Read more about Dr. SeshamaniFollow Dr. Seshamani on Twitter
July 26, 2023

Grace, Empathy, & Integrity

Meet Our Guest: Madeline Bell is the President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which is one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States and was ranked No. 1 on Forbes’ 2022 list of America’s Best Large Employers. Most recently, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and one of its “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” and was included on Forbes’ “50 Over 50: Vision” list, Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Power 100 2022” list, and Philadelphia Magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia.” Ms. Bell is the host of Breaking Through with Madeline Bell, a podcast that features interviews with CHOP patients, doctors and scientists, as well as with philanthropists and innovators who support CHOP’s mission. She holds a bachelor of science in Nursing from Villanova University and a master of science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Key Insights: Madeline Bell, President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), shares her career journey from a pediatric nurse to hospital administration. ● The Curiosity Trajectory. Madeline emphasizes the importance of curiosity and a desire for more decision-making power in her career trajectory.● Networking for Women. Networking has been a challenge for women, including Madeline, but she encourages women to be intentional and planful in developing their networks.● Follow the Leader. As a leader, Madeline believes in inspiring and uniting people around a common purpose, helping them understand their role and the bigger picture. This episode is hosted by Sandi Fenwick, Former CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital. Relevant Links: Read more about MadelineChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia
July 5, 2023

Courage, Service, & Resilience

Meet Our Guest: Joyce Murphy brings a wealth of health care experience and a deep understanding of the New England health care landscape to our board. She retired from Commonwealth Medicine and the UMass Medical School in 2018, after a dozen years focused on developing solutions to the most challenging health care policy and public health populations. From 1991 through 2005, she held various positions at Caritas Christi Health Care System, including president of Caritas Carney Hospital, president of St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center, and vice president of St. Margaret’s Hospital for Women. She was a 2019 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard Business School and has been repeatedly honored as an outstanding leader. Joyce joined the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care board of directors in 2009, serving as chair from 2017 to 2020. She serves on several other boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission Advisory Council and the state treasurer’s Advisory Committee on Wage Equality, and is on the boards of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, Curry College, and UHealthSolutions. Key Insights: Joyce Murphy's story showcases her diverse experiences and the impact she has made in healthcare and community service throughout her career. ● The Strength to Give Back. Joyce shared her personal background, growing up in a family focused on service and having a brother with a severe illness. This experience instilled in her a sense of responsibility to give back.● Service & Responsibility. She started from volunteering with children to working in the prison system and eventually leading in the field of child support enforcement before making her way into healthcare.● Make Yourself Be Heard! Joyce emphasized the importance of women being taken seriously, and encouraged women to persist and find effective ways to be heard. This episode is hosted by Sandi Fenwick, Former CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital. Relevant Links: Read more about JoyceJoyce Murphy - 2019 ALI Fellow
June 28, 2023

From Stigma to Strength

Meet Our Guest: Hafeezah Muhammad was born in St. Thomas US Virgin Islands. She is the founder of Yoüme Healthcare, a telehealth company focused on expanding access to youth mental health services across Middle America. Mental illness and behavioral disorders are approaching crisis levels with an estimated 12 million young Americans missing out on treatment each year because only 24% of clinicians accept insurance. Yoüme is one of the first pediatric telehealth companies to be accredited to all major insurance providers including Medicaid. Key Insights: Hafeezah Muhammad is focused on expanding healthcare options for children, adolescents, and their families in response to the mental health crisis in the United States. ● Quality Care. Yoüme Healthcare delivers high-quality care with a strong emphasis on therapy and medication management. It is important to encourage support by breaking the stigma around mental health and be open about struggles.● The Balance of Family. Hafeezah emphasizes the importance of breaking barriers and paving the way for others, despite facing challenges as a non-clinical executive in the mental health industry.● Investing in Others. She highlights the need for providers who can meet the diverse needs of patients and wishes for greater collaboration and partnership among emerging companies and policymakers to make a broader impact in mental health care. This episode is hosted by Kristi Ebong, head of partnerships and market development at Define VenturesRelevant Links: Connect with Hafeezah on LinkedInCheck out the Yoüme website
June 21, 2023

Serving the Underserved

Meet Our Guest: Rosalyn Crawford Frazier, B.S. is the Chief Executive Officer of Broward Community & Family Health Center (BCFHC). With over 18 years of service as a primary care provider for the underserved, uninsured and insured, BCFHC provides comprehensive medical, behavioral and dental health services across all life cycles, helping to increase access to care and reducing health disparities in Broward County. The center’s mission is “to provide accessible, comprehensive, high quality primary care services to all persons with dignity and respect.” She has over 25 years of experience in health care management in the areas of new business development, grant writing, financial management, physician recruitment, and managed care contracting for non-profit/for-profit health organizations. Key Insights: Rosalyn’s passion for serving the underserved comes from personal experiences and a belief in everyone's right to access high-quality care. ● Quality Care. Rosalyn emphasizes the importance of hiring individuals who have a genuine desire to serve and are willing to invest in their staff's professional development.● The Balance of Family. While striving for a successful career is important, it should not come at the expense of neglecting family.● Investing in Others. There are many challenges in finding and retaining committed individuals in the current workforce environment. It is important to invest in employees' growth and training, even if financial resources are limited. This episode is hosted by Carladenise Edwards, Ph.D., Strategic Advisor.Relevant Links: Connect with Rosalyn on LinkedInFollow Broward Community & Family Health Centers, Inc. on Twitter
May 31, 2023

Diversity in the C-Suite

Meet Our Guests: Welcome to this special mash-up episode, where Shellye Archambeau, Former CEO, MetricStream, Advisor & Author, Deborah H. Telman, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & General Counsel, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and Fawn Lopez Publisher Emeritus, Modern Healthcare inspire listeners to embrace diversity, work with intention and integrity, and strive for success in their professional journeys. Key Insights: Let’s explore these women in leadership and their inspiring stories to learn valuable lessons on achieving success and fostering diversity in the corporate world. ● Trailblazing Leadership. Despite facing adversity and experiencing bullying, Shellye developed a profound understanding that if she wanted to achieve anything in life, she had to improve the odds and carve her own path.● Allies & Advocates. Deb recognizes the role of allies and advocates in uplifting minorities and women in the workplace, urging others to actively create opportunities for underrepresented individuals to showcase their talents.● Courage and Determination. With a strong belief in the power of education and integrity, Fawn navigated her way through the healthcare industry, breaking barriers as a woman and minority leader.Relevant Links: Listen to Shellye Archambeau’s full episodeListen to Deborah H. Telman’s full episodeListen to Fawn Lopez’s full episode
May 24, 2023

From Boardrooms to Playrooms

Meet Our Guests: Dr. Janice Nevin, President and CEO of ChristianaCare, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Cathy Jacobson, President and CEO of Froedtert Health delve into the experiences and challenges faced by working mothers. Key Insights: From the struggle to achieve work-life balance and the burden of guilt and societal expectations, to the constant search for reliable childcare and the impact on career progression, working mothers navigate a complex web of responsibilities. ● Work-Family Balance. Despite challenges, working mothers display remarkable resilience and resourcefulness. Dr. Nevin emphasizes the importance of making intentional choices and prioritizing what is important to oneself in terms of career and personal life.● You Are Not Alone. Chiquita mentions how being a parent has contributed to her expertise and how talking to other parents has provided valuable insights. It is important to seek advice and support from others to not feel like one has to face challenges alone.● Support Matters. Cathay shares her experiences as a CFO, emphasizing the importance of employer understanding and support, as well as a supportive partner. Relevant Links: Listen to Dr. Janice Nevin’s full episodeListen to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s full episodeListen to Cathy Jacobson’s full episode
May 17, 2023

The CancerIQ Solution

Meet Our Guest: Feyi Ayodele is the co-founder and CEO of CancerIQ, a fast-growing precision health platform that allows providers to identify, evaluate and manage entire patient populations based on individual genetic risk factors. In 2013, Ayodele co-founded CancerIQ after taking a sabbatical from the finance world to work alongside her mother, renowned medical oncologist Olufunmilayo Olopade, in the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics at University of Chicago.  Key Insights: CancerIQ’s mission is to make sure more people have access to the right genetic testing services and the right preventive care so cancer can be caught early or the risk can be eliminated altogether. ● From Finance to Healthcare. After starting her career in financial services, she went to Wharton for business school and then felt compelled to take the entrepreneurship path in healthcare.● Early Detection. CancerIQ makes it easy for health systems to personalize cancer prevention and early detection. The company's mission is to make genetic information more accessible and actionable, to empower patients and clinicians in the fight against cancer.● Be a Case Study. Feyi shares insights on the importance of being a successful case study for underrepresented groups in leadership positions. This episode is hosted by CarlaDenise Edward, Ph.D., Strategic Advisor.Relevant Links: Read more about FeyiAbout CancerIQ
May 10, 2023
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