Joanne Conroy shines in the competitive Boston healthcare market. Entering into her role as the CEO of Lahey Hospital, one of her challenges was to create a more sustainable model while improving quality. Since her appointment, the hospital has focused on understanding and fulfilling the community’s needs resulting in an expanded neurology department and reduced obstetrical services. It has also made an investment in Epic Systems and expanded its specialties platter.
Conroy, along with a small group of female executives, founded Women of Impact, a diverse coalition addressing healthcare’s broken windows on a nonpartisan case. Their goal is to empower patients, focus on well-being over providing services and improve expandability of care to all Americans. Still in its early stage, the three-year old program has published a white paper with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on solving today’s healthcare issues.
A mindset that all challenges can be solved is at the core of her success. Her advice is to assemble a personal advisory board of five to six people who act as a sound board when making risky decisions. As an experienced executive, she also understands that politics in any organization is unavoidable, and assures to not personalize rejections.
Shreya specializes in health communications and is a copywriter for an advertising agency. She was previously at Bayer Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
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