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One of the truisms in healthcare management is that there are three Career Altering Events in the life of a healthcare executive, but I had been in healthcare for 19 years before I experienced one of those events.
Here's what happened to me:
I was recruited to manage physician practices owned by a small hospital in a retirement community. It was thrilling when after a year, the hospital decided to build a new family medicine building and asked me to guide the space and interior design. For a former art major and aficionado of patient-centered design, it was a dream come true. I worked very hard for a year and the final result was very well-received by the hospital system, the local hospital, the community, the physicians and the patients. I was on Cloud 9.
Then things started to change. The hospital CEO who had been so appreciative and complimentary of my work on the new building just two weeks before suddenly seemed distant and unhappy with everything I did. I was astounded when I got a very average evaluation with a "needs improvement in physician relations."
I had just had my first Career Altering Event - I built a building, and apparently pissed off my boss. The thing about Career Altering Events is that your success can be your demise just as fast as your failure can.
Yes, I left that job, still stunned, and moved on, but it took quite awhile to realize what had happened.
I have been fortunate since then to have had no other Career Altering Events, but in my field the big three are:
Mary Pat Whaley is a Physician Advocate and Consultant who blogs at Manage My Practice; her LinkedIn Group by the same name is for those interested in healthcare management. You can contact Mary Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally Posted On LinkedIn By: Mary Pat Whaley, FACMPE, CPC
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