Hospitals Aren’t Just Short-Staffed, They Need Strong Leaders. What’s the Prescription to Improve Healthcare Leadership?

July 7, 2023
Kevin Stevenson


In an era where healthcare is under the microscope, the conversation around effective healthcare leadership is more critical than ever. With the industry still grappling with the aftermath of a global pandemic, leaders are being tested on their ability to adapt, innovate, and guide their teams through unprecedented challenges. According to a report by the American College of Healthcare Executives, workforce challenges, including leadership issues, are among the top concerns for healthcare executives.

So, what happens when good healthcare leaders go wrong? How do they navigate the complexities of their roles and avoid common pitfalls? These are the questions to explore in this episode of I Don’t Care with Kevin Stevenson.

In this episode, host Kevin Stevenson invites Jim Wetrich, CEO of The Wetrich Group, to delve into the intricacies of healthcare leadership. The conversation revolves around Wetrich’s book, “Stifled: Where Good Leaders Go Wrong,” and the lessons he’s learned from his extensive career in healthcare.

Key points from the episode include:

  • The importance of checking your ego at the door and understanding that everyone makes mistakes.
  • The necessity of transparency and honesty in leadership, particularly in performance reviews and succession planning.
  • The value of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset in leadership and personal development.
  • The dangers of hypocritical leadership and the need for clear, consistent communication.

Jim Wetrich is a seasoned healthcare executive with a rich background in hospital administration, medical device companies, and executive coaching. He holds an MHA from Tulane and has worked with numerous healthcare organizations, including Ochsner Hospital and Abbott Laboratories. Wetrich’s insights are shaped by his diverse experiences and his commitment to learning from mistakes.

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