Climbing the Healthcare Management Ladder

Career Advice from the Top on How to Succeed

By Jim Aldrich, M.H.S.A., M.B.A.

ISBN 978-1-932529-97-5
224 pages
6 x 9 papercover
© 2013

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In today’s competitive marketplace, it takes more than degrees and aspirations to become a leader at a hospital or healthcare organization. Get the edge you need in Climbing the Healthcare Management Ladder, where you can learn from the direct experiences of today’s top healthcare executives about what it takes to achieve your highest aspirations in this field.

Let seasoned experts be your guides. Benefit from the collective wisdom and career secrets of 29 highly successful CEOs who have overseen a comprehensive array of healthcare settings and services, and whose many distinctions include being

  • named ACHE Young Healthcare Executive of the Year
  • members of the Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame
  • listed among the 100 most powerful people in healthcare

Through these executives’ hard-won advice and experience you will gain insight into the habits, actions, and skills required for advancement in the healthcare management field, including these key success factors:

  • creating and capitalizing on opportunities
  • working smarter, not just harder
  • using the power of networking
  • cultivating the right relationships
  • leveraging the assets of variety

Learn what it took to reach the top spot in both large and small organizations around the country and how you can do the same, whether you are just starting out or are trying to advance your existing career. Students and faculty in health care administration, career advisors, and those in the midst of their healthcare careers will benefit from the mentoring of these expert leaders. Take the first step to elevating your career with Climbing the Healthcare Management Ladder.

Format: E-book
e-ISBN 978-1-938870-19-4

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About the Author
Foreword by David A. Spivey


Section 1: Success Factors

  1. Getting Started
  2. Jump At and Create Your Opportunities
  3. Work Hard and Work Smart
  4. Relationships Are Key
  5. Variety Equals Success
  6. Learn the Business

Section 2: Managing Your Career

  1. Being Vocal
  2. Managing Career Transitions
  3. Big Versus Small Hospitals
  4. Leveraging Your Experience

Section 3: Enhancing Your Success

  1. Mentors
  2. Working with Physicians
  3. Professional Development
  4. Life as a CEO Notes

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Jim Aldrich, M.H.S.A., M.B.A., received a B.S. from the University of Michigan and went on to complete master’s degrees in business administration and then health services administration from the University of Michigan. He worked in various positions within the University of Michigan Health System throughout his education and began a fellowship at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in the Trinity Health System as the traditional stepping stone following completion of a Health Administration degree. Following his own career path up the healthcare management ladder, he has served as Performance Improvement Specialist and subsequently Associate Director of Medical Staff Services.

8 reviews for Climbing the Healthcare Management Ladder

  1. admin

    “Aldrich has assembled the comments of 29 successful CEOs around topics every manager should think about. A must-read for aspiring healthcare managers.”
    —John R. Griffith, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health

  2. admin

    “Aldrich has compiled a thorough collection of insightful and practical advice based on real experiences from a broad range of CEOs. If taken to heart, the advice … can be instrumental to anyone interested in healthcare leadership.”
    —Joseph Swedish, President & CEO, WellPoint

  3. admin

    “If you’ve set your sights on a career in healthcare management, this book will be your personal guide to what it takes to succeed. Who better to learn from than today’s top executives who have scaled the ladder ahead of you.”
    —Kathryn Ullrich, author of Getting to the Top: Strategies for Career Success

  4. admin

    “A great read for all who desire to enhance their healthcare career! The CEOs interviewed in this book have varied backgrounds and have experienced unique journeys on their way to the top. However, all of these CEOs do have one common trait—a consistent and relentless commitment to serve others and to create high-quality, safe and caring cultures for patients, families, physicians and associates.”
    —Nancy K. Graebner, President & CEO, Chelsea Community Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Trinity Health

  5. admin

    “I don’t know a single healthcare executive who wouldn’t have significantly benefited by having this book early in their career. … Jim Aldrich has managed to interview some of today’s icons of our industry and convinced them to share their successful insights into career development.

  6. admin

    Anyone who is interested in mentoring young and aspiring healthcare executives should buy at least two copies of this book; one for their own library and one or more to give away to an Emerging Leader or a young healthcare Leader. This book will advance the growth and development of young and aspiring healthcare leaders, and that gives me hope for the future of our industry.”
    —Roger Spoelman, President & CEO, West Michigan Region Trinity Health

  7. admin

    “I found the book to be extremely easy to read and very helpful. The ‘real life’ examples from current healthcare executives are perfect for students to learn from.”
    —Joseph J. Yanish, FACHE, Senior Health Systems Specialist, Providence VA Medical Center

  8. KC Cheema

    This book is amazing! It shares variant amount of tips, critical information and the mind set gained from experience of leaders and CEO’s that the author used himself to move up the ladder to the CEO of a hospital.

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