Every grocer, car dealer, car manufacturer, steel industrialist, software entrepreneur, restaurant owner, and hospital, resort, and airline CEO needs to read, take heed, and plead for change if they don t want to hang out a going out of business sign. Rulon Stacey's Over Our Heads
isn't a fable; it s a serious reality check. --D.A. Benton, Author, CEO Material
In my career I ve seen the healthcare industry from various sides: executive leadership, governance, and academia. I know the problems we face are complex and difficult. Still, I believe that with a clear understanding of how we ended up over our heads, we can start to fight our way back to the surface. Dr. Stacey's book simplifies that history and shines a light on where we went wrong. His analogy is sure to resonate with healthcare professionals at every level. --Errol L. Briggs, PhD, FACHE, Director Graduate Programs in Health Administration; Director Center for Health Administration; University of Colorado-Denver Business School
Dr. Stacey's analogous account of the small town of Capital Springs promises to be the Who Moved My Cheese?
of the healthcare industry. He is able to weave a compelling story that tells the history of the industry and provides insight into the foundation of our crisis. If you ve ever wondered how we got to this point and whom we should blame, read this book. It breaks a complex subject down to clear and concise terms that provide brilliant illumination and challenge our thinking on how we must approach the future. --Britt Berrett, PhD, FACHE, President Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Executive Vice President Texas Health Resources
About the Author
Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, was recognized as having achieved a major milestone when, in November 2008, the president of the United States announced that the Poudre Valley Health System, an organization led by Dr. Stacey for more than a decade, had been selected to receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation s highest honor in performance excellence. In 2010, The American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents selected Dr. Stacey as ACHE chair-elect, and resumed responsibilities as board chair of the governing board in March 2011.
Dr. Stacey has spent the entirety of his adult life working in healthcare industry and has actively addressed various healthcare issues. His career began while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force, where he was recognized for his achievements in the Medical Service Corps. Following his time in the military, Dr. Stacey worked as CEO of St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville, Colorado, before becoming chief operating officer of the 400-bed St. Francis Hospital and Health Center in Chicago. In 1996, he became CEO of Poudre Valley Hospital System.
Beginning his time at PVHS, Dr. Stacey was the organization s fifth CEO in four years. He has since transformed the organization into an important leader in the healthcare industry, winning various local and national quality distinctions, including recognition as the only two-time winner of the Colorado Performance Excellence Institute s PEAK Award, and culminating with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
In 1999, ACHE recognized Dr. Stacey as Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. In 2004, he was elected by his peers as Colorado Regent of ACHE, and in 2007, as one of the twelve-member Board of Governors of ACHE.
As a result of his achievements, Dr. Stacey is a regular voice both nationally and internationally, speaking and lecturing on subject as performance excellence, leadership, and healthcare reform.