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Profiles in Leadership: Risk means reward for AAMC’s Joanne Conroy

By | May 24th, 2011 | Blog | Add A Comment

 

The Medical University of South Carolina recently endowed a chair in Joanne Conroy's honor.

One in a series of profiles of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare (sponsored by Furst Group)

 

As long as she can remember, Joanne Conroy has been a risk taker.

 

But the biggest roll of the dice of her career may have come in 2008, when she resigned as a hospital president to become chief healthcare officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

 

Three years later, it’s evident the risk paid off – she’s been honored as one of the top influencers in healthcare.

 

“I love running a hospital, walking the halls at 2 in the morning,” she says of the 700-bed Morristown Memorial Hospital, part of Atlantic Health, where she served. “Every single day, there are great miracles that happen. But I realized that I could only affect care in a very small area, and even then I could be hamstrung by external forces. I could stay there, or I could actually go where I could be part of change on a national level.” Read more…