Too often it’s the people behind the scenes who are taken for granted. For instance, when one thinks of the folks in hospitals and healthcare systems, the first faces that come to mind are the doctors, nurses and support staff. But to keep the lights burning and meet the daunting demands of the ever-changing world of the industry, there are a handful of people associated with each operation who are vital to its success — the administrative teams. While they might not have a medical degree, they must have a solid foundation in the structural, financial, operational and management of running such operations.
That is why today’s announcement of Susie and John Adams’ $1M gift is remarkable. Their gift will establish the John and Susie Adams Excellence Endowment in support of the Children’s Health Administrative Residency Program at Children’s Health.
The Endowment will strengthen the program that was established in “2005 in partnership with several universities to provide practical, in-depth experience in healthcare leadership for students pursuing Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration degrees.”
Through the 11-month program, the residents are able to “connect with the president and CEO, as well as the CEO’s direct reports across various areas of the business.”
According to Children’s Health President/CEO Christopher “Chris” Durovich, “It is a distinct privilege to have the opportunity to participate in the professional development of future leaders in our industry. Susie’s and John’s investment celebrates and helps us fulfill the educational mission of Children’s Health; it advances our profession — today and for future generations.”
In recognition of Chris’ leadership, the Adams have requested that the endowment be renamed the Christopher J. Durovich Administrative Residency Program.
As John explained, “Very few organizations have the inspiring leadership that Chris Durovich provides to Children’s Health. Susie and I are very pleased to recognize this by renaming the residency program after him. We are fortunate to have Chris and Christina Durovich so focused on ensuring Children’s Health continues to provide the best quality care. Our belief is the graduates of this endowed residence program will be better able to provide hospitals across the country with visionary leadership like Chris.”
Currently the program includes Katherine Kuri, Jordan Pitts and Vianey Romo.
Children’s Medical Center Foundation President Brent Christopher said, “For more than two decades, John and Susie have given generously to support areas of need most important to Children’s Health. Their creation of an endowed fund for the administrative residency program is the first of its kind at Children’s Health and ensures we can continue to help mold future hospital leaders, who are dedicated to making life better for children.”
* Photo provided by Children's Medical Center Foundation