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The hardest thing I’ve ever done: 12 physicians, CEOs and nurses on a tough professional moment

By Erin Marshall

Healthcare leaders encounter challenges on a daily basis. Although some are easy to overcome, others take a more substantial toll on not only the leader, but his or her team and organization.

From changing relationships with colleagues to handling layoffs to protecting their employees and patients during national disasters, these men and women have put their leadership to the test.

Joel T. Allison, CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Health System and Baylor Scott & White Health

“The first time I ever served in a CEO role, I was recruited to do a turnaround. At the time, that particular hospital was experiencing major financial challenges. To stay viable, we determined we needed to reduce our workforce by 200.


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