Heather Rohan can point to the very specific moment that inspired her to pursue a career in health care.
"When I was a junior in high school, my father had a heart attack,” the TriStar Centennial Medical Center chief executive officer recalls. “I watched the nurses save his life, and that was the moment I decided … I wanted to become a nurse."
Rohan would later earn a nursing degree at Barry University in Florida and begin her career as an intensive care nurse. Now, though she has worked in various executive offices and hospitals, Rohan still sounds like a nurse when she speaks about what is most important to her as a CEO.
"Ultimately, we're here for the patient,” she says. “It's the only reason we are here. Every decision is based on what's best for the patient. That was true as a nurse and it's true today."
A desire to enact change on a broader scale inspired Rohan to pursue management positions. From an executive viewpoint, she is able to evaluate the many factors that play into a patient's care and experience, and coordinate decisions from every level to improve outcomes and quality.
"She's all about doing the right thing, and it leads to better business," says Dr. Divya Shroff, TriStar Centennial chief medical officer. "She has a skill in identi