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Interview with Ronald G. Spaeth, FACHE,
President, Evanston Northwester Healthcare Foundation
Northbrook, Illinois

Ronald G. Spaeth has served on several boards and serves a president and chief executive officer of Highland Park Hospital (Highland Park, Illinois) merged with Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (Evanston, Illinois). Mr. Spaeth is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Western Reserve University in Ohio and his master’s in business administration degree from the University of Chicago in Illinois. He was also the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executive’s 2005 Gold Medal Award, an honor conferred on outstanding healthcare leaders for their contributions to the field. Spaeth strategies as a leader for healthcare were having respect and admiration for the work of his physicians. He believed that no hospital administrators can achieve much without the help and support of his or her staff. Applauding their effort, commiserate with them, and assist them as needed in their activities to make them more efficient. I believe that Spaeth used the human resource school of management. This school of management recognizes the value in its employees. Is understand that organizations or businesses that use this school of management must create an environment where a reciprocal relationship between organization prosperity and worker prosperity.(Dunn, 2010, pg. 31). To achieve employees creativity is encourages as well as creating ways that allow employees input their talents and decision-making processes. Spaeth believed in including his staff to be included on boards and on advisory councils and their opinion and comments are extremely important and needed to be heard. The biggest obstacles face in today’s health care administration according to Spaeth is the restricting of the healthcare system. Alternatives to traditional hospitals, such as single hospitals, may be more...
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