In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Dr. Jeff Thompson, executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System, to discuss healthcare and the common good, including the context of the current pandemic. Dr. Thompson notes that as an organization you can be competitive and values-based, using creative solutions to both serve the community and meet organizational goals. The conversation explores healthcare organizations’ responsibilities to the communities in which they operate; viewing resources, including finances, as tools to meet goals; and engaging stakeholders by first listening to understand their perspectives.

Our guest today is Dr. Jeff Thompson. Dr. Thompson is executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System, as well as a nationally-recognized pediatrician, author, and speaker on values-based leadership.

During Dr. Thompson’s tenure, Gundersen Health System gained national recognition for its sustainability efforts and was recognized by independent healthcare ratings organizations for high-quality patient care. It also earned the highest honors of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Award for 2012 through 2016 and the White House Champions of Change award in 2013.  Dr. Thompson is a founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium. He also serves on boards for the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, the Wisconsin Statewide Value Committee, About Health, and Practice Greenhealth.

Dr. Thompson has authored and been featured in many articles, book chapters and abstracts on healthcare, leadership and sustainability topics. He is the author of Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community, .  He is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, and Pediatrics and has been caring for patients for over thirty-five years. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West.