Jennifer Roel, CEO, Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Prescott Valley, AZ
Roel's path to a career in healthcare started with a car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury. Once she recovered, the Mountain Valley CEO decided to help others with disabilities and began working as a medical social worker before earning her MBA in healthcare administration.
As the chief executive, Roel continues to help those in need.
"Our hospital focuses on giving back to our community and volunteering time to assist others in need," she told The Daily Courier. A recent Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital fundraiser raised more than $1,000 toward a company-wide relief effort for victims of the Haiti earthquake, for example. And parent company Ernest Health hospitals will send clinical staff to Haiti. "I am proud to say that Mountain Valley will be sending 10 clinicians composed of nurses, occupational, physical, and speech therapists to Haiti in September."
Though Roel and the other four CEOs in this article have unique stories, there are countless other hospital executives with equally inspirational backgrounds and experiences. It's up to the hospitals' marketers to make sure the staff and community know about them, or else their stories may get lost amidst those of misbehaving CEOs..