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Podcast 158: Leading with Purpose and Finding a ‘Why’, with Chanda Chacon

Apr 14, 2023


Welcome to Season 8 of Health Care Rounds! We are excited to bring you new conversations with health care leaders who are at the forefront of care innovation. In this episode, we sit down with the president and CEO of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE, Chanda Chacon, to discuss the importance of intentional leadership, story-telling, and finding your ‘why’.

In this episode

Chanda Chacon

Chanda Chacón, MPH, FACHE, is the President and CEO of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Chacón came to Children’s from Arkansas Children’s, where she served as Executive Vice President and System Chief Operating Officer. In Arkansas, she oversaw the system operations of two hospital campuses, clinical services, human resources and support services.

Prior to leading in Arkansas, she served as the President for Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed exclusively for children. Chacón spent 14 years at Texas Children’s Hospital—one of the nation’s top pediatric health care institutions—serving in progressive leadership roles, including ambulatory operations, Heart Center, Fetal Center, Women’s Services and Pharmacy.

Chacón earned undergraduate degrees in Biology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health Management from Yale University. She is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. She has also volunteered as a court-appointed Child Advocate serving children in custody.

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. He is leading ongoing, in-depth research initiatives on integrated health systems, accountable care organizations, and value-based care models. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the graduate College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

John did his undergraduate work in economics at Knox College, has an MBA and M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework at The Dartmouth Institute. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is pursuing certification as a Fellow.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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