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Podcast 161: Guiding Health Care Organizations with a Targeted Leadership Approach, with Laurie Lee Smith

Aug 18, 2023


Health systems across America have grappled with financial difficulties, staffing challenges, and high rates of employee burnout in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we sit down with Laurie Smith, former CNO of Billings Clinic and founder of Laurie Lee Leadership, who talks about the importance of executive leadership development in overcoming these persistent industry obstacles.

In this episode

Laurie Lee Smith

Holding more than 20 years of experience in healthcare leadership, Laurie Lee Smith is the founder of Laurie Lee Leadership and former system CNO of Billings Clinic. Her expertise lies in supporting healthcare professionals to overcome challenges, shift mindsets, uncover blind spots, and sustain progress by incorporating the neuroscience of human behaviors.

She has developed the Elevating Healthcare Leadership Impact program and the STAR methodology, both of which have proven to be instrumental in transforming teams and driving tangible results. Laurie holds a BSN from the University of Alaska aAnchorage, a masters of science in nursing administration from the University of Mary, and executive coaching certifications from the Hudson Institute of Coaching and the International Coaching Federation.

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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