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Q&A with Ernie Sadau, President and CEO of CHRISTUS Health

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | October 28, 2016
From the October 2016 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

HCB News: Does your international presence provide insight into how things might be done differently from a delivery standpoint?
Seeing how things run in Mexico, Chile and Colombia does give us a great view. It’s delivered in a less regulated, but very efficient process. We learn a lot and that’s what enriches our culture. Not only do we have people from the states who we send abroad, but we have people from Latin America who also come here, so the crosspollination is extremely effective.

HCB News: Are there any developments you’d like to discuss?
We have a lot of celebrations planned in the fall throughout the system, and with our sponsoring congregation for our 150th birthday. We’ll have celebrations and fun, and remember the history and tough times. The challenges we face today are nothing like the challenges facing the original three sisters, and look what they’ve built! I would also say worthy of noting is the significant growth we’ve had as an organization over the last 18 months. Looking back 18 months ago, we were at $3.7 billion owned or managed assets. This year, we’re at $6.2 billion. We’ve grown in the U.S. and internationally. We’ve also grown in that time from just under 30,000 associates to 42,000.

HCB News: In what ways do you predict health care will have changed a decade from now?
I believe technology will continue to drive a big portion of health care and our ability to develop better treatments. I also believe with people living longer, we’ll need to explore ways to meet the increased patient load. I think you’re going to see more and more nurse practitioners and physician assistants getting the opportunity to treat and take care of people.

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