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Healthcare PlexusCall: Practicing Complexity as a Leader and a Team
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When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
1-2pm ET

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Healthcare PlexusCall
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Topic: Practicing Complexity as a Leader and a Team

Guest: Larry McEvoy

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Practicing Complexity as a Leader and a Team (pdf)

Healthcare, always complex, is becoming even more complex as millions more individuals gain access to needed care. Complex situations call for adaptive responses, different ways of working together, new skills.

Larry McEvoy, MD, FACEP, is a physician, executive, and social entrepreneur interested in creating better results, better leaders, and better organizations, drawing on concepts of complexity science and his own experience.

Currently he is Chief of Strategy and Innovation at and an executive-in-residence at the Center for Creative Leadership. From 2008 to May 2012, Larry served as the CEO of Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs, CO, facilitating a $100 million turnaround, the emergence of a culture of collaboration and commitment, and Memorial’s transformation from an at-risk and unfunded municipal hospital to the threshold of its merger with the University of Colorado Health system. Prior to that he was a senior executive and emergency physician at the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT, rated number one in patient safety by Consumer Reports in 2012.

Larry comments, "As an emergency physician, I trained to work amid disruption. My initial focus was bodily disarray, but the ED teaches much about wider principles of adaptation. I began to understand emergent strategy as an executive in two health care organizations that lurched from unstable circumstances to better days. I learned how a group of individuals move from disarray to performance to drive impressive results. My clinical and executive work opens a window for shaping responsive, adaptive action in the larger context of ‘Big Problems with no easy answers.’ Turns out there’s a lot of disruption out there, big and small. Yet I am optimistic: there’s a practice to shifting chaos to order, disarray to results--and it’s learnable. New thinking radically reframes old problems—and it’s contagious.”

After earning a BA in English Writing from Carroll College (MT), Larry graduated from Stanford University Medical School in 1992. He completed his training in emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, in 1995. He continues his learning with chaos, self-organization, and high-performance teams at the hands of his wife, Ankie, and four sons, Jack, Pete, Wes, and Quentin; through his experiences as a coach of little leaguers; and through his enjoyment of horsemanship and the outdoors.

Larry will join the call to share his own learning journey and his recent work to co-create—"The Premier Physician Learning Experience: By Doctors, For Doctors, with Doctors… on Behalf of Patients”—designed to support learning integration, strategic relationships, and physician crowd-sourcing to advance physician effectiveness across a web platform. Please bring your own voice and experience and join this important conversation.

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