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Every day is a second chance. Value-Based Leadership author Jeff Thompson, Shares his Story on the Positive Phil Podcast

VALUES BASED LEADERSHIP: How a True Leader Puts People, Organization, and Community First.

Today, on the show we have JEFF THOMPSON, MD, who is an executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System, pediatrician, author, and speaker on values-based leadership.

Jeff’s experience in leadership is far-reaching, having led diverse teams, projects, and divisions, before holding multiple senior executive roles, including fourteen years as a CEO responsible for a staff of seven thousand, hundreds of thousands of patients, and a billion dollars of the community’s money within the Gundersen Health System. His long experience as an intensive care pediatrician and senior executive has shown him over and over again how leading from one’s values has the power to affect long-term meaningful change.

During Dr. Thompson’s tenure, Gundersen Health System has been recognized across the country by independent healthcare ratings organizations for high-quality patient care. It has also earned the highest honors of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best AwardTM for 2012 through 2016 and the White House Champions of Change award in 2013.

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Dr. Thompson is known for his leadership philosophy that emphasizes values-based decision-making and creating a positive impact on the community. He has been a frequent guest on podcasts and other media outlets, where he has shared his insights and experiences on leadership and healthcare reform. Positive Phil, the host of the Positive Phil podcast, often features successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, and philanthropists, who share their stories and offer insights on creating positive change in the world.

The program primarily consists of interviews with positive people and thought leaders, as well as others in the social, business, and entertainment community.

Jeff Thompson, MD is a pediatrician and former CEO of Gundersen Health System, a healthcare organization based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is recognized for his innovative leadership in promoting patient-centered care and sustainable healthcare practices.

Dr. Thompson joined Gundersen Health System in 1983 as a pediatrician and rose through the ranks to become the CEO in 2001. Under his leadership, the organization focused on improving the health of its community through patient-centered care, sustainability initiatives, and community partnerships.

Dr. Thompson is a vocal advocate for healthcare reform and has been recognized with several awards for his leadership in promoting sustainable healthcare practices. He has also authored a book, “Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community,” which outlines his philosophy on leadership and creating positive change in healthcare.

In addition to his work with Gundersen Health System, Dr. Thompson has served on several national and international healthcare boards and committees, including the American Hospital Association, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Digital Health, and the Healthcare Executives Network.

Overall, Dr. Jeff Thompson’s leadership in promoting patient-centered care and sustainable healthcare practices has made a significant impact on the healthcare industry. His work at Gundersen Health System and his advocacy for healthcare reform and sustainability have inspired others to pursue similar initiatives in their own organizations and communities.

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