April 20, 2006 — Rodney E. Miller Sr., president and CEO of Schneider Regional Medical Center, has been named as one of the "Top 25 Minority Executives in Health Care" by "Modern Healthcare" magazine.
The influential health care publication says its first-time list of top 25 minority executives features individuals who exemplify outstanding leadership and the ability and desire to affect change within the health care industry. An editorial review board consisting of six senior editors reviewed the nominations of 104 applicants and announced its top 25 list in the April 10, 2006 issue of "Modern Healthcare" (See "Top 25 Minority Executives").
In this issue, Miller was cited as having "increased net revenue by $12 million, led construction of an $18 million, 34,000-square-foot cancer institute and increased overall patient and outpatient satisfaction scores by 12 percent. He was the first participant in the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management's summer enrichment program to reach the rank of CEO."
"I was very surprised but honored to receive this prestigious award," Miller said. "It speaks to the hard work of our employees at Schneider Regional, as well as to the support our community has given to our health care system. Diversity in the health care field is something I have been advocating and working for, and it's important that our young people who pursue a career in health care administration receive guidance from people who take a vested interest in their growth," he said.
In fact, Miller has placed two local youths as interns in the Institute for Diversity in Health Care Management – Tina Commissiong and Dalila Rhymer. After these two young Virgin Islanders finished their internship at SRMC, Miller encouraged them to go on to graduate school in health care administration and policy. Rhymer is now a graduate student at Florida A & M University's School of Allied Health Sciences, Health Care Management degree program; while Commissiong is pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Health Care Policy and Management at New York University. SRMC is sponsoring both students' education.
While minorities are expected to swell to half of all U.S. residents by 2050, that diversity is not adequately reflected in the nation's health care industry, the publication suggested. A recent survey of 844 hospital and health systems revealed that 84 percent of the CEOs were male and 96 percent white.
Miller also serves as the president-elect of the National Association of Health Services Executives, an organization of black health care executives created for the purpose of promoting the advancement and development of black health care leaders and elevating the quality of health care services to the minority and underserved communities.
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