Jim Brown ’99

Curing Life’s Ills

By Donna Parker

At 32, Jim Brown ’99 is a dynamo in a business suit – utilizing all of his prior knowledge and education to be simply the best chief executive officer he can be of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital in Houston.

“With my education, a year’s general residency in hospital operations and seven and a half years of executive-level experience in operations, planning, marketing, community outreach, physician recruitment, and clinic administration, I’m ready for it,” says this confident and new (seven weeks!) CEO.

“I’m glad to be back in non-profit health care.  It’s something my wife Amy and I wanted, along with residing within driving distance of our families, so they can be close to our 20-month-old son, Jack.”

Jim is also a marathon runner – something that undoubtedly comes in handy on the job.

“The two are similar in the amount of preparation it takes.  One thing I’ve discovered in business is that preparation is everything.  I know I’m young to be in this position, but I take time to be extremely well-prepared, allowing me to demonstrate a certain level of command.  Running takes months to get in shape, as well as a tremendous amount of discipline, just as this new job requires.”

Jim says Trinity was a tremendous learning opportunity for him.  It’s the first time he’d been exposed to a liberal arts structure and with only 22 other classmates in the graduate level health care program, he established very close friendships that remain intact to this day.

“You know of all my professors, Ted Sparling, department of health care administration, had the greatest impact on me.  His leadership style was casual and he brought real-world experience to the table.  He was incredibly well-connected with other senior health professionals, which opened many doors for us after we left the program.”

Although there is no “average” day for Jim, he spends most of his time in multiple physician interactions, going through each hospital department on a rotating basis, meeting with staff, and staying in constant contact with the hospital’s parent company, also based in Houston.

Jim considers his greatest achievement to be his family, stating, “I continually work to improve at it – being a good husband and father.  My wife has the big job.  She gave up her career as an elementary school teacher to stay at home with Jack.  That’s what it’s all about, really.”

“I’ve been blessed with good mentoring.  It is the one thing that has helped me most.  Now, I’m lucky to have one of the best hospital staffs with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work.”

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