Carm Moceri is a newcomer to Colorado Springs, but is no stranger to health care.
He worked in various hospital positions in Michigan and Minnesota before moving to Colorado earlier this year to become Memorial Health System’s chief strategy officer.
Moceri recently took time to tell CSBJ about himself and his organization.
Organization: Memorial Health System
Position: Chief strategy officer
Hometown: St. Clair Shores, Mich.
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: I have traveled to the Springs for the past 18 months, and after being selected for this role, my family and I moved here in July.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in nursing, with minors in natural sciences and psychology from Mercy College of Detroit; master’s degree in health services administration from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A few words about your company: Through the dedication of more than 4,300 associates, Memorial Health System is an award-winning provider of comprehensive health care services for Colorado Springs and southern Colorado.
MHS is a collection of more than a dozen facilities spread across El Paso County, including three hospitals — Memorial Hospital Central, Memorial Hospital North and the only children’s hospital in southern Colorado, Memorial Hospital for Children.
Recent accomplishments: As you would imagine, the most recent accomplishment has been to be selected as member of the MHS executive team. Prior to that, a couple of years ago I opened my own firm and have had the great pleasure of working with MHS to redesign the health system.
Biggest career break: During 1992, I had the great fortune of being selected as the vice president of professional and support services at Huron Valley Hospital in Commerce Township, Mich.
The president of the hospital, Mark Eustis, remains my mentor and good friend. In my opinion, Mark, the current chief executive officer for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, is one of the most talented health care executives in the country.
He provided me with my biggest career break by selecting me for the VP position over several other candidates, despite my young age and lack of senior-level experience.
The toughest part of your job: Each day, wonderful opportunities present themselves to our organization. The challenge is finding the time to evaluate each of these options and to assure that we are developing the programs and services that best meet the needs of those we serve.
Someone you admire: My wife. She has created great balance in my life and is the rock and foundation of our family.
About your family: I have been married to Michelle for more than 14 years. We have three daughters: Sabrina, 12, Kayla, 10 and Ella, 6. My family has been a great blessing to me, and we are excited to live in Colorado Springs.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: I look forward to working with the MHS team to transform our organization into a regional provider of care and to move from being a hospital-based organization to a true health system, focused on improving the lives of those who live in our region.
How your business will change during the next decade: As you have been hearing and reading, the national health care landscape is changing at a significant pace. To that end, as an industry, we will be responsible for providing greater value (i.e. higher quality care with greater access, all at a lower cost) to those we serve.
We will need to reengineer our processes; invest in technology, both equipment and information intelligence; create and design innovative solutions; and train and hire individuals of great talent to address the challenges ahead.
What book are you currently reading? “The Opposable Mind” by Roger L. Martin.
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to work with many of the local opinion leaders. I believe that they are poised to help Colorado Springs evolve into a community that continues to attract greater and greater talent; builds on our history of being a healthy, family oriented community; commits to creating a “green” environment, which will protect our future resources; invests in attracting business that will create a sustainable economy, and becomes a national model for communities across the country.