Thomas B. Lanni, Jr., MBA ’05, FACHE
Tom Lanni, Jr., MBA ’05, FACHE, is vice president of Oncology, Internal Medicine and Imaging for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He is responsible for leading the clinical, operational, financial, research, and quality and safety for these clinical areas. Tom is a member of the Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators (SROA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Leadership Oakland. He serves on the board of directors for the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Michigan Gamma Knife, LLC. Tom is a member of the Finance Committee for Leadership Oakland and the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE). He was a previous recipient of the 2012 Beaumont’s Rising Star Leader Award and was recently recognized as a 2014 L. Brooks Patterson Elite 40-under 40-awardee.
Interview with Tom:
You are a member of a number of professional organizations, serving on boards and committees; how has your involvement with these organizations brought value to your role as a leader?
“Being active within these organizations has allowed me to gain some exposure to other industries, ideas, and potential collaborations locally and nationally. They have also given me the opportunity to network with other professionals and gain insight into their career paths. These activities have allowed me to bring back opportunities to share with my colleagues to better improve the quality of care we provide to our community.”
What should we watch out for in the healthcare industry? What does the future of the healthcare industry look like?
“There will be continual changes within the healthcare industry for at least the next five years and potentially beyond. The industry is experiencing a shift on how we deliver care to our patients but also in how we get reimbursed for that work. The Federal and State government, insurance carriers, and patients are looking for quality and value for the services we provide. This is happening with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Clinical Integration strategies, Narrow networks, and the host of mergers and acquisitions across the country. All of these strategies are being used to prepare from a fee service model to population health. In the years to come, I believe we will see fewer community- based hospitals and more larger healthcare systems handling care for patients across a region.”
What is the most difficult part of being the vice president of Oncology, Internal Medicine, and Imaging for Beaumont?
“The most difficult part of my position at this time is trying to prepare and adapt to the continual changes with healthcare reform. These include changes in reimbursement, insurance products, healthcare exchanges, delays in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and many more. Although this is challenging, it gives me and my colleagues the opportunity to be creative in coming up with solutions to address all of these initiatives.”
It is difficult for many to deal with change. As a leader, how do you embrace change and encourage it within your organization?
“I deal with change with an open mind. I have experienced a lot of change in my life, from where I have lived, worked, and, most recently, having three children under the age of three. It is important for our colleagues that change is not always bad and, in some cases, it helps them in the long run. We promote a process improvement process called “Kaizen” that focuses on small, rapid changes within the work environment that are initiated by the staff. Their engagement has allowed the hospital and our staff to become change agents for not only their work but for the betterment of our patients.”
With three kids under three and all the changes at Beaumont, how do you create a balance between your professional and personal life?
“Work life balance always seems to be a constant struggle for most people including for myself. The best way to do it is by setting up protected time for yourself and not breaking it. It could be shutting off your email once you get home and on the weekends, not answering phone calls unless it is an emergency, or even simply using all the vacation time allotted to you by your employer. Making time for yourself will not only improve your own health and well-being, it will make you a more effective employee as well.”
What is the best business advice you have ever received? What advice would you give a new alum or current student?
“My father told me at a young age, “Never spend more than you make.” Although he was giving me a lesson in personal finances, it is something that I have always remembered and used in dealing with making decisions on programs or projects that I am involved with. “
“As for my advice to new alum or students, I would just tell them to continue to network with current classmates, former classmates and friends. Having a larger network of resources allows you the opportunity to learn, share, and potentially find an opportunity that you are interested in pursuing at some point in your career.”
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